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Pete’s Place

Well, summer is half gone. It’s been a busy one. Right after our Show came Carlisle. The usual suspects attended & a good time was had by all. The deep intellectual discussions late into the evening are something to behold. Then there’s the music trivia, misc trivia & Bad jokes too. We were forced to camp across (& down) the street this year. There is Minimal on grounds camping any more. We tried to score some for next year, but they sold first thing Thursday morning. Probably to the campers already on them. The camping across the way left much to be desired unless you had a large motorhome with generator. It was open field camping with no shade & just a couple porta potties (fortunately near where we had to set up). If you wanted showers/flushable toilets/food/drink/ice or anything else, you had to go back to the fairgrounds. Judging by some of those late night intellectual discussions, it appears that the new Carlisle Events folks are diluting the Show to make more money. They still get their car counts up, but probably 20% of the cars were only on the field so they had a decent parking place/home base for the day. Same deal in the vendor area. Spots were full, but there were a lot more just camping in there with a couple parts on a tarp. We decided the lousy camping won’t keep us away, but it certainly drains everyone’s enthusiasm a bit.

Then we had the Nationals. Blessed with 2 days of nice weather. We got to gather & park just about where we always do. I think the Nats were even bigger this year than last. I know I didn’t get everywhere I wanted to and we didn’t make it back on Sunday. I saw a Lot of people I never get to see or talk to. It’s always somewhat of a reunion of car guys I’ve known for years. There were thousands of beautiful cars. AND the swap meet even had 1 guy there with Mopar stuff this year !!! Pretty much all the rest was Chevy/Ford & misc geegaws.

I heard some folks made the run to Monster Mopar Weekend in Norwalk Ohio. We went last year & had a great time. We just couldn’t leave town (home) 3 consecutive weekends or we would have gone this year too. Earl Watt’s son, Brad, ran good this weekend. I heard a 5.28 was his best pass (in the eighth).

At home, Jake had the Coronet running. Now that all that works, it’s on to radiator, steering column & driveshaft. Then there’s some body reassembly & interior work to do. But it Starts & Runs! We even managed to drag the boat to a repair guy this weekend. Progress! BTW, anybody got a pair of 225/15” tires? I need 2 for my utility trailer. Get hold of me if you do.

Hope to see you all at the picnic.


VP Pete

Pete's Syracuse Nationals Pics July 17-19, 2015

Petes Carlisle Pics July 10-12, 2015

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Pete's Carlisle Pics July 11-13, 2014

2014 NHRA Gatornationals

I went to the Don Garlits Mopar Show again this year. Earl drove his “new” Shelby Dakota while Marianne and Her brother & sister in-law followed us. Earl didn’t want to park way out in the parking lot, so he entered the Show so we could park on the field. Lo & Behold, he took 3rd place in Stock Truck. 1 pic is of Marianne receiving the trophy from BIG & the other is of E&M in front of the truck. A BIG Trophy from BIG hisself!!!
Big Daddy Don Garlit's Mopar Show - November 2-3, 2013 in Ocalla, FL

Syracuse Nationals July 17-19, 2009
What a weekend! For those of you who were there, you know…The rest of you missed a good one, but here’s some pics for you to peruse.
This batch is from the Wednesday Wegmans Cruise.       Thursday evening Parkway Cruise
'09 Nats-Fri/Sat        '09 Nats-Sat/Sun      

Big Daddy's Mopar Show - November 6-8, 2009 in Ocalla, FL

Mopars with Big Daddy - November 1-2, 2008

Big Daddy's Mopar Show - November 3-4, 2007 in Ocalla, FL