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#241 slantasaurus

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Posted 21 July 2013 - 08:05 PM

The Meltdown Drags were held this weekend at Byron Dragway and they were AWESOME to say the least. The cars on the drag strip were '66 and earlier and the cars in the show were '72 and earlier. This was a great nostalgia event and next year I plan on going on Sat. instead of Sun. as it is the better of the two days. I went today (Sunday) and was NOT disappointed at all. I shot up two rolls of film quickly and wished that I would have brought my new digital camera with me instead. Now I'm "jacked up" and want to start on even more model kits. LOL! You could say that I'm motivated.

 

The Belvedere Mopar show was also going on this weekend not far from Byron.



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Posted 22 July 2013 - 04:29 AM

Yes I know and I haven't been to that show in a few years. Just went to an all Mopar show last month.



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Posted 24 July 2013 - 08:53 AM

Born in Evanston, raised in Glenview and Northbrook, then three decades in Southern California, now back in Northbrook. My main hobby store was Klipper's (which I found out recently was originally a Crosley dealership, so they went from selling little tiny cars to selling little tiny cars). I also went to Hobbymodels in Evanston (back around '73 they dug up a complete 1953 AMT 3-car kit which I bought for $15.00) and Bargain Town in Niles. Just east of there was the Topps discount department store - nothing special except back in 1966, in the toy department, there was a big tray table full of unboxed promotional models from which I picked out a white '65 Falcon convertible; probably paid a buck for it, if that... then when I was older I started going to the Old Town Escorts model swap meets after seeing the Chicago Tribune magazine article that featured Ron Merkel's brown '61 Ford wagon on the cover.

I have some old Instamatic shots of the OTE and NeuChamps model displays from the 1970's I'll be posting soon in the main section.


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Posted 24 July 2013 - 03:51 PM

Born in Evanston, raised in Glenview and Northbrook, then three decades in Southern California, now back in Northbrook. My main hobby store was Klipper's (which I found out recently was originally a Crosley dealership, so they went from selling little tiny cars to selling little tiny cars). I also went to Hobbymodels in Evanston (back around '73 they dug up a complete 1953 AMT 3-car kit which I bought for $15.00) and Bargain Town in Niles. Just east of there was the Topps discount department store - nothing special except back in 1966, in the toy department, there was a big tray table full of unboxed promotional models from which I picked out a white '65 Falcon convertible; probably paid a buck for it, if that... then when I was older I started going to the Old Town Escorts model swap meets after seeing the Chicago Tribune magazine article that featured Ron Merkel's brown '61 Ford wagon on the cover.

I have some old Instamatic shots of the OTE and NeuChamps model displays from the 1970's I'll be posting soon in the main section.

I'm a former long time member of The Old Town Escorts and a friend of mine and ran the model contest at the Hillside Holiday Inn Swap Meets for Tom Lima Jr. I believe the Escorts broke up in '86 if I'm not mistaken and I should look it up as I have a lot of paper work from my "Escort" days.



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Posted 27 July 2013 - 05:55 AM

A HUGE opportunity for reference photos for building models is tomorrow ( July 28th) at the Turning Back Time Car & Bike Show in Sycamore , Illinois as there will be 600+ cars and bikes. Bring plenty of film or memory stick with you.



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Posted 07 August 2013 - 11:00 AM

I live about a mile from the Illinois / Indiana border, just north of Hegewisch.

 

 

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Posted 07 August 2013 - 02:41 PM

I live about a mile from the Illinois / Indiana border, just north of Hegewisch.

 

 

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Back in the 80's I drove to Hegewisch to buy a furnace for my house. That was so far south, that I thought that I would need a passport.



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Posted 18 August 2013 - 05:44 AM

A nice car show next Sunday on the 25th in downtown Grayslake, Illinois. I was at that show in '09 and lookin' forward to it next weekend. Of course, bring your camera or iPhone to take reference photos for future builds you might want to do.



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Posted 20 August 2013 - 04:18 AM

What's the date for the September swap meet at the DuPage County Fairgrounds in Wheaton, does anybody know? Thanks.



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Posted 20 August 2013 - 04:15 PM

I think the DuPage swap is Oct 20. I'm planning a trip back to Chicago and was looking to see what was coming up. I think the Tinley swap is Dec 2.


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Posted 20 August 2013 - 06:26 PM

October? The DuPage shows have always been in February and September, no?



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Posted 21 August 2013 - 04:14 PM

My mistake, the Countryside show is Oct 20.

 

http://www.uniqueeve...side_Dates.html

 

The Tinley show is Dec 1.

 

http://www.uniqueeve...Park_Dates.html

 

The DuPage show is Nov 24.

 

http://www.scaleauto...fo&eventid=2142



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Posted 21 August 2013 - 05:58 PM

Ron, that's the DeKalb Show on November 24th, not the DuPage Show in Wheaton.



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Posted 22 August 2013 - 03:58 AM

My mistake again........I can't seem to find any info on the DuPage show and I'm not at home to check any of their old fliers for info or links. I might be back in Chicago next week though, I'll know later today. If I am able to get back there I will try to find out what I can.



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Posted 22 August 2013 - 11:38 AM

Got it! The date is September 22nd from 9 am to 3 pm at the DuPage County Fairgrounds in Wheaton, Illinois.



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Posted 27 August 2013 - 02:56 PM

Got it! The date is September 22nd from 9 am to 3 pm at the DuPage County Fairgrounds in Wheaton, Illinois.

 

I might actually be in town that weekend.



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Posted 27 August 2013 - 06:21 PM

I've got a 1:1 car show to go to on that very same day, so I'm still debating where I'll be on that Sunday morning. I should know by next week. I really don't need anymore models, but I haven't been there in awhile and it would be great to see all the guys I know from over the past 35+ years.



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Posted 04 September 2013 - 11:28 AM

Looks like I'll be attending the swap meet at the DuPage County Fairgrounds in Wheaton and of course buyin' even MORE stuff that I don't need. Oh well.



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Posted 04 September 2013 - 12:31 PM

Looks like I'll be attending the swap meet at the DuPage County Fairgrounds in Wheaton and of course buyin' even MORE stuff that I don't need. Oh well.

 

What does "need" have anything to do with it ?  : )



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Posted 04 September 2013 - 06:00 PM

 

What does "need" have anything to do with it ?  : )

You DO have a valid point there. LOL!