ManchVegas Car Show
Whenever a pack of old cars rumble past me in the same day, my ears perk up and my alertness levels skyrocket. The hair on the back of my neck stands up:
Somewhere nearby, car people are getting together.
This past weekend, the rumbling of a herd of v8′s in the distance caught my attention, and I hopped online to see if I could find any news of what was happening. Sure enough, there was a car show going on right down the street from where I was, in Manchester NH. This was the third annual Union Leader Show N’ Shine Car & Motorcycle Show, and I was just in time to make it down to see what all the commotion was about.
At the show, there was an excellent mix of different breeds of cars.
From traditional hot rods
To the modern electric Tesla Roadster.
From British roadsters like this Alfa
To american muscle, like this Cobra.
The Parking Lot
I’ve always loved the variety of cars that come to shows, and the comraderie that’s displayed (often even more than the cars that are displayed). For me though, the real fun is out in the visitor’s parking lot. These are the people who aren’t interested in showing off, or displaying their hard work, but just love putting rubber to the pavement as much as possible.
This Plymouth Fury was my favorite vehicle at the show, and I was lucky enough to meet the owner in the parking lot before he fired it up and chugged out of the parking lot. This is his daily driver, and he considers it completely finished.
It’s covered with the scars and badges of a long life, but all the important parts are in good working order. The tires are fresh, the gas tank is full, and the lights all work.
It starts when I ask it to, I can roll the windows with a wrench, and the heater works. What more do I need?
Nothing I can think of could possibly improve this vehicle. It’s a pure no-nonsense example of a Daily Driver.
Just before I left the show, I heard the distinct gurgle of a turbocharged flat-4, and had to wait to see what the tailpipe was attached to.
A trio of matching blue go-fast-machines turned in together, and I snapped a few shots before heading back home.
This was the icing atop the cake of an excellent car show.