We’ve been hard at work on a number of projects here at The Rodder’s Journal, but the weekend is approaching fast. As this week comes to a close, three must-attend events are taking place across the United States.
The first is the California Hot Rod Reunion, which will be held October 23rd-25th at the Auto Club Famoso Raceway in Bakersfield, California. Just like in previous years, the weekend will be an overload of traditional hot rods, survivors and vintage drag cars of all kinds. Motors are scheduled to fire at eight o’clock every morning, and nostalgia drag racing will take over the track for the entire weekend. On Saturday night, dozens of restored racecars will guzzle nitro and shoot fire underneath the lights for the CHRR’s grand finale—the Cacklefest.
It’s been a mad thrash for Derek Bower and Pete Eastwood, longtime hot rodders who are restoring the Dunn & Reath Rainbow Top Fueler. On Wednesday afternoon, the car was still in pieces and getting its windshield formed. Derek says they fired the engine—a nitro buring Hemi—last week and mechanically the car is ready to go.
Robert Morris of HB Kustom Machine just finished his recreation of the Beebe Brothers’ Vinson & Sixt front engine dragster earlier this week. The car was a heavy hitter in Top Fuel during the ’65 and ’66 seasons, and Robert remembered seeing it on the July ’66 cover of Drag Racing Magazine. For the past four years, he traced the car’s history over multiple continents and worked to build a recreation with a number of original parts.
Although he didn’t plan to bring the slingshot to the 2015 Reunion, Tim Beebe’s passing earlier this fall lead to a full-force effort to get the dragster done. If you’re in Bakersfield, make sure to check these cars out firsthand.
The next event is the 12th annual Jalopyrama, which will take place Saturday, October 24th in Westminster, Maryland. Dubbed “The Reunion,” this grassroots indoor/outdoor show was the brainchild of Maryland hot rodder Mike Szuba and the Rusty Nuts Hot Rod Group.
This year the show has moved for the third time; it’s now being held in Shipley Arena at the Carroll County Agricultural Center. Mike says it’s four times larger than the previous venue, and 140 hot rods and customs have already registered. Signs promoting the show have been plastered across the county, and they’re expecting between 2,000 and 3,000 spectators during this one-day event.
Also on Saturday, the Austin Speed Shop team is hosting Hot Dogs and Hot Rods in Austin, Texas. At 6 p.m., they’re opening the shop to the public for a night filled with hot rods, delicious food, local drinks and a number of live bands. On our way back from the Bayou Round Up, we swung by the shop to see what projects were brewing. From a baremetal Deuce to a straight-axle ’55, Austin Speed Shop is a must-visit if you’re in the area.
Last weekend, we were lucky enough to participate in the first annual Bayou Round Up in Lafayette, Louisiana. The show, which was hosted by the Kontinentals car club, brought hundreds of hot rods and customs to the grounds of the historic Blackham Coliseum. We started our trip in Austin and headed east for Lafayette, documenting the trip every step of the way. Look for more in an upcoming issue of TRJ.