A little bit of My History!
I remember around 1970 finding Custom Car on the shelves of the magazine shops and I bought it originally for the choppers, but got drawn towards the Hot Rods as time went on and finding Street Rodder and Rod and Custom sealed my fate. After seeing American Graffiti and reading about cruises starting in the UK, I knew I had to be part of it and I went to York street Manchester where the rainy City Cruisers would meet, on Fridays after work. Hiding my std Cortina round the corner and walking to York street and looking in awe at the assembled Cars, was how it went for a few weeks. The cars there were mostly Trick painted modern cars with just one Rod as I remember, owned by Mike & Kath Spencer a 1932 Lanchester with a Zodiac engine and trans etc and a few yanks, made up the rest of it .
One week I painted some flames on my Cortina and fitted some cruising lights, then next meet I dared myself to park up with them. I was really made to feel welcome and I then started to go every Friday after work. It was a 200+ mile round trip for me, but it was well worth it, I was part of something that was burning in my soul. How I dreamed of a Rod, but instead had to make the best of what I had, finally I got a Geoff Ridgeway Paint job over my own applied base of Blue Murano pearl over black, this was my first paint job and it turned out real good looking back. I got to know the likes of Odgie, Smax, Geoff Ridgeway, Moggy Mills, Dexy and Steve Cheatham, Pete Whiteside, Graham Kelsey, Roger Attaway and many many more. It was A fantastic time.
The diversity of Cars in the 70's that attended the Cruises can be seen here, with Ian Fury Kings old Beer Wagon C-Cab now in the hands of its new owner Steve Cheatham, Man did we have some good times, with Dexy and Steve Cheatham and all the Crew from Stockport for that matter.
I fell out with Rainy City Cruisers or the cruise I should say, when I went down one night after a few months break and counted 9 Mini's there, and no rods. I thought then, this is not what I want to be part of, I never went back. I just went to a few of the big Runs in what ever Yank I had at the time. There was a big gang of us up here in Cumbria, who all had yanks and we had fun nearer home Mini free So was born the South Lakes Rod and Street Club ;o)
Andy's Brizio's C cab now doing the Rod runs again, I saw this at Billing and was just in total awe of it and the people with it. A vivid memory I have, is of some beautiful big breasted women, who came with this and another Rod a T I think, doing a tug of war ;o)
Early 70's Chelsea Cruise photos, I went to in my flamed Mk3 Cortina, here is Mike Kasons Kerbdozer.
And see look a Modern Car again a new ish at the time Capri with Trick paint and wheels, called Pipe Dream.
Victoria Park. in Leicester and the event was the 2nd Street Rod Nats in 1976, Mike keys Model B with three wipers.
Trick painted C Cab
The outstanding Hot "n" Bothered this paint job.. well! the whole car really shook the Hot Rodding scene at the time and really started the Show car wars :>) This Fordson set the pace for some amazing rods in the 70's and 80's.. it is still going strong now which is a proof of its outstanding build quality, but is now Red, rumour has it, that it may get redone in its original paint scheme, Man I really do hope so..
Simon Lanes Speed Freak with original Paint Job, later sprayed blue, but this is how I remember it best and this is how I will always love it. It had the most beautiful wheels I remember, while everyone else had Wolfrace slot mags!
Mk1 Cortina which had a small block Chevy shoehorned in, I think the owner was Paul Wailing? and the car was called Fordrollette? All custom cars had names then.
I remember one time, we went to the Pod, I was in my 1973 350 Camaro and I wasn't sure of the way .I asked this guy (Paul?) for directions he said follow me Ha bloody Ha!! He just floored it, I had to really give it some to stay with him. I was surprised how well it went round corners, and convinced it was going to fall over on the first bend. Great Fun, I bet he had a laugh aswell, never saw him again, and the car was eventually destroyed in a fire *shame*.
Pinball wizard very popular pop ;>) in its stripy phase, back out again now, in the Yellow and pinball cartoon guise.
More eccentric pop owned by John Emery at the time of
Harry sold it to a guy in Blackpool. The Guy phoned Harry up at 3am one morning and said " I just had to tell some one, " I have just done 140mph down Blackpool Prom in the Pop" Crazeeee It was also reputed to be able to lift the front wheels.
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