Columbus – October 2017 – A Day at the Zoo

The Columbus Zoo was sponsoring a car show, which seems a bit strange, but then again they do commercialize a lot of things.

The cars were quite nice, and with the water park and other amusement rides providing interesting backgrounds, it was a good day for a car show. Plus there were animals later.

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Tacoma, Washington – September 2017 – LeMay Auto Collection

Harold LeMay made his fortune hauling garbage in Tacoma, Washington, but his passion was cars. At his death he owned a record 3000 cars. Today the collection is split into two separate museums.

The first is housed at a formers boys school with a number of buildings.

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The gymnasium make a great setting.

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Sliding doors!

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The had cars stacked 3 high in some places.

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The second museum was in downtown Tacoma and was more formal.

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A Rambler with a Ferrari engine.

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Columbus – July 2017 – Smokin’ Saturday Evening

Each July there is a car event in Columbus called the ‘Goodguys’, which attracts thousands of classic cars to town. After the event on Saturday many make their way to the Polaris area where they gather in a parking lot for Quaker Steak and Lube.

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There was a large collection of (mostly) Harley Davidson motorcycles

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Nearly all of the vehicles were extensively customized.

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The police were on hand – not to give out tickets – but to rate their burnouts.

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Dayton – April 2017 – America’s Packard Museum Revisited

Since we were running ahead on our day in Dayton, we made a return visit to the America’s Packard Museum. We had visited this museum a couple of years ago and were pleasantly surprised to see they had completely rearranged the automobiles on display, swapping out many of them for others in their collection.

 

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The post war collection has been greatly enhanced as well.

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As always with Packard’s there is an amazing collection of hood ornaments.

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Located in a former Packard Dealership in downtown Dayton, the entire place gives off a feel of travelling in time (luxury time travel at that). There are few locations that are as good to visit a second time, but the Packard Museum is one of them.

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Cleveland – March 2017 – Piston Power

This mid March Sunday was another cold, dreary one, so the decision was made to go to yet another car show. This one was back at the IX Center in Cleveland, but the thought was ‘better than sitting around the house’.

Billed as the Piston Powered Show, it turned out to be far far more than a car show. Their motto is ‘anything with a piston’, but in reality there was even more than that.

Among the categories seen: Classic Wood Boats from the 1940s and 1950s, Airplanes, Motorcycles, Bicycles, Trucks, a huge collection of cars, custom vans, small train maintenance cars, model building competition, art competition, a large display that someone made with matchsticks, a bumper car made into a go cart, a small soap box derby hill with racers, old campers, construction equipment, military equipment and one lonely snowmobile.

After 6 miles of walking around this massive hall, we went home agreeing this was one of the best shows we had ever seen.

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Western Ohio – August 2016 – Vintage Trucks, Vintage Airplanes, Vintage Houses and Fishing in an Ohio Corn Field

We made another trip to Troy, Ohio, this time for the 27th Annual International Harvester Vintage Truck Show. When you think antique vehicles IH is not the first brand to come to mind, but everything has a following. A plus was it was being held on the grounds of Waco Airplanes, which we had visited previously.

Once we arrived they directed us to park in a field directly beside a small metal hanger that had a bi-plane parked inside, along with another small plane whose wings were folded up. After checking these out for a few minutes, we moved into the grounds to view the trucks.

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In my opinion most of the IH trucks over the years were boxy and boring, except for the very early years. This show had a nice representation of the ones from the 1930s and 1940s, along with a slew of them from the 1960s and 1970s. Many of the newer ones have been customized, with their owners rightfully proud of the hard work they had put in.

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One family we met had come over from Weirton, West Virginia, which you could tell was near Pittsburgh by the attire of nearly everyone in the family (Steelers garb). We did all we could there in 90 minutes, so it was time to move on.

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Starting back east we made our way to Urbana, the county seat of Champaign County, where the Champaign Aviation Museum is located. This small, relatively new museum is located in a hanger at the county airport. Their pride and joy is a B17 (The Champaign Lady) that they have been restoring for more than a decade, with another 10 years expected before they complete their work. In addition there is an A26 outside, a C47 on static display inside, and a B25, but that was out on a flight the day we were there.

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The best part of this visit was they allowed you to wander through their shop area, taking time to explain what the approach to the restoration was. Of interest to me were a number of the specialty tools they were using to put spacers in the drill holes they were to later going to rivet together.

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A couple of miles up the road from the airport is the Freshwater Farms of Ohio, the state’s largest indoor fish hatchery.  You can pet a sturgeon, but some smoked salmon, and check out the various ponds they have with koi and other decorative fish. It seems out of place in the middle of an Ohio cornfield, but was fun to check out.

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Finally we stopped at Mac o Chee castle, a tourist attraction since I was a little kid. I remembered it being an impressive place, but now it is a sad old rundown building that is a shell of it’s former self. I am certain it takes a lot of money for upkeep, and they clearly aren’t bringing in enough. This resulted in our of our most disappointing stops in all of our travels the last couple of years.

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