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“they’re just chunks of metal sitting there waiting for us” Is hot rodding about the cars or the people? Are we building cool cars with people or are we really building relationships and friendships with cool cars? Dare I say, to the horror of some of my fellow hot rodders, that this hobby, sport, disease for which there is no cure, is really about the people and GASP! Not about the cars. Now don’t think I have flipped out or gone batty…no no no! I still and always will go crazy over our cool cars and trucks. Checking out cool rides at a show or cruise is still about as good as it gets for me. Hearing that thump thump of a big cam or just enjoying the cackle of a Nitro motor warming up or at full throttle when the tree goes green, makes me smile and you can’t wipe it off my face! I will tell you, in my humble opinion, none of this can happen or take place without people. Very few of us, very few, can put together a whole car, completing every aspect of the build by ourselves. And really….do you want to do it by yourself? No, I don’t believe you do. It’s much more fun sharing the good times with another hot rodder, a friend.
When you are in your shop, and you complete some part of the build or modification that was just kicking your butt ( like that never happens to us right?), it’s more fun to HIGH FIVE your bud than the wall isn’t it? Even if you do the work by yourself, you like to share what you did with your hot rod buds. When was the last time you walked in the house and looked in the mirror and high five’d yourself. That ain’t happening, unless your really stuck on yourself. Going to a local show, national event or a cruise night, we tend to line up others to go together. It’s just more fun. Sure there are folks who jump in the car and take off, but 99% of the time, when they get to the event they meet up with friends. If they don’t meet up with anyone, I’ll bet they strike up a conversation with whoever they are parked next to. I know I have and will continue to do so, just because its more fun! Our sport is about people. The cars are cool, but without each other, they’re just chunks of metal sitting there waiting for us to get in and turn the key. I look forward to meeting more hot rodders in 2014…I have a high five I want to share with you
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GEARHEAD GAZZETTE 2013
From Aaronsburg to Zionsville, if there’s a place in the United States that the STREET RODDER Road Tour has not traveled to, then it probably doesn’t exist. And if you have never participated in one of their exciting onthe-road excursions, then you’ve been missing out on some real street rod fun. This is the 18th year of the Road Tour, once again presented by Amsoil. Jerry Dixey, the first and only Tour leader, has been working to create eight amazing trips for 2014. The full list of sponsors, stops, and roadside sights is still being finalized, but we have dates, starting points, and destinations confirmed. See the schedule below and start planning for the Tour you’ll be joing this year. Registration is as simple as visiting the Road Tour 2014 section of the STREET RODDER or calling the Road Tour hotline at 800-664-1362. The Vintage Air Tour - June 7-15 Vintage Air, San Antonio, Texas, to the 50th L.A. Roadsters Show, Pomona, California Jack Chisenhall and Rick Love from Vintage Air lead the Tour to the golden anniversary edition of this Father’s Day classic. The Aeromotive Tour - June 20-29 Back to the 50s, St. Paul, Minnesota, to the NSRA Rocky Mountain Nationals, Pueblo, Colorado. Along the way, the folks at Aeromotive will once again provide a big welcome for us at their Kansas City area facility. The Eastwood Summer Classic Tour - July 18-26 The Syracuse Nationals, Syracuse New York, to the Eastwood Summer Classic, Pottstown, Pennsylvania. We will spend a full day in the Massachusetts area visiting shops on our way to the Eastwood Summer Classic car show. The Autopalooza.org Tour - August 9-16 A Week on Woodward Avenue, near Detroit, Michigan. Join us as we visit automotive shops and places of interest in
the Detroit area, leading up to the world-famous Woodward Dream Cruise The Shades of the Past Tour - August 30September 6 The 60th NHRA U.S. Nationals, Indianapolis, Indiana, to Shades of the Past, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. The big Labor Day race will kick off the Tour from Indy to the popular Shades of the Past Rod Run. Road Tour #7 - September 5-14 Shades of the Past, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, to the NSRA Nationals North Plus, Kalamazoo, Michigan. We will visit some great private car collections and street rod shops in the Ohio area on our way to K-Zoo The Sherm’s Custom Plating Tour - October. 31–November 8 Sherm’s Custom Plating, Sacramento, California, to the SEMA Show, Las Vegas, Nevada. We’ll make a return trip to the huge SEMA Show from a start in Sacramento, with a visit to Gene Winfield’s shop along the way.
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News broke at the 2013 PRI show that a new drag racing series called the “National Drag Racing Association” will have a run of events in 2014 for Pro Mods and mountain motor pro stock cars. The group is a consortium of track operators who believe that the cars present a viable product to have as “featured acts” at their tracks and as such they will host races with them being the “stars of the show”. Look for more info coming soon!
Here at the Gearhead Gazzette we want to recognize the Memory Lane Cruisers Car Club from Clarksville TN. They announced recently that the club members have approved making donations to the following local organizations, in the Clarksville TN area. Loaves & Fishes, The Fisher House, Salvation Army, the local "Shop with a Cop" program and lastly, with the assistance of a local church, they will be presenting Christmas gifts to a local family in need of assistance. Thanks to all the members of Memory Lane Cruisers for making this possible. Merry Christmas everyone!. What Hot Rodding is all about…people
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We want to give a shout to the BATTLEFIELD Region AACA Club from Franklin TN. They recently made a donation to the BRIGHTSTONE Organization in Franklin TN. Members of the Battlefield Region Antique Club recently visited BrightStone and presented a $1000 check! Money donated is raised through membership dues and other club activities, such as car shows. Throughout recent years, the club has continued to be supportive of BrightStoneâ€™s mission and vision. Club members have visited on multiple occasions, often bringing their cars for the students to enjoy. Gearheads, this is what it is all about! Hot Rodders Car Clubs helping those less fortunate! What Hot Rodding is all aboutâ€Śpeople
Come check out a new entertainment option available in Nashville TN - Music City. Experience fast indoor karting in an indoor, safe environment. They offer head-to-head racing in their 77,000 sq ft. facility in downtown Nashville. Race with your friends, bring your co-workers, or let them host your next birthday party. They have all sorts of options for your next adventure experience. Give them a call and let them show you why they are the Fastest Fun in Nashville. (615) 242-3275 or go to www.musiccityindoorkarting.com
Congrats to Paul & Jewell Shauck of Thompsons Station TN. They had their very cool ‘33 Ford Coupe featured in the 2013 NSRA Program / Magazine, that got handed out to participants at the NSRA events in 2013. Looking Good Gang!
Congratulations to Tim Davis of Mt Pleasant TN! He is the winner of our 1 st Readers Contest Tim was the 10th reader to submit the correct answer to our contest. We want to thank everyone who participated and submitted entries to us. Tim wins a personalized 18”x24” full color rendering ($300 value) of his hot rod, muscle car, race car, or whatever cool ride he is driving or working on these days, by graphic artist Myles Limbrick Also when the rendering is completed, it will run as a full page feature picture in a future issue of the GEARHEAD GAZZETTE. We want to give a huge thank you to Myles Limbrick for donating this great prize for our first Readers Contest. Myles is a renowned artist, based in London Ontario Canada. He is a designer that creates bold, unique, automotive art of finished vehicles for the home, office or as sign boards. He can also can create a concept renderings for you, of your project, so you can see your vision come to life before the build even starts! You can then use that as a proposal for future builds (and he will never reproduce the same concept twice.) You can contact Myles through his email email@example.com or call him at 519 488 0367.
JAN 3-4: NASHVILLE TN: MONSTER JAM. JAN 4-5: MURFRESBORO TN: 3RD ANNUAL TENNESSEE MOTORAMA: JAN 10-12: CHATTANOOGA TN: 46TH ANNUAL O’REILLY AUTOPARTS WORLD OF WHEELS SHOW. JAN 10-12: CINCINNATI OH: 54TH ANNUAL KOI AUTO PARTS CAVALCADE OF CUSTOMS SHOW JAN 10-12: KNOXVILLE TN: 30TH ANNUAL CABIN FEVER OPEN ROD RUN. JAN 11: ORANGE BEACH AL: SNOWBIRD FEST OPEN CAR & TRUCK SHOW. JAN 11: SHELBYVILLE KY: FALLS CITY MODEL A SWAP MEET: JAN 11: DUBUQUE IA. RETRO REWIND STARING CARS & GUITARS. JAN 11: WESTMORELAND TN: 3RD ANNUAL ICEBREAKER SWAP MEET. JAN 18-19: NASHVILLE TN: 23RD ANNNUAL NASHVILLE AUTOFEST JAN 24-26: POMONA CA: 65TH ANNUAL GRAND NATIONL ROADSTER SHOW. JAN 25: FT MEYERS FL: SOUTHWEST FLORIDA HOT ROD NATIONALS JAN 31 – FEB 1: MURFREESBORO TN: 9TH ANNUAL SOUTHERN INVITATIONAL TRUCK & TRACTOR PULL FEB 2: NASHVILLE TN: 26TH ANNUAL STONES RIVER REGION AACA SWAP MEET. FEB 7-9: BIRMINGHAM AL: 43RD ANNUAL O’REILLY AUTO PARTS WORD OF WHEELS. FEB 16TH: LEBANON TN: 4TH ANNUAL WINTER SWAP MEET: MAR 8-9: NASHVILLE TN: HUNTERS CUSTOM AUTO SHOW APR 3-6: CHARLOTTE NC: CHARLOTTE AUTOFAIR. APR 11-13: JACKSON TN: THE BUNNY RUN. APR 12: ETHRIDGE TN: MCCM SPRING MEET: APR 26: ATHENS AL: CARS & BIKES ON THE SQUARE. MAY 2-4: KNOXVILLE TN: 40TTH STREE ROD NATIONALS SOUTH Plus: MAY 3: COLUMBIA / SPRING HILL TN: 3RD ANNUAL “CRUZIN FOR THE MUSIC” CAR SHOW. JUL 31 – Aug 3: LOUISVILLE KY: 45TH ANNUAL NSRA STREET ROD NATIONALS Plus:
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JANUARY 2014: JAN 3-4: NASHVILLE TN: MONSTER JAM. Monster truck racing and action at its best! Being held at the Bridgestone Arena. Featuring: Monster Jam® Trucks: Grave Digger® driven by Carl Van Horn, Madusa®, Grave Digger The Legend® driven by Adam Anderson, Captain America driven by Chad Fortune, Bounty Hunter driven by Jim Creten, Scarlet Bandit driven by Dawn Creten, Predator - driver TBA and Prowler driver TBA!!! Show starts at 7:30pm both nights. Subject to change without notice. For more info go to www.monsterjam.com JAN 4-5: MURFRESBORO TN: 3RD ANNUAL TENNESSEE MOTORAMA: Being held in the Mid-TN Expo Center. Huge Swap meet, Car/Motorcycle show, Memorabilia Auction and Custom Bicycle show. Show hours are from 10am – 5pm both days. For more info call 615-364-1828 or go to www.bothbarrelspromotions.com JAN 10-12: CHATTANOOGA TN: 46TH ANNUAL O’REILLY AUTOPARTS WORLD OF WHEELS SHOW. All the great cars and fun of an ISCA car show. Being held at the Chattanooga Convention Center. For more info call 423-413-3752 or go to www.worldofwheels.net JAN 10-12: CINCINNATI OH: 54TH ANNUAL KOI AUTO PARTS CAVALCADE OF CUSTOMS SHOW. All the great cars and fun of an ISCA car show. Being held at the Duke Energy Center. Special attraction: Gene Winfield will be demonstrating how to “chop a top” and other metal working skills at the show. For more info call 859-282-0624 or go to www.autorama.com JAN 10-12: KNOXVILLE TN: 30TH ANNUAL CABIN FEVER OPEN ROD RUN. Being held at the Knoxville Convention Center. For more info call 865-522-5669
JAN 11: ORANGE BEACH AL: SNOWBIRD FEST OPEN CAR & TRUCK SHOW. Being held at THE WHARF in Orange Beach. Pre-Register before 12/1/13 for $15.00 and get a FREE T-shirt!. No classes, open to all makes and models. TOP 20 awards to be given out. For more info go to www.snowbirdfest.com/registration JAN 11: SHELBYVILLE KY: FALLS CITY MODEL A SWAP MEET: Being held at the Paroquet Spring Conference Center. For more info call 502-834-9895 JAN 11: DUBUQUE IA. RETRO REWIND STARING CARS & GUITARS. Being held in conjunction with the Fuel Injected Film Festival at Five Flags Theatre. Enjoy a day of music, shopping, hot rods, kustoms, and vintage motorcycles. Step back to a simpler time when hot rods were worked on in a friends garage, and the music was played on a jukebox or AM radio. Vintage period correct hot rods, kustom cars, and vintage motorcycles will be on display for the motorheads. Check out the vendors selling their original art, shirts, stickers, patches etc. in the automotive vendor area. Stroll on over to the swap meet area where you can find some old car parts to get that ride up and running. Or if you have been looking for some vinyl, cds, or old stereo equipment check the music swap area. Vintage guitars will be on display and dealers will be selling off some rare items in the guitar vendor row. For more info go to www.retrorewinddubuque.com or find them on FACEBOOK too. JAN 11: WESTMORELAND TN: 3RD ANNUAL ICEBREAKER SWAP MEET. Automotive swap meet. Being held in the Westmoreland Business and Expo Center. Admission $5 ladies and kids free door prizes free parking big screen TV giveaway at 2 pm auto related parts and memorabilia For more go to www.icebreakerswapmeet.com or call 270-991-3425
JAN 18-19: NASHVILLE TN: 23RD ANNNUAL NASHVILLE AUTOFEST: Being held again at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds. Car Show, Swap Meet, Car Corral, Vendors and so much more. Discount tickets available at al O’Reilly Auto Parts stores. For more info or to enter your vehicle in the show or get a swap or vendor spot, call 502-893-6731 or go to www.nashvilleautofest.com JAN 24-26: POMONA CA: 65TH ANNUAL GRAND NATIONL ROADSTER SHOW. This is the big one! Oldest car show in the USA. Competition for America’s Most Beautiful Roadster. Suede and Chrome display, Vintage race cars, Grand Daddy Drive In and a whole lot more. For more info go to www.theisca.com or call 877-763-7469.
JAN 25: FT MEYERS FL: SOUTHWEST FLORIDA HOT ROD NATIONALS: Held in Jet Blue Park, 11581 Daniels Parkway. the show benefits the Salvation Army. Open-to-all entries, and features 50 special trophies, vendors, swap meet, kids activities, food and beverage available, music. $1000 Club Participation, and more. Pre-registration by December 31st is $20, day of show is $30. For more info call 239-571-4683 JAN 31 – FEB 1: MURFREESBORO TN: 9TH ANNUAL SOUTHERN INVITATIONAL TRUCK & TRACTOR PULL. Being held in Miller Coliseum at MTSU Campus. All the classes that you will enjoy watching! For more info call 615-904-2079 or go to www.southernmotorsports.net FEBRUARY 2014: FEB 2: NASHVILLE TN: 26TH ANNUAL STONES RIVER REGION AACA SWAP MEET. Being held again at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds. Doors open at 630am. Vendor setup is Saturday 10am – 6pm. Auto related- tools – literature – toys – service station memorabilia – parts –accessories. Indoor and outdoor vendors. Car Corral. THIS IS A BIG SWAP MEET!! For more info call 615542-2927 or go to www.stonesrivercarclub.com
FEB 7-9: BIRMINGHAM AL: 43RD ANNUAL O’REILLY AUTO PARTS WORD OF WHEELS. Being held at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Center. For more info go to www.theisca.com or call 205-655-4950 FEB 16TH: LEBANON TN: 4TH ANNUAL WINTER SWAP MEET: Hosted by the Mid-Tenn AACA. Being held at the Wilson County Fairgrounds. Both inside and outside spaces available. For more info call 615-444-7315 MARCH 2014: MAR 8-9: NASHVILLE TN: HUNTERS CUSTOM AUTO SHOW. Being held at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds. Nashville’s BIGGEST custom car show. For show info or to enter your vehicle call 615-2278-6584 or go to www.hunterscustom.com . APRIL 2014: APR 3-6: CHARLOTTE NC: CHARLOTTE AUTOFAIR. APR 11-13: JACKSON TN: THE BUNNY RUN. Being held at the Jackson Fairgrounds park on Hwy 45 S. Hosted by the Jackson Rod & Custom Car Club.. Open to Street Rods, Custom Cars and Trucks. Friday night Supper. BBQ dinner Sat Night. Campsites Available. For more info call 731-427-1677 or go to www.jacksonbunnyrun.webs.com
APR 12: ETHRIDGE TN: MCCM SPRING MEET: Being held at US 43 Dragway. Runs from 10am – 6pm. Racing $25 (gate fee included) Spectators $15 Car Show $20 (gate fee included) Kids 12 & under FREE. Rules: NO Drifting NO Speeding through pit areas NO Violence NO Drugs NO Alcohol Animals Allowed (please clean up) Pit bikes, ATV, Golf Carts, scooters....etc are allowed (please don't speed and be reckless in pit areas). SCHEDULE: 10:00am- Gates open 11:30am-Track is hot 12:00pm- Car Show Sign ups 3:00pm- Car Show judging begins 4:30pm- Car Show Winners announced 6:00pm- Track is Cold
APR 26: ATHENS AL: CARS & BIKES ON THE SQUARE. This is a BIG Show! Held on the square in Athens. Open to all types of vehicles and bikes. Show runs from 8am – 3pm. Live Music from 4-7pm. Special guests include Fullers Hot Rods, Team Hammer, McCormack Racing and more! For more info call 256-457-9179 MAY 2014: MAY 2-4: KNOXVILLE TN: 40TTH STREE ROD NATIONALS SOUTH Plus: Open to all vehicles 30 years old or older. Being held again at the Chillowee Park. For more info call 303-7767841 or go to www.nsra-usa.com MAY 3: COLUMBIA / SPRING HILL TN: 3 RD ANNUAL “CRUZIN FOR THE MUSIC” CAR SHOW. Open show. Being held at the Spring Hill High School on Hwy 31. Awards, Vendors, Food, Music and more. JUNE 2014: JULY 2014: JUL 31 – Aug 3: LOUISVILLE KY: 45TH ANNUAL NSRA STREET ROD NATIONALS Plus: Open to all vehicles 30 years old or older. Being held again at the Kentucky State Fairgrounds and Exposition Center. This is the BIG ONE!! For more info call 901-452-4030 or go to www.nsra-usa.com AUGUST 2014: SEPTEMBER 2014:
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HOT RODDING IN THE MID-SOUTH Editor’s Note: It’s the end of the year and in this issue Ed reflects on some of our “hot rod hero’s” we have lost over time.
Cancer…that dreaded word… This month we need to reflect on that word and the damage it has done to so many. My sweetheart is recovering from the dreaded merkle cell cancer that could have easily taken her life a few years ago. Thank goodness it was detected in time & has kept it in remission since. Her situation worked out far better then my other two close friends, Norm Grabowski and Terry Manlove. It seems Terry was diagnosed with severe lung disease about 10 years ago from smoking, I am told. There was some discussions about a lung transplant ,but that was never performed. I remember when Terry quit smoking, as he gestured about being around smokers but never started back. His life was guarded as he followed his doctors guidelines pretty close ,as far as I knew. We would get together about every 3 or 4 weeks, and have dinner at the Long Horn near the shop(T&M Steering). He never complained much about his cancer, but towards the end, it was robbing his Woodard Historical Collection quality of life. I remember the day of his passing, as I had stopped by a mutual friend of ours, and was told Terry was on the way over to get a ramp installed on his street rod, so he could go the NSRA Nats. I tried to wait to see him, to tell him not to go as his heath was more important, but knowing Terry he was not going to let anything stop him. Later that day I heard that Terry had passed away as he was preparing to head over to our friends. 18
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Terry was a very good person & a very, very good friend. He was always ready to help out a hot rodder who asked him for help. Here are a few pics of Terry from better times.
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Terry & Brenda waiting for the number to be called at the NATS
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Terry at a rod run with that positive smile My other buddy mentioned was Norm Grabowski. There were many trips that we took in the Henway along with weekly Woodard Photo Collection conversations about places he went and projects he was involved in. Woodard Historical
HOT RODDING IN THE MID-SOUTH cont. People will never be able to count all the ways Norm has influenced the automotive and hot rod scene. I can still remember things he told me and I am sure there are many that can say the same. But the really bad deal is Woodard Photo Collection what happened to him. The cancer could have been put into remission, if only he would have taken the advice of the doctors. Norm was the type of person who believed he was in control of everything. The doctor at the hospital told him exactly how the cancer would affect his tongue, and that it would swell up and cut off his air supply. The doctor told him he would require a temporary feeding tube, even if he had surgery. Knowing Norm and his home remedies like I did, not to mention his relatives telling him the doctors are just there to take his money, it was easy to see why he took the easy way out. In fact the doctor told him exactly what would happen and the time table. It happened almost to the day that he passed away, © Woodard Collection with Norm not allowing any help by the doctors. There were several unfinished vehicles Norm was wanting to build that really would have been knockouts. I am fortunate to have been given a project vehicle to build with his blessing. I look at it often when I play the Grabowski soundtrack. I have I am enclosing some pictures from lighter times with my old friend. Norm….Norman, where ever you are we miss you….. If any one that reads this is diagnosed with cancer, get help fast, from the best doctors available. Never allow anyone to talk you into “The Natural Way”.
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I think we should take a few minutes and reflect on those other hot rod heroes we have lost far to early in life. I cannot remember all so forgive an old man's memory…
Jim Talbot(MR Hemi), Felton Jarvis, Bob Maples, Ollie Perdue, © Woodard Collection Chuck Hardesty, Bill Sellers, Milton & Jerry Potter, Paul Speck, Bob Young, Jake Moran, Gary Freeman, Bob Amos, Glenn Smith, Denny Thelan, C.B.Davis Woodard Photo Collection and I am sure you can name many more. Make certain we all remember them during our holidays…and everyday.
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THURSDAY NITE CRUISIN’: THESE CRUISES ARE HELD EVERY THURSDAY NITE: FRIDAY NITE CRUISIN’: THESE CRUISES ARE HELD EVERY FRIDAY NITE: • MURFREESBORO TN: MHRC CRUISE IN. Held every Friday night from May 2nd thru and including Sept 26th. Cruise in takes place at the Avenues Shopping Mall, on the south end by the Belks store. Cruising runs from 5-9pm. The Cruise in is open to all makes and models. Music, prizes and contests every Friday Night. For more info and to check if cruising is going on due to weather concerns go to www.4mhrc.net 1st FRIDAY NITE OF THE MONTH CRUISIN: 2nd FRIDAY NITE OF MONTH CRUISIN: 3rd FRIDAY OF THE MONTH CRUISIN: 4th FRIDAY OF THE MONTH CRUISIN: SATURDAY MORNING CRUISIN’: THESE CRUISES ARE HELD EVERY SATURDAY MORNING:
SATURDAY NITE CRUISIN’ – THESE CRUISES ARE HELD EVERY SATURDAY NITE: • GOODLETTSVILLE TN: GOODLETTSVILLE CRUISE IN. Cruising starts April 5th. Being held in the PUBLIX / Firehouse Subs shopping center at 480 Long Hollow Pike. All the action runs from 6pm-9pm. Rockin’ DJ Dave Ferguson will have the music you love playing and a lot of fun on tap for all the cruisers. For more info call 615-405-2419 or go to http://gvillecruisein.tripod.com/ . 1ST SATURDAY NITE OF THE MONTH CRUISIN: ATHENS AL: CRUISIN THE SQUARE. Held the 1st Saturday night of each month from April to September. Cruising runs from 3pm – pm. For more info call 256-457-9179 2ND SATURDAY NITE OF THE MONTH CRUISIN: 2ND SATURDAY NITE OF THE MONTH CRUISIN: 3RD SATURDAY NITE OF THE MONTH CRUISIN: 4TH SATURDAY NITE OF THE MONTH CRUISIN: • SOMERSET KY: SOMERNITES CRUISE IN: Held the 4th Friday & Saturday of each month from April thru October. Kick off cruise is April 26th. Cruise is held rain or shine. Each month has a different theme / featured car/style. For more info call 606-679-4730 or go to www.somernitescruise.com
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Many have chased after it…probably thousands over the years. Some have chased after it more than once, twice or even 3 times. Some have won it more than once, but that club is very few. The plain fact is, only 50 have actually won it…The Don Ridler Award. One of hot roddings most coveted awards signifying, you are the BEST of the BEST! Here are all 50 winners from #1 in 1964 to #50 in 2013
There you have them all, from #1- to #50. Say what you want, but each winner was state of the art for it’s time and day!
Ford’s, Chevy’s, hot rods, race cars and more! Throw in a Mercedes Benz and a Rambler too. Chrome sparkling like stars in the night. Almost every color you can think of and a couple that you can’t. Red and lots of it! Congrats to all 50! GG
#1 – Al Bergler 1964
#50 – Ron Cizek 2013
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FOR SALE: Made in USA Corvette chrome 15x8 rally wheels. 2010 manufacture date, 500 miles. Wheels are in great condition, only a few minor dings in the stainless beauty rings. Asking $350. 615-979-3296. Franklin, TN. (12/13)
WANTED: 1. Outside stainless trim for a 1950 Mercury Coupe 2. Rear seat or seat springs for 1949-1951 Mercury 3. 2005-2008 F150 Super Cab front seat. If you have or know where I can get please call 615-972-5502 (11/13) FOR SALE: Big Block Chevy 427ci L-88 Clone. Carb to oil pan, water pump to flexplate. Wire it in and turn it on. THUMPS!!! Big Port Iron Heads. If your looking for a BBC “ready to run and drive…FAST motor”, this is it. No “tire kickers” please. If you’re serious call me with a FAIR RESONABLE OFFER for me to consider. Jimmy B 615-300-2003. Leave a message if I don’t answer right away. (11/13) WANTED: 1932 Ford Roadster body. Can be aftermarket body. Send pictures and info to email@example.com (11/13)
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Hot Rods, Muscle Cars, Trick Trucks and a whole lot more. What is it you askâ€Śwhy the Hunters Custom Auto Show in Nashville TN. Each spring, the finest vehicles in the Southeast region of the USA and some from other parts of the country, come to Nashville to be part of this great event. With more applications than space available, Linda & Johnny Freund have a hard time selecting all those that will be part of the show. Based on the 2013 edition, they selected the best of the best. Throw in some of the best Automotive Aftermarket companies, showing off the latest and greatest offerings, and other vendors, and there is something for everyone to enjoy. The other part of this show that is great, is the friendship and camaraderie that the exhibitors have with each other. Everybody is ready to help each other have a great weekend! Itâ€™s almost like a family reunion atmosphere. There are not many shows that have that. If you would like to be part of the 2014 Hunters show, make plans now for March 8 & 9. Go to www.huntersauto.com for more info and to enter the show.
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Published on Jan 1, 2014
December 2013 issue of the Gearhead Gazzette. Features include Hot Rodding in the Mid-South history article. Hunters Custom Auto Show 2013....