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!
On the third day the weather continued to be great, the crowds were huge, and by early afternoon the show cars were judged and the winners determined. Afterward, the awards ceremony took place in the fairgrounds arena and the giveaway car was awarded from a drawing of raffle tickets. The giveaway car is provided from an annual yearlong project that is built with the support of businesses and the Cache Valley Cruising Association members. This year's winner won a hot-looking '71 Dodge Dart painted in Hemi Orange and powered by a modified 360 small-block (LA engine).
At the end of the show, hundreds of street rods and classic cars make their way over to Main Street in Logan for some fun cruising. The Logan City Police Department cordons off all of the side streets so that there is no normal traffic and thousands of spectators line the sidewalks for about two miles to watch the cruising in action.
This year's three-day show attracted about 30,000 attendees. The Cache Valley Cruising Association hopes you can make it to next year's car show. Better yet, make it a weeklong getaway. There's plenty to see and visit within a day's drive from the show. For more information about the show or how to register for next summer's 2015 show please visit the CVCA's website: cachevalleycruisein.net. We hope to be there next summer and look forward to seeing your car!
Marion Terry's 1929 Ford roadster keeps the FoMoCo theme through-and-through with its 351 Ford Windsor power.
Cadillacs are pretty cool, especially this 1964 Coupe De Ville with its 429ci V-8 and Turbo-Hydramatic transmission. For 1964, Cadillac brought more than a few changes. The 1963 body style was tightened up for 1964 with a bi-angular V-shaped grille and the engine size increased from a 325-horse 390 ci, to a 340-horse 429 ci. The 1964 Cadillacs' new three-speed automatic transmission also replaced the 1963's outdated Hydramatic. This Seacrest Green Iridescent example belongs to Mark and Lori Ohlin. The 1964 model was also the 17th season for Cadillac tailfins!
Fred and Jan Kunze's red '32 coupe is from Arizona and powered by a 350. We especially liked the vintage whitewall tires on this ride. Fred wasn't too specific when mentioning how much horsepower his 350 had. He just summed it up by stating that it had "some" horsepower.
This beige 1940 Ford Standard Coupe might look a little unassuming, but between the fenders lives a factory dual-quad 425ci Buick motor. Buick rated these engines (produced during the mid '60s) at 360 hp. Ron and Jan Olsen are the owners and call Arizona home.
Jim Conway from northern Utah brought out his 1932 Ford with three deuces mounted to a 350 small-block Chevy. Jim's 1932 is old school all the way and he has driven it on the Utah Salt Flats.
The speedometer mounted in the dash inside Conway's 1932 Ford is from a '30s Harley-Davidson police motorcycle. We think it looks really cool.
One of the things we noticed at the Cache Valley Car Show was that lots of the cars had powerplants outside the norm. This ride is powered by not one but two Buick V-8 engines!
Another Cadillac at the show was this 1961 convertible with a slight custom treatment. Under the hood was the stock 325hp, 390 V-8. Richard and Joan Holmes own this one.
This '55 Ford Fairlane belongs to Brad Hulse and is powered by an H.O Mustang, 5.0 (302) V-8. The standard V-8 engines in these cars when new were 272ci Y-blocks and developed 162 hp. The larger 292 (commonly known as a Thunderbird engine) was optional.
The CVCA Main Street cruise on Saturday night packed the streets of old-town Logan. We're already looking forward to Cache Valley Cruising Association's car show for next summer! Hope to see you there and for more info please visit: cachevalleycruisein.net.