There were teeny and tiny cars.
It was the Micro/Mini Car World Meet 2010 Chicago, USA
The price is right.
Although parking is tight. Try the Metra commuter lots that are nearby.
Rows and rows of little cars. In the open and under trees.
Lots were old. Some unrestored.
Some were new.
There were even vehicles produced to provide transportation to those unable to walk. Some descendants can be found in grocery stores.
There were more cars in the old Oak Manufacturing building than I have seen since Oak moved to Southern California. (The building contained my last legislative office.)
But the cars in the front parking lot weren’t just the Hondas that had been stored in the Crystal Lake lot near Friendship House.
With the price being right—FREE—there were numerous spectators.
Most were old. Lots were classics.
All in all, the cars looked like the type that President Barack Obama wants us all to drive.
Some were driven. The one above one of the eight cars that drove from Santa Monica Pier to Chicago via Route 66. You can re-live their trip here.
Lots came in trailers. This one had to be pushed to its display spot.
This little car made it clear that the rally had cars from all over the world. “The Isetta and the globe were both donated by Bill and Betty Stewart of the Absorber and the Glosser (Clean Tools), who additionally donated 600 glosser for the goody bags!” according to host Lena Press.
Maybe the globe was meant to imply that the cars had traveled all over the world.
I thought this one was a mobile grill.
Wrong. The grill turned out to be a truck with openings to cool the motor.
There were cars that were more than cars, however.
Look at these combinations of cars and boats.
I don’t want to show all of the cars on display to you. Then, why would you bother to visit them on Sunday?
But, there’s one more with a local connection. Look closely and you will perhaps recognize a Crystal Lake city official next to the car he races on weekends.
Hosts for the event. who worked four years to pull it off, were
- Ken & Sylvia Weger
- Arnie & Lena Press
- Larry & Marybeth Claypool
- Diane Fitzgerald & Burt Richmond