June 19, 2004
Day 9 of 16 (Page 1 of 3)
This morning was all about the car show. I was up early and
completed uploading all my full size pictures for the first half of our trip.
I then removed everything from Angelisa and drove her over to the Convention
Center. I wiped her down with my California Duster and emptied everything out
then locked her up. The serious show people were all there setting up
their displays, my goal was just to have her as clean as one can get after
3500 miles and in a nice spot at the show. I got a second row center spot in
the shade. I then walked the block back to the hotel and worked on my website
until the show started.
The day was really nice, high 80s, party clouded, no rain.
Once we got to the show, I set up Katie's pictures in the dash and gave Lisa
Katie's plaque from R2Kv1 to display in the R2K Museum for the day. We walked
around and looked at cars, talked to old friends from years past, meet some
new friends and looked at all the neat stuff at the vendor's areas. I bought a
few antenna toppers, Fog Light grills and a T-shirt.
David Allen gave me Herbie the Love Bug collectable Video
Disc signed by Dean Jones for my Herbie past in giving away so many Herbies
over the years including the 6 large Herbies given away at R2Kv1. I had Mr.
Jones personalize the autograph and then I gave him the Herbie that has been
riding on Angelisa's back shelf for the last 5 years. He also signed my R2K
Tshirt along with Heather and Naomi's T-shirts. After the autographs, we spoke
to Mrs. Jones for about 10 minutes about Disney, where we lived, our Herbie
connection. They both were really nice people and seem to really enjoy their
time at the show.
We won a door prize of a yellow New Beetle model and Naomi
took almost 400 pictures during the day. The only bad part was my right
headlight went out that was just replaced by VW a few months ago and I could
not get the assembly out :(
The awards ceremony started at 2 pm and to my surprise I won
2nd place in 1999 Custom. I guess none of the really great custom jobs were
1999 models otherwise I would never had had a chance. It was Angelisa's second
trophy. Now the real problem is trying to get everything home in the car.
After the show, there was the parade through downtown. They
blocked off all the streets, allot of locals lined the street, Dean Jones was
grand marshal in the lead car. We bought about 10 pounds of candy and rubber
toys to throw to the kids. It was a fun event, the kids loved it, Candy was
flying everywhere. I hit Naomi a few times has she was standing up through the
sunroof taking pictures and I was throwing candy over the roof with a hook
After the parade, we headed to the Sunken Gardens to visit
Katie's bench. It is the first time I have visited since the bench and plaque
were placed in the garden. It was extremely emotional to me. It was the first
time all weekend it hit me so hard. The first R2K was all about Katie
and with everyone constantly coming up to me and offering their condolences, I
was an emotional wreck. This weekend was all about the show and the family
doing something together we love. Katie was still there but she didn't
dominate the show like last time. I plan to go back in the morning and clean
the plaque, I just wish there were some flowers around the bench. The park is
a little run down since 2000.
I went back to the hotel for a short nap before the Alien
Costume party/Picnic at the zoo. We went as a Hawaiian Cone Head family. We
wondered through the zoo and then found the party area. This was allot
different that the planned activities of R2Kv1, but it was good for us with
Heather. The food was good and Heather won 2nd place for Kid's Alien Costume.
She was really happy about winning even though I had to push her up there to
We then headed to Dairy Queen, one of the many after-party
events. Others included drag racing, pool party, local bars and restaurants.
Dairy Queen was offering a "Herbie Goes Bananas Split" for $2. Since we had
just ate, we got one and split it between us. We had planed to then go to the
pool party but it was late for Heather and she was tired, so we called it a
night and went back to the room to back for an early departure in the morning.
Today was a great day, great because of the people of R2K.
The events were all as good as advertised or better. David and his support
staff did another wonderful job. I only wish it wasn't so far away and we
could attend more than every 4 or 5 years. I enjoyed the cars, parade,
picnic and ice cream.
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