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Goodwood Revival Meeting
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Hot Rod Drags
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Tribute to Graham Jones

Tribute to Graham Jones

Graham Jones, journalist, PR professional, business partner, regular contributor to DRCReview and long time friend, passed away on Friday September 9 after a battle with cancer.

 
 
 
Two new book titles for Christmas

Two new book titles for Christmas

Two new books recently dropped through our letterbox which will no doubt appeal to auto enthusiasts looking to treat themselves this Christmas.

 
 
 
Triple Dose of Automotive Action is the Perfect Summer Tonic

Triple Dose of Automotive Action is the Perfect Summer Tonic

Anyone with an interest in anything American automotive might have thought they had died and gone to heaven over the extended weekend of July 23/25 with major automotive happenings taking place in two relatively close parts of the country.

 
Watford Rods put on a show

Watford Rods put on a show

There’s nothing like the debut of a new hot rod to get tongues wagging and the imagination fired up at the start of the show season. It’s fair to say Gary Chester’s fresh out, ’32 five-window coupe, with its pure hot rod flames expertly executed by Neil Melliard, did just that at the recent Watford Rods show held at Croxley Green, Rickmansworth.

 
Is this Britain’s most expensive hot rod yet?

Is this Britain’s most expensive hot rod yet?

When Les Howlett spied The "Brookville Dynaliner", the nostalgic, lakes-style ’32 coupe built for Dynamat in 2005 to promote the company’s sound-proofing materials, he was hooked.

 
Ammar’s “Bullrod” artwork  - a candy red jewel from Pakistan

Ammar’s “Bullrod” artwork - a candy red jewel from Pakistan

Hot rodding is alive and well in Pakistan. Take a look at these amazing renderings from 25 year old Ammar Abbas and you can clearly see he’s been bitten by the bug.

 
The NSRA Supernationals – a different perspective

The NSRA Supernationals – a different perspective

It seems ages ago now that the NSRA Supernationals took place at Old Warden in Bedfordshire. Much has already been written about the event, so we thought we’d take a different approach now the dust has settled and see what the organisers had to say about it.

 
Billetproof -the world's least important car show

Billetproof -the world's least important car show

Following on from 2008’s successful inaugural Florida affair at Don Garlits’ Museum of Drag Racing in Ocala, organisers of Billetproof – tongue-in-cheek billed as ‘the world’s least important car shows’

 
World’s most celebrated nostalgia drag racing event looms large

World’s most celebrated nostalgia drag racing event looms large

This year’s 18th California Hot Rod Reunion , a living, breathing, nostalgic drag racing dream, will take place at Famoso Raceway near Bakersfield, California over the weekend of October 16-18.

 
El Mirage Magic

El Mirage Magic

I've managed to tick off quite a few items on my motorsports bucket list: The Goodwood Festival of Speed, Le Mans, Bonneville, the British Grand Prix and now sleeping on the lake bed at El Mirage.

 
The 2009 Sacramento Autorama - Mercury Heaven

The 2009 Sacramento Autorama - Mercury Heaven

I spent a day at the 2009 Sacramento Autorama on Feb 7th. The show, now in its 59th year, and one less than the Grand National Roadster Show held in Los Angeles.

 
Tasty Treats at Breakfast Run

Tasty Treats at Breakfast Run

I've lost count of how many Breakfast Runs we've organised to date, but for the first one of 2009 we decided to move the event to later in the calendar since last year's Easter BBR

 
Rummaging at the Autojumble

Rummaging at the Autojumble

Beaulieu’s MotorMart Autojumble (the little sister to the big International Autojumble held in September) has been running for 16 years and appears to have attracted a very strong European influence both in the number of traders and show visitors.

 
Watford Rods May Day Meet

Watford Rods May Day Meet

Upwards of 200 hot rods, custom and American classics braved an unpredictable May Bank Holiday Monday weather forecast for the privilege of parking their wheels on the Croxley Guild of Sports Club turf.

 
King of the Kustoms

King of the Kustoms

With over 70 cars to his name, John D'Agostino is one of the most prolific and creative customiser's on America's West coast. We knew John was visiting the UK for a short time recently and we were fortunate enough to have been able to track him down to an address in London where we were able to rattle off a few questions about his remarkable career. Read our report to find out what hehad to say.

 
Wheels Day success for Surrey Street Rodders

Wheels Day success for Surrey Street Rodders

Surrey Street Rodders have hit upon a successful formula for Wheels Day, traditionally held on Easter Friday, which seems to be more and more successful each year.

 
Season's Opener at Arena Essex

Season's Opener at Arena Essex

Tramping through the dirt on a cold winter’s day is an unglamorous way to kick-off the 2009 hot rodding season, but the NSRA swap meet, which opened its doors at Arena Essex in March,

 
Buckland's Parts Chaser

Buckland's Parts Chaser

Adrian Smith of Buckland Automotive Engineering is now racking up the miles in his one-off, recently completed 30/31 Ford Model A pick-up which has been built

 
Hemisfear driving impressions and how Chip Foose realised his dream

Hemisfear driving impressions and how Chip Foose realised his dream

Santa Barbara in California is probably best known for its inviting beaches lapped by the Pacific Ocean, but it’s also the birthplace of Chip Foose and continues to be the home of Sam Foose, Chip’s father.

 
Automotive photography tips from the professionals

Automotive photography tips from the professionals

It’s probably true to say that the greater majority of regular visitors to DRCReview.com own a camera of some sort and are quite happy and comfortable snapping away behind the viewfinder.

 
Bob Keith sets the scene for the rebuild of  his 1965 dragster

Bob Keith sets the scene for the rebuild of his 1965 dragster

As readers may have gathered from the news section, we feel honoured and delighted to be able to bring you the step-by-step rebuild of Bob Keith’s 1965 AA/GD Courtesy Chevrolet dragster,

 
Hot Rod Hayride Retrospective

Hot Rod Hayride Retrospective

You really would have to have had your head in the sand for the last few years not to be aware of the Hot Rod Hayride.

 
Horsepower heaven at  HGHRs

Horsepower heaven at HGHRs

It’s been exactly a year since we last reported on the activity taking place at the Home Grown Hot Rods workshops in Southend. It’s always a busy place, and as might be expected,

 
Bucking the trend

Bucking the trend

Adrian Smith founded Buckland Automotive in 2005, with the vision of producing hand-crafted and original hot rods. Adrian says he was building cars back when he was a teenager,

 
GNRS 2009 – Personally speaking

GNRS 2009 – Personally speaking

The Grand National Roadster Show 2009, which took place in January, marked the 60th anniversary of the event, and it was quite possibly the biggest GNRS ever

 
75th Anniversary of the Ford Model 40 Celebrated at NHRA Motorsports Museum

75th Anniversary of the Ford Model 40 Celebrated at NHRA Motorsports Museum

Think of all of the influential hot rods that have appeared over the years, and a fair number fall into the 33/34 Coupe category.

 
Cool new hot rod projects near completion

Cool new hot rod projects near completion

It may have been cold and inhospitable throughout December, but for many hot rodders in cosy garages, it was a time to use the holiday period to work on their projects.

 
Restored Manchester-Built Model A Ford Reflects Company Heritage

Restored Manchester-Built Model A Ford Reflects Company Heritage

Launched in America during December 1927, on the back of one of the biggest advertising campaigns the world had ever seen, the Ford Model A was an outstanding automotive success, with more than five million built by the time production ceased.

 
Neil O'Shea - Metal Guru

Neil O'Shea - Metal Guru

In June of this year we heard about Neil O'Shea and his one-off roadster project he is building in his purpose-built garage in Lincolnshire.

 
Donny Retrospective

Donny Retrospective

It’s difficult to see where the National Custom & Sports Car Show, which took place last month at Doncaster race course on October 18/19, and which coincided with the Custom & Sports Bike Show

 
SEMA -

SEMA -"Good taste is timeless but a good time is often tasteless."

The first week in November was not only election time in the US, it was also time for the annual SEMA Show in Las Vegas—more commonly known as "Lost Wages".

 
Massive Funny Car Shootout at forthcoming CHRR

Massive Funny Car Shootout at forthcoming CHRR

The annual three-day funfest known as the California Hot Rod Reunion, presented by Automobile Club of Southern California, returns to Auto Club Famoso (just outside Bakersfield) for the 17th time, October 10-12.

 
Rammed to capacity!

Rammed to capacity!

The wait to get in a run may have been lengthy, but the number of competitors who attended the recent Hot Rod Drags at Shakespeare County Raceway spoke for itself, as many have-a-go hot rodders queued for hours

 
Wayne's World

Wayne's World

Last month you may recall we took a look at Gary Chester’s in-progress ’32 five window coupe, which is being expertly pieced together by Wayne Streams in Reading.

 
60th Anniversary of NASCAR celebrated  at NHRA Museum

60th Anniversary of NASCAR celebrated at NHRA Museum

What’s new in the SCTA exhibit at the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum?

 
Osborne’s Finest Flake

Osborne’s Finest Flake

There is a time in the lives of most people when events unfold that provide a glimpse of the future. In the case of born-to-be-a-hot-rodder, Tony Osborne, that moment took place at a time long ago, in a place far away . . . er, well,

 
Buzzin' at the Banyard Backyard Run

Buzzin' at the Banyard Backyard Run

Mid Surrey Roadsters members Steven and Dee Young organised a family-themed hot rod event last weekend, the Banyard Backyard Run, set in the grounds of a private home nestled in the rolling Surrey Hills. In fact, the idea for the get-together originated with hosts,

 
Bonneville - 60th Anniversary

Bonneville - 60th Anniversary

They said Lord March, proprietor of Goodwood, was there. I didn't see him.
I did see the King of Bonneville, though, riding his tricycle. He had a nice crown.

 
Holey Coupe!

Holey Coupe!

“Tea-bag” is the nickname adopted by Gary Chester for his in-progress, steel ’32 five-window coupe, imported from New York State back in 2006 - you’ll see why it came by that moniker if you read on.

 
Only 24 hours to Wendover

Only 24 hours to Wendover

Some may say being on assignment for six weeks in the US of A would be great fun, but sitting in a hotel room for weeks on end is not. However, it does have some advantages - or should I say opportunities?

 
Surreal day at Supernats

Surreal day at Supernats

“SuperNationals Sunday this year certainly turned out to be a surreal day, from the moment I parked up in the grounds at Old Warden and was approached by a pleasant guy from Manchester, who wanted to know if I would consider selling the Model A,

 
NSRA Supernationals 2008: Head Hunter claims first scalp

NSRA Supernationals 2008: Head Hunter claims first scalp

According to the BBC Weather Centre, temperatures edged up to 31C in parts of the country last weekend - hot by anyone’s standards. Hot was also the only way to describe many of the new cars making their public debuts at the NSRA Supernationals at Old Warden this year, notably the Willys

 
The Goodwood Cacklefest(ival) of Speed

The Goodwood Cacklefest(ival) of Speed

Once again, the throb of American V8 engines was at the very heart of this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed. The keenly anticipated historic dragster line-up - 10 front-engined and one rear-engined - were positioned in two

 
It's Good to be Back

It's Good to be Back

Over Father’s Day weekend, the 6th annual Holley NHRA National Hot Rod Reunion returned to its spiritual home at Beech Bend Raceway, Bowling Green, Ky. and what a time we had.

 
Neil at the altar of hot rod innovation

Neil at the altar of hot rod innovation

I am always full of admiration for people who are both self-taught and mechanically minded. It’s not that I’m averse to tackling the odd mechanical job or a bit of body and paint work, but the thought of building

 
Living the Dream

Living the Dream

After 20 years of racing and preparing Cobras in the UK and overseas, seasoned competitor, Bill Shepherd, recently decided on a change of direction.

 
Billing Fun Run 2008 – Should I stay or should I go?

Billing Fun Run 2008 – Should I stay or should I go?

To stay or not to stay? That seemed to be a consistently hot topic of conversation at Billing Aquadrome last weekend during the course of the annual Fun Run.

 
Big Boost for Blobby’s new ride

Big Boost for Blobby’s new ride

Calling in for a sneak preview of John Martinez’s in-progress ’49 Chevy truck sort of knocks you back - literally. If John’s friendly, giant-sized “Labradoodles” – a cross between a Labrador and full-size poodle – don’t knock you off your feet, then the amount of work John has already put into this truck certainly will.

 
Garage Scene

Garage Scene

As usual, there’s a lot of hot rodding activity going on in garages around the country right now. Although we can’t hope to bring you details of everything that’s being pieced together behind closed doors, we can at least provide a

 
Swedish rodder goes back to 1927

Swedish rodder goes back to 1927

Leif Tufvesson is no stranger to the world of hot rodding. His Company, Caresto, turned out some very stylish, minimalist modern hot rods using Volvo

 
 
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