|"Well, what do you think?"|
|Hooray!!! It's running! Smoke and all!|
Go Carl! You did it!
|Adding a little pizazz to the float|
|Making that baby shine!|
|Prepping the Willy's for its big ride!|
|Our State Trooper car|
|Check out the awesome brake light!!!|
The morning of the 4th finally arrived, everyone got dressed and the vehicles were lined up in the museum yard and headed to the checkpoint. Kayla took Carl to get extra gas for the Dodge and Rachel and I had to re-attach the magnets on all the signs I made because the glue was old!
Finally, it was out turn (the Museum group) to join the parade. As soon as the float began to move, the tractor conked out. Carl jumped out of the car and helped crank it up...it was a close one, but they did it and off we all went! First, the Big float, then the 1936 Farmall tractor driven by Dick Wilson, us in the 1923 touring car (President Harding drove this car and actually hammered in the Golden Spike on the day the Alaska RR was completed on July 15, 1923), Gabe in the 1989 State Trooper car and then Joe in the 1953 Willy's rescue vehicle. Each of the 3 vehicles had an awesome horn or siren which of course the men sounded regularly.
|At the very end of the parade,|
the ole Willy's just stopped and the guys
gave her a little boost...lol
|Being in the parade, we didn't get to see much|
But at the end, I caught a glimpse of these
little horses...soooo adorable!
|MATI's main float|
|Rachel, Julie, Sherry|
|Dick and the tractor|
|My chauffer...lol Such a gentleman!|
|Gabe and Kayla|
|The Dodge Team|
To say that I had a blast would be a major understatement! Waving, smiling, talking to the kids...OMG...it was amazing! Carl was loving his ride big time! I think he got transported back to 'the day' for a while! He swears he was born in the wrong era! Everyone had so much fun! The crowd was very participatory as well...yelling, clapping, whistling, etc.
We were notified the following day that MATI (Museum of Transportation and Industry) won 1st Place for the best vehicle! Go us!