I live near the Northern Showdown and had to head into town for some car parts on the day of the show and thought I may as well drop in for a few minutes and see what's there. Honestly, I wasn't expecting much. Even after I parked my car and walked in, I still wasn't very impressed, and the issue with it all was with me and not with the show. After walking around for a little and taking it in I realized that this is the show I always wanted to exist. There is new and old, and everything in between, and everything is mixed up and people are mingling and having a good time. Many shows welcome everything, but attract only one thing, and while there is nothing wrong with this, it seems to build up barriers between the different styles of cars.
While walking around, I started seeing the work people put into their cars, meeting new friendly faces, and some people I knew previously, including Grant Schwartz and the "Race Ford" (stay tuned for a post on Grant and the truck). Grant pointed me in the direction of someone else I should meet and before long I was staying much longer than I planned and eventually had to force myself to leave since I had a car to fix with the parts I had just picked up.
I thank you guys for opening my eyes to the possibility of what a modern car show should be. See you next year!