Sunday, April 3, 2011

Taking the Tiny Car on the Road

This past weekend the 31st Annual "Southwest Unique Little Car Show" was hosted in Upland, California. The Mister and I loaded up the tiny car on Friday and headed out of town.
So shiny with a fresh wax and polish!

We stayed at the 'event headquarters', and there was lots to see in the parking lot!
This is a Zundapp Janus - it looks the same coming and going, with a door that opens in the front and in the back. The yellow car behind it is a Nash Metropolitan.

On Friday night, after check-in, about 80 participants "cruised" about 2 miles to the home of the couple that organized the event. I was not comfortable driving in Friday rush hour traffic on a busy street, so we drove the pick up and I took some photos as folks were arriving.

The driver of this tiny little Peel Trident had no reservations about driving in So Cal traffic. I guess he was sure that other drivers would see the smoke from his engine and get out of his way!

Doesn't it look like George Jetson's car? Only not flying through the air...
This was the scene on the street in front of the hosts' house on Friday night! (Please ignore the shadow of the photog!)
The flowers on this Subaru van looked like they had been on it since the 70's!
At the show on Saturday, there were about 125 micro cars and mini-cars. The 'rule' is that the engine must be less than 1000cc to enter. And most were from the 50's and 60's, but there were some interesting ones that were newer. No Smart-4-2's this year, though.

One marque that I had not seen before was this Singer! I will have to do a bit of research to see if it is related to my featherweight!

Here we are, parked at one of the main entrances to the show, so we had a lot of folks stop and look. I am not sure what model the blue and white car is. It was in 'survivor' condition and was missing all of the badges.

It was nice that the show was in a commercial setting. There were lots of shops and places to eat. I visited a few antique shops but my souvenirs came from the Upland Sewing and Vacuum Store:

I have been reading about 'that quilt' for a few years. I am not sure I will try to do the whole thing, but if I do, it will be red and white. I am guessing it will take me a long time to finish and red and white never looks old fashioned (well, not to me, anyway...)

We left before the awards ceremony, since it was getting late and we wanted to head home early today. I am pretty sure that we didn't win any trophies, this year. There were about 7 or 8 other Isettas there. Since it was not participant judging, I am pretty sure that others with more original restorations would carry the day.

The weather was nice and we had a great time, though. People who like funny little cars are an interesting bunch!


Allie said...

I love your car SO MUCH! I love them all. Vintage cars are my favorite no matter what size. This looks really fun!

Allie said...

Forgot to say - I'm looking forward to seeing a DJ in red and white! I'm sure it would look spectacular!

Gaynell said...

I agree that folks who like little cars are an interesting bunch! Great pictures. Looks like you found a place that Spring comes and stays...for more than a day!!

Roy said...

Neat. Give us a call next time.

Martha said...

I love your little car -- especially the cool paint job!

I think a Dear Jane quilt in red and white is a fabulous idea.

KG said...

That looks like so much fun! Maybe a little easier to park those little guys on a neighborhood road. I wonder if there neighbors knew what was happening. That little car has come a long way!

Patty said...

How fun! I love those little cars. Upland, huh? I should go next year.

Miri said...

Your car is fantastic!

What a fun week-end. Loved seeing all the other "little ones"!

I'm doing my Jane on the machine and it went pretty quickly...I will tackle the triangles when I get home again. I love red and white quilts-they are truly timeless.

Oliver Ganns said...

WHOA!! I thought that tiny car was broken! These little cars are the best! Are these for sale or for display only? Well, I wanna go to this place soon for me to see these cars up close and person.