Each one of our five Summer Series shows was unique and presented a few surprises. Our final show featured Cadillac, and while we expected a nice mix of Caddys, the sweet spot was late-1950s-1960s models—especially convertibles. Surprising because ‘verts rusted much quicker since they leaked (even when new) and once the tops rotted they became exposed to the elements. They made fewer convertibles than hardtops and sedans, too. And these have the most trim so they can be difficult to restore without having a complete car to start, or a tall wallet.By mid-morning, on a beautiful Saturday, the OPGI lot was filled with over 40 Cads, with another surprise beingthe number of modified examples mixed with some nice restorations. More than a couple had LS engines for power, while others were mild-to-wild customs. Numerous owners we talked with made suggestions for parts they’d like to see us reproduce, and your requests were duly noted. We love talking with participants to find out about their cars, projects, and future needs.
Jeff Farina, OPGI’s Sourcing Manager, filled the air with tunes and MC’d the day’s activities, while hungry show- goers were satisfied by the Dogzilla Food Truck featuring gourmet hot dogs and other delights throughout the day. Supporting vendors included Guaranty Chevrolet, Autometer, Lokar Products, Rides by Jon— who brought out a number of clean Cads, Powermaster, Classic Performance Products, Classic Car Shirts, and more, with great displays, products, and representatives ready to answer questions. As usual, we also had opportunity drawings with a lot of happy winners hauling away some nice stuff. And speaking of hauling away parts the front counter was crowded all day long with both participants and casual spectators picking up components for their next projects, or just a T-shirt or two.
2018 OPGI Cadillac Spring-Summer Awards Winners:
VIP Selection by Jon from Rides by Jon: Norman Ash, 1953 Coupe DeVille
Below is a large gallery of many of the cars, the winners, and more from our final Summer Series show. Thanks to all who came out and especially to our sponsors and participants, and check back often to OPGI’s Facebook, Instagram or website to see what we might have in the works for next year.
Cadillac Show Gallery