After a bit more moseying, we stumbled upon a pair of beautifully restored Luscombe model 8's, one of which is below [Image taken from the Fly-In's Photo Album]:
Mita and I talked to this plane's owner for about 20 minutes, talking about learning to fly, what its like to have an airplane like this, and I did my best attempt to hide my excitement about getting to look so closely at such a beautifully restored airplane.
We saw a bunch of airplanes, but this was the one that stuck with me, so I started googling around for information about them, learning that they're pretty fun little airplanes, you can get one in flying shape for about $20,000, and they're about as practical and as cost effective as a small airplane can be. I also found a great site detailing the loving restoration of one. It showed the custom fabricated engine cowling, and the custom fabricated instrument panel, and a beautiful yellow paint-job, much like the one we saw at the airshow. The panel looked a little familiar, with roughly the same position for the controls, but I didn't think about it until it got to the custom teak control stick grips. They looked just like the ones I saw on Saturday. I looked through the air-show's photo album to find the picture above, which has the owner's name on it, and confirmed that the restoration page that I saw is of the same aircraft by its current owner, further confirming my theory that while its a big world, if you delve into something even a little bit, its still a really small one.