Although the weather looked “iffy”, it did not deter about one hundred car enthusiasts from showing off their cherished “rides”. The New Garden Airfield was the venue for this annual two day Air and Car Show. Antique and classic cars, trucks, “Hot Rods”, vintage aircraft, and Remote Controlled (RC) planes were on hand. The entertainment was provided by “The Manhattan Dolls”, “The Ultimate Abbot and Costello Show”, and Greg Koontz and the “Alabama Boys”. Several food and other vendors were on hand “Hawking” their wares. There was a Moon Bounce for the children to keep their spirits high.
Gates opened up at 9 am and the cars were parked on the grass and asphalt. Although there were not a lot of cars, the field was well represented by antique, classic, Muscle, and some newer customized cars. A section of the field was set aside for vintage military vehicles and static displays. “General Douglas and Mrs. McArthur” were seen wandering around and speaking with the crowd.
While the pilots were waiting for the weather conditions to improve so they could fly, The Manhattan Dolls performed songs from the 40’s and 50’s, and Abbot and Costello did what they do best, their comedy shtick. The aircraft took to the air and performed fly-bys and aerial acrobatics. RC planes also performed. At one point, an RC plane flew at the saw time as a real vintage plane. It was hard to determine which one was which. One of the highlights of the air show was a Piper Cub landing on a moving pick-up truck.
The small amount of show cars allowed me to mingle with the car owners and introduce myself and Cool Rides Online. This was new to them, they had never heard of the site before. I provided a brief introduction of what the CRO site is for and encouraged them to check us out. CRO business cards were left with the owners or left on the seats of unattended cars. Samples of Gold Eagle products were not handed out due to limitations by the show coordinator. Several owners promised to check the site out when they returned home.
Although the day looked dreary, it did not dampen the spirit of all the people in attendance or the performers. One trophy for “People’s Choice” was given but that did not mean that there weren’t other winners present. Every car owner puts in his or her time, money and effort and shows the love between “man and machine”. It is great to have a venue where like-minded people can gather together and talk about the vehicles they love.
By Curt Kimmel – BruzenCruzer
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