09/01/06- Hiboy and I decided to take a crack at a first car show and
heard that the Primer Nationals were going
to take place in Ventura that week-end, we
decided to make a go for it. After all what the heck,
why not aim high? :)
This was a huge
national show so what a great way to get my feet wet! Turned out
I was going to get a little more than just my feet!!!
We set off at sunset,
taking the back way (the old 118 freeway) to Ventura, which was a
heavenly drive. The aroma of planted herbs mixed with the scent of
freshly watered fields... 45 minutes later we reached the ocean and
followed Highway 1 along the coastline... I could see the moon
reflecting on the surf, smiling at us like a good fairy... We set up
camp right on the beach and Hiboy spent his first night under the
stars. It's a good thing he got a good night sleep, because a big
week-end awaited him!
Up before sunrise we
rode back to the Ventura fairgrounds, amidst a large herd of rat rods,
hotrods and a few stock classics. I was a bit overwhelmed by the
amount of cool old cars there. Many female owners had brought their
cars to try to win the "woman owner" class. I counted a good 30 cars,
including a couple of outstanding old roadsters. But we did not see
many Deuce roadsters at the show and found only two hiboys.
After I was done shopping on Sunday (bought some parts for
Hiboy) I walked back to my car and found that the nice gal next
to me had a great big red ribbon on her T-Bucket that read: 2d
place. I looked at Hiboy and he had nothing. We looked at each
other and shrugged: "Oh well, it was worth a try!"
"Congrats on your
second place!" I told my neighbor (I was really happy for her,
she is a great gal and a friend)
"I wonder who won First place?" - Her husband looks at me and
smiles: "YOU DID!"
I just about fell over. ???????? "What do you mean I did? but... There's nothing on my car!"
He explained: "You
got a little round sticker on your headlight. That means you won
1rst place in your class and you will get your trophy during the
Pinch me! I must
be dreaming!!! My very first hotrod, just got it, our first car
show, a huge national show and WE WIN FIRST PLACE???
Must be beginner's
officials asked me to move Hiboy and park it next to the other 6
winners (1 winner in each of the seven classes). The best 7 cars were
be on display until the awards. Boy were we proud! At around 3 PM or
so they asked the 7 winners to get up on stage and a lovely pin up
girl handed us our trophies! Everything felt a bit surreal, like a
dream. Hotrod magazines took photos as I was given my trophy and I
gave them my best 40's pin-up pose :).
Then Hiboy and I were
reunited once more and the sparks were flying like never before!