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Why I missed another VHRA Show.

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Re: Why I missed another VHRA Show.

Post  Carps on Sun Mar 02, 2014 2:19 pm

I’m gunna try and stick to a plan and cover the inside show  cars first.  Starting with the Kustoms.



As we walked thru the door, Don asked if I could figure out who built this one.



My response:  “Even blind Freddie could see that’s another Richard Zocchi masterpiece.”  So radically modified yet so subtle, it just oozes class.



Of course if there’s a Zocchi, then not too far away will be a D’Agistino! And the man did not disappoint.  We had a closer encounter with him outside, but more on that later.



I can’t give you all the details on this one, other than it was a most stunning paint job.





However, when it comes to masterful paintjobs, all of us agreed that the lowrider guys just leave the rest of the world a mile behind!



These guys just go nuts with tape, sandpaper, airbrush and elbow grease!



Even their mildly redone cars are wild!





Here’s another more radically customised ’59 el Camino.



And a more traditional chopped Mercury.



When it comes to ‘the look’ nobody does it better then bobby Alloway, pretty much all the cars he’s built leave the viewer tring to guess just what’s changed and what’s original.



Some of the low rider guys have been trying their hand at traditional style customs, with great success.



They still like to use lots of tape and more than one colour.



And of course they use non mainstream platforms to weave their automotive magic.



Another incredibly sublime yet tasteful Chevy fastback.



Troy was there with his Buick, still not my cup of tea, but I do admire the impeccable quality and finish.



I think with different wheels I would like it a lot more than I do.



Only Troy could make an essentially stock engine bay look so contemporary and such a radically contemporary engine look so '56 Buick stock..



And the last word in street machines goes to Gil Losi for his laser straight '61 Chevy Bubbletop.  The flawless black lacquer is a mile deep and  under the hood lives a 560ci turbocharged mountain motor that pumps out just over 2000 horse pressures!



However, the absolute last word goes to the lady at the Pizza kiosk, who had this lot!  My close friends know what I drink and for 30 years the Americans have frustrated me with their lack of raspberry flavouring.  It’s impossible to get a pink lemonade.  Well it isn’t really, but in the US lemonade is made from lemons, water and sugar, pink lemonade has added pink grapefruit juice.
The lady behind the counter gave me a most quizzical look when I asked her to put some raspberry syrup in a drink cup then fill it with Sprite.  When I went into raptures Don pissed his pants and everybody else just shook their heads, until don explained the Australian soft-drink market to them.
We went back more than once during the show to fill me up with my favourite refreshment and the lady behind the counter became my new best friend.



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Re: Why I missed another VHRA Show.

Post  Carps on Sun Mar 02, 2014 2:21 pm

Here's a test for you.  Can anybody tell me exactly what this is?







Jerry Horton didn't hold back when telling the story of his Merc.



Which is one of very few '50 Merc's I've ever seen done in a contemporary style, that actually 'works'.



Considering the condign of the car when he started, it's turned out just fine.



Lee Pratt on the other hand, simply duplicated what he did almost 50 years ago.





Once upon a time, nobody in their right mind would touch an early '50s (or late '40s) Chevy, unless it was to be radically altered.



I guess we must have all mellowed or sumpin, coz this one doesn't even have a chopped windscreen and it looks just perfect!



Tri Five Chubby was subtle but pretty wild under the hood and floor.



There's always one or two of these monsters in this show and at events in California.
The guys who build em use mostly fabricated and custom built bodies, often truck chassis and usually antique aeroplane engines to build these outlandish 'vintage' creations.  What looks like wood is all metal and it's called a ,Bitzarini'.



Steve and Julie McLain found this old pick-up in a barn.  Since it appeared to have been customised back in the day they did some research and learned it had been shown at the 1964 Grand National Roadster Show, so they set about restoring it so it could appear at the same show, fifty years later.



They did a damn fine job too!



Shoebox Ford seemed to be part Kustom and part Pro Streeter.



This wagon, seemed familiar but is a new car, not a similar '56 that did the show scene about ten years back



Proof there's hope yet for my WA buddy Brootal the Rambler man, this little wagon was just too nice for words.



A couple more examples of lowrider paint detail.





This was one nicely done Mercury with just a hint of Matranga.



Even tho it used many cliched parts, they were installed with good taste and a unique approach.



Speaking of good taste, this old hardtop could have been on the streets like this when it was brand new.



This one is clearly a recent build.



As too is this shoebox Ford.



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Re: Why I missed another VHRA Show.

Post  Carps on Sun Mar 02, 2014 2:21 pm

Let's continue with a little muscle, starting with one that's near to my heart.
Mine was a coupe not a convert, but I can assure you it' hustled along just fine and this one I recking would be a serious arse kicker.



So what's it take to move a 20' long two and a quarter ton car down the drag strip in 15 seconds?
This is the badass Poncho engine for '65, no tri-power here, it has two carter AFB 4bbls and makes one horsepower for every cubic inch of capacity and more than 460 foot pounds of torque!



This one is even more special because it's equipped with the Muncie four speed and a 4.11 Pos-a-traction rear end, which should see it into the 14s.  This is a big car with good handling that made it pretty easy to hustle along.  Mrs Carps used to tell me hers could /smoke anything on the road' whatever that meant.



Here's my friend Geroge's new toy, to share garage space with the black Crown Vic and White Fairlane.  This time the crew at Bobby Alloway's shop didn't cut up an old car to build the new one…..



Everything on this car is brand spanking new including the sheet metal.



And like all of George's cars, it's built to boogie (AKA drive)!



This is the end most other traffic will see.



Late model Buick Riviera might look like a classy cruiser, but the factory 455 makes it honk.



Another one from the Alloway shop, which wasn't meant to be a muscle car but is now with race style big block and six speed trans.



MOPAR was packing some serious horse pressure beneath the hood!





Imagine the kind of performance you'd get if you took the drivetrain from the Poncho Bonneville above and loaded it into a body that was half the size and half the weight.  
They called that machine GTO, this is the Chevrolet version initially called Malibu, later Chevelle..



Then there as Camaro, the car Americans love to hate like Aussie rodeos dislike Toranas.



I guess that's because so many got their asses whipped by the GM Pony cars.



This was one serious road stormer.



MOPARS answer to Chevelle and GTO, stuff 440 wedge in a Valiant and call it Barracuda!



Another Pontiac Bonneville, but this one to prove that later model cars can be successfully customised.



It really looks good.



Guess I should also include an original Mustang, just to balance the Camaros.



But we don't need balance for Pontiac, they are good on their own.



And a later model Chevelle.



And no muscle car show can be complete without a Plymouth Fury or GTX.



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Re: Why I missed another VHRA Show.

Post  Carps on Sun Mar 02, 2014 2:23 pm

Ever played car poker?  Very Happy 



I'll see your blue Olds….





…..and  your red '40……



….and raise you a redder one.





See your bullet-nosed Stude, which is pure road race car underneath.





… our pal Burreto's daily driven pick-up, really nice guy and way cool truck.





and a blue show car.





Likewise a wooden Willys…..





….reverse pick-up….





…..white primered '41 Plymouth……





…… and raise you a driving trad A roadster (gotta be worth more points on the move)   :wink:   ….





………...then I'll raise again with three of a kind, on the same car!









….. before I call your Matty Egan '53 Ford Kustom….





….also two model A s and a B.







I was gonna raise on this one, but instead I'll just call your bluff.  





Likewise the kustom shoebox Ford……





……409 in a Deuce…….



and raise you a fake Olds Rocket in a model 40.





along with a rodster waiting in line (which is almost driving, so extra points again).   Laughing  Laughing 





I'll see your tudor woody, which is one of the better two doors, coz usually they tend to look out of proportion without rear doors….





likewise the '36 Plymouth Tudor……





And I'll raise you a blown Hemi in a dark red Deuce, coz we all know the red ones are faster!  Laughing  Laughing  Laughing 
(Dunno how I missed the blue one, but it's probably here somewhere).





I'll see your 'early '50s Kustom Cad…..





and your bare metal '46/7 Cad Convert……….



Then raise you a pair of shiny painted ones!







See your early '50s Chevy Suburban…..





….and your red '36 tri-window…..



…..then raise you a pair of black ones!







I'll also raise on this one with a mint low mileage, original unmolested '39 Deluxe coupe (yeah I know it's really a Standard, but it is in super deluxe condition!), against your crusty used and modified one.





And since I know what this sucker sounds like when it's driving down the street (my ears are still ringing), I reckon this tops out my full house!



And to be sure I take the pot, I'm going 'all in' using a chick with big breasts against a yellow Deuce roadster!


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Re: Why I missed another VHRA Show.

Post  Carps on Sun Mar 02, 2014 2:27 pm

I love old show rods and customs, but some have more appeal more than others.    Wink 





You/ve seen this one earlier and it's been in all the US magazines, but what made it special here is the grand display, with huge upholstered floor panels that match the interior of the car.  The whole display looks like it goes together and comes apart quickly, stores flat and would be easy to transport in the show car hauler.







It's a nice reflection on show cars of old, but with a few modern elements thrown into the mix.
One thing that made no sense in the overall scheme of the car and display was the exposed battery top in the boot.



Some of you may remember the late Boyce Asquith's cars and that this was at one stage the fastest street legal and regularly street driven hot rod in America.
I have a big poster of it still carrying the front wheels at about the 150 foot mark at the Pomona strip.





It still looks the goods and apparently can still run mid 8s all day long, but spends most of it's driving time on the street.



Displayed on the Brizio stand, I reckon this could have been a contender for the big trophy.



Also on the Brizio stand another one that impressed me enough to say I'd love to take it home.



Last year they displayed a '32 four door Vicy built for Eric Clapton, nice car but it looked a bit frumpy to me and the colour wasn't my taste.
This one built for John Mumford's model 40 collection (he has the full set plus a couple like this that never existed before) it looks like it was Ford factory built.







same car, different camera, hence the colour difference.



Poteet's new coupe is yet another desirable model 40.



As too is this roadster.



Oh and that Ford hemi, not a rare piece at all, it;s a brand new reproduction.

Yup, not satisfied with bodies, the rare engines are now also being reproduced.

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Re: Why I missed another VHRA Show.

Post  Carps on Sun Mar 02, 2014 2:28 pm

How about a little Willy Woody?  Hmm, might hafta be careful how one says that in some circles.



This was displayed last year as a bare metal body by Marcel and Sons, it appears to be finished now and I'm not so sure I like it anymore with the brass trim seemingly painted a flat gold colour.  I had previously imagined it all chrome plated which would to my eye, look much better than how it is now.  Of course the thing is still a masterpiece of metal work, being built from scratch.



But y'know, with a little love and a good eye for style, even your granddad's old Chevy sedan can look good.



All steel track style T is being offered as a kit, you supply drivetrain and colour etc.



Another Brizio masterpiece, in an awesome shade of blue.
Roy's boys build some nice looking cars and al are drivers.



Speaking of blue and usually undesirable Chevy sheet metal, this late forties Chev has a staggering amount of work in it.



Looking much more like the sedan delivery it started as, this deuce trickster delivers style and performance.



And if you find it's too small to haul your stuff, maybe you need to move up to the bigger Panel delivery.



Yet another Deuce looking like a it should be on a late sixties era drag strip.
There was a matching Hawg nearby.

  

This one is actually another old hot rod, under restoration.
Looking at the old HRM feature it's going to be quite the cool ride when it's done.



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Re: Why I missed another VHRA Show.

Post  Carps on Sun Mar 02, 2014 2:28 pm

Bulletnose Studebaker Woodie was superbly constructed and detailed.



Im just not 100% sure about the fastback styling, I can imagine it looking super cool as a square back wagon.



This Buick being a good case in point.



Yet another clone of a long lost or reconstructed hot rod.



Melbourne based roders will understand how this one looked kinda familiar.



Up the other end of the same building it had a Ford twin.



This yellow one was more to my taste



This restored old gal even more so.



Ed Roth is alive and well so it seems, his stuff pops up everywhere.



Fordy Deluxe Convert was a sweetheart.



Inside was very comfy looking.



Home built hot rod reminded me of the old Draggin' wagon and Mick Patty original Green T bucket.
Top quality fabrication and workmanship, built from other people's discarded junk in a home garage.



Not too many of the high tech mega rods in the show this year, but they aint completely gone from the scene.



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Re: Why I missed another VHRA Show.

Post  Carps on Sun Mar 02, 2014 2:32 pm

The emerging trend seems to be highly detailed rat style rods.



Stuff that was once just old undesirable junk is now state of the art.



What I always loved about US rodding from my first visit, is that nothing is sacred, like this relatively rare Packard Cabriolet.



'34 Dodge panel van is also quite rare.



This one is all steel built from one of the new bodies being imported by the boys at John's Rod and Custom.



We couldn't tell if this was another one, but it was cool, channelled and fully fendered, not easy to pull off and get the proportions right.  This one is spot on, thanx to some serious fine tuning of the quarter panels!



Interesting combination of period features on this coupe but it all seemed to work right down to the thin redline tyres.



Think that's it for today, its starting to get warm in this room and the aircon is struggling.
Tomorrow?  Picking up a nice big evaporative cooler for the shed, so I may actually get some work done if it does its job.

what's that you ask?

The Suede Palace?


Don't think they did that this year, all the cars in that building seemed to have shiny paint, must be another new trend

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Re: Why I missed another VHRA Show.

Post  Carps on Sun Mar 02, 2014 2:34 pm

Yeah it was there and they still called it 'The Suede Palace' even though this year shiny paint outnumbered flat by three to one.
All the same it was packed with people all weekend and the most crowded outdoor space on Saturday, made it damn near impossible to get a decent photograph of the 'driven in' cars parked there.





Tom Branch drives this roadster everywhere and usually his wife isn't far behind in her equally cool Deuce tudor.

One of the few Suede vehicles is this late model F100, I figures it's on airbags.





T'bird is typical of the trend towards later models as daily drivers.



Of course there's always a handful of race cars displayed here each year.



Chopped mid thirties MOPAR had that Harry Westagard look working for it.



Bo Huff's latest work of art was also on hand, but only one car from the prolific builder this year.



However, it was typically Bo Huff radical and unique.



If you ever get the chance to visit Bo's place, take it.  It's a long way off th beaten path, but well worth it just to stroll through his personal boneyard.  He doesn't need to shop for parts he's got anything he needs right there.



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Re: Why I missed another VHRA Show.

Post  Carps on Sun Mar 02, 2014 2:35 pm

We know that Coke IS it, but Robert Lomas' s coupe has IT!



This is one of those cars that makes you stop, look and say WOW!
Everything is right, stance, proportion, colour, fit n finish and that Caddy power plant is just the icing on the cake.



But y'know, cool as the Lomas car is, for some of us, it aint gonna work coz we just won't fit inside.
That's why I like Rudi Hillebrand's version of the model 40 even better.  It rings all the same bells and I know I'll fit comfortably inside.



Another variation on the theme and a good example of how to make something from what others have discarded is this neat little coupe.  See if you can pick the origin of some of the parts, it aint easy.





Freshly done pick-up in an early sixties style.



Did I mention shiny paint seems to be the new trend with the traditionalists, it makes this '48 coupe look great.



It took an hour to shoot this pic., because of the big screen TV behind it with a loop tape of the owner  going nuts doing burn puts and loop the loops etc plus a few power slides and other crazy antics, which I figure are easy when there's a 400hp nailhead up front, not much weight and model A ford wheels and tyres.



Another c;lean daily driver.



Neat little roadster with shiny paint and polished allyminium bonnet.
I'm thinking the owner was having an each way bet as the boot lid, upper scuttle panel and lower rear panels were all in bare steel.



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Re: Why I missed another VHRA Show.

Post  Carps on Sun Mar 02, 2014 2:35 pm

Of course the alternative to flat paint is original paint, also known as patina and there was a good amount of that in the palace.

This is one of a handful of apparently original barn find cars that have been recently modified or were found in this condition.



This little roadster is definitely an old hot rod.



Hard to say if this was an old racer or an old Willys dressed up to play in the nostalgia drags.



Another chopped mid 40s Ford coupe, this time with satin paint.



This sloper has the look of an old sixties era hot rod.



Even the cars with obviously original paint had a liftle sheen to them.



Others like this improved A coupe had lotsa gloss.



The owner of this Merc was also having an each way bet with a mix of flat and shiny paint.
Word of warning, DO NOT stand behind this thing when the engine is running or you may end up with no eyebrows or hair.



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Re: Why I missed another VHRA Show.

Post  Carps on Sun Mar 02, 2014 2:37 pm

I've seen this look before, when my daughter does it, I know i'm in trouble.



However, this time it was a sign that if I waited, she'd get the others to smile for my camera.
These gals are all class and offer a unique service/product line up for folks who like the fifties era pin-up models but without tattoos.



How about a blown and injected flattie for your '40 Convert?



Yes kids those billet '97s are actually electronic fuel injectors!



They do another version that looks like a 48DCOE Weber.



And even some that actually look like fuel injection.



But they look their best in threes!



Of course there's no need to use a tired old flattie, I'm thinking these are what they call crate engines.



Everything you need to build one of those blocks into a real engine is available.









Flathead not powerful enough for you?
How about a brand new reproduction 427 SOHC?



SOHC not bad enough for ya?
How about one of these then?



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Re: Why I missed another VHRA Show.

Post  Carps on Sun Mar 02, 2014 2:38 pm

Speedy Bill's team were happy to talk and deal on the millions of parts listed in their many cattle dogs.



The steering wheel guy always has cool stuff.



Real Rodder's Wheels have the world's coolest rolling stock.







Don't like plastic?
There's plenty of options for new metal.



And what to put under it.



Maybe a Kit Car is more your style, this one's about as cool as they get.



But then you could always hop up your late model Muzzy.



Some were just flogging a few race car bits.



Turn key cars just needing paint, were all over the place.



Some had a few pretty cool bits.



All new/old Kinnmont disc brakes.



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Post  Carps on Sun Mar 02, 2014 2:39 pm

How about a new Pacific Industries Deuce five window body almost ready to drive?



If you're not sure how a quick change rear end works, the answer is here.



We already talked planes trains and automobiles but these guys had em all covered.



The beer tent seemed very busy all day.



The staff couldn't figure out why every bloke who stepped up ordered 'Two Cougars' ?????



The Royal Purple gang, rolled up in the world's biggest yoot.



And Galpin Ford came with some of the cool cars from their collection.



Kustomised early Dodge truck was just straight up bit chin with it's V10 Viper drivetrain.





There was plenty of pin striping going down too.
Each piece was auctioned with the proceeds going to charity.









The world's coolest bike helmet!



Naturally there was plenty of paint being offered about.





And a whole bunch of memorabilia and cokeabillia.











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Re: Why I missed another VHRA Show.

Post  Carps on Sun Mar 02, 2014 2:40 pm

Let's finish inside the show buildings with a quick look at sum muddersickles, delivery devices and a few sudden cars.

Repro model 40 was a pretty nice thing.



'42 Ford wagon is quite rare.



Even rarer is a wooden bodied resort car.



Lte forties wagon is one of the more common wooden machines.



Shoebox was the beginning of the Family Truckster era.



Old Ford pick-up trucks will always be cool, even if they are cramped.



The later models offer more room and more comfort.



Neat fifty six was more than show worthy.



The same year or close enough from GM is also a great looking device.



And yes kids that are still out there.





Chevy Luv (AKA Isuzu) I'm not so sure about, but it was low.



reverse pick up would be great fun to drive.



Steve's restorations do all manner of steel model 40s including this round back 'phantom' roadster pick-up.



Another truck from the Galpin Ford collection is the original Dan Wood's built Milk Truck from the sixties.



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Post  Carps on Sun Mar 02, 2014 2:41 pm

Kustom built board racer was way too kool for school.



America's most beautiful motorcycle is almost a '57 Chevrolet.





Bugatti Trike was out there where the pixies live, actually it may even have been the result of too much pixie dust.





Classic Ariel square four was all class.



Kustomised Cushman was also pretty cool.



3 dimensional bodywork and a wild third wheel trailer made this radical machine an attention grabber.



Most of the other bikes were fairly tame by comparison.













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Post  Carps on Sun Mar 02, 2014 2:41 pm

With only 650 or so hot rods and customs displayed indoors and no rain like last year, parking around the fountain, was the order of the day for saturday especially.  A bumper crowd turned out and as you can see, whilst the fountains may be few, there's lotsa places to power park.



Here we are rolling in at about 06:30 to make sure we got a good spot.



I reckon there was at least a couple thousand cars lined up by 07:00am.  There's another four rows to my right and a heap more cars behind me.



Saturday the crowd was insane, making it very difficult to shoot the cars, especially in the Suede Palace area.





Good thing is there's plenty of room to spread out and once in, you had to stay until three in the afternoon, so no need to rush for photos.

















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Post  Carps on Sun Mar 02, 2014 2:41 pm

Saturday morning, we arrived early and there was only a handful of folks there ahead of us….



Didn't take long before there were lots of folks to talk to.







Think these guys camped all night.



Meanwhile, Ron slept in, arrived thirty seconds before the gates opened and they ushered him to the front and he was in and parked before we could even get the car started.



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Post  Carps on Sun Mar 02, 2014 2:42 pm

I think this started life as a Superior Ambulance, but it's been sliced and diced for a new purpose as a kustom stuff carrier.



Here's the '36 tri window that appeared in an earlier pic.
It's a damn fine looking machine.



As too is this model 40 Ford.



However it was this one had Don jumping out of his skin saying the words "Man that's a bitchin' car!"



This one was nice too.



And for the MOPAR folks, these early '50s Plymouth coupes have been supremely unpopular and are therefore dirt cheap.  This one is is really sweet and for around $20k maybe less, you could drive it home.



With comfy interior and independent from, semi elliptic rear suspension it'd make a great car for the tourist.  Also has a huge luggage space to keep your stuff away from prying eyes.



It was this one that got my heart rate going,……….



Until this one rolled in.



Man I'd love a '58 Bonny but you don't see many for sale..



But as I was salivating over the Poncho, this pulled up and I was a gonner, the knees went week and I almost lost control of my bladder!   Shocked 



It's gotta be one of the nicest '33 roadsters I ever saw.  Had me dreaming of the garage filled with blue cars, the Merc, this and my four door.  Wonder what the round car would look like painted blue?



Nah, the Mrs would kill me if I changed it.

Maybe I could paint flames on it?



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Re: Why I missed another VHRA Show.

Post  Carps on Sun Mar 02, 2014 2:42 pm

I think this started life as a Superior Ambulance, but it's been sliced and diced for a new purpose as a kustom stuff carrier.



Here's the '36 tri window that appeared in an earlier pic.
It's a damn fine looking machine.



As too is this model 40 Ford.



However it was this one had Don jumping out of his skin saying the words "Man that's a bitchin' car!"



This one was nice too.



And for the MOPAR folks, these early '50s Plymouth coupes have been supremely unpopular and are therefore dirt cheap.  This one is is really sweet and for around $20k maybe less, you could drive it home.



With comfy interior and independent from, semi elliptic rear suspension it'd make a great car for the tourist.  Also has a huge luggage space to keep your stuff away from prying eyes.



It was this one that got my heart rate going,……….



Until this one rolled in.



Man I'd love a '58 Bonny but you don't see many for sale..



But as I was salivating over the Poncho, this pulled up and I was a gonner, the knees went week and I almost lost control of my bladder!   Shocked 



It's gotta be one of the nicest '33 roadsters I ever saw.  Had me dreaming of the garage filled with blue cars, the Merc, this and my four door.  Wonder what the round car would look like painted blue?



Nah, the Mrs would kill me if I changed it.

Maybe I could paint flames on it?



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Re: Why I missed another VHRA Show.

Post  Carps on Sun Mar 02, 2014 2:43 pm

So here's the crew waiting in line early Saturday morning.
L to R, Don, Mike, Willy and Rotten Rodney.  Ron is missing because he's home in bed asleep.



Here's Willy's new Studebaker, purchased for a song and treated to some new threads, a cheap paint job, engine freshen up and a few items including the bumpers, rechromed.  
All up as it sits for less than $8,000.



It's a really sweet family ride, which even John D'Agostino liked so much he came over for a chat and to learn more about the car.  
None of us have ever met John before and he turned out to be a really nice guy and very well informed on Studebaker stuff too.  
After he left, we made book on when the Studebaker Kustom will appear in the show.  



It was a pretty nice car to start with and basically only the seat upholstery and carpet is new on the inside, most of the rest is how it came.  
The air conditioner is also 'new'.



Under the hood is the high output Paxton supercharged Studebaker 'PASMASTER" V8!
That's one of the things made the fifties great, all the stuff made was given neatl names like that to confirm it was cool.  
PASSMASTER beats the crap outta '3 litres'.



Close up of the Paxton air compressor, pretty neat huh?



Meanwhile a few more Sturdiebakers turned up to join us, like this neat wagon.



And this bullet nose, which was pretty much a Can Am Sports racer under the skin.



And it just looked badass from every angle.



There were also a few more class acts turned up to join us in line like this Chubby Fleet thang.



And this Chubby cool thang.



And it's older but no less cool brother.



I prefer the short door Business coupes from the late '40s over the long door Club models, they have more of the feel of the '40's long deck short top, which is what makes them special.



Of course the Cadillac Coupe is just devilishly long.



Once considered too frumpy to be kool, this old gal harks back to the early sixties, when in fact many rodders used cars like this one for all weather daily transport.



This one is for my old buddy Datsfa, he would have wet his pants on seeing another green 'flake model T Ford, even if it's not quite as radically modified as his.


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Post  Carps on Sun Mar 02, 2014 2:44 pm

Here's the other end of that model T Tub, a really nice car and for sale at a good price.



Thought I was seeing double for w moment.



However, this one warranted closer scrutiny.



Not perfect, but worthy of an offer, if you were looking for such a machine that is.



Has SBC underhood.



Nest inferior with 'themed' upholstery.





Of course if you want a wagon that's cool and termite proof, then you can't go past the Waldorf Nomad, which ultimately became two cars, the Chevrolet Corvette and The Chevrolet Nomad.



Even tho either of the cars it begat would be OK to own, I really like it like this.



Ford Bronco could be fun down at the beach.



Speaking of Nomad wagons, this is one of the nice ones.



And this, is one classy low priced '56 sedan.



If an all metal wagon is more your style, how about this Chubby?



The later thirties and forties era cab over engine trucks have become quite popular, but how about a really early one that never actually existed?



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Post  Carps on Sun Mar 02, 2014 2:44 pm

Rotten Rodney loves the cars made by Americas most famous Covered Wagon Maker and there were plenty of them on hand for him to drool over. starting with this '48 Convert.



Or this Hawk coupe.



How about this cruiser, I remember when the cops had these and they were just too cool.



Here's yet another one!



We figured this Deuce road duster was hot rodded back in the early to mid sixties.



This is NOT a wooden car!
I guess you had to be there to understand the joke.
It is owned by a nice lady, who I shared some laughs with and who tried to get me into trouble with my buddies.



Here's the model 40 that owns the flames I showed you earlier.



This model 40 was a contender for the big prize this time last year.
Since then I reckon it's covered a million miles.
I've seen it at the NSRA Nat's, Pleasanton and Hot August Nights in reno since then.



Don't recall seeing this one anywhere, but it too looks like it's covered a few miles.




This is the inside of the original stock '39 Standard Coupe I showed a few days ago.
Smelled a bit mouldy, but it's in pretty good shape for 75 years old



The Acme Speed Sho delivery van.



We think this is one of Corky Coker's cars, it was on his display all weekend.



This one is super nice and belongs to one of the ElViso Roadsters club members.





This one isn't what it seems, has a late model drive train lurking beneath the stock appearing exterior.



Weird late model commercial vehicles are another popular new trend.



Hey Col, does this look kinda familiar?



This one just looks good.



Mod fifties flare side pick up is a most luxurious truck.





Biog block six pack roadrunner was a pretty neat bit of kit too.



Yeah I know it looks like the Jade Idol, but it's a later model and it's not sectioned.



It was built as a tribute to gene Winfield and the original Jade Idol.


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Post  Carps on Sun Mar 02, 2014 2:45 pm

Once parked we headed straight for the suede palace area as it usually fills up fast with people and becomes impossible to get any decent images of the cars.  
For some reason it's usually empty on Sunday so this is absolutely the best time.



At least I got all of the car from this angle.



Usually people are very good at stepping back for photographers, so all ou need is to be patient and wait.  Tis one took about ten minutes such was the popularity of the car.



These big Buick coupes look as good as any late '30s Merc when properly chopped.



This one had some really neat touches.



The Merc's will always be the quintessential era Kustom.



One of the good things about California, is the weather, it means you can bring out your unpainted car without too much fear of taking home a pile of rust.



Of course if you have a pile of rust, you can bring that out too.



We may be critical, but I guess the upside is that these guys are rescuing cars that might otherwise just end up in groundfill.



Here's another neatly done '41 Buick.



The longer trunk indicates it's a somewhat rare Roadmaster.



Buicks of all vintages are quite popular with the 'suede' crowd.



Nice before and after comparison, there's a lot of cutting and welding in the purple truck's bonnet.



The other great thing about what we do is that nobody gets too fussed about the social issues of the day and all the different styles just blend together.



I figure this one belongs to the guy who's job it was to bring the beer, appears to have a full load on board.   :wink: 



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Post  Carps on Sun Mar 02, 2014 2:46 pm

Now we're just wandering aimlessly around the fairgrounds taking photographs and I keep coming back to this big ticket roadster that's done it's time on the show circuit and is now just another street rod.



It's all custom inside……….



…..and under the bonnet.
Note the air cleaners have been removed from the left side carb air horns.



Here's a rare old MOPAR.



Think it's a bout a '34 Chrysler Convertible Sedan.



A cool ride no matter what it is.



I always think it's a shame we didn't see these here in Oz, competing against the Falcon Hardtops.



Here's the yellow T Tub and Don's A side by side.



The T is powered by a GM quad 4 engine.



Cam you say, Candy Apple Red, interesting that this Merc remains unchopped.



If this model A roadster seems a little crazy…..



….then this '32 Chevy coupe is simply insane.



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