THIS MONTH’S COVER
An annual or two ago you got to see Wade’s re-creation of his ‘hi school sweetheart’ and they (he and Sam and all) built it identically to the original.Then they drove it and decided to make some changes that resulted in Sam making this pass by some cornfields at about Mach 1/8 or somethin’.
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STREET RODDER FAKES PICTURE
Street Rodder did a GNRS article for June ‘07 and to capture a pic of Poteet’s car they had to take a picture of the Hop Up Booth.
This is Dillard’s pic of the booth…...................faked SRM picture
BUT...then Eric planted more HOP UP logos all over the booth with his computer and captioned the shot something like, “Gee, wonder whose booth this is?”. We had 6 incidents of the Logo and EG put in 8 MORE, thus 14 total.
Problem was, some folks who were not at the show thought the excess was OURS, so Eric has penned a mea culpa for their August issue and will print the actual pic.
No prob, thanks, guys.
Aaron Von Minden has a new one that he plans to screw up in Hop Up fashion. Too nice to screw up? Naaaaaw. Not in this-here manual, it ain’t…
BUT HOW’S HE GONNA DO IT WITH ALL THEM DISTRACTIONS????
HE’S GOT SOME PARTS FOR IT, NO?
THINGS TO DO-PLACES TO GO- PEOPLE (FRIENDS) TO SEE
Yeah, Baby, it’s done sprung and the gig is on, what with April started, and that ad hoc calendar you got scrawled on the back of a six pack box is full of options, now, ain’t it? Ya gotta forego one thing every time you choose another; tough duty, huh, Ned?
There’s a whole range of choices..from the clever-named double-entende cutsie runs to the Goodguise, hell, you can go to classic car deals and prob’ly even go to a outlaw bike event if ya wanna. Our own choice? It would be a few traditional hot rods; it wouldn’t be named, it would have been brewed up sperm-of-the-moment , and it would’ve gone somewhere so you can see your Bud’s car going down the road, body easin’ up and down on the shocks, wheels turning straight and true, quickchange ringin’ like a broken chain saw and a feisty exhaust screaming ‘pent-up compression in here, Pal, open it up!’.
Yeah, Man: now that our brutal winter is over (I know, hahaha!) we’ll see more of the boys and more of their iron and we’ll get current on their projects…....and we’ll talk about the dates, times and places on the DeviningRod Tour, see which of ‘em will be along, either riding or drivin’ ‘long side.
It’s easy to appreciate how good we got it, Boys. How good we got it…whew!
(Ron Limbrick is a contributor in the upcoming Hop Up Special No.2 (on sale next month). He’s a Canadian Hot Rodder, SCTA Bonneville Staff member and an all around cool guy. We asked if he’d write the next in our series of ‘Guest Columns’ like the Rollin’ Bones ones?. You might be next. Ed.)
Cause And Effect or How I got to meet M.M.
In the fall of ‘91 , my extremely understanding wife Joan, told me about a segment on “Good Morning America” that she had seen, that made her think that maybe I wasn’t the only one who thought a vintage race car might be a fun investment and opened “the door of opportunity to acquire a race car” a crack. The segment dealt with an auction called “The Harvard Collection” (a doctor’s vintage race car collection to be auctioned off to raise money for the Harvard Medical School).
During the “hunt” that winter, I ended up buying a beautiful V-8 60, 1946 Solar midget from a Gene Fleming who lives in Fort Pierce, Florida. During the following years, I would tow the midget to IMCA oldtimer’s events in Arlington Minnesota with my ‘39 coupe to pretend I was a “Hot Shoe”. I was scared stiff the first time on the track as I had never been lucky enough to drive a race car of any type when I was younger. Anyway, a fellow from Minnesota, who had just moved there from California, came to Arlinton to photograph the Solar for Open Wheel magazine. He had more than a casual interest in the midget as he had worked for the Solar Co. in San Diego. Small world ! This photographer’s name was Bill Taylor who just happens to be the main starter on the short course at the Bonneville Salt Flats. Bill became a good friend and during a conversation he told me that if I ever had a desire to be a worker during Speedweek, he could arrange it and that I could ride out with him. It didn’t take too long to take Bill up on this dream offer and in August 2000, I saw the flats for the first time, where I worked in the staging lanes for Bill on the short course. Words cannot describe how lucky I feel for this and the other three tours of duty I have experience at this spactacular venue.
While having lunch on the flats opposite the timing stands one day, I had by chance, the pleasure of sitting across from a Mark Morton (ever heard of him?). I feel that this meeting has influenced me to really define my education with regards to what a Hot Rod really is and is not. Thanks to Mark and Hop UP, I am in the process of building my thesis, that is, my best shot at building a hot rod based on many years of attending the School of Gow. With a little more luck, the roadster might even appear one day soon in Hop Up.
Was my wife right in thinking that the circle track car was a good investment? The best way I can answer this question would be, financialy I would have to say that I never lost on it but without a doubt, the experiences had and friendships made were priceless. What a deal !
I think it was Tom Hanks that said in the movie Castaway, “You never know what the tide brings in”. How true, how true.
There’s a whole bunch of new stuff in DRIP PAN, right there next door>
Silly word, yeah, but ya gotta tinker on your iron. Ya can’t just go out there when something’s broken, rather, ya gotta go out there with no purpose but to survey. Snug. Tighten. Wipe. Inspect. Yeah, Buddy..caress....that old iron. You might find out something is loose or gone. Wearing out. Bottoming out. Or even out of style.
Look for trouble. And lubricate things. Gawd, how things need to be lubed, knowwhatimean?
“Who-oh, Black Betty
Rev Billy Gibbons
Put it in a car, and drive it, stereo, internal combustion noise on one side and…sounds on the other…...it’s a mating, a…junction..it’s a marriage of happening. But ya just gotta drive it, then, doncha? ‘Else it cain’t happen.
An’ then sometimes ya turn off the sounds…‘cuz it ain’t bad without ‘em, either..we should have worse probs, eh?
Hop Up Guys got hot rods and jobs.
MODEL A PANCAKE BREAKFAST
Here’s a few cars that stood out at this annual deal. Some are familiar, as are the slovenly owners we admire so much…...
HOW DO THEY MISS THAT
Maybe we shouldn’t even do this. Let ‘em look…well…..at very least..uninformed?
See, if you look at any of the cool old cars done in the day (we said cool cars) that run spares, usually with ‘35 or ‘36 spare covers on them…they aren’t in that middle-of-the-deck-like-an-appurtenant -shanker stock position. No. They’re lowered. Joe Mac probably didn’t invent it, but anything he had, that had a spare, had the spare lowered as far as practical to smoothe out the aesthetic of an awful protrusion.
It’s so damned easy, it looks so BAD in the original position and, and it looks so good, so modified, improved..so considered.. in the new spot..well..that’s a gift.
On T’s it’d be a ‘jaunty’ location for the spare.
Yes. Hop Up Style is shared for free in it’s humble effort to make a small contribution toward a perfect world....
WE WON’T SHOW YOU THE ONES THAT SET US OFF….
If ya look in one of Medley’s Hot Rod History books, there’s two ‘matching’ ‘35-6 roadsters parked in some PacNW driveway..with their spares slid down the slope as if they knew something the rest of ‘em didn’t know. They did.
“She runs hot for me…”
NOW, TAKE A LOOK AT DRIP PAN, NEXT DOOR, TOO, EH?