29 March 2013

The Australian Street Rod Federation's Street Rod Nationals are on again, this time at the sprawling Parklands complex in Southport, on Queensland's Gold Coast. The weather forecasts are tipping variable conditions, with some rain. We will attempt to add a gallery of shots every day of the event.

The Wilkie kids are seen here cruising the trotting track at Parklands, in Jarred's channeled '28 coupe. Mum and Dad, Warren and Kerry, were also on hand, in some of their hot rods.

The Ridler Award for 2013 has been awarded, and you may have seen the fabulously detailed flathead powered '40 coupe of Ron Cizek. The history of the award goes back to 1964, and if you ever need to settle a bet on which car won in which year, the Michigan Hot Rod Association are the people to ask. The MHRA runs the show, and this page shows this years finalists, and lists all the winners: http://www.mhraonline.org/ridler If you need a photo to jog your memory, this page will take you through each year's winners, albeit slowly. http://www.mhraonline.org

This video was made as a promotional article by an insurance company, but that does not detract from a quite touching story about a man and his Model A. The A roadster was acquired in 1937, then led a tough life hauling all sorts of stuff all over the west coast. The story is related by the son and daughter of the original owner, Frank Maniatis. You may need some tissues...: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gP1zmCkUkpA

When the YouTube clip above finished playing, almost any red blooded male would have noticed the cute bottom of the blonde in the 'California Hot Rod Reunion 2012' link. For those who were unimpressed (females, the visually impaired), we should add that the clip is a very professional HD video, complete with a Creedence Clearwater Connection background track, and lots of shots of neat cars. And blondes. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature

Ok, it is obvious that there hasn't been a lot of research into the production of this page, as most of these YouTube links are visible from the side bar of the first one. That is purely coincidental, and just reflects Google's innate ability to match our interests with the available vids. These videos are from an event where you could expect to see Willys pickups, Willys Sedan Deliveries and coupes, Henry J's, Anglias, Austin A40's, all running straight axles up front, and up to 10% engine setback. That last bit gave it away, didn't it? Yes, its the 2012 Gasser Reunion, held at Beaver Springs. The cars are truly nostalgic, and the sight of a straight axle '55 Ford reaching for the sky in a wheel-standing waltz with a steel bodied '40 Willys coupe sets the tone. There are 4 clips - starting here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature then go to this one http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature then : http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature, then the finale: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature

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