After the disastrous experience at my
first car show last year I decided my next
attempt would be at a smaller show a little closer to home. The
Lincoln L Highway car show in Shelton, Nebraska seemed just the ticket.
Shelton is a town of about 1400 people just 14 miles east of Grand Island.
It was also only the second year that they had hosted a car show, so I
knew that it would not have too many entrants. My Grandson, Joshuah, again went with me.
The show was held in the first part
of May, which in Nebraska is practically still winter. The day was
cold (40's) and a stiff breeze was blowing out of the north. It
was sunny though, so if you could get out of the wind it wasn't too bad.
We arrived at the show about 9:00 AM and spent most of our time in the
cab until around noon. By noon the wind had died down and it was
comfortable enough to get Maych ready for judging and to
visit with the other participants.
Because of the limited number of
entrants in the show, the classes were rather broad. The class
Maych was placed in included all original pickups 1949 and
After surveying the competition, I felt pretty good about Maych
's chances. The only original truck in the show that I felt was a
sure winner was an immaculate 1930's GMC, but it was in a different
Sure enough, Maych
won "Best in Class". Even though the competition was rather light,
after last year's debacle, I was proud
that Maych had won his first trophy and nothing bad
happened, either during of after the car show.
Encouraged by our success at the Shelton car show, we
decided to give the Fullerton car show another shot. In case you
don't know, at last year's show I didn't
raise the hood because it was not one of Maych's best
features and I was disqualified as a result. Since then I have
done a lot of detail work under the hood and it now looks pretty dang
Well, I'm happy to say
that this year went a lot smoother than last. Acting on the
lessons we learned from last year's show,
we arrived early and got one of the good spots in the shade and I
proudly raised my hood for the judging. My Grandson, Joshuah, was
once again my side kick. My wife said he enjoyed going to the show
more than she did, so he's become my show partner. I think he was
more proud of the trophy we won in Shelton
than I was. I also think he kind of knows that Maych
will belong to him someday.
This time around we did a lot better.
We didn't win first place in our class, but we did take home a runner up
trophy. At Fullerton, they give 3 trophies in each class -- one
first place and two runner ups. The 2 runner up trophies don't
represent 2nd and 3rd place, they just mean you didn't win 1st place.
The truck that won first place was the same one that one first
place last year. I have visited a lot over the past 2 years with
the gentleman that owns that truck and we have done a lot of comparison
of our two vehicles. He and I both agree that between the two
trucks Maych is the more original restoration. He
seems to think that with a little more attention to the undercarriage I
would easily take first place. I don't know if that's true, but I
decided I would spend some time this summer working on getting the
undercarriage spruced up a bit. I'll chronicle that in an upcoming
episode in the Progress section.
Then, next year, we'll see if his advice was correct.
Grand Island, Nebraska
I had intended to enter Maych in the
Grand Island car show last year. But the engine problems I
encountered on the trip back from the
Fullerton car show last year put an end to those plans. This
year Joshuah and I decided we would give it a try. The Grand
Island car show is one of the last shows of the season. It is held in
August at Stolley Park, which is only a few blocks from my house.
The Grand Island car show is fairly
good size, but it tends to attract more cars than trucks.
Because of this, the classes for pickups are rather broad. At this
show Maych was in the same class as the 1930's GMC pickup
that took first place in the Shelton car
show. After looking over the competition I told the gentleman
that owns the 1930's GMC that he would win 1st place and Maych
would come in second. Sure enough, that's exactly how it turned
out. I didn't feel too bad though because Maych is
a driver and his is mainly for show. He did drive the truck to this
show but that is because he lives here in Grand Island. He trailers
the truck to all of the out of town shows. I'll have to admit that
it is one fine truck and he deserved the win. I'll just have to
pick shows that puts us in different classes. He also won 1st
place in his class at this year's show in Fullerton.
There were a few more car shows this season, but I
decided 3 was plenty for this year and I wanted to have time to do a little more work
on Maych before winter. Next year we'll see if my work pays.