Monday, September 28, 2009

Car show

My overall experience with the car club events and the car show was very positive and enjoyable. I'll tell you more about it shortly, but first an explanation of why the Crush du Jour is at the top of the post instead of at the bottom, as usual.

Crush du Jour: Marcus Schenkenburg
It was only after I uploaded all the car show photos that I discovered I had not uploaded the Crush du Jour photo first. And since Blogger makes you upload your photos from last to first (instead of the more logical first to last), and since Blogger does not have the ability to rearrange photo order after uploading, I decided the easiest way to resolve the issue was to put the Crush du Jour at the top rather than deleting and uploading all the car photos again.

The 1st event within the 4 day "Beach Ball" was a social on Thurs night, with food and a cash bar, at a Rehoboth Beach gay bar called Aqua. Spouse & I met several nice guys there and talked about Big Ella and being new to the car club.

The 2nd event was on Fri afternoon, and it involved a caravan of cars driving to the Dairy Queen in Millsboro, about 15 miles away. Adjacent to the Dairy Queen there is a grassy lot where we all parked our cars for members and the public to see. We also had lunch at the Dairy Queen. Again I tried to meet and talk to other club members (Spouse couldn't go due to work). It was fun and the public enjoyed seeing our cars. Later that night the 3rd event was a costume party and dance back in Rehoboth Beach at Ovations. Several members dressed in costumes related to this year's theme: James Bond, but Spouse & I wore jeans and out "got fins?" t-shirts, which were appreciated by fellow fin fanatics. Again there was food and a cash bar. The DJ played terrific music! He really knew his demographic: gay men 40-65.

Sat morning was the long awaited main event: the car show at Grove Park in Rehoboth Beach. Although I didn't hand count them, the registration list included 95 cars, all of which were absolutely gorgeous. Below are some photos of some of mine and Spouse's favorites. (I tried not to photograph cars I'd already photographed in past years.)

An elegant and beautiful 1941 Cadillac
1949 Plymouth "Fabulous Taxi"
1947 Chevy Fleetline Aerosedan
A beautifully restored 1950 Chrysler Town & Country with real wood trim
A stunning 1953 Cadillac

1955 Chevy Bel Air owned by my friend Chris
1959 Pontiac Star Chief

1959 Ford Galaxie 500
Big Ella's cousin: 1959 Cadillac convertible

1958 Mercury Monterey

1961 Chrysler Imperial LeBaron Southampton
Notice how the tail light is not intregrated into the body, but appears to be attached.
1962 Chrysler Newport
1960 Oldsmobile Super 88 convertible
1964 Buick Electra
1962 Ford Country Squire wagon
1964 Mercury Mirauder Montclair
1966 Mercedes Benz 300 SE coupe
1964 Lincoln Continental with "suicide" doors
1968 Chrysler Newport convertible
1968 Ford Thunderbird
1962 Buick Electra coupe
1964 Buick Electra
1969 Chevy Caprice Classic Sport Sedan
1966 Pontiac Gran Prix
1970 Pontiac Bonneville convertible
Me & Spouse (in our 'Big Ella' t-shirts) in front of a 1971 Lincoln Continental Mark III
1972 Chrysler Imperial
1972 Buick Riviera
1975 Chrysler Cordoba
1976 Cadillac Eldorado convertible
1986 Lincoln Town Car
2007 Cadillac XLR Limited Edition owned by our friend Don

As you can see from this sampling there were many, many wonderful cars. The weather was great despite threatening forecasts of showers, and many people came to view this outstanding automotive display.

Later Sat evening Spouse & I attended a cocktail reception followed by dinner and an awards banquet which we enjoyed very much. No trophy for Big Ella, although we received many compliments on her.

It had long been a dream of mine to own a vintage car and a somewhat more recent dream to display it in this car show. My dreams both came true!

Click here to view more beautiful cars displayed at past year's car shows.


Bob said...

Love the car show pics--Carlos is a fiend for old cars so I'm going to bring him by your blog after dinner--and really love Marcus.

As to the photo upload, you can right-click a photo and drag it up or down the post, placing it where you like.
At least, Blogger let's me do that.

Mistress Maddie said...

Great photos Mark! And I was right you do look like you were in heaven! And the tee shirts are very nice indeed! The show looks alot like the one they have here in Buckingham. Thanks for sharing.

behrmark said...

Some gorgeous cars there! And you and Spouse make a gorgeous couple!

Behr Hugs!

Thom said...

These are great! I love cars from the 50s, 60s, and 70s. I'll take the 59 Cadillac convertible, or maybe the 70 Bonneville...

Will said...

Lovely picture of the two of you!

I move my pictures round as I'm writing a blog entry on Blogger all the time. Just click the HTML Edit tab and the screen shows all your text with the pictures as blocks of code you can cut and paste. The title of the picture appears toward the bottom of the block. It looks confusing at first, but you get used to it very quickly.

Not that there's anything with showing the Crush du Jour before the vehicle porn, you understand!

anne marie in philly said...

OMG, I am old enough to remember when these cars were on the road!

my grandfather had a 58 chevy bel air; blue and white; he let me drive it after I turned 16. what a solid car; built like a tank!

sorry you didn't win a prize...and such a cute pix of you!

Stephen said...

There is a new addition of Blogger that I have ben using that lets you drag photos to where ever you want them. Go to blooger news & they talk about it. The entire downloading of pics is easier, but I noticed that it drops spell check, which is bad news for me.

I love the pics of the car show. I remember you telling me about this event. It looks like a really fun & man filled event. My favorite was the Cadilliac Elderado convertible. I also loved the 69 Galaxie 500.

I am thinking I like the Crush du Jour at the start of the post... it was a great way to start the morning.

Angel said...

oh MArk!!! all those beautiful cars!!!! wow. and Markus is always welcome...first or last! ;)


Kyle Leach said...

Mark, it looks like the show was a success and you have great photos to prove it. Nice picture of the two of you and Bog Ella. Thanks for sharing your day with us.

Joy said...

These cars bring back memories for me.

You're still losing weight, aren't you? You look great!