Springtime in January and the Bi-Polar-Bear Beginnings of Car Show Season
As is my annual tradition to escape the cold and other weather anomalies that plague we Northern Utahans after the Holidays I traveled to Mesquite, Nevada for the annual Mesquite Motor Mania rod run. While the north is shivering in the cold the weather south usually is generally in the 50's and 60's for the event making it a nice weekend getaway from all things that are winter.
From its humble beginnings to today Mesquite Motor Mania is a citywide event as it takes place at all the casino properties around this border town. However the majority of vehicles, vendors and all are down on the south end of town at the Casablanca Hotel/Casino and on the site of the old Oasis Hotel/Casino property. Generally vehicles from California, Arizona, Nevada and Southern Utah have made up the event in the past but in recent years vehicles have trucked in from Northern Utah as well as Idaho, Wyoming, Montana and other western states to join in the festivities.
I have attended this event each year since it began back in 2009 and sadly I have never taken a car. As I alluded to in my first edition my car is not a trailer queen and unless it's broke or stolen I refuse it to be (the rock chips and other motley are attest to that) but I refuse to deal with road salt and the drivers in it who have a deal with the devil to drive like a combination of Garlits and Prudhomme, with dashes of Gordon, Earnhardt Jr. and maybe General Custer, in questionable weather.
Now I don't have to be a meteorologist to tell you how wild the weather has been in the western US this winter. Record snows in the Sierra Nevada's along with the snows in the mountains and valleys of Utah and Idaho have made this a winter to remember. The southwest is not immune either as rains have made Southern Nevada a bit cooler and wetter than it has been in some time. This caused the numbers in both vehicles, vendors and spectators to be down somewhat but those in attendance made the best of the weather conditions which were anything but a washout. But you can tell who the spectators from up north were as they were the ones in shorts and jackets while the locals and other Southernites were bundled up like Nanook of the North in a sub-zero climate.
It didn't help either that the swap meet in Pomona was the same weekend. More than likely many Southern Nevadans and even those from Arizona and all trucked their wares south as the swap meet was on life support this year. But there were some good deals to those who were looking for what was there.
There were some cool rides from all around the region as well as some of the more unusual ones. Where else would you see a T-bucket running TWO blown V8 engines? Or how about a '82 Chevy Armored Car? As much as I enjoy staying local when I do go out of town I always seem to run across the unusual and the different…and that's just fine by me. Hopefully the weather will be better next year.
But that was then and this is now…….
Northern Utah's show season begins this weekend with the Motor-Con Carvention III this weekend at the Salt Lake County Equestrian Center in South Jordan. Affectionately nicknamed "The Cow Palace" they transform an equestrian arena with a dirt floor into a palace of splendor for many beautiful cars, trucks and bikes. Apparently they smooth the dirt, cap it, cover it with a plastic tongue-in-groove floor and carpet the aisles and folks, it works quite well. Sure beats the hell out of parking near a ball diamond with a dark colored vehicle.
I'm sure my mug will be taking in the scenery at Carvention this weekend as well as taking in the AutoRama over at the South Towne Expo Center in Sandy at some point next weekend. It's good to get out and about and see people and some good looking rides. The reason I called this installment the "Bi-Polar Bear" is because most of February has been unseasonably warm in the north, enough so that the snowmelt has been compromising some much earlier than expected. Now, with the coming of Carvention and AutoRama we're taking a left turn back into winter according to the weather man. If you spend any time in Utah you'll realize that the weather here can be bi-polar at times especially around the dawn of springtime. If you see me in a big winter coat and shorts you'll know why…..
That all for now……
Keep it real and keep the rubber side down.
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