17 November 2011

While we are doing international rodding, no story would be complete without a clip from the crazy guys in Uddevalla, Sweden, at their infamous hill climb. Danger is exciting, so this must be really really exciting for the spectators, who are protected by a thin strip of plastic tape. Young people have the fortunate knack of believing in their own immortality, so references to safety issues are often decried as boring, but there are parents alive today who wish that their kid had been just a little bit immortal. Anyway, I'm sounding like a parent, so go ahead and enjoy the sound of the hemi powered T roadster. The highways look great too: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KARGKCYmUvQ&feature=player_embedded

If you turn the speakers off all you will miss is the ad at the start of this really interesting silent clip that purports to have been made in '49 or '50 in LA. Better informed readers will say that the area looks more like San Francisco, and SF locals may recognise some of the buildings. Apart from that minor fault - check out the deuce hiboy at 1:48. It could be a cabriolet if you consider the broad windscreen frame, but it was probably a roadster. There appear to be very few early '30s and older cars. The scrap-metal drives during WWII probably had a lot to do with that, but take a peek into your grand-parent's past and see if you like it: http://hollywood-elsewhere.com/2011/09/post_303.php

Here is another international feature - this New Zealand rodder's obsession is extremely well photographed and produced, and on top of that, it is very interesting: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j9mEInCWcqI

Peter Crain

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