7 Valley Street Rods Car Show 2018

With a boat load of cars show under my belt all ready this summer this is one of my favorites. Yes I am a member of the 7 Valley Street Rods club, but this show gets better every year.

7 Valley club members have been doing this show for 29 years now, and it shows. People that visit this show are always saying that the club knows how to put on great car show. I agree. From the free pictures of your car, to the great food. This show has a lot to offer to both spectators and participants.

Hand made trophies are presented to some of the special award winners each year. We have a hard luck award, story car trophies, best custom, best engine, interior, etc. Along with the great looking trophies, participants can win door prizes as well as a hefty 50/50 prize.

During the show there is a silent auction going on with lots of great items to Bid on, and hopefully take home.

This years show started out with a touch of rain in the air. We were hoping this wouldn’t stop people from driving out for the show on Sunday. Well with over 220 entries I guess it didn’t discourage anybody from attending this popular car show. There were a good amount of vendors on hand this year. Pin-striping from Fine Line Customs were there striping and selling their cool products. Dustless blasting, crafts, automotive parts and more made up the growing vendor area.

As the cars roll onto the show area, there is music is playing in the background, and spectators are mingling among the cars. During all of this club members are working hard keeping everything running smooth. It takes a lot of effort from club members to put on a successful car show year after year. Members work through out the year to put on a quality show like this one.

During the show we all have jobs to do before, during, and after the show. Setup, food prep, food sales, parking cars, registration, selling tickets, judging, music, announcements, pictures, vendors, award ceremonies, and tearing down after the show. These are just some of the things that go on during our car show.

This year I noticed a lot of cars, and trucks that I haven’t seen before. It always great looking at new rides that people have brought out to our show for the first time. During the show I have been part of the set up crew and one of two people walking around talking to car owners about their cars, or trucks. I don’t have any problem talking cars to fellow car lovers, so this didn’t seem like work to me lol. This year I was able to read a story about a car, and its owner from the cars perspective. This was pretty cool and I think the show goers enjoyed it as well.

After the awards are all handed out we stand in line and say good by to everybody as they drive out of the park, now this is cool from both sides. I attend a lot of shows through out the year, and I must say for a homegrown show from a local car club this is top of the list. Proceeds from this show go to local charities each and every year.

Next year this show will be changing it’s location to Dwyer park in little York, NY. Please like 7 Valley Street Rods on facebook for more information. Seven Valley Street Rods

Thank you for stopping by, check out my video from This years 7 Valley Street Rods Car Show Automotive Lounge 7 Valley Show

Take care,

John

Norwich Car Show 18

Our second car show of the 2018 season was the 53rd annual Norwich car show. We met up with a few Seven Valley Streetrods members and headed over to Norwich early Saturday morning. My wife tammy and I drove our 2017 Camaro SS over to show it, and to enjoy a ton of beautiful cars and trucks.

The weather was perfect for our full day at the show. When we arrived we drove onto the show grounds, and the volunteers guided us to were we needed to be. Tammy and I had to park on the other side of the dirt road off the main show area. This is were they put the new cars for the show. There wasn’t enough room for all of the cars that entered our class. It was kinda a joke. They acted like we were not part of the show.  Well I can tell you we had a lot of people stopping to look at our Red Hot SS.

Today’s young car fans are into the new mustangs, challengers, Camaros, etc. They could give a hoot about cars built 50 years ago. They like cars from the 90’s to present, they are the cars they read about, and dream about driving some day.

I spent hours cleaning my car to almost spotless condition for this show. I was planning on winning, but I was not going to show a car that wasn’t show worthy.

After we parked our beast we touched it up from the drive and headed out onto the show grounds to enjoy other people’s vehicles on display. I overheard other people in our class talking about how they put us in the handicapp section right next to the dusty road. So I was not the only one thinking 🤔 this.

Tammy and I walked around taking pics, and shooting some video for this blog post. We ran into some friends and chatted with them before moving on through the show. We helped a bit with the APEX Automotive Magazine booth http://apexautomag.com/ by handing out our latest issue and talking to fellow car enthusiast.

I forgot to mention when we arrived the volunteers helped us register for the show and took our $15 for entering our Camaro. Our class was class T. There had to have been 15-20 cars and trucks in our class.  It was not like we had two entries in the class.

The show was very busy all day with entries, spectators, and the huge vendor area. The food was good with great service to boot.

Around 3:45 or so they started handing out the awards to the top three in each class.  After a while of listening to the winners over the PA system we decided to walk over and watch the recipients get their trophies  🏆.

One of our club members Dusty Keys won first prize for his beautiful pickup truck in his class. It was cool seeing these people get some recognition for their time and effort that they put into their vehicles.

‘The show grounds were starting to empty out as the awards were being handed out. Tammy and I hung around to see if we even had a sniff at a trophy. I mean why not stay and see where we stand in this class.

Class s was up next the announcer called the winners to the stage and then said ok now its time for our special awards. We were like what about class t?  I mean we did pay the entire fee, we were giving an windshield card ( filled out by an official), and a very nice show packet giving by the club .

Nothing for our class? Ok I guess but why were we told were to park, handed a packet, and paid an entire fee?  Not cool, it was kind of a bummer being treated like we don’t belong, and then not even being recognized as a class of entries.

We are all there because of our love for automobiles, and the friendships that we have built over the years. The future of car shows is with today’s younger generation. If the industry continues to favor the older cars and not accept the new cars they will be in trouble.

I grew up loving streetrods, and muscle cars of my day, no different from today’s youth. Today’s new car owners love their cars the same as a person with a 57 Chevy.  All of these cars were built by a manufacture, not by guys in their garages. Sure older cars could be modified more buy a cutting torch and some fabrication, but new car owners can personalize their cars as well in their garage just like their fathers did.

We had a great time in Norwich and look forward to the next show we make our way to.

Engines & Eats does Team Jeff Memorial Car & Bike Show /  Ray Bros. Barbecue 

Saturday June 10th was a beautiful day to enjoy a local car & bike show in upstate NY. Farmers Insurance /Buell Agency on Genesse Street in Oneida, NY was the location for this years show. 

My wife Tammy and I were looking for something to do on this beutiful day. We grabbed our gear and headed east to Oneida. We took the scenic route to the show so we could enjoy the wonderful New York State countrieside.

We had no idea how big or small this show was going to be. Either way it did not matter to us, we were just out enjoying some nice weather, and each other’s company. 


Again our GPS was not correct on where the show was. So we continued on down into town finding the show with out any problem.  We parked next door the the insurance Agency, and walked over into the Show area.  As I was taking my first picture, I heard someone say “Nice Camaro”. I said thanks, and snapped my picture. I turned around to see a friend of mine Bill Tuttle. Bill was there with some of his friends showing off their beautiful cars pictured below. 

This was a small show, but nice. I liked the hometown feel of this show. It was like 20-25 friends gathered in a parking lot to show off their rides.  There was also food, a 50/50 raffle, and a few awards for Best Car, and Best Bike of show. These awards were picked by spectator’s that visited the show.

Above are a couple images of the kind of cars at this show. (Good Stuff). We stayed for almost an hour, and then figured we should find a place to go and eat. Our friend told us about a BBQ place about 20 minutes away. So we said our goodbyes and headed out to find this BBQ place. 

Tammy and I were talking on our way to lunch about reviewing places to eat when we are out at a show or a race. So during the summer we are going to bring you not only show coverage, but Resturant, and Food reviews from our journeys this summer. Now it’s time for tammy’s take on the days adventure. 

John and I are taking this summer to run the roads of central New York. We are empty nesters, and this new found freedom has inspired us to explore our own back yard. Did you know there are festivals , and car shows (for my husband the car guy) every weekend somewhere in central New York? I did not, and I’ve always meant to do this or that, and this summer we are dedicating to “running the streets”. We are really enjoying ourselves, and for me a large part of “hitting the streets” is exploring “the eats”
We were at a car show in Oneida, and had passed a couple of roadside BBQs that we took note of to hit on the way home. (I’m pretty much always on the lookout for good places to eat) for many reasons, not the least of which is so I don’t have to make supper. 🙂🕺 woo! As my husband earlier said, he was chatting with one of his car friends, we mentioned getting BBQ, and this fellow recommended Ray brothers BBQ in Eaton Ny. So off we went!
This BBQ place is a great no fuss place to eat, while still having great service.  It has indoor and outdoor seating. And the BBQ was some of the best I’ve ever eaten. 


Wow! Seriously folks this was good BBQ. I got a Carolina pulled pork sandwich , with potato salad. There are several choices of sauce, I got the Carolina sauce, which was a mustardy sweet sauce, but honestly there was the original rays sauce on the table, that I tried , and ended up piling on my sandwich and potato salad. It was so good! My husband got ribs with mac and cheese and fries. He was as happy as I was with his BBQ.



This place is worth the drive! Highly recommend driving through the beautiful countryside of CNY, see the windmills, and try some delicious Ray Bros BBQ. Check out their site for hours and directions. Ray Brothers Barbaque


This resturant gets 🏆🏆🏆🏆 out of five trophies. 

We hope to see you on our adventures.

John & Tammy Zachary.