America's love affair with cars is evident by glancing at the titles of popular songs over the last seven decades. Songs like "Hot Rod Lincoln," "Brand New Cadillac," "Little Deuce Coupe," "Mustang Sally," "G.T.O.," "Little Red Corvette," and "Camaro" speak to the cults of brands, styles, colors and other defining characteristics, especially during the times in the last century when differentiation was more common. Having often had the only car in a parking lot that was not black, white, or gray, I think the variety of the past is a great part of the appeal of classic car shows. This past weekend, the CLASS Car Club show was held in Clear Lake, Iowa for about the 35th year. Hundreds turned out to watch classic cars cruise around the lake on Friday night.
Car festivities were of course combined with rock 'n' roll performances. This is Clear Lake, after all--home of the Surf Ballroom. Saturday, the cars were on display all around the city park, as well as along several side streets. Entries included of course, Corvettes, Mustangs, GTOs, and other 'hot' cars but also pickups, station wagons, and family sedans.
A local band was scheduled to play in the bandshell this evening, but looking at the weather radar, I doubt it they were able to pull that off. When we decided to go to this event, it was too late to get a camping spot in Clear Lake, so we returned to Beed's Lake near Hampton. As usual, I take way too many photos here so will just post one of the dam and one of the bathhouse. Another great trip.
Some random thoughts about writing, camping, and eating.