Beck has progressed to the point where it is driveable and safe, and I have celebrated by participating in a few car shows, beginning with the one-year-later version of the Wheels and Wings show at the airport. I even volunteered to be the point person in the club to recruit drivers and cars for the event. Ten cars signed up, but when the day came, there was a forecast for heavy rain.
Even though Beck doesn't have a top fitted (the roll bar is in the way), I stubbornly persisted and was at the meeting place at the appointed time:
I was feeling pretty lonely, but eventually another club member showed up in his very sharp, nearly new Lotus Evora:
We waited a bit more, and made our two-car convoy onto the grass show field. The weather had scared away most of the other entrants as well. In 2017, there were around 300 cars there. This year... maybe 70. Cor Engelen did show up a bit later, in his Volvo P1800. Better to bring a closed car in the rain! I put Cor to work right away - he tuned my carbs a bit.
The rains came about mid-morning, and I put a nylon cover over Beck. The Lotus left at the first drop, and Cor left soon thereafter. I stuck it out until about 12:30, and headed for home. Later, I learned that I had missed a treat - Beck TD was awarded a trophy for Best Exotic! When I picked up the trophy the next week, the judge conceded that Beck is not an "exotic car" as we usually define it, but he said, "It's a neat car, and we wanted honor you for bringing it out in the rain!" Whatever, it's probably the only trophy I'll ever get, it's mine and I'm keeping it!
The next show event was "Wings and Wheels" at the Bethel Airport. They have a neat collection of vintage aircraft, and most of them were on display. This one would be Beck's biggest test yet, since Bethel is 33 miles from the Grant St. Garage. Preparations started with a stop at John Zimmerman's garage for a quick clean-up:
John then rode with me to buy gas, and when we got back, the passenger door was jammed and wouldn't open but an inch or so. John had to climb out over the door. No time to diagnose, so I just left it.
The plan was for club members to meet North of Lititz, PA and then convoy to the show. It turned out to be another two-car convoy. That's Charlie's red TD next to Beck, with a few club members in the background:
Once we arrived, Charlie and I parked sided by side. In an echo of my BMW days, on the other side was an absolutely gorgeous 1972 BMW 2002tii in Inka Orange.
Cor was at the show too, but not in his TD. He brought his 1927 Overland sedan:
It was hot, and Steve and I left soon after lunch. Charlie sent me this picture of a mock dogfight, complete with rat-a-tat-tat machine gun sounds, later in the day. Next year, I'll stick around for that.
While at the show, Cor looked at my binding door, and pointed to a spot and said, "It's binding right there. Use your biggest screwdriver." When I got home, I did that and found a piece of shiny trim, added by a previous owner, had snagged and bent! Now my passengers can get in the door again!
That setup was for testing. I went back and welded the pipes together later. I am a rank beginner at welding, and this was the first time I ever welded something round. It was ugly but functional! I also cobbled together a rear mount that is firm so that it doesn't rattle, but has a rubber link to allow some engine movement:
We had yet another two-car convoy to get there, and parked side by side:
The show had only around 30 cars, but some really nice ones, including this hot De Tomaso Pantera:
Continue on to Part 28...