So once again i am dead tired on my feet, just got in from the pileup Its a good kind of tired. I am thankful for a bunch of things in recent years and i am sure more cool stuff will happen to be thankful for in the future. The pileup is pretty sweet.. cant really say much more than that.. sweet. I don't get much time to post on the HAMB anymore.. once in a while.. not much.. work and side projects get in the way.. i feel like a keyboard hot rodder(tm) sometimes but i try to do what i can in the garage with the time i have. When i look back at previous posts it seems like i whore the pileup on the HAMB .. because i have so few tech and car related posts and lots of advertisement for the show.. I don't intend it to be like that and hope to contribute tech wise more. My personal thanks ... 1. I want to thank Ryan for running the board, the pileup wouldn't really have started without the people meeting on the HAMB and getting together to start the show. 2. I want to thank "Andy" from Marty and Sons in Sycamore, IL .. for providing the birthplace. 3. I want to thank my Chrome Czar brothers for working hard and long. Things get sticky, fall apart, and go south fast with 12,000 or more people coming to your house for some fun... everyone did a great job and kept the balls in the air.. it was good. 4. I want to thank all the clubs that volunteered their help... and all the pileup staff/volunteers/people who gave us two hours .. and more.. of their day to make things happen. I hope you like the thermometers.. they turned out awesome (thank Django for the idea and design, thanks Django). Someone should take a pic and post it. 5. I want to thank the knucklhead in the black coupe that laid the big patch at the streetlight friday night .. i am sure that when i drive through Morris i will get pulled over and given a hard time by the local fuzz.. jerk. 6. I want to thank Rashy and Flt_Blk and all of the southern boys for making the haul up to chicagoland.. and the Suedes for their commitment to hot rodding.. and the Kropdusters, and all the people that drove in from out of state...and the new guys that came from Long Island NY. And all the local people triumph_terror, the Blacktop Barons for their ability to step up to the plate instantly, The VooDoo Kings for their rock solid drive and execution. 7. I want to thank my girlfriend Queen Eileen for managing the t-shirt booth all day. 8. I want to thank the people and clubs that came to show their support for traditional hot rods and customs. Whether you have matching coats or not ... friends are friends .. and building cool shit counts. 9. I want to thank every single person that attended.. hope they get some inspiration and do something good with it. 10. I want to thank Catherine "Dumb Whore" for being the buffer and sounding board and organizing the volunteer schedules and sign up and about a million other things. The HCPU website had 1.7 million hits in about 40 days.. sort of freaks me out.. i dont know if thats good or bad.. exponential growth is only good for dot com tech startups This years Pileup seemed sort of surreal.. Dennis Gage... we talked a bit on and off camera .. nice guy... i wish i had the speed channel The guys from Wisconsin Hot Rod Radio.. The dude from Cheap Trick.. wandering around checking out the tin.. The barn fresh purple '36 cabriolet.. i was in the very very back of the fairgrounds.. i just opened up the "carny camping" area and the 36 rolled in.. the Cheaters were first on the scene.. they spotted it on the way in and were running to check it out.. hehehe See ... that's what i am thankful for ... a chance to fill the car freak addiction once in a while just by seeing a gem like that 36 .. getting excited about some clutch brakes .. or saying out loud .. thats the first time i have ever seen a (fill in the blank) in person before.. i have seen pictures, but never one up close and real. Thats kinda what the pileup is.. People are starving and getting blown up and all types of nasty stuff going on in this world.. and we can sit here in America and enjoy the good life.. we can .. enjoy it ... and give thanks Thats the kind of thanks i am talking about.