Last week we thought we’d have a little fun with the wintry weather many of us have been having. We asked you to send in your snowiest, cheeriest holiday rod and custom photographs, —. By that evening photos from around the world were hitting our inbox and Facebook page, and when the dust–and snow–settled, Swedish hot rodder Lars Brandow took the prize.
The winner of our Winter Photo Contest is Lars Brandow’s 1933 Ford roadster from Sweden.
Cole Acquafondata, “Here’s a picture of my ’46 Chevy in the snow!”
It was tough choosing one winner. We were pleasantly surprised by the number of great images submitted. But when it comes down to it, it’s hard to beat a ’33 Ford roadster in the snow–with snow chains–and two cool little kids at the helm. The roadster was originally imported to Sweden from Texas, but was damaged during shipping and languished at the importer’s warehouse for 18 years. Lars bought it a few years ago and put it on the road with a 59AB flathead and a ’36 toploader transmission. He also knocked off the fenders and installed Studebaker President headlights. Plans for this winter include a new flathead with a host of interesting speed equipment (like a set of Swedish-cast Elco Twin heads), a dropped axle, and juice brakes.
Johan Pettersson, Sweden, full-fendered Model A roadster. “Picture from a trip around Norway.”
We really enjoyed checking out your submissions, and we’ve included a half dozen of our runners-up. It was great to see photos from many different countries in addition to those sent from hot rodders here in the States. You can click here to visit our Facebook page to view the rest of this year’s submissions. And who knows–we just might do this again next year, so keep your shutters clicking if you have your car out in the snow this winter!
Tom Kennedy, 1934 Ford coupe. “This was in Montana the first day of summer 2000 on our way to the NSRA event in Pueblo, Colorado.”
Barry Klassen, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, chopped Model A sedan.
Minna Pahkajärvi, 1956 Mercury. “Kustom Konvertible waiting for next summer.”
Roger Meiners, Milford, Michigan. “Here’s my Paul Beck-built, all-steel roadster. That’s a 241 cid Dodge Hemi with three Holley 94s. The original Ford chassis is equipped with a ’40s three-speed Ford transmission, closed driveshaft, un-split wishbone, dropped axle and a bunch of other early Ford running gear and detail items. The photo was taken five years ago.”
Dale Barnes, 1955 Ford Thunderbird
John Majors, Ketchum, Idaho. “Here are two of my cars during a typical Idaho winter. We live right on the backside of the Sun Valley ski area and can ski right to our door when the snow is like this. The ’40 Ford is my daily driver and has 70,000 Idaho miles on it, and even in the winter with just snow tires it is very dependable. Both these cars are Chevy powered, but with all original Henry Ford steel on the outside. Both cars are garaged in the building just out of sight on the right. I think I had them outside to clear the driveway in front of the garage with the plow, a 1965 John Deere tractor with a loader.”
Fabio Giommoni, 1939 Dodge Coupe
Chad Welta, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, ’49-50 Mercury four-door sedan.
Jerry and Jan Mlady Crooks, South Dakota and now Prescott, Arizona. “In the late spring of 2002, my hard-core roadster pals, our wives and I were on our annual Lake Area Roadster Club Reliability Run to the other end of the state in the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota. On Friday we had a great day of cruising the back roads of the hills with sunny, perfect weather but on Saturday morning we were surprised to see 6 inches of snow had fallen outside our motel in Hill City, South Dakota. No problem, we kept cruising that day at a slower pace and then on Sunday headed the 400 miles back home in the melting slop!” “Late spring snowstorms aren’t that unusual in the Black Hills, and the weather in this state can change in a matter of hours. In fact, the world records for the fastest temperature rise and drop are held by the two nearby towns of Spearfish and Rapid City!”
Etienne Musslin, France, Citroen 2CV.
Matt Reynolds Wintertime in Cincinnati, Ohio. Deuce five-window coupe body, Chevy-powered ’32 Panel truck and a vintage Go-Kart in the snow in front of the garage.
Matt Hurley, High Point, North Carolina. Model A’s with full holiday decoration.
Pasi Sollo, A 1934 Ford highboy coupe “owned by fellow Finnish rodders.”
Adam Bateman, Saint Michael, Minnesota, 1931 Model A roadster. “I had enough of the long winter and got my roadster out for some fun in the snow. I had been threatening to do it for a while as I was going through hot rod withdrawal. My friends thought I was nuts and said I wouldn’t do it.”
Dale Moreau, Portland Oregon, 1957 Ford convertible. “This is my girlfriend’s mom’s car in Binghamton, New York, in 1959.”