The fabled Famoso Grove is always one of the main attractions at the Hot Rod Reunion. We thoroughly enjoyed checking out the James & Fischer “Syndicate Scuderia” ’40 Willys. With its supercharged 354cid Chrysler, the coupe was a fierce competitor in the AA/Gas Supercharged ranks during the Gasser Wars.
For the past month or so, things have been moving at a rapid pace here at The Rodder’s Journal. We just finished issue #73 and we’re now unpacking our bags after two very different events—the California Hot Rod Reunion in Bakersfield and SEMA in Las Vegas. Although we’re hard at work prepping for the upcoming Holiday Season, we’d like to take a moment to show you what we’ve been up to.
We’ll start things off with the 25th annual Hot Rod Reunion. Every year, the reunion brings hundreds of the best front engined dragsters, Gassers, Altereds and hot rods to Auto Club Famoso Raceway for a weekend-long throwback to drag racing’s Golden Age. From the daytime racing to Cacklefests after the sun went down, there was no shortage of action on and off the track during the three-day event.
We were especially excited to have the SOHC-powered “Shelby Super Snake”—which appears on our newsstand cover that’s in stores now—in the Rodder’s Journal booth. As an added bonus, Don Prudhomme was on hand signing autographs and catching up with fans whenever he could. It was hot and dusty, as Bakersfield tends to be, but it all made for a memorable silver anniversary at the CHRR.
Competition machines of all kinds flocked to Famoso, ranging from hard-charging slingshots to early rear-engined entries like the Bob’s Muffler B/Gas Dragster. This is a recreation of the car campaigned in 1959 by the Bakersfield-based team of Bob Crowe, Roger Coburn, as well as James and Ken Warren.
Don Prudhomme (in green) signs a cover banner for a fan in our booth. On Saturday morning he fired up the Super Snake on a large dose of nitro, much to everyone’s enjoyment.
We shot this photo right after we finished setting up our booth in Bakersfield. We’re pleased with how our larger-than-life Super Snake banner turned out.
Our Project ’39 was in good company at the big end of the track with Brandon Flanner’s hoodless ’39 coupe and Ryan Reed’s Cordoba Tan ’37.
Not long after, we made our way over to the 50th annual SEMA show. Through the years, the event has established itself as one of the top destinations for equipment manufacturers and automotive media alike. For 2016, close to 160,000 participants filled the Las Vegas Convention Center to get the inside scoop on the latest and greatest products. We enjoyed walking around, bench racing with old friends and seeing what’s new in our industry.
We’re now back in the office getting ready for the Holidays and issue #74. Make sure to stay tuned to our Instagram, Facebook and email newsletters for all of the latest TRJ happenings.
Don Lindfors’ ’32 Ford pickup has plenty of impact thanks to its bright orange paint and 351 Cleveland power. He works for PerTronix, and the Brookville-bodied RPU was on display in their booth.
Delmo’s Speed and Kustom transformed this ’59 GMC Fleetside into a spectacularly detailed showpiece. Formerly located in Burbank, California, Delmo’s has moved to Prescott, Arizona.
Bobby Alloway of Alloway’s Hot Rod Shop built Larry and Carol Olson’s ’65 Riviera with performance in mind. The black Buick features 502 dressed in nailhead-style garb, a Tremec five-speed and an Art Morrison front subframe.
Brookville Roadster unveiled their latest offering: a ’32 Ford two door phaeton body with three window-style suicide doors. The bodies are a collaboration between Brookville and Chip Foose, while this chassis sports components from Johnson’s Hot Rod Shop, including the Johnson Kinmont brakes. Only 32 of these limited-edition tubs will be produced.