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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, to being called into the prizewinners’ circle by John Price at the end of the day to collect a Top-10 Award. As regular DRC Review visitors who followed the build of the Model A in the Back to the Future series will know, this car was a very personal project and not built with the aim of winning pots, so to find that people in the rodding fraternity appreciate it, and seem genuinely enthusiastic about it, is extremely gratifying.
“Needless to say, after a result like this, there are a number of people to thank, notably Jon Golding and Andy Barry at HomeGrown Hot Rods, for taking that bare Model A rolling shell from Texas and turning it into the car I had carried around in my head for the last 45 years or so, Jay Adams, for the spot-on paint job, Neil Tadman, for the beautiful interior, Neil Melliard, for the wonderfully understated stripes that provided the finishing touch, fellow Mid Surrey Roadsters member, Martin Kelly, for expertly tuning the ZZ4 engine, and Mr Editor Kirk, for helping to keep spirits up when they flagged on one or two occasions during the build.
“Finally, I would like to say thank you to the NSRA organising committee, for staging yet another fantastic event, and to all those NSRA members who came up during the course of last Sunday and were both interested in, and complimentary about, the Model A. You definitely made my day!
“The icing on the cake was seeing Tony ‘Ozzie’ Osborne’s Willys bag the Participants’ Choice Award. From the point at which I first saw the car in primer, at Home Grown, it was clear it was going to be something very special, and so it has turned out to be. Tony lives and breathes rodding (along with footie), and both he and ‘Head Hunter’ were more than deserving winners of this season’s Big One.”
Story: Graham Jones
Photos: Andy & Cameron Kirk