I didn't begin the restoration of
Maych with the intent of building a show truck.
My restoration goal was to keep him as original as practical,
but I didn't want to
get so carried away that I would be
afraid to drive him.
Basically, I wanted to return him to the condition he would have
been in after the first owner had driven him for
a couple of years.
However, part of the enjoyment of
owning vintage vehicles is to share your enjoyment with others that
are also fans of these old gas guzzlers. And a good place to
find these kind of folks is at car shows. During the spring
and summer months in Nebraska there is a car show held nearly every
weekend in some part of the state. Some of the shows draw
hundreds of vehicles and people, while others are rather modest
affairs attracting only 1 or 2 vehicles in each class. I've
entered Maych in both kinds with equal enjoyment.
Car shows are great places to meet
other car enthusiasts, compare restoration techniques, find out
where hard-to-find parts can be had, and just admire other's work.
They are also great places to take the whole family for an enjoyable
day with little expense. The entry fee for most shows is less
than $15.00. The most expensive part is the gas to drive
there. But hey, if I wanted to save money on gas I'd have rebuilt a Yugo.
I've had varying success at the car
shows I've entered attended. Sometimes I bring
home a trophy or plaque and other times just memories, but I have
enjoyed all of them equally well, whether I won anything or not.
The tabs on the left chronicle my
car show adventures by year. Hopefully, I'll keep adding tabs
as the years go by.
2001-2006 by Johnny M. Patterson