Rod Runs 2012

Great coverage of street rod, traditional hot rod meets and rod runs from the year 2012

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Rod runs and events from 2012

Lineville, 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 exact location.

2012 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.

Moonshine 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.

The 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.

Shops along the way Some of the cool places that the Rodfather tour stopped along the way across country.

American 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.

Texas Stuff Another stop in Texas to look at some vintage tin, a term coined by ''Tex'' Snith in the early days.

Price 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.

Richard 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 below.

  • Winfield_Watson 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 for sure. 
  • George 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.
  • Swindlers Poker Run Thanks to RabidWabbit For the photos from the Swindlers Poker Run from Leavenworth WA, to Monroe, WA. for traditional rods and customs.
  • 2012 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.
  • Western 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.
  • Local 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 is fantastic.
  • Rodders 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.
  • Shades 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.
  • Frog 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!"
  • Lead 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.
  • The 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 era.
    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. Drags!
  • Bonneville 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.
  • Bonneville 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 we appreciate.
  • More 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.
  • 2012 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.
  • Coker Tire tour Thanks to Gator on the HAMB forum for the coverage of a tour through the Coker tire and Hionest Charley shop.
  • 2012 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.
  • 2012 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.
  • 2012 Indy race and museum Chuck Glass is the contributor of these photos from the Indy pit row and the Speedway museum. Excellent stuff.
  • 2012 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.
  • 2012 Antique Nationals Doug Hayes covers this event again this year and as usual his work is outstanding. Thanks to Doug for many of our features.
  • 2012 Sonoma Historic Races From Sears Point Raceway come the Sonoma Hostoric Motorsport Festival 2012. Photos are the courtesy of Doug Ogden
  • 2012 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.
  • 2012 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.
  • 2012 Cruisin Nationals From Santa Maria West Coast Customs annual Cruisin Nationals. Some really cool old style customs and hotrods.
  • 2012 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.
  • 2012 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.
  • 2012 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.
  • 2012 Boston World of Wheels From the Seaport World Trade Center comes the photos taken by Mark Lewis. Some really cool stuff this year.
  • 2012 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.
  • 2012 Northeast Rod and Custom NationalsGreat coverage of a gathering of cool hotrods and customs. Check out the great artwork on the poster.
  • 2012 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.
  • 2012 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.
  • 2012 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.
  • 2012 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.
  • 2012 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 Autorama.
  • 2012 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 customs.
  • 2012 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.
  • 2012 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.
  • 2012 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.
  • 2012 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.




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