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Post  Carps on Thu Aug 22, 2013 10:26 pm

At the NSRA Nationals each year a complete turn key hot rod is given away to one lucky entrant.
The criteria is simple, your entry ticket has a number, if that number is called, then you win.
Provided that is, you have a car on the grounds and you can prove it is indeed your car.



This years winner came in this Rambler.



Dunno if he drove the roadster home or he let the Mrs drive it whilst he drove the AMX.
But we did hear they were both very happy.



This Chevy Sedan Delivery was about as cool as a big panel van can be with enough room for comfy living.



I really liked this one.





And to round out the night, another four door Family Truckster.


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Post  Giobus on Fri Aug 23, 2013 8:10 am

Some great cars Pete!

I love the layout and the way they organise their swap meet stalls.

Over here it's just crap everywhere and all covered in 'grease'Evil or Very Mad


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Post  DaveG on Fri Aug 23, 2013 8:29 pm

Top job Carps
Some really amazing cars. I'm going back for another look.

Thanks for posting these up, much appreciated.


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Post  Carps on Sat Aug 24, 2013 11:27 am

Since the beginning of time I've argued that the ASRF is wrong to exclude chassis-less cars with their harsh rules that exclude most genuinely Australian vehicles, and I'm not about to give up the fight.  So, I've commented on how opening up the NSRA Nat's has allowed all manner of interesting stuff that otherwise we might not have seen, so lets just see what kind of later model and chassis less cars can 'ruin' a hot rod event.

English Thames van has SBC and tubs, was driven a long distance and when we first saw it had one of each spare wheel and tyre on the roof plus a huge box of tools and parts.



This was not the only Hupmobile on the grounds.



Here's another…



Early Plymouth Fury has no chassis, but is cool all the same.



Wanna blow the doors off anything with a factory Hemi installed?  You'll need one of these, the B Body it was fitted to also has no chassis.



The Morris company was well represented, with cars like this miniature hot rod.



How about a flathead powered Minor, I seem to recall such a car in the metro Melbourne area many years ago.



If a flathead is a little tame for you, then you may as well just go balls aout!







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Post  Carps on Sat Aug 24, 2013 11:27 am

There were a couple of Helms Bakery trucks cruising the grounds all weekend.



These Dodges from 1934 might at first seem common but they are the rare Brougham models, like a factory 4 door Victoria.





Only one Studebaker Avanti turned out, but it was a very nice car all the same





The good news is that the maker of the old wests finest covered wagons was well represented by other models.



It almost seemed that Studebaker is the new discovery as there were many more than in years past, including a few done gasser style.



Another vehicle type not usually seen at US events is the forward control pick up truck, but there they were, seemingly everywhere.

Dodge…..



Ford….



And of course a little red one.



…and a yeller one.



Rambler too is a brand not usualy seen, but they were out in force.







Along with their NASH cousins (Nash moved away from separate chassis in the early 1940s).






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Post  Carps on Sat Aug 24, 2013 11:28 am

Chrysler's Airflow models are another no chassis early car, but I'm not so sure this convertible is a factory original.



This classy looking sedan is.



Whilst not really uncommon, there were a few slightly less so variations on the Willys theme, like this neat little '33 model.



This was one of the better executed gasser style cars.



And this pick up was just nice to look at.



And I guess, to drive.



Busses have always been part of hot rodding and there's always someone found something different in the multi seat franchise, like this early '30s MOPAR.



This GMC looked largely original but seemed like it may have been a custom/purpose built model.



And of course along with the busses are the weird and wonderful COE trucks, like this Ford with Coca Cola logos embossed into the doors.



MOPAR trucks are much less common.



However the brand seems to be gaining ground outside of the Hemi powered muscle cars like this rare '33 Desoto.



Or maybe Richie Cunningham's Dad's car.



Or this early '50s pick up.



Maybe something from the early '40s is more your style?


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Post  Carps on Sat Aug 24, 2013 11:28 am

I'm thinking this 1901 Oldsmobile gets the gong for oldest car at the fair.  It was seen chugging around most of every day.



This one gets my gong for coolest car of the show.





Toughest hot rod?



Jake Moran's sleek Lincoln is always parked in the same spot at HQ Hotel.



Use of colour award?



This was probably one of the newest cars at the Nat's and it's cool enough to make one think twice about the Boat Tailed Buicks.



This was probably the weirdest car there, but once again the gang were having so much fun it didn't really matter.



Weird or unique, you make the call, but this was in our motel parking lot and it had us scratching our heads trying to figure out what the core components were.



But y'know what, the owners were having as much fun as anybody so we decided it didn't matter.



Here's another oddball, but it's a teal production car.  The first was produced in 1947 and production finally ceased in 1969.Designed by Claude Dry and Dale Orcult the single cylinder powered car was built in Athens, Ohio.  Anybody know what it is?



Even the Germans showed up.



Dodge Pheonix is another nice MOPAR without a chassis.



Revolutionary in it's day I'm thinking the Cord was another unibody model.



This one was made more unique by having what appears to be a Studebaker back window installed.



Big Pontiac Wagon is not something you'll see everyday….



However, the metal bodied Chevy woodies were quite popular.



Another rare wagon…



And one of the best executed $x$ conversions I think I've ever seen, this thing looked like it was factory built.



There's usually one or two American Bantams on the ground, this was the only one I noticed this year.



Bucket looked like an old build from the early sixties.



Dodge was nice, packing late model drivetrain and all the luxury mod cons.



'37 might have been Ford's 'ugly' year, but Orv Elgie proved years ago that the sedan delivery is one of the prettiest models.


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Post  Carps on Sat Aug 24, 2013 11:50 pm

Lets start this one with a family snap, members of the St Louis Street Rod Association plus one ring in.  L to R, Bob, Steve, Mike, the ring in Ken139 from Ozrodders, the Aussie club member, yours truly.  Missing are Bucketmouth and Enjenjo, who are camera shy.



Quite often folks use their cars to make a statement about themselves or their other interests.  I figured the owner of this one likes Pepsi.



The owner of this one I think may be a gun lobbyist….



Yes kids, theme real bullets…..





The owner of this T bucket must be a pool player, look closely, the pool balls on the air cleaner and cue ball on the radiator cap are obvious, but did you notice that the windscreen stays are pool cues?



However, this is the one we give the trophy too, it suggests the owner is a certifiable nut job.  Yes kids there's two Hemis there, but not just any old Hemis, they are alkyd burning Keith Black racing engines!



And they are LOUD!



They are solidly coupled and dialled in with a 16 cylinder firing order to operate as a single engine.



Insane probably isn't a strong enough word.



The machine has two of everything, fuel systems, chutes etc.



And yes kids, much to the delight of all the adult males on site, they cranked the mongrel up and cruised the fairgrounds. 

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Post  Carps on Sat Aug 24, 2013 11:50 pm

Meanwhile, we idled around all day long in, or on as the case may be, Liz's T bucket, 



…..which seems never to get hot or cranky and will cruise all day with as many people piled aboard as can hang on.



I think this young lady was not too sure what to think seeing me half in and half out of the bucket, which is the only way I can drive it.



However, that sight did help us make lots more new friends………





We also got to see lotsa nice cars like this Chevy with it's incredible painted wood.



The wood on this Chevy is also painted metal……   It's quite stunning but…….



…….I'm thinking the multi dimensional panels of the later cars help give the whole package more definition.



Speaking of 'otsa', there's a strong indication that hot rodeos have discovered older cars with enough doors and seats to include all their buddies in all the fun.



However, the 'murricans still seem to have this aversion to fenders.





I reckon this guy must feel like a real rebel….


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Post  Carps on Sat Aug 24, 2013 11:51 pm

One thing that's always had me wondering with the NSRA Nat's is that there's usually only a handful of serious Kustoms, yet the Goodguys events seem to attract them in their droves.



Maybe as more of the late model set infiltrate this event, that will change, there's certainly some gorgeous later models like this '49 that I could have easily dragged home, if it were for sale. 



This chopped Desoto was no less yummy.



As the ex owner of a very rare '65 Pontiac Bonneville Sports Coupe, this same year 2+2 really got my blood pumping.



On the subject of radical body work, the section job on this old MOPAR might seem easy, but getting the body straight afterwards would have been major task.



Here's another simple but so tastefully done transition era Chevy.



On seeing this license plate I laughed out loud, the others with me didn't get it.



Thanx to Viagra, he's got a woodie……….  Laughing Laughing Laughing Laughing 

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Post  Carps on Sat Aug 24, 2013 11:52 pm

Most of the pre war COE trucks are by popular car makers, based off the company pick up trucks like Ford, Chevy and Dodge etc, this Mack is all truck with a huge turbocharged Cummins Diesel that almost made the ground shake. 



Once upon a time if you told me that one could get the top of a VW Kombi closer to the ground than that of a stock model A Ford, without any body modifications or cutting, I would not have believed it.



Did I mention how many later model Studebakers were there?  
This one was always on the move so I never really got a good shot of it, but everybody was talking about how nice it is, even the hard core pre '48 old guys.



This same make and model year 'vert is also a sweetheart.



Not as many tri-five Chevy's present as us Aussies may have thought, but most of them were super nice, like this '55 on big rollers and slim tyres.



I'd have liked to see more wooden cars, but I've always been a bit different in that respect.



This Old's Vista wagon would make a great place to rest up and catch a few Zs.



Think your kustom paint job was a chore to lay out and lay down?  
Imagine the fun the painter had with this one.



Speaking of paint, here's a scheme that's subtle but makes the old workhorse look as classy as a Roller. 



And proof that you don't need the wildest colour or graphics to be cool.



On the other hand, these graphics do help this old Chubby along.



Think this is what's known as a Veteran Hot Rod.


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Post  Carps on Sat Aug 24, 2013 11:52 pm

The '57 Oldsmobile has long been my personal favourite of the tri-five era GM body styles, I think this mildly de-chromed example should help you all understand why.



The later Oldsmobiles also have a lot going for them.



I'll concede Chevrolet did get it right with the Nomad wagons.



However, I'm in two minds about Pink being a good choice for a Kustom Merc.



Candy/pearl tangerine or whatever it is, works great to make Ford's 'ugly' car supremely appealing.



Pontiac Division's GTO Judge is fine just the way it came from the factory.



But y'know, even a frumpy old wallflower that was once totally undesirable and overlooked, with the right make up can become supremely attractive.



Bobby Alloway, has the knack of making almost anything look mean and nasty, like he's done here with my favourite model year Ford.



However this year I had to set aside my preference for original metal since my model forty award went to this seriously wicked road duster/convertible.




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Post  Carps on Sun Aug 25, 2013 4:03 pm

The NSRA Nat's like most big events is about colour and movement, so lets see what we can do on that theme.



This '56 Fairlane Club Coupe reminds me of the Cusso an old friend used to own.



Some roders like to make a bold colour statement.



Others are more subtle.



Here's yet another rare Hupmobile.



Sometimes it's as easy as using something that is not commonly seen on your model/type of car to make a statement.



Sometimes it takes a little more.



Not often you get to see both ends of the same model car at the same time.



Of all the 'contemporary' 'Pro' styled Willys, I think this was my favourite of the genre.



Some may say, WTF, but this sixties era Tojo Stout, was sitting on a late Corvette suspension and drivetrain, which I think makes it cool.



The race car look is not the sole domain of Willys, the early Ford responds quite well also.


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Post  Carps on Sun Aug 25, 2013 4:04 pm

Where are the rat rods you ask?
Generally they don't turn out at this event but this abomination did manage to slip thru the gates.




The patina or slightly worn look was quite popular this year, but it's sometimes hard to pick the faked from the real battle scars.



Generally, a finished and well tended appearance is the order of the day.



Here's a 1932 model that's not so common, it's a Plymouth.



This Mercury is a modern twist on an old theme, again with good use of contrasting hues.



This is the most common look for Kaiser's little Henry J, like Willys, they are small and light, perfect for the Gasser wars.



However, they are also well suited to a little detailing and make a fine custom street car.



Old timer rods were also a little thin on the ground this year.



Dunno if these qualify as old timers, they used old parts to good effect but were freshly built and highly detailed.



Look closely, this isn't the same 33 that got me all excited, that's one of the great things about hot rodding, no matter how similar two cars may be, they'll never be exactly the same.



The Willys guys provide good proof of that, with so many variations on the same basic car.



This could be the perfect touring vehicle for visiting Aussies, room in the back for luggage, purchases and to throw a mattress and sleep when the need arises.


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Post  Carps on Sun Aug 25, 2013 4:04 pm

Red contrasts nicely with polished alloy and platinum pearl paint.



Yet another straight axle gasser style car, I doubt there were ever as many as there are today, back in the sixties.



This little A road duster looks like it could be a throw back to that same period.



The modern SUV may be mums taxi, but they ain't a new invention.



This Falcon grabbed our attention for clean workmanship and the candy apple red paint.



Closer inspection revealed that the side and hood inserts had a neat marble like custom finish.



Red as always will forever remain a popular choice of colour for hot rods.



Classics on the other hand look good in fruity or pastel shades.



But then red still works….



Black too, provided you like cleaning.


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Post  Carps on Sun Aug 25, 2013 4:05 pm

Did I mention straight axle gasser style cars seem to be flavour of the month?



How about a little Two Lane Blacktop, in this form Falfa's Chevy would have whipped Milner's Deuce.



Speaking of deuces, this one looked like it was black until it caught the sunlight.



This thing was simply blinding, when it did the same.



Yellow works almost as good as red to make a car look good.



Some folks prefer o use more than two colours to grab our attention.



I'm not usually a fan of silvers and greys, but sometimes it's just the right choice.



Give me a blue car and I can be happy.



Some blues are just right for the shape of an old '32 Chevy Victoria.



I'm also a big fan of green, and this radically customised rod, uses it to great effect.



red is good for a father and sone combo too.



However the last word goes to the owner of this pickup who I reckon must have walked into the paint store and emptied the Masterfoods mustard bottle onto the counter and said, "this is the colour I want".  It looks even better in the metal than it does in the photo.


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Post  Oceanside TB on Sun Aug 25, 2013 5:39 pm

Fantastic Carps, especilly like those '56 TBird hubcaps on that tanned roof black '32 roadster.
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Post  DaveG on Sun Aug 25, 2013 6:52 pm

When you see all these amazing rides it makes you realise you are just a very small fish in a very big pond.

Once again amazing pics.
 I'm going back to Drool!!!! all over that 56 Fairlane.


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Post  Carps on Sun Aug 25, 2013 10:58 pm

Along with 4 door sedans, the number of 4 door wagons was far greater than ever, so for lovers of the family trickster, here's a brief photo essay to help you sleep easy.






















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Post  Carps on Sun Aug 25, 2013 10:59 pm

Here's the last few pic's before we leave Louisville and head back to St Louis.

Dunno exactly what it was I liked about this truck, but I do like it.



This one made me smile.



This bloke and his young fella darn near wore that bucket out, it didn't seem to stop cruising all weekend.



In the late afternoon sun, this mid fifties Olds looked simply stunning.



Nice early Corvette with late running gear.



This guy rolled in each morning, parked his rare Chevy and settled comfortably into the rumble seat with his cooler and whatever the beverage it contained.



Cool Dak Dak, is the kind of car that upsets some of the hard core pre 48 element.



What I love about hot rodding in the US midwest, it don't gotta be a Ford to be OK.



They go every which way in this part of the country.



There's the occasional Ford.



…but Pontiacs are also cool.



As are Chevrolets like this tubbed '37 Sedan Delivery.



Customs are cool even if you spell it with a K.



Too soon the weekend drew to a close…..


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Post  Carps on Sun Aug 25, 2013 11:00 pm

Sunday morning Mike packed the Chevy, we said our good-bys and Liz headed off alone on the long road back towards the USA Canada border, whilst Skip took the norther rout towards New York.



Meanwhile we headed due west towards St Louis, Missouri.











The run back was relatively uneventful ….



At least it didn't rain………











After crossing 3 states in a matter of hours, the familiar landmark arch and Missisippi River crossing told us we were almost 'home'.



There was only 10,500 cars at the NSRA Nat's, we're told that there was over 25,000 at Hot August Nights and guess where we are headed after a short stopover to catch up with the St Louis gang?

So keep watching, the show ain't anywhere near over yet.

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Post  Giobus on Mon Aug 26, 2013 7:27 pm

Hi Pete,

You certainly know how to have a holiday !!

So many cars so many colours ~ which one do you choose??

The Splitty was a cool car but they were way too many cars to say that the one l would have !

Maybe a need a bigger garage Very Happy


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Post  GaryH on Tue Aug 27, 2013 4:37 pm

Hi Carps,

Agree the place is HUGE. I was lucky enough to go in 2011, spent two full days in 40 degree heat and still didnt
see all the cars,had to buy the DVD later to catch up. Never having been to the states before, it seemed if the heat didnt get you their
weird food would.Not wanting to eat something advertised as double or triple fried we opted for the deluxe burger, which turned out to be
bolognese sauce in a roll ???. But the quality and sheer number of cars is amazing. We hope to go back next year.
One stand out car for me was a straight eight Buick, body was staight as, but had all the original patina, read surface rust.Interior and under the bonnet was completely redone and absolutely magic.
One other thing I thought was weird was the number of guys using mobility scooters to get around, but on talking to a few of them
who pointed out I was the stupid one for walking, appparently you hire these out, put your 6 pack of Bud in the basket and cruise.
There was 3 huge semis full of these but when I tried to hire one, they are booked out a year in advance, lucky the still had the Bud!!!
 As for the cars you see on the roads around Louisville, gasser style, rat rods straight out exhaust appears as long as you are not driving crazy the police appear to leave you alone. Anyway thats some of my memories of the trip.

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Post  Carps on Tue Aug 27, 2013 6:22 pm

GaryH wrote:I was lucky enough to go in 2011, spent two full days in 40 degree heat and still didnt
see all the cars,had to buy the DVD later to catch up.
Hi Gary, would you like me to autograph that DVD for you? Liz and I have starring roles!  Laughing Laughing Laughing 

We use Liz's T bucket in place of the little scooters, it holds a whole bunch of people and plenty of beer, since I'm a non drinker I get to steer.  Laughing Laughing Laughing 

If you're there next year, drop by the St louis SRA Tent around lunchtime, we'll all be there devouring our huge sandwiches.  Barry takes a run up the road to a local deli where they make $3.00 sandwiches so big they last until breakfast the following day.  This year I had a pulled por SW that was at least ten inches thick, next day Pastrami, all thirty slices of it with four slices of swiss cheese.  On Friday I decided to go with the Chicken breast, seems the menu was missing the 's' because it was all of the chicken except for the legs (ther wings must be attached to the breast, because they were included with the whole carcass), Saturday, we opted out of lunch because we couldn't eat any more.  Laughing Laughing Laughing Laughing

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Post  Runaroundsue on Fri Aug 30, 2013 2:07 pm

OH MY GOD!!!!!!!  This is unbelievable.
Loved reading thru all your stuff Carps, that is amazing.

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