A roundup of various fascinations at cruise nights and smaller car shows I attended this year; spanning May though September.
The opener in Gurnee featured a Euro-spec Rolls Royce Silver Shadow II with RHD. This was a 1977-1980 model, based on the headlamps – which saw suspension improvements and revised bumpers, though this one doesn’t seem to reflect the latter. The original model was released in 1965 as Rolls’ take on a more “modern” luxury car.
I rejoined the Mis-Shifts Car Club this year, but only made it to one of their new Thursday night cruises at Droopy’s in Winthrop Harbor.
A 3000 GT VR-4: Mitsubishi’s bonkers all-manual, twin-turbo competitor to the Supra, RX-7, 300ZX, etc.; and the only one of the three to feature AWD and all-wheel steering. These cars were an early fascination of mine before moving onto Fieros, and it was nice to see one still relatively-stock.
The Mis-Shifts also host a Monday cruise night at Shirl’s Drive-In in Waukegan, near Lewis and Sunset, who arguably the best cruise night food I’ve had. A few oddities turned-up throughout the year; like this VW-based dune buggy. I believe the owner told me the fiberglass body was a barn-find…
I developed a thing for detail shots around July… //embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js
…and then my Fiero shit the bed. In late-July the timing got messed up so I had to limp it home after a show in Wauconda. A mess of other problems were discovered, and through August and early September I had alot of work done to the engine to get it halfway driveable, again. Currently I’m still fighting a misfire, but it will have to wait until wintertime – I got it to a couple more shows for the remainder of summer, but for the most part cruises ended for me that day. Bummer.