The Good Guys hosted the 14th East Coast Nationals rod and custom show at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds in Rhinebeck, New York, this past weekend. What a huge event! This picture of the back quarter panel of a 51 or 52 Chevy portrays a scene from Alice in Wonderland. (Thank you, David, for correcting my misidentification.)
I took the Karaoke Queen along with me so that she would stop cleaning my house and enjoy the beautiful Sunday afternoon instead.
To enjoy an album of pictures of cars featured at the event, click this link.
The crowd was as entertaining as the show. This tattoo of a pixie caught my attention. Well, I stopped the guy with the tattoo, and he kindly showed me half a dozen wonderful tattoos, including one of his son. If you visit the photo gallery for this event, you’ll find both the tattoo and a picture of the son in the flesh. The tattooed guy offered to take off his shirt and show me more, and I should have taken him up on it. With the weather turning toward fall, the ladies are wearing more clothes, so I couldn’t find a single lower back tattoo to photograph.
What event cannot feature an offering from Orange County Choppers, particularly since the fighting Teutul’s shop is not far down the road. This custom was being auctioned off to benefit a Cystic Fibrosis foundation. We should by all rights have ridden the Road King to this event, but the Karaoke Queen continues to drag her feet on getting geared up. She received an IOU from me for her birthday, good for the purchase of a helmet. She insists she’s waiting for a sale.
My favorite entry… this 1922 Ford pickup truck. It’s heavily customized with an incredibly oversized engine and pipes. Don’t know if you can see it, but a human skull is mounted on a pike in the passenger compartment. Note the fine detail work on the running boards and fenders, as well as the hand crank in front. I think that this is what is called a “funny car.”
The Karaoke Queen asked me how people make money showing cars at these events.
“They don’t make money,” I answered. “They spend money like crazy. The only people who make any money are the people who put on the shows, and the third party vendors who sell parts and supplies.”
Gas prices fell below 3 bucks a gallon in Jersey and New York. Don’t sell that SUV or that RV yet.