You, faithful reader, may have noticed that it’s been awhile since there’s been an update here at “Cool McCool’s Garage”, and you’re right. It HAS been awhile, almost a month. There’s been lots of activity here, lot’s of new stuff, some of the old is gone, and there’s been some well deserved R & R. We’re feeling a little guilty about not keeping up, so we’ll try to catch up with a little recap of the past few weeks activities…
The second weekend of August found the staff of “Cool McCool’s Garage” at the third “Relix Riot” at the Gilmore Car Museum right in our own back yard. In addition to seeing all our friends, some of the coolest traditional hot rods and customs in the mid-west, we were surprized and thrilled to have the ’51 Pontiac Tin Woody chosen as “Coolest Surf Wagon”. It’s not a “judged” show, the awards are chosen by the guys in the Relix car club on the basis of what they think is cool. That they picked our work-horse wagon, hauling the Spartan, really means a lot. Plus, a totally cool vintage board, complete with shark-bit marks, was the trophy, a great addition to the shop wall! It really means a lot, thanks guys.
Here’s a little snap-shot of some of the other great cars there this year…
The weather was perfect, the cars are first-rate. There’s huge competition for attendance at the show, as the Woodward Cruise is the same weekend, but to have the chance to hang with our friends from the Relix, camping on the grounds, seeing over 300 seriously cool hot rods at the Gilmore sure beats being stuck in traffic on Woodward, paying $50 to park, don’t you think?
From the Riot, we went directly to the state park at Gun Lake for two weeks. This was a “working” vacation, as we, the staff here at “Cool McCool’s” had to all go back and forth to our day jobs. That didn’t mean we didn’t have a great time. Being there mid-week meant that we had 3 or 4 days of an almost deserted campground before it started to fill up for the Holiday (Labor Day) weekend crowd. We did some “chill’n and grill’n”, enjoyed cocktail hour daily (sometimes starting at noon or before!). We had the Chris Craft out, had some great moonlight rides, did some skiing and wake-surfing, and just idling around the lake-shore. We were also treated to the company of our friends Kirk and Donnell of “Crafty B” fame, joining us in there newly polished Airstream Land Yacht. It was two weeks of fun, family and friends, and left little time for keeping up the web-site.
Here are some pics of the two-week stay. We’re sure you’ll see why we had no time, or inclination, to set down at the keyboard!
So, this gets us up to Labor Day, and the need to get back to the real world. We’ve been working hard having fun, and in fact just spent this past weekend camping at the Fort Custer State Park in Augusta. The Spartan is unpacked, and awaiting a thorough clean up before we head over to Milford for the Tin Can Tourist Fall Meet at Milford in two weeks. Meanwhile, the Nats North is next weekend in Kalamazoo, and there’s big news about the Cool McCool’s Garage stable of cars to report, but we’ll save that for another days news.
Meanwhile, the shop watch-dog Ari, is on duty, and there’s work to be done. Stay tuned!