Episode 1, Think it was a Mid-Century Merc show in S WI on a cold day I head for the building for a cup & catch a few laps of the Indy 500. My ride that day was a pristine 54 Victoria with a glass roof, custom paint, dressed mill, custom interior & trunk bla bla. Cleaning the car the next day I see that a small flake of paint is lifting next to the trunk edge on top of the right 1/4.
Open the trunk & **** someone has stolen my original bumper jack & banged it against the lip on the 1/4 & broke the paint.
Episode 2, @ some lead sled show in Holland MI my ride is a custom slammed 57 Olds HT, custom paint, interior & trunk, dressed Chevy mill with deuces bla bla. The group parks & we open the cars up & walk off. When I return some SOB stole my original glass windshield washer bottle.
Episode 3 is a scary one. Street Rod Nationals in OKC in a Deuce coupe with a 671 huffer & 2-4's. Go back @ night for some live music & a frosty, parking is on a fairgrounds street with a curb. Get back to the car there is one open space in front the guy that was parked in front of me has left.
Fire it up & the sucker launches like a neutral drop. **** I clock the wheel hard left & miss the car 2 spots up by a red hair. Had a early Stang floor shifter & no neutral start switch, someone had moved the shifter & rolled the car forward / back & left it in gear. No E-brake in the car I always put it in park when I shut it down.
I know people like to talk smack about the guys that sit behind their cars in a lawn chair all day but this is exactly the stuff that would make you do it. Between the simpletons, thieves, and disrespectful people walking around with no regard for anyone else's property, its amazing that anyone brings a finished car to a show anymore.
Never leave my trunk open, nothing exciting back there anyway and would be livid if someone walked off with my tool bag with some of my grandpaís hand tools in there. Only leave my drivers window cracked enough so people can slip flyers in there. I donít camp out by the car but check on her often...canít be too cautious here in Methtucky
Stupid Chevy Sunday @ Atlanta Raceway.
Stuff missing, but this is NUTZ!
A husband/wife each had Monte Carlos in the car corral.
BOTH were stolen while they were out around the facility.
I've had kids, adults get in my cars, while I was out and about. I've come back and confronted them. Most are just embarrassed, while a few wanted to get "cute".
Now, my car is no longer being judged...It's locked. Don't like it, tuff.
Damn thieves need a serious a$$ kicking.
55 210 sedan, rust bucket. The last hoorah!
Hotrodding and dragracing since 1955.
USAF, 67th Recon Tech. Yokota AFB, Japan.
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Never had anything happen at a car show, but, swap meets........that's another story. Cars have been stolen at the Pomona Swap meet in the past. A friend was our shopping the swap meet, putting his new treasures in his pickup. Came back and half the stuff he bought earlier was gone. Bastards!
It sure is discouraging to hear these stories. Here is another ugly one . I had a 62 Corvette body for sale at Carlisle meet years ago. So a guy comes up and is looking at all my various parts for sale pointing at each part .....being interested in them after we talk about the Corvette body. Ok so we go back to look over the body and we are underneath talking. A deal was struck for a $2,000 non refundable deposit, the balance paid at time of pickup. The guy leaves and said he would be back with the money in twenty minutes. About an hour goes by and a no show . I started looking over my parts and all those he pointed at were gone. Perfect diversion theft , while I was occupied with the body his thieving buds took my parts. After my recent story on another thread where my 55 quarter panel was nicked at Carlisle I'm done with taking valuable things to shows . My enjoyment is to drive and enjoy the cars and more than anything enjoy the build.
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