Originally intended to document my experience of DeLorean ownership, focus is often radical and strange, boring and obtuse.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Diversity At Car Show

God parted the clouds so he could get a better view.

Trying to squeeze in some summer fun a few days before fall strikes, Suz and I found ourselves cutting through a thick, misty fog on our way to the Brantford Kinsmen Club's 33rd annual Car Show and Swap Meet.

After nearly an hour's drive, we arrived just after 9 a.m. We followed a string of muscle cars onto a grassy field and parked the DeLorean between a purple Z28 that had been modified for drag-race purposes and a 1978 New Yorker, which separated us from an amazing 1960 (I believe) Corvette.

The morning was grey but we didn't have to wait long for the sun to come out. We registered the DeLorean, grabbed our goody bag full of goodies, and went back to clean the misty water from the windows. We threw a blanket down on the grass and watched more cars pull in while a dog chased a horse around an oval track.

I learned about the show through an email from members of the Ontario DeLorean Owner's Association. I waited all morning for them to show up, but by the time noon rolled around, I realized I was representing John DeLorean's dream alone.

I tried to walk around and view some of the other cars, but was in too much pain. However, I made a special effort to check out the green Bricklin that pulled in shortly after me. I was very interested in the unusual double-strut system which held the gullwing doors in place, but was never able to track down the owner to talk about the rare car. Although I still think the interior is kinda icky-pants, I find I love the wild exterior more and more each time I see one.

Throughout the day some really nice people came over and asked me questions about the DeLorean, including a couple from Scotland. They had heard about this car show last year, and made a special point of checking it out while they were visiting.

A really nice guy who wasn't much younger than me even wanted me to pose with my car while he took a photo with his really cool Samsung digital camera. At least a dozen kids walked by all declaring the D to be "that car from Back To The Future!" and just before we packed up for the day, a girl with a French accent took a few pictures and thanked me.

It was a very fun day because of all that was shining: the paint, the chrome, the sun, and the attitudes of everyone walking around. Two Martini-thumbs up for the Brantford Kinsmen Club's 33rd Annual Car Show.

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10 Comments:

Blogger patti_cake said...

Glad you had an ejoyable times.. what was in the goody bag?

12:35:00 PM

 
Blogger Rainypete said...

Yeah, what's the dish on the swag buddy!!

12:45:00 PM

 
Blogger mmat said...

i need to get me a fancy car. i was always a big fan of the olds 442 - any model year. maybe once the student loan's paid off i'll head in that direction.

12:58:00 PM

 
Blogger Cuppojoe said...

You're lucky to not be out here on the Prairies... If you were, you'd have to use that car of yours to travel back in time to find nice enough weather for a car show!

1:48:00 PM

 
Blogger Rowan said...

I've never experienced a car show :(

6:01:00 PM

 
Blogger Chana said...

what a wonderful farewell to summer doings...sounds like you two had a great time. glad to read of it..sorry you were in pain at all...

9:24:00 AM

 
Blogger Rainypete said...

Your constant chatter about the Bricklin made me want to go see what it looked lik. After some time on Google I can honestly say that the interior is terrifying!! What a beautiful car, but the insides are far too different for my taste. The center console over the drivetrain hump look slike they meant to do something with it, but never got around to it!!

10:11:00 AM

 
Blogger Ham said...

Hang on, perhaps I missed the point (your sarcasm) but were you really in pain? If so, why (I sure hope it's not from the sprite/banana explosion)?

(PS: I'm nosey)

2:13:00 PM

 
Blogger Aims said...

Glad you had fun!

2:29:00 PM

 
Blogger Martini said...

Yes, I was in pain for real. Doctors haven't determined my exact problem yet, but they suspect I have a pinched nerve in my spine, or possibly nerve damage, which is causing the pain in my feet - which is quite debilitating.

mmat - the 442? Seriously? That is one of my all-time fav cars, even without the W-30 package. Totally sweet.

1:28:00 PM

 

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