|Many, many fully-restored, shiny, machines. TOO shiny in fact... and difficult to photograph.|
A couple of friends from Virginia, Janet and Pat Monroe, have been traveling out to volunteer at the Lemay Car Show in Tacoma, Washington since 1996, so we thought we would stop in and check it out. And we were pleasantly surprised! Not only was it great to hang out with Janet and Pat for a few hours, but we saw some pretty nifty things. We took the abridged, whirlwind tour of the collections. It would probably take years to fully take it all in.
|There are so many cars, they are literally stacked on top of each other!|
|Tess in front of this years featured car: the extremely rare 1948 Tucker|
|Pat, Janet, and us.|
|Pat working hard... or hardly working? : )|
The Lemay Car Show, although it has its fair share of cars, is more than just a car show. It truly is a collection of collections: cars, motorcycles, bike, antiques, toys, and many other random items. It was collected by the family of Harold LeMay, and has grown and kind of split into a separate entity which runs the very recently opened America's Car Museum.
I think our favorite group was the teardrop trailers. Tess has been trying to convince me to agree to help her build one, and seeing them in person might have assured that one of these awesome little trailers is in our future. It would be a fun (although intense) project.
I also really liked this collection of brass hose fittings. Maybe it is just the fact that there are so many different hose fittings that all to do the same thing… or that someone thought to collect them… but I thought this display case was cool.
|A lot of brass hose fittings. A LOT.|
The event is partially held on the grounds of an old military school purchased by the family, where they house the long-distance volunteers throughout the event. Since Janet and Pat have been volunteering at the show since 1996, and travel so far, they get the ‘master bed and bath’, which are pretty nice accommodations for FREE! In addition to giving us the inside scoop on everything, and pretty much giving us a personal guided tour, they gave us the VIP tour of the grounds.
We were quite lucky to see so much, and get the extended experience on our first visit! It is amazing how much knowledge of this collection they have acquired, and it was quite cool to have them share so much history and so many facts with us throughout the day.