How About A Hot Rod Thread ?

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Chris Martin
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Well rolymo has posted elswhere athread for Custom cars & paint- jobs " Flamin-Hell !" but I am not sure these would fit so I thought maybe we needed a place for Hot Rods.

I'll start with a couple of locals.

Chris M.

 

 

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When you say "I will start with a couple of locals", I  suppose you mean "Aussie " locals, In England we could have a problem with that in several ways. Firstly we have two  distinct forms of Hot-Rod in the UK, one as you have featured in the photo's and then the other variety :- 1/4 mile flat-track Hot-rod racers ,very active in Europe since the mid sixties when Bill Morris of Meadway  Autoparts B'ham started the sport at Hednesford raceway in Staffs.I was very involved in building cars and racing them back in the early days of promoting the sport which was an English version of NASCAR.  At the same time I was promoting street Hot-Rods by driving around in one of Jeff Jago's earliest  "T bucket rails" as the west midlands agent.  I was reluctant to push  Hot- Rods as a feature in Classic & SC for fear of being accused of  " Diverting the historical  direction of the flat-cap & string backed driving glove brigade",of which I have been a life time member, therefore am aware of the canyon of difference between the two factions. weather  you drive an Aston or a Bond 3 wheeler, a Hot-Rod or a V8 Westfield, we all need to co operate in unison against the current  influx of  damaging EU Directives aimed at making all automobiles :- historic, sporting and modified  occupants of museums.

 

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 Early days of Hot-Rod racing at Hednesford Racway, Staffs . we often spent time racing upside down. would have gone down well in "Aussie"

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rolymo35 wrote:

When you say "I will start with a couple of locals", I  suppose you mean "Aussie " locals, In England we could have a problem with that in several ways. Firstly we have two  distinct forms of Hot-Rod in the UK, one as you have featured in the photo's and then the other variety :- 1/4 mile flat-track Hot-rod racers ,very active in Europe since the mid sixties when Bill Morris of Meadway  Autoparts B'ham started the sport at Hednesford raceway in Staffs.I was very involved in building cars and racing them back in the early days of promoting the sport which was an English version of NASCAR.  At the same time I was promoting street Hot-Rods by driving around in one of Jeff Jago's earliest  "T bucket rails" as the west midlands agent.  I was reluctant to push  Hot- Rods as a feature in Classic & SC for fear of being accused of  " Diverting the historical  direction of the flat-cap & string backed driving glove brigade",of which I have been a life time member, therefore am aware of the canyon of difference between the two factions. weather  you drive an Aston or a Bond 3 wheeler, a Hot-Rod or a V8 Westfield, we all need to co operate in unison against the current  influx of  damaging EU Directives aimed at making all automobiles :- historic, sporting and modified  occupants of museums.

Yep, Guilty,

I had forgotten about the other definition of hot rod. I confess to ignorance of the current state of play with all things BRISCA, Stox and other oval racing in the UK.

Even though I used to live near Northampton, I was not aware that class of 'Hot Rod' was still active, but yes, I was referring to the American definition of Hot Rod, of which there are many fine examples here in Australia. I did post a lot of old photos on here last year about the old days of the Kings Road cruise and some of the cars but due to other retards interfering on here I have since removed them; the others who were contributing left in disgust too. If there is enough interest we may be able to revive that one.

Meanwhile here are a couple of other Aussie Hot Rods of the other persuasion.

Chris M.

 

 

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I have to report that Northampton should  feel like the center of the motor racing universe at the moment , with Silverstone raceway  a few miles to north west (about 17miles),  Santa pod raceway to south east ( about 17 miles),  Northampton 1/4 mile stadium for stock cars & hot- rods (about 3 miles ),  Bedford  motorsport center (about 20 miles),  Cosworth Racing Eng situated down town (2 miles) and scattered around in local villages most of the formula 1 manufacturing facilities  Mercedes, Lotus, Force India, etc. One would assume that  with several well attended motor shows being promoted  locally at Billings Aquadrome and the town technical college operating intensive training in Automotive Engineering/Motorsport courses the area would be a hot-bed of activity but unfortunately that does not appear to be the case. It would be interesting to hear about any projects that are under way at the moment, what do you have  hiding away in your garage , maybe we could give you some help and encouragement even loan special tools that you urgently require to be able to proceed with your plan? I hear that the performance show at the NEC came in for some serious complaints this year , would someone that attended give  some feedback opinion on whether you feel it was value for the price and worth the effort to visit ?   Picture car at Biggleswade show last year.

RolyMo

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Aww, when you put it like that RolyMo, I still miss the old turf sometimes.

If I decide to come back to old Blighty, then yes, it will be somewhere in the Buckingham, Northampton and Bedford triangle.

There was certainly a buzz around in the eighties and nineties, and given the musical chairs that went on with the race teams (not only F1) and personnel and the contacts with related businesses it was likely that whatever pub we chose on an evening out we would meet up with more rev-heads.

Last I remember though, when I shipped out nearly ten years ago, there was a more secretive attitude creeping in, more corporate, less fun, so maybe now it is not so much fun.

Chris M.

 

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A couple more locals snapped at a recent show;

34 Chev Coupe

52 Ford Victoria

And a late forties Austin A40 that has something cooking under the bonnet.

Chris M.

 

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It will be interesting to compare the degree of involvement in the Biggleswade Hot-rod & Custom show this year compared too a couple of years ago ,  (see photo following ). It is a bit difficult to  gauge the effect  the current  down turn in the economy is going to have on our car-hobby as peoples disposable income continues to reduce month after month, plus the constant ramping up of Government legislations to restrict  car constructors the  ability to express their individualism.  The EU seems hell-bent on destroying every  vestage of personnel leadership and/or exression  with the constant referal to :- Harmonization, comply ,  learn to live by the rules, Ve haf  Vay's of makin u pay !!  Time Britain got back to being FREE !!

RolyMo

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Was really hoping to do the " Billings"  street rod show this weekend but with severe weather warnings everywhere and streaming rain all day I had to spend the day hugging the telly for F1 & Super-bikes ,shame about the Is of Man TT ( first rain-off in 105 years). Managed to find some good PC streams from around the world which made the day more interesting.

RolyMo

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rolymo35 wrote:

It will be interesting to compare the degree of involvement in the Biggleswade Hot-rod & Custom show this year compared too a couple of years ago ,  (see photo following ). It is a bit difficult to  gauge the effect  the current  down turn in the economy is going to have on our car-hobby as peoples disposable income continues to reduce month after month, plus the constant ramping up of Government legislations to restrict  car constructors the  ability to express their individualism.  The EU seems hell-bent on destroying every  vestage of personnel leadership and/or exression  with the constant referal to :- Harmonization, comply ,  learn to live by the rules, Ve haf  Vay's of makin u pay !!  Time Britain got back to being FREE !!

Seems a good point to highlight the impending latest legislation from the EU that would effectively end ALL foms of vehicle modification, not just hot rods & customs.  For example, it would render any historic vehicle ineligible to be classed as historic if it were fitted with radial tyres, an alternator or better brakes or even seat belts, if it was not first produced with those parts, & would require it to be re-classified & to comply with current build regs (in all areas).  The initial panic over this has now subsided as, if you read the documents carefully, you will realise it is totally unworkable.  However, it could become law in a modifed (sic) form at some time in the future, unless action is taken now.  Write to your MEP today!

MisteR Tee

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Next  week starts the racing season if the snow all disappears in time . So I thought it might be a good time to celebrate one of our family  ex race-cars.  Tonys model T dragster in one of its various guises.http://i1187.photobucket.com/albums/z395/rolymo35/compcar0001.jpg

RolyMo