Hats off to Nick's Garage for another outstanding event. This year was better than ever. Attached are a few photos I managed to snap when not absolutely absorbed in everything going on. On a personal note: This year's event was especially "eventful" for me as I hooked with an old high school friend that I hadn't seen in 50+ years. My wife and I were checking in for the Reliability Run early Friday and while walking through the parking area I came across an early Ford pickup, all original, with faded lettering on the door.....Mt Vernon Service, HIWAY 40 Golden. I mentioned to my wife that I spent a lot of time at that gas station during high school, it was owned by the Palmer brothers, Don and John, who were both legendary stock car drivers at Lakeside Speedway back in the 50's and 60's. I was friends with one of Don's sons, Charlie. Charlie had the coolest ride ever, a bright orange tall T coupe with a 303 Olds. I drove a 29 A coupe with a 48 Merc. Anyway, we were standing by the old Ford truck and a gentleman is showing a folder full of photos to an interested bystander. I whisper to my wife that I think the gentleman is one of the Palmer boys. So I walk up and peer over the gentleman's shoulder to get a peek at the pictures. All the photos are of the old Mt Vernon service station which, back in the day, was the last gas stop on Hiway 40 before heading into the mountains. I can't contain myself and start interrupting with questions and comments about the old gas station. The poor bystander looses interest and walks away. I know this gentleman must be Charlie Palmer, but he looks way to young....I'm 72 and he was a year younger. So I ask the gentleman if he is one of the Palmer boys and he smiles and says, "Yes I am, I'm Charlie". I tell Charlie that I knew him years ago back in the 60's, but he probably wouldn't remember me. I introduce myself and Charlie breaks out in the biggest grin ever and says "Are you kidding me?, of course I remember you, you drove a 29 model A! No one knows what happened to you". As it turns out, Charlie also provided me with contact info for my best friend in high school who I have been trying to locate for years. What a day, and all because of the HRHC! Charlie Palmer is one of the youngest most up-beat 70+year olds you will ever meet. Charlie ran his Tall T in the hill climb, and it is exactly as it was when he was in high school...same paint job, same engine, and no shock absorbers, which was evident as he was bouncing up the hill with his foot buried and his wife Pat at his side. I can't wait to spend more time with Charlie and see his collection of old hot rods.