This is the Show that almost wasn’t for me, for a number of reasons. The first one was the car I intended to drive to the Show, my 1960 Plymouth, had developed a mysterious problem during a test drive on the day before the Show in Riegelsville Pa. When I went to start off from a Traffic Light about a mile from home, the car simply shut down. A twist of the key produced NOTHING, that’s right, not even a click. While the moron behind me began blowing her car’s Horn, another twist of the key produced results, as my Plymouth’s engine roared back to life. On the nervous drive back home, I watched the gauges I had in the car like a Hawk, which paid off, as I saw the Voltage gauge flutter several times. My first thought, a Regulator gone bad, and so when I arrived back at the Plymouth’s garage, I ran into the house and got two of my spare new Regulators out of cold storage. The first Regulator, despite having polarized it, started to fry within minutes of starting the car, possibly having just being defective. Having bought these Regulators over 30 years ago, there was no returning the defective one, and so, I simply removed it, and then installed the 2nd new Regulator, which fortunately worked. Thinking I was good to go, I shut the car down after the 2nd Regulator proved to be good. Unfortunately I quickly found out I was wrong. I decided to try restarting the car after having run it to check out the 2nd new Regulator, and the car cranked as though it had a dead Battery. As I was cranking the car, I was also peering out toward the Engine through the gap between the open Hood and the Cowl. The first thing I saw, was heavy arching from the positive Batter Terminal Post. A closer inspection revealed a rotted Battery Cable at the point where it was attached to the Battery terminal Post. A trip to the store, a new brass Battery terminal Post, a copper lug for the Solenoid end, and my Plymouth cranked over like the new Battery it had in it. Okay, so now we’re good to go-Right? Nope. Seems my not so friendly neighborhood herniated Disc had decided to flare up while I was in the middle of working on my Plymouth. The pain was excruciating, but with the car disabled in the driveway, I had no option other than to soldier on, and finish the job, after which, not only was the job done, but so was I.
Fast forward to the next day, still in pain, but wanting to go to the Riegelsville Pa Fall Roll Out Car Show, and so, I went. I was nothing short of amazed to see the turnout for a Show that was not only held on the first Sunday in November, but was held in an out of the way small town like Riegelsville. There had to be close to a hundred vehicles at this Show, with such rarely seen cars such as four Cosworth Vegas, an AMC Rebel Machine, another 1960 Plymouth, a Carousel Red 1976 Trans Am (just happen to own one of those myself), and four Studebakers. If one was hungry, there were not one, but at least three reasonably priced food concessions, run by local charitable organizations, and a small, but interesting Swap Meet. Overall, this was an enjoyable event, and one well worth the time and effort it takes to get to it. Oh, and let me add, there is NO entry fee to participate in this Show.