I had a big weekend attending both the NSRA Western Nationals in Bakersfield and the Kiwanis Club car show in Johnny Carson Park. Both events were well attended but the Kiwanis show was the largest I have been to with over 1100 cars in attendance. Bob and I cruised up to Bakersfield early in the morning and were waiting at the gate to get in when it opened. Friday is not the big day but there were over 1600 cars judging by the window stickers we saw. We walked and talked until we could do no more and then headed home. Car shows today are about later model cars and I have grown to like many of them but I am still a Deuce and Forty guy at heart with some nice woodies thrown in for that beach feeling. Fortunately, there were plenty of each to look at. The good thing about the venue is that I can go up and back in one day and still have supper with the wife.
On Sunday, Jane went with me to JCP and we had a wonderful day looking at the cars and talking to all the people who stopped by to say hello. The weather was LA perfect with temperatures in the high 70’s. I am not sure why this show was so well attended but I think the weather and timing were perfect to get out of the house and enjoy the hot rod. Pepe ran perfect and had lots of admirers who had lots of questions about the Inglese EFI system. I normally don’t have the hood open due to the stack injectors but as I was cleaning the stacks the questions started to come in, so I just left it open. I know very little about the system except that it works flawlessly and adjusts itself depending on your driving style. I have not had any trouble in over a year of driving. The engine starts immediately and runs very smooth even at idle. Remember this engine is 460 hp with 460 ft.lbs. torque, not know for a smooth idle. I credit that to the EFI system and Edelbrock’s engine building. The next big show at JCP is the Road Kings in June. Jane can’t wait.
Again, thanks for all the compliments on my blog. I think that is what keeps me going and the fire burning stronger than ever.
Have a wonderful week building your own flame.
Â NSRA Western Nationals
Save the door hinges, this chopped 34 sedan was a super nice car and was parked right next to Bob’s car. The hidden hinges were the fad in the 80’s-90’s (Boyd and Lil’John) and are still popular in some circles. Remember McGee and Nitti both had hidden hinges in the 50’s.
Yes, a red hiboy was on the point in Bakersfield. I never tire of the look and just had to take a photo. Surprisingly there were not a lot of Deuces in attendance.
This is one of three Deuce 3 windows that came from Grass Valley. All were outstanding in design and execution. Color selection, stance, interiors and the wheels certainly were well thought out. I am not sure if they are Brookville or Henry but it doesn’t matter to me when they look this good. This was my favorite of the show.
This one had painted dash and black pleated interior which I really liked also. It is hard to beat the 40 wheel with a tach on the column and a floor shifter ready for action.
This is my kind of engine treatment. Corvette valve covers and rams horn manifolds spell early build style.
Woodgrained dashes, stock steering wheels and outstanding interiors made me drool on the windows.
Here is another one with a unique color and wire wheels with a beautiful interior also. Note the license plate and lack of center door hinge.
Another beauty with a black plate and steel wheels. I saw at least 15 Deuce 3 windows on Friday, all were high quality. Is this the new replace the roadster trend? I predicted 5 -windows and 4-doors but I could be wrong.
This was one of the few 40’s that I saw on Friday. Lowered to the max in the front and one piece windshield.
Bob and I fell in love with this one and the owner supplied us with all of the information we needed as he built it in his garage. A healthy blown 331 Hemi was a push to install but moving the grille forward 2 inches solved the problem. Washington Blue with a touch of Black made the color a stand out.
Tom had his new shoebox convert in Bakersfield and it was stunning in root beer brown and tan interior. This one is a High School sweet heart for sure.
Kiwanis Car Show at Johnny Carson Park
We found a great shady parking spot in this beautiful venue. I had cleaned and polished the car on Saturday so it was standing tall until the dusty road covered it with dust. Pepe is attracted to 46-48 woodies.
The three amigos were parked in the grass. Roy built the green full fenders one many years ago.
Here is a better photo showing the perfect resto-rod style of the 70’s. This is all Henry and has been around a long time.
One of the nicest custom Mercurys I have seen in a while was this Copper Penny beauty. Workmanship was first class everywhere you looked.
A high school clone for the owner who drove one like it in his youth. Not a hair out of place and the prettiest shade of Green you have ever seen.
This tasty 40 sedan was parked across from Pepe and was a good looking ride. Were all High School Hot Rods black with red wheels. Bob-O thinks so.
These two were just leaving and I could hear the healthy motor lumping through the dusty road. Burbank has some real nice Deuces from the past.
My wife liked the beige truck but I was focused on the Model-A hiboy parked adjacent to her.
Monday’s Preferred Ride!
I think if I were to build a 40 coupe I could go to school on this sweetheart. Talk about a High School Sweetheart, this is it.