Cruisin’ on the Commons…

We attended the Unique Tin Car Show in Longview, Washington this past weekend – it was at the Cowlitz County Fairgrounds; white-trash and redneck central! That’s the downside of car show, bike shows, and swap meets: they always seem to be held in the boonies of hillbillyville and one is subjected to the visual assault of iron cross decorations and confederate flags and the words “Redneck” on every window decal or bumper-sticker. Fat, slovenly people slouch and slump around, and you see the scrawny tweakers and skin-poppers skulking and sneaking about, looking for a jacket or purse to lift or pick through. Gotta watch your belongings carefully at those events!

Anyway, the vehicles were fantastic – it was a pleasure to see so many amazing cars lined up, shining in the sun, paint gleaming…but there were also some ‘rat rods’ and unrestored classics, and they looked just as nice as the shining ‘beauty queens!’ Nothing beats an old Chevy or GMC pickup truck with a flat, matte-black paint job…it just looks right. A 1956 Pontiac Chieftain caught my eye – it was a stunning purple colour and shone like new…it rivals my desired Bonneville in size and nice, clean lines! There were a few old Willys Jeeps, a good number of Model T Fords from the late 1920s and early 1930s, some Buicks from the 1940s, and plenty of Corvettes, Mustangs, and Chevy Bel-Airs…car porn at its finest! Sadly, none of our vehicles were ready in time to enter: the hot-rod is being repaired after our accident; our Plymouth truck is still being finished up, and my Mercedes-Benz is getting the rear end fixed and a new oil pan is being installed – any of them could have been in that show, too! Oh well, there’s always next year…besides, we entered the show with our bike – we went with a high school friend of my fiancée and the family of his friend. They were showing a 1966 Cadillac Coupe de Ville, a 1955 GMC truck, and a 1968 Volkswagen Bug between them all. They had brought a pop-up sun-cover so we had shade to sit underneath, and we were able to lock our things in the truck of the Caddy for extra security while we walked around and drooled.

After the show, we did the cruise which circled the Longview Commons, which was made as the original center-hub of the city at its founding. It was a lot of fun, and we were able to make our point as to why our own hot-rod wasn’t in the show: we had a t-shirt made by a vendor at the show who was providing that service for a reasonable fee, then hung the shirt on the back of the bike and made sure we rolled nice and slow so that people could see who was responsible! It was tons of fun, in spite of the rednecks…the cars made it easy to ignore them, and they always steer clear of me so I don’t have to deal with their idiocy!

Anyway, we hope to enter the Rod Run at the End of the World on 7 – 8 September in Ocean Park, Washington; it’s supposed to be big and well-attended, and I hope to see many more cars than were at the Unique Tin. I hope the weather cooperates, because car shows are so much nicer to attend when the sun is out…the beauty of the vehicles is best appreciated in full sunshine!

With that, I’ll leave you with a few songs that are great to listen to when you’re bumpin’ down the road…enjoy!

Commander Cody:  “Hot Rod Lincoln

Bruce Springsteen:  “Pink Cadillac

Fastball:  “The Way

Tom Cochrane:  “Life is a Highway

Billy Idol:  “Hot in the City

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