Visiting the World of Wheels

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On Sunday my son and I took a ride to Green Bay to check out the annual "World of Wheels" show at the Brown County Veterans Memorial Arena. One of the attractions was a beautiful replica of the 1953 "Waldorf Nomad" Corvette that Zane Zander of Brillion, Wisconsin, recently finished building. Wayne has been working on this car for years and it turned out absolutely gorgeous. Hot rods and muscle cars were the other hits of the show, but a couple of '50s cars also made it, including a bright red MG TD roadster that Doc's Car & Cycle Museum was offering for sale. At $35,000, the little roadster was too rich for my blood, so I'll stick to mine -- the car I'm driving in the picture that accompanies this blog. My TD isn't as shiny, but I think I probably have more fun with it and it has never let me down. Several "Rat Rods" were on display and I don't know what to think of these cars. A sign referred to them as "traditional hot rods," but I just can't remember the "car guyz" in my neighborhood wanting the unfinished, primered look on their cars. I remember several rods having home-applied paint jobs, but their builders were still trying to copy what they saw in magazines back then, even if their cars didn't look as professional. My son totally disagreed. He thought the cars were very cool. And the more home-built they looked, the more he liked them. So, what's your opinion? Are you a Rat Rod lover or hater?