runs and events from 2012
Alabama Thanks to an Alabama photo contributor we have coverage
of this great show that I didn't even know existed. Not sure of the
Turkey Rod Run Thanks to Bill Skirvin for some excellent photos
from the 2012 Turkey Rod Run at the Daytona International Speedway.
For 39 years the Turkey Run has been brought to you by volunteers from
the Daytona Beach Street Rods and is still going strong.
Festival his show is definitely one of my favorites and my kids
come up to Georgia every year so us menfolk can go to this show. Dawsonville,
GA is the original home of Bill Elliott, the moonshiners heritage that
became NASCAR, and the infamous Dawsonville pool hall. The town is packed
with old stock cars and drivers from the greatest era of stock cars.
Don't miss this show.
Infamous 2012 Rodfather Tour Thanks to Kirk Jones and the Goodguys
Organization, for the photos from the Rodfather Tour across America
that was a tribute to Andy ''Rodfather'' Brizio. Andy and his roadster
have been a fixture at Goodguy events across the country, and spanning
many years. Join Andy, Kirk and the crew for a photo tour.
along the way Some of the cool places that the Rodfather tour stopped
along the way across country.
Museum of Speed A fabulous collection of automobile related stuff,
including racing cars, equipment, rare items from the history of the
Hot Rod and historic racing memoribilia. Thousands of books, magazines,
newspapers and photos. Cars and engines and many models. Spectacular
examples of Hot rodding in it's early days. We owe a debt of gratitude
to ''Speedy Bill' Smith from preserving our history.
Stuff Another stop in Texas to look at some vintage tin, a term
coined by ''Tex'' Snith in the early days.
Museum Price Museum of Speed features a rare display of the greatest
representations of early racing history. Many of these rare vintage
race cars either won or placed well in numerous renowned events such
as the Grand Prix, Le Mans, Morris Park, Briarcliff Cup, Daytona Beach,
Gordon Bennett Cup, Empire Track at Yonkers, Sheepshead Bay, Indianapolis,
Mille Miglia among others. Also in the collection are other marquee
automobiles representing different periods of history.
Munz Collection Richard and his partner Jim Busby, have assembled
RVM Classics in downtown Madison.
The building has been superbly restored by Richard. In the "day"
it functioned as a Taxicab company. It is a concrete building two stories
tall, plus the basement. There are circular ramps that allow cars to
be driven both up and down from the main level.
As you enter, it is evident that Richard is a detail-oriented person.
The ambience is perfect. There are many displays and they are well thought
out and organized. There is artwork and significant photos everywhere.
The atmosphere is bright and airy. Music from a player-piano provided
a great background.
More 2012 events
Meet Thanks to Doug Hayes for coverage of the annual Larry Watson-Gene
Winfield gathering of the legends. Everyone was aware of the absence
of Larry Watson who passed last year. This event is on my bucket list
Poteets annual BBQ Bash Thanks to Richard Ramsey For the photos
from the George Poteet BBQ. It was a very cool event. In addition
to the car collection and the BBQ, the crew that made the Speed Demon
439mph record possible were there (Ron Main, Kenny Duttweiler and
others). This is now on my bucket list if I can get an invite.
Poker Run Thanks to RabidWabbit For the photos from the Swindlers
Poker Run from Leavenworth WA, to Monroe, WA. for traditional rods
Billetproof Thanks to ''Kustombuick'' on the HAMB forum for the
coverage, back to the roots of Drag Racing! Heads up style, run what
you brung. You dont need a top fuel rail to compete, bring your stock
flathead 4 banger and have a ball.
Washington Flathead Thanks to Chris Swenson for coverage of the
Washington State E vs W flathead reliability run. A great day full
of fun and some great flathead cars.
College rod run in Cleveland, Ga. An annual small show at Truett-McConnell
College in Cleveland, GA. Small show, but the quality of the cars
Journal Revival The Rodders Journal is well known for the quality
of their magazine, and now they have produced their first cruise in
show on the chesapeake Bay in Baltimore Maryland. From all reports,
it was an overwhelming success.
of the Past Thanks to GAtor on the HAMB forum for the photo coverage.
For lovers of classic cars, hot rods, customs, street rods and anything
automotive, this is definitely a rod run you don’t want to miss.
The 2012 Shades of the Past took place on September 7-8 (Friday and
Saturday) at Dollywood’s Splash Country in Pigeon Forge, TN.
During the show (and the days before & after) the parkway will
turn into a parade of rods, customs, and classic cars with people
sitting in lawn chairs all down the strip. You could literally walk
from one end of Pigeon Forge to the other faster than you could drive
through all of the traffic.
Follies Thanks to Joe and Julie Bandor for the coverage. Since
1975, each August the E'ville Iron Street Rod Club has put on a rod
run for street rod owners. It is held at the Vanderburgh County 4-H
Center in Evansville Indiana. At the first event we had 44 registered
street rods. Since that time the Frog Follies has grown to average
over 4000 street rods each year. The event became known as the Frog
Follies after the club had a bull frog race at the first event. We've
had entries from Alaska, Australia, Canada, and all 48 continental
states over the years. Since 2010 we can boast that the Frog Follies
"is THE largest PRE 49 Street Rod event anywhere in the world!"
East 2012 Thanks
to Allen Witman for the photos. Welcome to LEAD EAST 2012, an Oldies
Music and Old Car Weekend unlike any event held anywhere. This is
the 30th year for this cherished event. LEAD EAST is a giant 50's
PARTY, offering more unique events than 15 normal car shows added
together. It is a conglomeration of dozens of groups of people who
come together every year, set up their pop-up tents and BBQs next
to one another and kick back to wallow in the good vibrations that
permeate the area for this magic, nostalgic weekend.
H.A.M.B. Drags! Thanks
to Nick Hoesing, Malcolmm on the HAMB. It started in the 1950's when
just enough of a corn field was cleared in Asbury, Missouri for a
strip of concrete, a timing booth, and some parking. As the track
grew through the decades, little actually changed. Today, MoKan Dragway
is almost a spitting image of the track that was built in the golden
It's this very track where they make history every year. Early style
dragsters, gassers, rails, bikes, and stock cars, hot rods, sports
cars, roadsters, coupes, all roar down the quarter mile in a setting
that hasn't been duplicated since the late 50's. These traditional
hot rods and race cars along with the passionate people that build
and maintain them join forces to create the event they call the H.A.M.B.
Speed Week 2012 The Southern California Timing Association has
held speed trials on the salt flats since the thirties and this is
coverage from Doug Hayes. Doug, besides being a great photographer,
was once mayor of Sierra Madre, California. Doug has been involved
in cars, hotrods, and especially drag racing. During the years he
was a professional photographer, he filmed many of the early dragstrips.
Sunday Doug was up early to capture more great sunrise shots.
Another full folder of photos from the Bonneville salt flats and Sunday
speed runs. Doug has provided a lot of coverage for our website, and
Bonneville Many more photos from Doug Hayes as he wandered around
Bonneville. I know from personal experience, it is an exhausting trip
during Speedweek. So many thanks to Doug for the coverage.
Sin of Steel Rod Run Gator from the HAMB forum send this coverage
of the Sin of Steel Rod Run in Daviston, Michigan. Features mostly
cool traditional stuff and a great show.
Tire tour Thanks to Gator on the HAMB forum for the coverage of
a tour through the Coker tire and Hionest Charley shop.
Goodguys Columbus Nationals Thanks to Keith Terry for the photo
coverage of the 2012 Columbus Nats. Very hot for a ride in a Hot Rod,
but Hotrods and Customs turned out for one of the premiere events
of the summer season.
the Gathering Roger O'Dell was a good friend of Larry Watson and
he sent these photos of a gathering of old style customs from the
Watson era in Bellflower CA.
Indy race and museum Chuck Glass is the contributor of these photos
from the Indy pit row and the Speedway museum. Excellent stuff.
Pleasanton Goodguys Pleasanton CA is one of the prettiest towns
in the country and this show is a winner. Another Goodguys spectacular
show that never fails. We were able to get there in 2009 and take
the Ridler winner out there for Doug Cooper.
Antique Nationals Doug Hayes covers this event again this year
and as usual his work is outstanding. Thanks to Doug for many of our
Sonoma Historic Races From Sears Point Raceway come the Sonoma
Hostoric Motorsport Festival 2012. Photos are the courtesy of Doug
Lead Scene East From Biglerville, Pa. comes these great photos
provided by Allen Witman. A first show for Video Bob and his crew
at the Oakside Community Park.
Barbeque cook off A little show from my hometown here in the Georgia
mountains. On the campus of Brenau Unerversity is the annual Barbeque
cookoff and a great display of very quality cars.
Cruisin Nationals From Santa Maria West Coast Customs annual Cruisin
Nationals. Some really cool old style customs and hotrods.
El Mirage speed trials Doug Hayes has always brought first class
photographs to this site and I really appreciate his work. El Mirage
is now on my bucket list.
Goodguys Nashville Thanks to Richard, also known as Flipper on
the HAMB forum for the coverage of the Goodguys Nashville Nationals
and it has become an awesome show.
Viva Las Vegas Thanks to Larry Davidson we have some cool shots
of the 2012 Viva Las Vegas. This has become more than a rod run, it
is a happening with the ladies taking the limelight.
Boston World of Wheels From the Seaport World Trade Center comes
the photos taken by Mark Lewis. Some really cool stuff this year.
Lonestar Roundup This is turning into the go to rod run of the
year and the attendance is going up every year. Great show and great
coverage by Cory Taulbert.
Northeast Rod and Custom NationalsGreat coverage of a gathering
of cool hotrods and customs. Check out the great artwork on the poster.
Billetproof Thanks to Bill Skirlin for the coverage of the 2012
Billetproof at the Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing in Ocal, FLorida.
Many traditional hotrods and cool cutoms gather on the grounds of
Big Daddy's excellent Museum.
Amelia Island Automotive Concourses Thanks to Jack Thomas for
the coverage of the Amelia Island Automotive Concourse, the east coast
equivalent of Pebble Beach. These events showcase the very finest
in automotive rolling stock. Some of the most exotic and beautiful
cars ever built and even some hotrods, sports cars, and racing cars.
Detroit Autorama This is my personal bucket trip to Detroit for
the 69th Autorama. I was there for the first one, had a restored 1946
Lincoln Coupe in the 1959 Autorama. and here I am for the 60th Autorama.
It was really a great show and I really liked seeing the 69er 1934
Ford roadster built originally by the Alexander brothers. Mike Alexander
was there and I got my picture with him. Lotsa memories.
Sacramento Autorama Thanks to Brian Rusk for the photo coverage
of the Autorama in Sacramento. The very latest rods and customs from
the west coast. I really liked the 1937 Lincoln hot rod coupe.
Indianapolis World of Wheels Ron on the HAMB has sent some photos
of the wild hot rods and customs, plus many traditional rods and featured
showcars. The feature car is the Dean Jefferies fabulous Manta Ray
showcar. Fabulous showcar and movie car from the sixties and a top
auto model also. I look forward to seeing this car at the Detroit
Grand National Roadster Show Thanks to Dave Dave Hagen of Hagen
Hot Rods - 2988 First St, La Verne, CA 91750. Fabulous show with record
attendance and some really wild new hot rod rides and many beautiful
Aussie Kustom Nationals Hotrods and customs are also doing well
in Australia. These photos arfe the courtesy of Binga on the HAMB
traditional hotrod and custom forum. The hot rod movement is hot in
the Down Under for sure! No wonder Tex Smith likes it down there.
Rose Bowl Parade Thanks to Doug Hayes for the coverage of the
Rose Bowl show and a great lineup of hot rods and customs in southern
California. Doug Hayes has been photographing drag racing, rods customs
and anything automotive over the years and his photos have been a
great addition to this site.
Cincinatti Cavalcade of Customs Thanks to Keith Burgan, ''the
Roo Man'' from the HAMB forum. Part of the World of Wheels show circuit
for many years is the Cavalcade of Customs in Cincinnatti, OH.
Sweden Car Show and Rod Runs Photos from the albums of Marcus
Andersson in Sweden and the rod and custom movement is alive and well
there. We always like getting these photo covering the hot rod and
custom movement in other countries and they are much appreciated.