Getting ready for Street Machine Nationals in Duguoin
My wife and I are originally from Southern Illinois and everyone summer we spend a week back there visiting family and friends. Last summer, while we were there, I was reading the paper and found that Street Machine Nationals was going on that weekend at the Duquoin State Fairgrounds which is about 20 minutes from where we were staying. I told my wife we HAD to go. We spent a Saturday at the show and found about 2500 cars and trucks from everyday cars people were just showing off to high dollar ProStreet cars that were just amazing. I told my wife we needed to bring Silverback up there next year. So, we are.
However, to do that, I wasn't going to drive my 71 up and back adding 2000 miles to the car (plus there's not enough storage in the car to do it). So, step one was buy a trailer to haul it up there. After investigating car haulers both enclosed and open, I decided to go with an enclosed trailer. Basically the reasons being that enclosed offers the most protection for your car and keeps it clean whether you run into a thunderstorm, dusty road, or just bug spats. Even a rock guard on an open trailer only provides limited protection. So then I started investigating enclosed trailers. One that was quickly clear, I didn't know how people got out of their cars once they drove them into the trailer. Especially when they were my size (6'7"). There's no way I could open the door far enough to get out. So then I discovered trailers with "Escape Doors". These are positioned on the driver's side parallel to the drivers car door and allow the car door to open out into the open created when these escape doors are opened.
So, I started hunting for an aluminum trailer with an escape door. Turns out they're not cheap. Many I looked at were well over 20K! I'm not sleeping in this thing, so I'm not paying that. I eventually found a Cargo Craft 24ft with nice finish out and an escape door for about 10K. However, when I brought it home. The bottom edge of the escape door was higher than the bottom edge of Silverback's door so the door wouldn't open. So, after several 2x8x12's to create rails were bolted to the floor of the trailer and painted with truck bed paint, I was able to get the car high enough in the trailer to allow the door to clear the escape door opening.
The trailer didn't have any integrated storage so I bought a couple cabinets from Home Depot and a few other wall mounted accessories and put everything in. Nothing super fancy but it certainly gets the job done.
I also bought a new canvas chair to take to the car show. It's definitely a big man's chair. See my lovely wife modeling it. She's 5'8" and can't get close to touching the ground. The top of the chair back is nearly 6' high!