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Little Classics News: 23 June 2015

Hot Rod and Custom Classics Hit Beaulieu

Hot rod line-up at Beaulie

Many classics, of a not-so-standard persuasion came out for the 2015 Hot Rod and Custom Drive-In Day at Beaulieu last weekend. 450 custom, hot rod and classic American cars and bikes cruised into the grounds of the National Motor Museum to take part in the colourful and diverse display, which was enjoyed by 6,500 visitors.

With live music, dancing and stands selling vintage wares, all capturing the spirit of the custom world, it proved to be a vibrant event. Variety brought plenty of spice to the show, held in association with American car club Solent Renegades, as stripped-down hot rods parked alongside ‘slammed’ American classics and pristine custom cars.

Low riding hot rod

Whether you love immaculate custom paint finishes and highly polished engine bays, or prefer the distressed rat rod look, there were plenty of unique cars on show to catch your eye. Bike fans were spoilt by a multitude of two-wheeled machines, ranging from beautifully crafted custom bicycles, courtesy of club Crank Jesters, all the way up to custom trikes powered by V8 engines.

No-one could miss the awesome display put on by Russ Carpenter and his dragster Glacier Grenade. Russ started up the Daimler V8 engine of this brutal quarter-mile monster, astonishing visitors with its roar and ‘cackle’.

Gold Ford Hot Rod

Solent Renegades put on an excellent display of club members’ cars, ranging from ever-popular Chevy Day Vans and Ford Mustangs, to rarities such as a 1967 Plymouth Satellite Sport Wagon with its eye catching wood effect trim.

Elsewhere in the show, the lowered bare metal bodywork and race-tuned V8 engine of a 1931 Ford Model A drew a sizeable crowd. Contrasting nicely with this was a pristine mint green and cream 1930 Model A hot rod, powered by a 354 Hemi V8.

Ford Popular hot rod

Among the American cars on show were numerous modified British classics, including a Ford 100E Popular body mounted onto an air-cooled Volkswagen chassis, and a 1960 Vauxhall Victor F-Type equipped with a tuned 3.5-litre Rover V8 engine.

Supercharged classic hot rod

Throughout the day, visitors voted for their favourite machines on show in the People’s Choice Award. Tony Bevan’s 1936 Buick Straight Eight, Paul Privett’s 1971 Cadillac Coupe de Ville and Tim Day’s 1986 Chevrolet Camaro 228 were all runners up, with Mick Wakeford winning the People’s Choice Award with his pristine 1932 Ford roadster.

Classic Chevy 3100 truck

Further awards were given for other stars of the show. The Best Hot Rod went to Chris Andrews for his Ford Model T ‘Bucket’, with Dave Day taking Best Custom for his subtle yet impressive 1952 Chevrolet pick-up, while Best American was awarded to Terry Jeeves for his 1957 Cadillac Eldorado Series 62.

Vintage Ford hot rod

One of the heroes of the show was Best Bike award winner Nick Wallwork, with his astonishing Bourget’s Bike Works custom motorcycle. Nick had bought this American machine, equipped with a 2-litre engine and a huge rear wheel, only the day before the show.


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