Usually I'm not big on awards, most of mine usually are the "best work in progress" type anyway. This weekend, I decided I had most of the bugs worked out of my recent new engine install, and decided to try out a small roadtrip to a local show. One thing I forgot is to install the thermostat, as I wanted to make sure it stayed cool throughout the breakin process, it was left out. Turns out I probably need to do that. I left at 9 AM with my buddy for a local show about 35 miles away, it was only about 75 out, and the car never got above 150 degrees on the whole drive. It was much better coming home, as it was about 100 degrees, and the car ran about 185.... Anyway, I was standing around at the awards, seeing if my voting was in line with everybody else......when to my surprise, they called out my name for a top 10 award....I was shocked. There were 146 cars there, about 95% of them were nicely finished, paint, interior, the whole 9 yards. And my old 55 with the worn out badly applied 30+ year old paint, and ratty interior was in the top 10 ??? Don't ask me how that happened, but my kid was thrilled....and that's the most important part. I wish I would have remembered my camera, there were 1/8 mile drags at the airport, including a neat FED, lots of quality cars, including 3 nicely done Mercurys...sorry fellas, I'll buy me a cheapo digital camera for my glovebox next time.