Me too! Well been home awhile now. Had a Great time.....The short version
When we got there it looked like it may still rain. but by
the time everybody got there the sun came out and it
turn out to be a nice day. We all talked a while, And Kenn
had a mini mod day. We then took a nice drive to get something
to eat. All 6 Bonnie'* in single file line with are hazards on COOL!
We ate & drink & told Bonnie stories till the checks came. Then it
was picture time. We all lined up to strike a pose!
Then it came time to wish each other ado.
PIC'* soon.......... See ya'll next time!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Tint, Dual exhast, Pioneer 6x9 speakers, Kenwood 10 disc changer, Cleared Front Signal lights, Red Signal Side Mirror Lights, Painted Bright red caliphers,18" Zenetti Five Chrome wheels w/ 235 50 18 BF Goodwrench G Force tires, and a DEI 2 way Remote start & alarm.
Sorry I couldn't make it, especially after I spent yesterday cleaning the engine, wheels, and got a car wash... I was afraid I might not be able to get the logistics worked out. I will see you guys at Bonnevillefest in a couple of months.
And Kenn had a mini mod day. We then took a nice drive to get something to eat. All 6 Bonnie'* in single file line with are hazards on COOL!
Har! By some miracle we managed to drive something like ten miles to the restaurant through suburban traffic and hit almost all green lights the whole way. With the parking lights, foglights (of course) and hazards on, we looked so much like a high-tech funeral procession that at one point a pickup truck turned on his lights & hazards and joined in at the end, possibly figuring that it was a great way to run red lights.
Kenn was up front for most of the way there, navigating, taking pictures on his cellphone at various angles (can't wait to see the ones where he was leaning out the driver'* window, aiming the camera phone back at the rest of us, driving (I think) and chatting _on_ the phone with guys behind me, probably trying to get info from the tail gunner on whether we'd lost anyone at the last intersection.
He ended up multitasking _so_ much that our convoy got down to something like 28 mph in a 40 zone, and I was starting to hope that someone behind us would get on the phone to Kenn and tell him to push the one on the right. Suddenly he did, and when Kenn released the horses, we all sprinted ahead, hit some more green lights, and finally found Gurnee Mills for lunch.
Following a Chinese fire drill going in circles around a couple of parking lots to find a nice open place (one guy in a minivan waved us on ahead of him at the entrance, then made it only a couple hundred yards further on before his path was blocked by that same bunch of Bonnevilles coming round _again_...), we all got lined up in front of Toys R Us (appropriate spot, although our toys are bigger), and various photos got taken. Looking forward to seeing them all!
Thought we had the cat out yesterday, closed everything up, went to bed, got up to fetch something from the garage at midnight, opened the door, flipped on the light, and there'* the damn CAT again... [...]Will probably make another effort to get the darn thing to leave, then hit the road.
P.*. Yes, we're not total meanies: when we found the cat was still there last night, we put bowls of milk and tuna fish out for it overnight...
We did in fact get it out the next morning before I took off for the meet. Went out to the garage and headed straight for the food bowls to see if it had eaten. It had; they were completely empty. Finally found the cat sitting on some crossbeams over the back stairs, where I'm building a ramp up to some overhead storage space. It had no plans to come down.
Climbed a ladder up to it and stood on the crossbeams, over a 14' foot drop to concrete if I don't look where I'm going. Realized at this point that I'm wearing a short-sleeve shirt and no gloves, and am planning to pick up a strange cat that growls like a mountain lion. More preparation is recommended here.
Call to spouse to provide heavy leather gardening gloves and long-sleeve denim coat. Spouse provides both, and advises that there is no _way_ she is going to climb that ladder. Finally manage to catch coat thrown up to me, then gloves, and put all on while standing on crossbeam and grabbing wall studs with free hand. Cat growls again.
Now dressed a little better for the occasion, I bend down and am surprised to find that I can pick up the cat with no fighting at all. It probably spent the whole night planning how not to fall off the crossbeam, and figured that the same guy who distributed tuna fish the night before might have something good for breakfast as well.
So I'm now holding the cat with one gloved hand, holding onto the wall with the other, watching my feet and trying to carefully step back to the ladder, which I then realize I will have to descend backwards, since I can't turn around up there without dropping the cat. (Audience: "DROP THE CAT!" )
Fortunately, this all goes well, I don't drop the cat, the cat doesn't put up a fight, we walk straight out the back door into the yard, and the cat is sent off to Seek New Adventures somewhere else. I figure it'll be back again by Tuesday.
That was a great meet guys and gals.
Illinois rocks with hospitality
Just got back from Ontario last night so I've got a lot of catching up to do.
The rest of my Chicago stay was awesome. We had a dinner cruise aboard the Chicago Princess from Navy Pier on Tues night and I drank waaay too much and smoked a huge cuban cigar. Rode back to the hotel in the company owners Aston Martin Vanquish. Good thing I wasn't driving.
I gained 5 pounds from all the good eatin. Man....you guys have great beef
All the pics of the meet you guys have posted are great and most are much better than the ones I took.....especially Taylors and Kenns......helped to have an expert photographer as Taylors guest.
Kenn was the first to show up early at about 9:30 am..........I was up early because the hotel had a false fire alarm go off at 5:30 am
No more leaks from his twice torn down engine now.
Taylor and Steve arrived right on time.
Taylors sound system really rocks. I have never seen a car roof vibrate like that before. Nice clean sound though. Someone really does have to post that video of the penny flipping off his roof. It really did bounce 3 inches
Jaws dropped when this beauty arrived. What a stunning display of decal artistry.
Very well coordinated right down to the purple brake calipers.
We were excited to line them up for the photo shoot....so a fine display of pressurized air and the obligatory smoking of tires.
I was impressed with Taylors limited slip traction even over some wet patches. I saw his car front end slew sideways as he burned away.
You're still a little too quiet.....need that exhaust work.
Steve'* handy work...as he blasted with tires blazing....even with the exhaust leak.
Steve won a prize for being a little late cause he locked himself out of his car at the gas station.
Much discussion on the benefits of BC membership.
Yeh, I wasn't driving....even though Taylor was kind enough to offer (before lunch )....but Kenn and Steve really got into those huge glasses
I even got to ride in the backseat of Taylor'* and Kenn'* SSEi'*. It was the first time I had ever rode in the backseat of "my" car. Sure am glad Taylor kept the volume down.
Kenn'* sterio almost blew out my backbone......the power of those subs is awesome, even if they do take up a lot of trunk space. Who needs massaging seats when you have those thumpers
The dynomat insulating material that Taylor used really does the trick on dampening out the vibes. His trunk lid must have weighed 100 lbs alone coupled with the added weight of the cool mirror. I was impressed with the lack of any rattles.
Taylor'* clear corners did look damn good.....almost had me converted....but living on the wet west coast, the condensation leaks worried me. See the following pic. I'm sure he has it all sealed up by now but it could be a future problem and he did blow a turn signal bulb....it was blamed on not being pushed in enough. Might have been caused by power surges from the 3000 watt blaster.
Based on how much it had rained the last few days it'* perfectly forgiveable.
I noticed his cool flourescent lights in the trunk cause the trunk pass thru door was blasted open with a broken latch mechanism caused by the massive pressurized air blast from his killer sound system. That'* was you really call getting blown away.
It must be fun literally blowing the doors off any ricers as he flies past them.