November 23, 1998
This story was written by Steve King, from Strathroy, Ontario. Steve has lived in Strathroy all his life. He has always enjoyed old cars, especially the ones made between 1955 and 1975. He started going to the car events in 1981 and to the cruise nights in 1986. Steve owns a 1970 Dodge Challenger. He has owned it since '85. He had a body job done to it and he added disc brakes this summer and new tires last summer. He has gone to events in Tennesssee, Kentucky, Ohio, Michigan and Ontario. This summer he plans on going to a very large event in Columbus, Ohio. It is the first time in five years that this event has been held there.
On my summer holidays my friend Bob and I went to the Mopar Nationals an all Chrysler car show in Indianapolis Indiana. We left on Thursday morning at about seven am we stopped at the James Dean Museum in Fernmont Indiana. Inside, were displayed the clothes he wore, his motor bike, pictures of the town of Fernmont, and a lot of year books from the old Fernmont high school. We got to the motel at about five that afternoon. We went to the show Friday. It was warm and sunny. John Schneider was there. He is the one who played on the Dukes of Hazzard. They were going to have a drag race with the General Lee with John Schneider driving it but when the light turned green he broke the drive shaft. On Friday night we went to the Hooters super cruise on Thirty Eight Street. The parking lot was filled with classic cars and big crowds of people.
Saturday at the show it was cloudy with a little rain. We looked through all of the parts vendors and their stuff and all the show cars there. We saw cars from just about all fifty states and some from the western provinces of Canada. There were about three thousand cars and forty thousand people there for the weekend. On Sunday we left at about ten in the morning and got home at about six fifteen that night.
[This story was taken with permission, from Keynotes, published by SOALN, November 1997 edition.]