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Peter Koning in USA

Peter is a long time hot rodder and supporter of Let's Go Cruisin. He's left his business, Hoppers Stoppers in the capable hands of his staff to travel the US for 12 months. Sure makes some interesting reading!

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Goodguys 8th Mid Western Nationals

Last note above was from Dallas Texas, left there and did a big easy drive 10 hr all the way to Kansas City for the Goodguys Nats, held at Kansas City Speedway. Thanks god for Satnav, would get mega lost without it.
This place is huge, would hold 150,000 people and has car parks going about 1 mile in every direction. Seems a waste as they only  hold the Nascar races there once a year, the rest of the time they try to get events like the street rods there. They use the infield for the car show, you would have seen it filled with Mobile Homes during Nascar. They hold a good Motorcana around a track on concrete, around 30 or so top street machines and a few rods show how much power they can make and how well they handle.
The professional suspension companies bring out full blown Camaros and so on with the very best of their products and even apparently hire professional drivers to get the top times  such is the bragging rights. It was interesting to see the effort they made to run the track in maybe 27 seconds, because fastest street rod was a rat rod 34 Ford 4 door sedan at 31 seconds and even better the top pickup was a channeled rat 48 chevy pickup cab on an old S10 chassis running a 305 and 4 cylinder gearbox which got around in 30 seconds. So the lowbuck guys still had fun.

Would have been 2000 cars there, but muscle cars dominate, Camaros, Novas, Chevelles , Chargers, Challengers and Mustangs in every shape and form. Big blocks and full house small blocks, never subtle. LS engines very common, usually gone through with a big cam etc.Would have seen 50 various Chryslers there with Hemi engines. There were maybe 500 street rods, 90% regular home built efforts like we have from good to beaters, with maybe 100 really top cars, a few magazine quality show cars, but mostly from around this part of the world, say with in 500 miles of here.

As you come into the speedway there is an area for the trailered cars to be unloaded, everyone trailers, maybe 500 fully enclosed rigs behind big pickup trucks and Rv's all unloading and driving the last mile to the show.

As I dont have the 36 Chevy here yet this would normally make it hard to go far from the RV park to get to the Goodguys Car show but I made friends with a nice couple called Ray and Cindy from Little Rock, Arkansas who had room for me in their car to go to the show on Friday and Saturday. Ray and Cindy own a chain of 17 McDonalds shops plus other things, they were in this huge $300,000 45 foot RV towing a fully enclosed trailer for their car. They all look at my 10 year old 33 foot RV and reckon its a small old thing, everything has to be bigger and better over here. Ray was driving a top show 69 Camaro with a full house gen3 LS7 427 engine, really loaded and a lot like Marks car in orange with white stripes. Rays mate Mike had a black 70 Chevelle SS convert with injected 502 big block and 671 blower, took a ride with him to go shopping, certainly made a few heads turn.These guys showed me one thing and that is that money talks over here, these guys had like a couple of dozen rods, street machines and drag cars each, Ray has like three or four being built professionally at the moment. And boy the trophy hunters are serious here, one guy in our park would winch down the back of his enclosed trailer at 3 AM to take the car out, wake everyone up starting his car and head down to the show to get the best spot in the Pros Pick area.

Anyway, that took care of the weekend, I had to wait in Kansas City for the LPG bottle to arrive, remember this was faulty and they were shipping a new one onto KS for me to take from there.This came Tuesday Am so off I set for Joliet Illonois after lunch.
Stopped overnight a couple of hundred miles out of Illionois, stayed at big truck stop, maybe 300 big rigs laid up overnight ready to head out next morning. They all leave their engines idling overnight, dont know why, might be to do with refrigerators, so i went as far away as possible to get some quiet.

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