Monday, July 15, 2024

Downtown Hammond's Monday Blues Cruise 7/15/24



You have to love music, automobiles, and community to appreciate this weekly event. This Blues Cruise is a combination of that and takes place every Monday evening starting at 5:00 PM, at 489 Fayette street, Hammond, Indiana.

Community diehards come with their form of transportation, from vehicles to motorcycles, scooters, and bicycles. They own it, they appreciate it, they want to share with you what is part of them.

Just down the street of the car show is Paul Henry's Art Gallery. There on this same evening you can listen to some live blues music. The blues nostalgia ties you back into these older automobiles. They can compliment each other. They both help you to feel what it is, what it is all about.

Besides music at Paul Henry's Art Gallery there is of course art from local talent. NW Indiana is just dripping with it. At the opposite corner of the parking lot of Paul Henry's is Substation No.9 where you can find more art. Remember, all of this art is for sale.

It takes passion to want to do all of this. It takes passion to want it come together. It takes passion for it to continue. The transportation enthusiasts, the artists, the organizers (thank you Aubrey), and this photographer step forward on a continual basis to bring this to you, the public. What we need is you, the public, to keep us inspired to create, to bring out our modes of transportation. Please, come and enjoy. It would put a smile on our face.




















Come on out, see the automobiles (actually, anything with wheels), stroll down the street to listen to some music at Paul Henry's, and check out the art at Paul Henry's and Substation No.9. Enjoy what the Community has to offer!



Enter at 489 Fayette St
(Fayette and Oakley)


General public parking is along the side streets or up by Paul Henry's. Car show parking is on Fayette Street.




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Saturday, July 13, 2024

Wes' Excellent Adventure XI



My intent was to drive to the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Chapter 104 pancake breakfast at the Valparaiso airport (KVPZ with a 7,000 ft. runway), in the hopes to see some experimental aircraft, along with the CAF visit WWII plane show. Saw everything but the experimental aircraft. (I did leave early.)

I have been an EAA member for some time, member #84624. I think the membership is in the millions now. My dad, sort of a co-founder, was #26. I do miss this type of aviation, and the old days of EAA. The EAA Chapter I had belonged to back in the day was Chapter 95, when it was located on the family farm (87IL with an 1,800 ft. sod runway).

Today I saw "FIFI", a B-29. I have seen her plenty of times, and it does not seem to get old. They were selling their WWII merchandise at the flight line. A lot of merch there, very interesting, and if I did not have a connection to a specific plane I would have bought a lot. However, my dad was a flight engineer on a B-17 near the end of WWII in the Philippines. 

Many years ago the "Aluminum Overcast" B-17 stopped at the Lewis Airport (KLOT with a 6,500 ft. runway). Here, my dad, I, and my son attended and my son and I hopped a ride. Obviously I paid for it to support the maintenance of the aircraft, and I donated extra money. For that I was able to obtain a real U.S. Air Force jacket with our family name patch, an air force patch, and the Aluminum Overcast patch both back (large) and front (small). I mention all of this because today I was able to buy a B-17 pin along with a U.S. Air Force Flight Engineer Wings pin.



Now I have to find out where they can properly go on the jacket.

The first few photos are of this event, followed by another event I happened to stumble upon. This first photo is of a couple radio controlled (RC) airplanes. I typically would not have photographed them, but the Aeronca Champ (yellow / red one in the back) brought back memories of our private airstrip which was plenty of runway to fly our Mustang II experimental aircraft to fly in and out of [even over the tree at the North end]). Our airstrip was the second restricted landing area granted in the state of Illinois. My cousin flies his Champ out of there now.






People lining up to board FIFI for a "paid to fly" flight. Unfortunately I cannot do that because I am not able to walk up the ladder, otherwise I might have considered it. (Fell off the ladder a couple years ago and permanently damaged my ankle . . . sucks.)











Rita started first, then Betty was to go next (both starboard) but incurred some long start issues and had to wait. (Yes, the engines are named.) So, Ingrid and Mitzi were started on the Port side second and third, then they came back to Betty who did not argue this time. (Puff of smoke from oil is Betty.)












The next set of photographs are of an unscheduled stop at the Highland Elks Lodge 981 Classic Car Show. Their very first, and I must say they had some pretty nice rides showing. I saw a person from the Griffith Fire Department placing flyers in each of the cars for their upcoming car show. Sort of got me thinking about the weekly Monday Blues Cruise happening in Hammond on Fayette that started this year (takes place every Monday). I think I need to keep some flyers handy to pass out.

Here are some photographs . . .







You know, if one was to attend a car show and photograph, you would think one would remember to photograph the car and not just the engine. Below is the engine of a 1938 Lincoln Limo, 1 of 5 left, from Whiting Indiana.






Yes, a real Yenko/SC . . . the first one I have ever seen in person. A very sweet ride.






And I have always liked Impalas . . .



























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