I have been on campus for a week all by my lonesome self. In reality though it hasn’t been lonesome. Everyone on campus gets along pretty well, and I have gotten to know a lot of people, mainly through the common bond of the Auto program. It is amazing what kind of projects and cars some of these kids have. One of the guys in my dorm owns and has restored a 52 Buick special, with the help of his grandpa. Another, owns a 55 GMC, and another owns a 53 Packard (Not even twenty years old and driving a luxury car). There are many more, but I don’t want to make a whole post of what the kids around here have.
In addition to old cars, i’ve been scouting around on my bicycle, playing Ultimate Frisbee, as well as just meeting people. For those of you who don’t know what Ultimate Frisbee is, it is a cross between football and soccer. You have the Frisbee and run down the field in order to try and score it in the end-zone. The catch is that you can’t run when you have the Frisbee. You have to pivot and pass it off to another teammate. There is a lot of sprinting up and down the field as well as blocking. It is a very fun game to play with a group of 14 people. Along with that I have taken my bike out and seen the town a little, as well as a 20 mile bike ride the other day. I decided that since there wasn’t much to do that I would ride 10 miles in one direction and come back. There wasn’t much. Once I got out of town it was just the open highway, some train tracks, and a plethora of farm fields.
Regarding the two hour time for a 20 mile bike ride. I was taking my time and taking plenty of pictures of cars as well as anything else I thought was interesting. Aside from that there hasn’t been much. However, on Saturday I had the option of going to one of two shows with the McPherson CARS club. There was a big car show in Wichita, called the Black Top Nationals and one at the local airport called When Pigs Fly. The Wichita car-show was a big one and was even raffling off a Model A Tudor. The McPherson show was an air show, in which the Model A club and a few others showed up.
The day started out though with all of us meeting up at the circle drive outside my dorm at nine. One of the Auto program teachers, Chris Paulson, who is also my Introduction to Restoration teacher, and his father each pulled up in a restored 1910 Model T Touring car. From there we split up and tried to get rides to whichever event they were heading to. I chose the McPherson Airport airshow, so that I would more familiarize myself with the town and also hopefully meet some local car collectors. While everyone was trying to find out who to carpool with I had the gumption to ask if I could carpool with Mr. Paulson, because I figured it would be fun to ride in a Model T. He said yes and away to the airport we went.
It was a decision that worked out fairly well. When we pulled up next to an assortment of Model As some people came to us asking if we wanted any food tickets. For just carpooling I got free lunch. I took a first glance at the planes and automobiles and then began doing what I do best, talking to folks about their cars. It turns out that the group of Model A’s was the Model A club from Wichita. As I had experienced with the Ford Club of Upland, they were a bunch of great older folks that were happy to see a young person excited about older cars. I was able to talk to a few members of the club and got to know them fairly well. They were all very friendly and insisted that I go to their next meeting in Wichita. Though it is fairly far away I will try to make it out there. One couple that I talked to for the longest time, and had lunch with was Mr. and Mrs. Hildibrand, as well as their dog Zoey. We shot the breeze for a good hour talking cars, college, and many other things. They were especially surprised to find someone out from California going to college in the middle of Kansas.
As well as the cars, there were some planes as well. Though this was supposed to be an air show, I didn’t notice any stunt pilots flying around. The highlight of the air show was when one pilot took off in his biplane. There were a few other planes flying around as well as some parachutists constantly coming down.
I’m glad that I went to the air show though. The other members of the cars club said that Black Top was mainly resto-mods. Also I now have a foothold in Kansas, as well as a bunch of people on the lookout for a 1941-1946 Chevrolet pickup.