When I lived in Hannibal, there was a running joke how the drinking water, pulled straight from the Mississippi River, was only slightly less thick than a milkshake as the anecdotal cotton filter at the water treatment plant only caught the large suspended solids.
How does that apply to this car show? There were more cars than I’ve ever seen here, making them thick on the ground, and I’ve done my best to filter out all the large, solid steel conveyances we as a collective group have less interest in. What you will see here is the potable stuff, such as this 1961 Rolls Royce that caught my eye.
Maybe it was the two-tone blue; maybe it was the right-hand drive so the mailman could easily use it. Maybe it was harkening back to my English ancestry (speaking of, despite my German oriented last name, recent revelations show I am over 75% British derived; I have no German in me).
Yet there is limited appeal with that engine lost among a sea of stuff.
All areas have their particular sense of humor. The owner of this Rolls exhibits fine, Midwestern humor; we really don’t drink beer from champagne glasses. That’s getting to be too pretentious.
Mason jars work out much better for fine dining.
This Impala never had the hood opened fully the entire day. It was as if the engine was playing peekaboo with passersby.
Getting in closer for inspection, a pleasant surprise was awaiting wider discovery. Seeing a straight-six Impala at any show is a wonderful change of pace. The black looks great on the car and the rally wheels did offer some visual diversity.
Looking inside almost made me cheer. As icing on the six-cylinder cake, this Impala has a three-on-the-tree transmission. More shows need more cars like this.
The 1967 Camaro is a car I almost routinely ignore, but this one warranted numerous looks. You may see a little something odd on its scalp.
Here’s a closer look at the vinyl on the roof.
This is a dealer installed option, called the Mod Top. It was designed by George Barris and came in a variety of colors as seen in the literature displayed with the car.
But it gets even better.
This Camaro is a 350 SS. Looking inside, it was a first for me to see in two other regards – it has a column selected Powerglide and a bench seat.
One Camaro enthusiast walking up behind the car exclaimed “this car is awful!”. I looked at him, smiled great big and said “It gets better with the bench seat and Powerglide – I think it’s awfully terrific.” Upon hearing that, he agreed as he knew he’d never see another one like it.
Seeing unrestored interiors at a show is always delightful. The inside of this 1967 Plymouth Belvedere looked quite inviting and it exuded an intoxicating old car smell – the best of show in that regard.
The exterior had a pleasant degree of patina on the flat surfaces.
There was a little bit of patina near the badges on the vertical surfaces. What’s that? Oh yes…
This is an unrestored, factory Hemi car. Incidentally, while it is a Belvedere, it’s a Belvedere GTX.
While nowhere near as rare, a 1966 Ford Falcon Futura Sports Coupe (the name is as long as the car, it seems) isn’t a car in which you can easily find multiples.
This Falcon was purchased new by an older lady who knew what she wanted. It has a higher trim level but mighty few options.
With so many V8 transplants, it’s always good to see something as-built at a show and this Falcon is certainly in that category.
However, there are rare times when seeing a car that is no longer as-built provides an equal opportunity for enjoyment. This Cadillac is one of those instances and perhaps you see where this is going.
Originally uplifted by what I am presuming to be Miller-Metoer….
The owner took a hearse, a car with a finite number of uses, and converted it into a pickup, providing infinite uses. Built on a commercial chassis, and powered by a 472 cubic inch (7.7 liter) V8, one will be hard pressed to overload and/or strain this Cadillac. The rear wall of the cab came straight from a Chevrolet pickup.
Some of the work seen on other cars at the show was of a much different nature than found on that Cadillac. This mural, found on the underneath side of a hood, is one such example. What do you think the car is?
A similar Monte Carlo, of course. This Monte is of the 1978 to 1980 era.
There is one car left to show.
This 1936 Chrysler Airstream was breathtaking. An amazing car is so many regards, it deserves its own writeup. Stay tuned for that.
While there aren’t a lot of cars outlined here, I’ve tried to provide the most unique or lesser seen on display. It looks likely I’ll be going again next year, so we’ll see what that brings.