Great summer weather, a lush and beautiful green valley, and hundreds of street rods with high-horsepower mills made this year's Cache Valley Cruising Association's Car Show spectacular. To join in on this year's action at the fairgrounds in Logan, Utah, we left Southern California and journeyed up north of Salt Lake City. Besides the very scenic drive through Utah with lots of great photo opportunities, we were greeted at our arrival in Logan with the welcoming guys and gals of the Cache Valley Cruising Association, and a host of things to do at the three-day event.
The Cache Valley car show has been going on now since 1982, and this year there were close to 1,000 cars entered in the car show that took place on July 3-5. We found each of the three days packed with lots of cars, people, and plenty to do at the show. The show draws a huge assortment of street rods, classic cars, and muscle cars from across the country. In addition to that, at the Cache Valley Car Show there are kids' game events, a sock-hop on the first night, and a vendor area with crafts and more called Women's World. For accommodations we stayed at the Crystal Inn in Logan among the dozens of nice hotels nearby. For those who wish, there is RV camping available at the fairgrounds on a first come first served basis.
The first day kept us busy with our cameras as many of the cars were arriving. That day also featured a Poker Run in the afternoon that takes participants through a very scenic route around the Cache Valley. By the second day, the car show crowd and audience were building. By that evening, REO Speedwagon performed in concert in the fairground arena. This was something we were especially excited about as we got to hear live, "Take it on the Run," "Keep on Lovin' You," "Can't Stop this Feeling," and many more of their hits!
Larry Butcher's Chevy-powered 1932 Ford three-window coupe turned a lot of heads at the Cache Valley Cruising Association's car show. The 8-71 Mooneyham blower and pair of Holley 950-cfm carburetors move plenty of air into a pair of rectangular-port cylinder heads mounted to a 468ci big-block Chevy. Enough said.
One of our favorite cars at the show belonged to Terry and Judy Richards, of Meridian, Idaho. Their ultrarare 1954 Buick Skylark convertible is one of 836 cars made in 1954. Less than 100 are remaining today. These Buicks were powered by a 322 V-8 rated at 200 hp, and featured a two-Speed Dyna-Flow automatic transmission. Also standard were four-way power seats, power top, power windows, Selectronic radio with power antenna, and whitewall tires.
This 1954 Skylark convertible also featured a new tapered deck with big chrome fins grafted onto the 1954 Century body. Unique front fenders with extra-wide wheelwells and a simulated body theme continued to the rear wheelhouse areas. Those shiny rims are the original, standard equipment 40-spoke Kelsey-Hayes wire wheels. We chose the Richards' 1954 Buick as our STREET RODDER pick of the show! Check out the photo gallery to see Terry receiving his award.
The Cache Valley Car Show not only attracts hundreds of cars to the event, but also many vendors with auto-related items and a swap meet as well.
One of the most eye-catching cars at this year's event was this 1930 Model A Ford roadster, owned by Anthony Jensen. The Model A Roadster is powered by a vintage FE series, big-block Ford engine with stock Ford Thunderbird valve covers. We especially liked the extensive woodwork on the body.
Gary and Jo Giffin's 1940 Ford coupe is powered by a 330-horse, 350 Chevy. Gary told us that his build theme throughout the entire car (except for the A/C unit) was to keep it as close to a '60s style as possible. It looks like he did a great job!
Gene and Kelly Hunt brought their 1937 Buick over from Casper, WY (800 miles round trip), to the show. Power is supplied by a 400ci mill.
This 1935 Chevy Master Coupe belongs to, and was built by Bert El-Bakri, from Smithfield, UT. El-Bakri told us that when he first bought his Chevy, he had to hunt down many of the missing body panels. The paint is a combo of General Motors three-stage Diamond White and BMW Silver.
Under the hood of El-Bakri's 1935 Chevy, is a 415ci small-block Chevy harnessed to a 700-R4 automatic that spins a 9-inch Ford rearend with 3.89 gears. By day El-Bakri is an electronics quality technician, which makes sense when you see the attention to detail throughout this Chevy.
Dennis Mackey's 1955 Chevy features a 502ci big-block, five-speed trans, and a full Art Morrison frame with Wilwood discs and 3-inch exhaust. Mackey told us that the Art Morrison frames originally were not built to accommodate the big 3-inch exhaust. After many phone calls to Art Morrison, they agreed to build a frame with accommodating 4-inch holes and now offer this feature on their Tri-Five frames. This car sounds awesome!