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“These are special people who come into our lives” As I put together this issue of the Gearhead Gazzette, I read with great interest Feature Writer Ed Woodard’s article on Bill Akin of Nashville TN.
Joe went with us to car shows, even going out to the West Coast for a show out there once. Never laughed so hard for so many days.
In my opinion, Bill, like Ed, is one of our “Hot Rod Hero’s. I have had the good fortune to meet Bill. I have seen Bill at various events and we’ll talk about some car related deal of some sort. Always…always I get the better end of the deal with some new learnings from Bill, even though he doesn’t know he taught me something new!
Probably the most special time was when he helped me build a display for a car I was showing back in my younger days. The wood work was perfect. The way he built it so it could come apart and go together easy was awesome.
I feel lucky, in that I have a number of people who I hold in the “Hot Rod Hero” status for myself. These are special people who come into our lives, have come into my life, and made me a better person in a number of different ways. No it’s not always about a car, but rather life.
The best part of the whole deal was spending time in his garage, learning from him. Not learning about woodworking, though that did happen in a small way. But watching and just listening as he explained what he was doing. That gearheads is where the learning comes from. The sharing of what one is doing, so others can learn and understand.
What’s the value of a “Hot Rod Hero” you might ask? I say “PRICELESS”!!!!
The question I would ask you, is what are you doing to teach someone younger than you, Tommy Ring & his grandson! how to do this thing called My dad is my #1 Hero. There isn’t “hot rodding”? If we don’t share and teach, anything he can’t fix. More importantly he we will all lose what we love so much. has given me nothing but support, love and help whenever I have gotten stuck on Take another look at the picture here of my something. I wouldn’t be where I am at on buddy Tommy Ring and his grandson. You this old rock we all live on, without him. He know what Tommy is teaching him?? He is still helps me today at 88 years young! teaching him how much fun it is to ride around town in grandpa’s rat rod! If you I count myself lucky in that I had another don’t think that has an effect…you are very almost # 1 “Hot Rod Hero” in my life, like a nd wrong in my opinion. 2 Dad to me. I say had, as Joe is helping the “Big Guy” upstairs these days, as we lost When you go to that next show or out in him last November. Gone way too early. your shop working, offer to let somebody younger than you join you. I promise you Joe never had a “hot rod” as long as I knew will make a difference in their lives. him. He liked them, enjoyed them, helped my best friend build his. That was Joe. His Thank’s Joe…measure twice, cut once…got real passion was woodworking. Hand crafted it! wood working.
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Hey Race Fans! It’s time to cancel that trip to Tahiti! HOT ROD has your vacation all planned out with the 2014 HOT ROD Power Tour Presented by Chevrolet Performance, Driven by Continental Tire. As your new travel agent, HOT ROD is committed in providing you the ultimate in automotive enjoyment. Here are the dates and locations of your trip: • June 7: Charlotte, NC • June 8: Knoxville, TN • June 9: Charleston, WV • June 10: Norwalk, OH • June 11: Crown Point, IN • June 12: Bettendorf, IA • June 13: Wisconsin Dells, WI • June 14: Awards Ceremony for Long Haulers Venues and routes will be announced at a later date, but you can start booking your rooms right now. Can you handle seven cities in seven days? Sounds like a vacation to us – start planning now! Read more at: http://www.hotrod.com/feature_stories/14 01_hot_rod_2014_power_tour_dates_and _locations_announced/#ixzz2poksKkYH
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The Lone Star Round Up is happy to announce that registration is NOW OPEN for the 13th Annual Lone Star Round Up!! They’ve added a brand new way to register your car completely online, to make it fast and easy - go check out the website for more info: http://lonestarroundup.com Start making your plans to join them in Austin in the Spring and register today! This is one killer
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Backroad Gold debuts on the Travel Channel on Wednesday, February 5th at 9:30pm EST. Tune in to see Corky Coker pull classic cars and motorcycles out of barns, garages, fields and anywhere else he can find them. The TV show will air weekly on the Travel Channel, so tune in on Wednesday nights at 9:30pm! Click the link here and watch a preview: http://youtu.be/y8xeyQSvPg8
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If youâ€™re looking to get your drag racing fix on in the Middle Tennessee Area, here ya go! For more info go to www.dbrhighperfrormance.com
“Hey EAST Coast Gearheads!” A lot of hot rodder’s these days take their pooches with them to car shows and cruise in’s. Having their dog along is important and fun. If you’re one of those hot rodder’s who has their favorite four legged friend along for the ride, why not have them look as cool as you do! They need sunglasses just like you…right? RIGHT! Check out SCOOBY SHADES to get the your pooch stylin’ & profilin’ just like you. They have all the latest and coolest shades for man’s best friend. Give them a call, send them an email or check them out on Facebook.
iI you're in The NY, NJ, CT area don't miss this FREE screening of the newest film "This is Long Beach" at The Jacob Burns Film Center's "Media Arts lab" on Tuesday, February 18th at 7:30pm. 405 Manville Road, Pleasantville, NY 10570 (914) 773-7663 Tickets are free, but you must RSVP to Lzakalik@burnsfilmcenter.org (with the subject line “This is Long Beach”). Space is limited, so please only RSVP if you plan on attending. Please share with anyone who you think would be interested, Fackbook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/5444 09652323046/544410592322952/?comment_id =544416045655740¬if_t=event_mall_com ment
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If you are in the Middle Tennessee area or even the Mid-South for that matter on March 22nd, plan on attending the CAR & TRUCK Accessories Expo. The doors will open to the public for one day only on this “ Aftermarket Trade” Event. Vendors, cool cars and trucks, more vendors and special pricing for one day. Don’t miss it!
December Editorial / Issue: Jimmy, Enjoyed your write up Jimmy. Spot on! Gary Lambert From GG Facebook Page
Thanks Gary for your feedback. It really is about the people! Jimmy, Nice job as usual. Great seeing you in Spring Hill at the cruise-in last weekend. Thanks for setting that up. Also... thanks for the recognition of the Battlefield AACA contribution to BrightStone. Thanks and HAPPY NEW YEAR! Randy Shemin From the E-mail Box History of Hot Rodding in the Mid-South â€“Dec 13 Issue Jimmy, Great job and congrats go out to Ed for a wonderful article..... Happy New Year.......... Studebaker Joe From the E-mail Box
Recently I was very surprised with a phone call from Ed Woodard on behalf of the SHADETREE STREET ROD CLUB in Nashville TN. Ed called to tell me that I had won an award. I was not able to be at the show on Sunday when the awards were given out and on top of that, I didnâ€™t even have a hot rod at the show all weekend. I had gone to the show on Saturday to check things out, but that was it. Ed told me what the award was and I was blown away as they say! The plaque is above in the picture. Then at the KRIS KRINGLE Show awards program, good friend Marty Crain made the presentation to me, on behalf of the SHADETREE STREET RODS and Ed Woodard. I want to say thank you to the SHADETREE STREET RODS, Marty Crain for the kind words at the award presentation and his friendship and also to Ed Woodard. Ed is the driving force behind this award which recognizes people who promote hot rodding and help it grow. Ed and his small crew nominate and select the receipients. Not many have gotten this award, and I ma humbled to be one of a few. Thank you!
JAN 18-19: NASHVILLE TN: 23RD ANNNUAL NASHVILLE AUTOFEST JAN 24-26: POMONA CA: 65TH ANNUAL GRAND NATIONL ROADSTER SHOW. JAN 24-26: GRAY TN: 18TH ANNUAL PERFORMANCE SWAP MEET & CAR CORRAL: JAN 25: FT MEYERS FL: SOUTHWEST FLORIDA HOT ROD NATIONALS JAN 31 – FEB 1: MURFREESBORO TN: 9TH ANNUAL SOUTHERN INVITATIONAL TRUCK & TRACTOR PULL FEB 1: NASHVILLE TN: EASYRIDERS 2014 BIKE SHOW TOUR: FEB 1 OR FEB 8 OR FEB 15: FIREBAUGH CA: EAGLE FIELD DRAGS PRESENTS A DRAG RACE FOR SHEENA FEB 2: NASHVILLE TN: 26TH ANNUAL STONES RIVER REGION AACA SWAP MEET. FEB 2: GOODLETTSVILLE TN: TRACI McAUGHTRY MEMORIAL MEET FEB 7-9: BIRMINGHAM AL: 43RD ANNUAL O’REILLY AUTO PARTS WORD OF WHEELS. FEB 7-9: INDIANAPOLIS IN: 55TH ANNUAL OREILLY WORLD OF WHEELS. FEB 7-9: INDIANAPOLIS IN: 9TH ANNUAL MOTORAMA 1962 FEB 8: CROSSVILLE TN: 30TH ANNUAL MIDDLE TENNESSEE MODELERS ASSOC. SHOW FEB 15: CELINA TN: CUMBERLAND RIVER INDOOR SWAP MEET: FEB 14-16: TULSA OK: DARRYL STARBIRD’S 50TH ANNIVERSARY ROD & CUSTOM SHOW FEB 14-16: SACRAMENTO CA: 64TH ANNUAL SACRAMENTO AUTORAMA FEB 15-16: HARRISBURG PA; 36TH ANNUAL MOTORAMA RACES & SHOWS FEB 16TH: LEBANON TN: 4TH ANNUAL WINTER SWAP MEET: FEB 21-23: LOUISVILLE KY: 51ST ANNUAL CARL CASPER INTERNATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP SHOW. FEB 22: MURFREESBORO TN: 4TH ANNUAL GAS, OIL & AUTOMOBLIA COLLECTORS SWAP MEET & SHOW. FEB 22: PANAMA CITY FL: 5th ANNUAL T.G.I. FRIDAYS CAR SHOW. FEB 28-MAR1: CHICAGO (ROSEMONT)IL: 52ND ANNUAL WORLD OF WHEELS ROD & CUSTOM SHOW MAR 7-9: DETROIT MI: 62ND ANNUAL MEGUIERS AUTORAMA. MAR 8-9: NASHVILLE TN: HUNTERS CUSTOM AUTO SHOW MAR 22: HENDERSONVILLE TN: TENNESSEE SPEED SPORT “CAR & TRUCK ACCESSORY EXPO APRIL 5: MURFREESBORO TN: 12TH ANNUAL SPRING THAW MOTORCYCLE SHOW & SWAP MEET. APR 11-13: JACKSON TN: THE BUNNY RUN. APR 12: ETHRIDGE TN: MCCM SPRING MEET: APR 26: ATHENS AL: CARS & BIKES ON THE SQUARE. APR 26: CLARKSVILLE TN: Chevy's on the Cumberland APR 26: FRANKLIN KY: 3RD ANNUAL CRUISE IN AT THE DRIVE IN MAY 2-3: LEBANON TN: REDNECK RUMBLE SPRING EDITION MAY 2-4: KNOXVILLE TN: 40TH STREET ROD NATIONALS SOUTH Plus MAY 3: COLUMBIA / SPRING HILL TN: 3RD ANNUAL “CRUZIN FOR THE MUSIC” CAR SHOW. MAY 24: COLUMBIA TN: 7TH ANNUAL CRUSIN AT THE LOT: MAY 30-31: SEVIERVILLE TN: HILLBILLY SUMMER BASH: JUNE 6-7: PADUCAH KY: 37TH ANNUAL RIVERFRONT ROD RUN JUNE 7: COLUMBIA TN: AMERICAN LEGION POST 19 CLASSIC CAR SHOW JUNE 8: LEBANON TN: 2014 NATIONAL TRUCK MEET & SWAP MEET JUNE 14: ASHLAND CITY TN: 19TH ANNUAL KRUZIN RIVER BLUFF CAR/TRUCK/MOTORCYCLE SHOW. JUNE 21: TULLAHOMA TN: SOUTHERN WHEELS IN MOTION 22ND ANNUAL OPEN CAR & TRUCK SHOW JUNE 28: WAVERLY TN: 29TH ANNUAL POOR BOYS SHOW. JUNE 28: NASHVILLE TN: AUTO FAIR & SWAP MEET. JULY 12: CROSSVILLE TN: DRAGSTALGIA 4. JUL 31 – Aug 3: LOUISVILLE KY: 45TH ANNUAL NSRA STREET ROD NATIONALS Plus: NOV 22-23: CHICAGO IL ( ROSEMONT): 2014 MUSCLE CAR & CORVETTE NATIONALS
Words: Jimmy B / Pic’s Jeff Wolf
Every year for the past 64, the FINEST Roadsters in the world have competed for the coveted title of “AMERICA”S MOST BEAUTIFUL ROADSTER” . Being an AMBR winner is right there with being the RIDLER winner. Before some rule changes took place, some of the AMBR winners also won the RIDLER too. Most everyone knows the history of this show. It started out in Oakland CA. and aquired the Oakland Roadster Show due to it’s location. After moving to South San Francisco for a while, it migrated to So-Cal. The move has done noting but help the show grow! Over the past couple of years the judging for the AMBR award has been changed too…for the better in our opinion. Now the roadsters up for the big prize are not just judged on bling and turntables, but rather how they look, and sound when they come into the building for the first set of judging that takes place. We agree…a hot rod has to look and sound just right. Now don’t get us wrong, we appreciate all the work that goes into all the entries in the whole show. These are someone pride and joy 2013 AMBR WINNER and they have invested HUGE sums of their lives into their favorite ride. But when it comes to those roadsters….well they just gotta look and sound right, if you know what we mean. The 64th Annual show was a huge success in 2013. Roadsters, Hot rods, customs, the Grand Daddy Drive-in and so much more! John Buck and his crew at RODSHOWS will be doing it again in Jan 2014 at the FAIRPLEX. If you have never been to “THE ROADSTER SHOW”, make plans now! You wont be sorry you went.
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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 HENDERSONVILLE TN: HENDERSON CRUISE IN: Start’s it's 9th year on April 18th. Billed as the biggest weekly free event in Sumner County. Being held again this year at the Streets of Indian Lake Shopping Center from 6pm-9pm every Friday, weather permitting. The kids portion of the Cruise In takes place at about 7:30 (The kids are the cruisers of tomorrow). 50/60/70s music by Cruzin Dennis & Morgan. Some lucky cruiser will win the 50/50, and 10-12 people will win door prizes each week. Free ice tea by Zaxbys, and other surprise food treats by other business’s. For more info contact Lyle.firstname.lastname@example.org 3rd FRIDAY OF THE MONTH CRUISIN: PLEASANT VIEW TN: Cruise'n N Groove'n Pleasant View. Located between Nashville and Clarksville, EXIT 24 off I-24. 3rd Friday of each month on Main Street with food, beverages, live music, local merchants, up to 200 classic cars & motorcycles at each cruise. Come join in the FUN in 2014. Times: 5:00pm 9:00pm. Contact info: 615-746-0600 Visit the FACEBOOK page at www.facebook.com/CruisenNGrooven DECATUR AL: CRUISING DOWNTOWN DECATUR: Cruise in on the 3rd Friday of each month starting in March-October. Cruise is held downtown on 2nd Ave from 4:00-9:00 p.m. Open to anything with wheels, including Bikes. Food ,bands, shops, antique shops and more. For more info call 205-303-6966 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 615405-2419 or go to http://gvillecruisein.tripod.com/ .
SATURDAY NITE CRUISIN’ – THESE CRUISES ARE HELD EVERY SATURDAY NITE: MT. JULIET: MT JULIET CRUISE IN: Held every Saturday night from April 12 thru Oct 25. Cruise takes place at the CHICK-FIL-A in the Providence Market Place on South Mt Juliet Rd. For more info call 615-773-7747 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 256457-9179 2nd SATURDAY NITE OF THE MONTH CRUISIN: CHARLOTTE TN: "Cruizin’ the Square“: Cruising Starts March 8th and runs until October 11th. Times: 5:00pm -9:00pm. Food concession by T's Custom Smoker and Live music by the Drive On Band. Open Cruise. 50/50 drawing. Plenty of shade. No fees or admission cost. 3RD SATRUDAY OF THE MONTH CRUISIN: RUSSELL SPRINGS KY: OL BOYS TOYS CAR CLUB CRUISE IN: Cruises are held the 3rd Saturday of each month from April – September. Registration at 1:00pm and trophies at 4:00pm. The Cruises are held across from the Sonic Drive IN. For more info call 270-866-6322 or go to www.olboystoys.com
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
SEMA SHOW 2013
Mother’s New Product Review The Specialty Equipment Manufacturer’s Association works as the aftermarket’s platform and support source. The SEMA Show is the premier event of the year and attended by thousands from all over the world. It is very much an international market place. This is the showcase for product of the manufacturers and it features the new product for the following year. It’s always exciting to get a peek at the new stuff The air is full of excitement with racing celebrities signing posters and posing for pictures. There’s Models showing off the new products and entertainers doing card tricks and other attractions to stop the crowd. From the time the doors open to closing for the day, it is a circus atmosphere. In the parking lot out front are the big rigs of the manufacturers with their road show exhibit. Along with that is tons of dirt brought in for off 18 Gearhead Gazzette
road racing. Out back is a road course for sports cars. There’s a lot of noise and excitement to make this a great event. Four days go fast for sure. The 2013 event was bigger than ever and the economy did not hold back the attendance at all. Isles were so full of people that you could hardly walk. There was such a need for space that a new section was placed in the upper hallway meeting rooms. Let’s go to a video of the show action. Here you can view some of it and get the feel of being there. If you have never experienced it, you have missed out. Unfortunately it is for the aftermarket businesses and this may be the only way, some can go there. The Mothers Brothers takes you there. Let’s do it! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aPRT673Fgy8
The New Product for Mother’s was shown at the 2013 SEMA Show and will be available in the spring of 2014. Back-to-Black Heavy Duty Trim Cleaner. This product gives extra cleaning ability to restore your exterior trim and textured plastics to their original color. This is not a cover up it deep cleans erasing away years of neglect and environmental abuse. This includes dirt, oxidation, road grime and embedded wax, bringing a long lasting clean surface. Black-to-Black Trim & Plastic Restorer. This is the original formula, you’ve come to know and trust. Plus you have a new look and even more value. It removes light oxidation, dirt, waxy residue and surface film. This will restore the finish and protect it against further deterioration caused by sun, ozone, smog, water, chemicals and airborne contaminants. Nulens Headlight Renewal Kit. This product will restore, maintain and protect all types of smooth plastics and acrylic headlights to crystal clarity. It cleans away yellowing and stains easily. Along with that, it buffs out hairline scratches, smudges and flaws in a single step. The included Power Plastic 4 lights restore the clarity leaving a tough polymer layer to guard against degradation from the elements. California Gold Synthetic Paste Wax. Mothers now has the popular synthetic polymer in a paste wax form packaged in the California Gold line. The specially formulated microencapsulated polymers form a chemical bond to protect the finish, while ultra-fine polishes bring out the gloss and luster. This product is a soft wax, that’s easy to apply and wipe off. Revision Glass + Surface Cleaner. Revision quickly removes tough grime, oily film, dirt and fingerprints from most surfaces. It leaves behind a streak-free and
Sparkling clean finish. It effectively cleans glass, mirrors, plastic and chrome. Yet it’s safe for delicate window tint, gauges, GPS Screens, smartphones, tablets, touchscreens and other displays. It’s also good for home use on counters, windows and appliances.
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Cool Cars and Great Music..what a combination! That’s exactly what the team at Both Barrels Promotions put together last year(2013) for a fun event. While the car count was not huge. (weather and about 3 other events going on), for a first time event it was good. Cool cars, good music, swap meet, vendors and food…what more could you ask for! Here’s some of the action from the show.
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HOT RODDING IN THE MID-SOUTH Editor’s Note: This edition, Ed tells us about one Words & Picture’s by Ed Woodard of my Hot Rod Hero’s…one of our Hot Rod Treasures! Small block Chevrolet engine, wooden pickup
Bill Akin……A real HOT RODDER !
I cannot exactly say when I first met Bill, but it must have been shortly after buying my house in Hermitage TN. It probably had a little to do with the fact that several other Tappets Club members lived in the same subdivision. Time was about © 1960-61, just about the time I was starting to put on the State Fair Auto Shows with my late friend Paul Stargel. It would seem that Bill was a regular visitor on Saturday morning, making the rounds of the car guys. Sometimes welcome, sometimes not! What we all soon learned is Bill was always willing to help us if we had a mechanical problem. Bill has always been like that with his friends.
I am not sure what was the first hotrod Bill showed up in, but I think it was his Willy’s roadster. Woodard Historical Collection
bed and a polished stainless steel frame. We all sort of knew at that point he was serious about his cars. Time frame was about 1967 or 68 as he had the roadster in one of my car shows during that time. Another thing that Bill is famous for, are the quotes he uses to describe events in his life. If you ever have conversation with him ,he will certainly use one or two to get his point across.
I guess the first one that comes to mind was when heWoodard carriedPhoto a old engine down to the “QD’ to Collection get it cleaned up. “QD” everyone in Hermitage now knows is the quarter douche! One of his later quotes is referencing a group of Keystone Cops running around in circles like the Katz & Jammer Kids. As for Bill’s talent as a car builder you must note that all restorations and modifications are done by him, except paint & upholstery, except some of the complicated sheet metal forming. I remember once someone asked where he bought the wheels on the orange 40 Ford. He said he made them! The quick response was how Bill answered, just as quick with the following answer, “I put a chunk of aluminum in the lathe and cut off everything that didn’t look like a wheel. “ Oh did I mention those wheels have real knock offs that Bill made too. Bill is noted for those abrupt quick to the point answers. He can keep you well entertained for hours with his knowledge about machining Woodard Historical Collection and Indy car history & restoration. Yeah, a real hot rodder for sure! Enclosed are pictures of his 1940 Ford Coupe that was painted nearly 40years ago & looks just as good as the day it was painted.
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The 1932 Ford roadster is the car Tom Medley has been seen driving at the Nats as well as the car Thom Taylor drove to California in January 2013. Somewhere along the line, he picked up a Offy 4 cylinder engine but had nothing to put it in for several years. Not sure how he came across it but he found an old Quinn Epperly car in a junk yard in Russellville KY. I think he swapped a few dollars of braided hose and took it home. Bill researched the car and discovered it was the Autolite roadster from the last Indy roadster group. When Bill restores the cars he puts them into the same configuration as they were on the first race day at Indy, right down to the exact decals & lettering. Enclosed are photos of © Woodard Collection the 3 Indy roadsters he restored, all have been shown at Pebble Beach where he has won 3 first along with 2 Tony Hulman Awards for Best Open Wheel Race Cars.
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Over the years Bill was tight with the late Gray Baskerville, Dean Jefferies & Lil John Buttera. In 2013 Bill’s cars were featured in HOT ROD & Car Craft 3 or 4 times with Thom Taylor driving the 1932 Ford Roadster trip to California.
HOT RODDING IN THE MID-SOUTH cont. Thom was able to drive the Bowes car at Indy and Bill’s highlight of the year was showing the rebuild of the Bryant Heating roadster at Pebble Beach. Bill’s reputation as the authority on the late Offy Indy roadsters has made him a Indy legend.
or the gas turbine engine and the 1932 Ford Roadster with a 4 cam Indy engine with 4 Weber carbs.
I guess it would be a good time to bring up the fact that Bill has obtained the Hoover car that started out in Nashville in the early 60’s. This car was more of a show car rather than a competitive race car. Knowing Bill like I do, I can hardly wait to see this finished car. As for all that Bill has been involved in, would take more time and paper than I have to write about so I will just throw out a few things you can think about like that Rolls Royce with “HOTROD” license plate, or the fiberglass Rayson Craft boat with a 427” engine, or VALZILLA the Plymouth Valiant with the 426 small block MOPAR engine(A real beast)
As you can see Bill Akin is a real HOT RODDER!
Picture is trusty stooge Joe Klinkhardt driving the Bryant Heating & Cooling roadster at Indy in 2013. This car won first in class at Pebble Beach & the Tony Hulman Award last year.
JAN 24-26: GRAY TN: 18TH ANNUAL PERFORMANCE SWAP MEET & CAR CORRAL: Being held at the Appalachian Fairgrounds. Friday 12pm-5pm, Saturday 8am-5pm, Sunday 9am-3pm. Admission $6 kids under 12 free w/paying adult. Cash & Door prizes on Sat/Sun. 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
FEB 1: NASHVILLE TN: EASYRIDERS 2014 BIKE SHOW TOUR: Show being held the Music City Center in Downtown Nashville. Show runs from 10am – 8pm. Hundreds of bikes on display. Peoples Choice award and judged classes. Meet some of the best bike builders on the planet. Meet the editors of EASYRIDERS. Dave Mann art display. Roadware show and more. For more info go to www.easyridersevents.com
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 615-5422927 or go to www.stonesrivercarclub.com FEB 2: GOODLETTSVILLE TN: TRACI McAUGHTRY MEMORIAL MEET. Event being held at TENNESSEE SPEED SPORT: This is a memorial cruise in & meet to help Dave McAughtry with mounting medical and funeral cost due to the loss of his wife and best friend Traci McAughty. $5 entry for all vehicles & all proceeds go to Dave . Best of awards for this meet . Please come out and support a good cause for a fellow gear head and a good friend . Event starts at 12pm NOON. 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 8: CROSSVILLE TN: 30TH ANNUAL MIDDLE TENNESSEE MODELERS ASSOC. SHOW. Event being held at the Cumberland County Fairgrounds @ 1398 Livingston Rd. Show runs from 8am -4pm. Free admission to the public. Contest/Swap meet. For more info call 931-456-9803 FEB 15: CELINA TN: CUMBERLAND RIVER INDOOR SWAP MEET: Event being held at the Clay County Recreation Complex below the Cumberland River Bridge . Admission will be $5.00 and a 10x10 indoor booth will be $20 and an Outdoor Booth or Car Corral will be $10. Vendor Setup will be from 6:00am until 8:00am and open to the public from 8:00am until 12:00 noon. Any information or booths email Jason Coons at email@example.com or call 931-258-3871
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 FEB 21-23: LOUISVILLE KY: 51ST ANNUAL CARL CASPER INTERNATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP SHOW. This is one of the BEST Rod & Custom shows in the USA! Being held a the Kentucky Exposition Center. For more info call 502-689-2034 or go to www.theisca.com FEB 22: MURFREESBORO TN: 4TH ANNUAL GAS, OIL & AUTOMOBLIA COLLECTORS SWAP MEET & SHOW. NEW LOCATION!!! Event being held at the Mid TN Expo Center. Event runs from 9am – 4pm. Vendor Booths are available. For more info go to www.bothbarrelspromotions.com or call 615-364-1828 FEB 22: PANAMA CITY FL: 5th ANNUAL T.G.I. FRIDAYS CAR SHOW. Open show. Being held at TGI FRIDAYS location at 1022 West 23rd St. Starts at 10am. TOP 50 awards and Specialty Awards. Hosted by the Florida MOPARS. Dash Plaques and Goody Bags to the first 100 entrants. For more info call 850-866-8964 or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
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
MAR 22: HENDERSONVILLE TN: TENNESSEE SPEED SPORT “CAR & TRUCK ACCESSORY EXPO. Event location is the Hendersonville Expo Center, 90 Volunteer Drive, Hendersonville, TN 37075. Event hours 9am-6pm. 130 manufacturers including all the major high performance & truck accessory brands. It will be a mini version of the SEMA show but it will be open to the public. Great deals on everything they manufacture and can be purchased the day of the show. This is not a car show, but a trade show for the manufacturers to tell about and sell their products to the consumers in the middle TN area. For more information e-mail: Donnie Eatherly at: email@example.com
APRIL 2014: APRIL 5: MURFREESBORO TN: 12TH ANNUAL SPRING THAW MOTORCYCLE SHOW & SWAP MEET. NEW LOCATION. Event being held at the Mid TN Expo Center. Doors open at 10am. For more info go to www.bothbarrelspromotions.com or call 615-364-1828 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 APR 26: CLARKSVILLE TN: Chevy's on the Cumberland. Event presented by Corvettes of Clarksville. Open to all Corvettes and TriFives (55,56,57). A Cruise In/Meet and Greet at the Show site on Friday night (April 25th) along with accepting car show registration forms. Each entry will receive a free t-shirt and goody bag. Event sweatshirts will be available for purchase with pre-registration only For more information, please visit their NEW WEBSITE http://corvettesofclarksville.com/ APR 26: FRANKLIN KY: 3RD ANNUAL CRUISE IN AT THE DRIVE IN: Event hosted by: Southern Kentucky Street Rods (SKSR), Location: Franklin Drive In, 6250 Nashville Road, Franklin, KY. Cruise In gates open at 10am, close at 3pm. Open to Street Rods, Hot Rods, Muscle Cars, and all Modern Muscle. Free to All....... 50/50, Door Prizes, Large Vendor/Swap Meet, Photo Op with your ride, Concessions. There will be Free Spectator Parking Available. For more info: Mason Barnes 270-598-1428 MAY 2014: MAY 2-3: LEBANON TN: REDNECK RUMBLE SPRING EDITION: Event being held at the Wilson County Fairgrounds. No posers – Pre 68 Hot Rods, Rat Rods, Customs and cool bikes. Camping, live music swap meet & more. For more info go to www.bothbarrelspromtions.com or call 615364-1828 MAY 2-4: KNOXVILLE TN: 40TH STREET ROD NATIONALS SOUTH Plus: Open to all vehicles 30 years old or older. Being held again at the Chillowee Park. For more info call 303776-7841 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. MAY 24: COLUMBIA TN: 7TH ANNUAL CRUSIN AT THE LOT: Event to be held at the BIG LOTS Store at 1301 James Campbell Blvd from 12-3pm. Event happens rain or shine. Open show. Grand Prize trophy and 1st, 2nd 7 3rd pace trophies too!. Entry fee is 5 Food Items with BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION. All food will go to Columbia Food Bank and the BOX TOPS will go to Randolph Howell School. For more info call 931-388-9792 or check them out on FACEBOOK. MAY 30-31: SEVIERVILLE TN: HILLBILLY SUMMER BASH: Event being held at the Sevier County Fair Grounds. Friday evening a free cruise-in and outdoor hot rod movie. Cars, trucks, bikes, motorcycles, camping, vendors swap meet and more! Pin Up Girl contest and Live Music. For more info check them out on Facebook or call 865-5910335 JUNE 2014: JUNE 6-7: PADUCAH KY: 37TH ANNUAL RIVERFRONT ROD RUN. Open to Pre-49 Vehicles only. Event being held in Historic Downtown Paducah. River Tin members will serve the Friday evening Hospitality Cookout to all participants. Saturday Charity Auction and Awards at the Carson Four Rivers Center. TOP 20 & Special awards. Door Prizes, raffles, games, vendors, swap meet and NSRA Safety Inspection. For more info call 270-554-2975 or go to www.rivertinstreetrods.com JUNE 7: COLUMBIA TN: AMERICAN LEGION POST 19 CLASSIC CAR SHOW. Event is open to all entries. Event runs from 11am – 4pm. Show is held at the American Legion at 812 Nashville Hwy. Rain date if needed is June 8th. For more info call 860-921-6415 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org
JUNE 8: LEBANON TN: 2014 NATIONAL TRUCK MEET & SWAP MEET. Event being held at the Wilson County Fairgrounds. Open to Antiques, Hot Rods, Rat Rods, 4x4’s, Diesels & Rock Crawlers. Trophy classes for all vehicles. Event runs from 10am – 6pm. For more info go to www.bothbarrelspromotions.com or call 615-364-1828
JUNE 28: NASHVILLE TN: AUTO FAIR & SWAP MEET. Being held at the Fairgrounds Speedway. Event runs from 10am – 7pm. Rat Rods, Hot Rods, Classic Cars, Show Cars, Race Cars & Muscle Cars. Drive your ride on the world famous Fairgrounds Speedway. For more info go to www.bothbarrelspromotions.com or call 615-364-1828
JUNE 14: ASHLAND CITY TN: 19 TH ANNUAL KRUZIN RIVER BLUFF CAR/TRUCK/MOTORCYCLE SHOW. Presented by the Boy Scouts of America troop 458. Registration 8am – 12pm. Top 25 Plaques. Motorcycle Plaques. Awards at 3pm. Open to all entries. Dash Plaques to the first 100 entries. Door prizes for first 100 entries. Bake Sale / Yard Sale. Cash Drawing. Vendors and more. For more info call 615-405-7629
JULY 2014: JULY 12: CROSSVILLE TN: DRAGSTALGIA 4. Nostalgia Drag Racing, Pre 72 Car Show, Burnout Contest and Swap Meet. Straight Axle Shootout & Anything Goes Shootout. Event being held at the I-40 Dragway. Racing starts at 3pm! For more info go to www.bothbarrelspromtions.com or call 615364-1828
JUNE 21: TULLAHOMA TN: SOUTHERN WHEELS IN MOTION 22ND ANNUAL OPEN CAR & TRUCK SHOW. Event being held at the South Jackson Civic Center, Hwy 41a & Decherd Street. Open show. Swap Meet, Car Corral & Food Vendors. 38 Classes. Dash plaques for 1st 200 entries, 3 trophies per class, Door Prizes& Concessions. For more information contact 931.455.8096 or email email@example.com JUNE 28: WAVERLY TN: 29TH ANNUAL POOR BOYS SHOW. New & Revised this year! 50 Classes for Judging! Rain or Shine the shows goes on. NEW Drive through Judging. New Show & Shine Cruise In Class. Best of awards will win $100.00. Five $100.00 Drawing to registered entries. 1st2nd-3rd place trophies in all 50 classes. Dash Plaques for all entries. Door Prizes! Concessions available. Registration 8am – 12pm Noon. No exceptions. For more info call 931-582-3038
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
FEB 15-16: HARRISBURG PA; 36TH ANNUAL MOTORAMA RACES & SHOWS: Event being held at the Harrisburg Farm Show Complex. All new track design. Speed show, TNERWAR, RC Racing, Go Kat Races, Quarter Midget races, Elite Rod & Custom Show. See the FRANTIC FORD AA/FC on display and meet the Frantic Crew. For more info call 717359-7056
FEB 7-9: INDIANAPOLIS IN: 55TH ANNUAL OREILLY WORLD OF WHEELS. Show being held at the Indiana State fairgrounds. For more info go to www.theisca.com or call 317-272-7750. FEB 7-9: INDIANAPOLIS IN: 9TH ANNUAL MOTORAMA 1962. Event held as part of the Indianapolis World of Wheels show. Limited to 1962 & older traditional hot rods and customs. Hosted by the Road Rockets Car Club. Special hand built awards. Cash for 1st, 2nd & 3rd place club display awards. For more info call 317-244-8271. FEB 28-MAR1: CHICAGO (ROSEMONT)IL: 52ND ANNUAL OREILLY WORLD OF WHEELS ROD & CUSTOM SHOW. Event being held at the Donald E Stephens Convention Center. Hundreds of Hot Rods, Customs, Muscle Cars. Motorcycles and more! Competition for the LEGENDS CUP. Cycle Rama. Watch Gene Winfield “Chop a Top” all weekend. See the 6th annual Motorama show in a show, featuring traditional rods, bobbers and customs. HUGE Panel Jam by the Chicago Brushmasters for the Ronald McDonald House Charity. For more info call 708-3612665 or go to www.worldofwheelschicago.com
MAR 7-9: DETROIT MI: 62ND ANNUAL MEGUIERS AUTORAMA. Event being held at COBO Center. Hundreds of hot rods, customs, muscle cars and more. Traditional Hot Rods, Customs, Bobbers and Pin Ups “In the Basement”. See the RIDLER Award contenders and winner. For more info call 248-689-8799 or go to www.theisca.com
NOV 22-23: CHICAGO IL ( ROSEMONT): 2014 MUSCLE CAR & CORVETTE NATIONALS. Being held at the Donald E Stephens Convention Center.
JAN 24-26: POMONA CA: 65TH ANNUAL GRAND NATIONAL 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.
FEB 1 OR FEB 8 OR FEB 15: FIREBAUGH CA: EAGLE FIELD DRAGS PRESENTS A DRAG RACE FOR SHEENA. Depending on Weather the race will be one of these 3 days. Call before you haul. This is a benefit to help Sheena, one of the Eagle Field family fight cancer. Open to all years of American Cars, mini bikes & Imports ‘74 & earlier. For more info go to www.eaglefielddrags.com or call 559351-3537 FEB 14-16: SACRAMENTO CA: 64TH ANNUAL SACRAMENTO AUTORAMA. Sacramento is long known as the Kustom Capital of the World. This is one of the oldest car shows in the world. Being held at the Cal Expo Center. Over 500 vehicles will be on display. Another 500 vehicles will join the event on Sat & Sun for the Autorama Drive in between the buildings. Pinstripping event, Trophy girl contest, and much much more. For more info go to www.rodshows.com
FEB 14-16: TULSA OK: DARRYL STARBIRD’S 50TH ANNIVERSARY ROD & CUSTOM SHOW. Show being held at the River Spirit Expo Fairgrounds. $10,000 “Go for the Gold” Cash Prize Winner. Largest showing of Bubble Top Cars Ever! Over 1000 hot rods, customs, performance machines and the KKOA village! 19th Annual National Rod & Custom Car Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. For more info call 918-257-4234 or go to www.darrylstarbird.com
“Sunday! Sunday! Sunday!…where the great ones run!” Story & Pic’s: Jimmy B
The HOT ROD REUNION. The name is a bit deceiving for what the actual event is really all about. These days, when you mention the words “hot rod”, most folks think old car or cool old car or even a hot rod type show. All of those description are correct. When it come to the HOLLEY HOT ROD REUNION event, the main deal with the event is the drag racing and old race cars all over the grounds. Yes there are a couple of thousand cool hot rods, muscle cars, customs and more all over the Beech Bend Raceway grounds, but coming back to that name…it’s all about the race cars.
Go back in time to the 50’s & 60’s, the guys racing all called their cars “hot rods’. Most of them in the 50’s were what we refer today as hot rods (Pre 49 era cars).
Listen to John Force in an interview at an NHRA event now…he STILL calls his racecar his “’ol hot rod”. Taking nothing away from all the great entries at the show, this one, at least to us, is all about the old race cars…the “hot rods”. This is what we come to see, hear, smell (nitro anyone!) and experience. The stands are packed most of the time when the racing is going on, whether its TOP FUEL, Funny Car Match Racing or the Nostalgia Super Stockers. It’s an awesome show. It’s all going to happen again in 2014 over Fathers day weekend. Make your plans now to go see some “‘ol hot rods”. If you listen real close…they’re pulling into the staging lanes now.
Story & Pic’s: Jimmy
This event just keeps growing gearheads! The 8th annual GOODGUYS Nashville Nationals was another hit in 2013. The sweet music of big horsepower, thumpin’ cam motors, hot rods and customs cruising around the LP Field grounds, like in a music video, along with all the gearheads taking it all in, made for another hit in the album of the Nashville Nationals! The event started with the Thursday night KICK OFF party at ADAVANCED PLATING. This has become a must do feature of the Nashville event! Friday saw some liquid sunshine fall, but the hot rodders were still there. Sunny beautiful weather on Saturday & Sunday let everyone check out the AUTOCROSS action, the PRO’s PICK area with top shelf cars and trucks. Add in the swap meet, vendors from around the country, and so much more….WHEW!!! Not enough time to see it all. We predicate that this event will see more growth in 2014 due to the ease of getting to Nashville, great attractions in Music City and just because it’s a lot of fun!
Food, Great live music, shop tours, cool cars and a whole lotta fun. The KICK OFF Party is a must do if you are at the Nashville Nationals!
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This issue we cross the finish line with some Willy’s drag cars. Whether it’s a 33 or 40-41, all are fan favorite’s. Some like them low slung but a lot of us like them nose up straight axle style!
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