Two groups with 3 model A’s in each headed for Indianapolis this morning. It was so humid, there was a light mist covering everything and it was foggy. You could definitely hear the corn growing. The corn growers have placed “Burma Shave” signs along the road knocking the buying of oil and promoting the buying of ethanol. In fact, we pulled into a service station today and one of the choices was 85% ethanol.
The big event of the day was a visit to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. All six cars arrived at various times and Don S. was met by his lovely daughter Nancy. She was glad to be able to finally match our names with our faces and cars. Highlight of the day was to ride around the track (in a van) and get a track's eye view of what the drivers are looking at. Too bad we couldn’t take our Model A’s. The museum has beautiful old Indy 500 photos on display. There are a lot of vintage and modern racecars that have won the event on display also, as well as a lot of driver memorabilia. There is a large display case devoted to Willy Ribbs from San Jose, Ray probably knows him. Yes, we are making friends everywhere, today we met a couple from the Champaign Model A club. Invited them to come along with us but they declined.
Finished off with a long hot drive on the interstate 465 around Indianapolis and down I70 to Dayton. Jack and Don took the direct route through the middle of Indianapolis and then on secondary roads instead and got here 15 minutes afterward, they would have beaten us except for a detour which took them out onto the interstate for a few miles. There must be a message there somewhere.
Talked to Bill R, he toured the John Deere plant in Moline today and also Ronald Reagan's birthplace in Tampico, IL.