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Season's Opener at Arena Essex
Tramping through the dirt on a cold winterís day is an unglamorous way to kick-off the UK's 2009 hot rodding season, but the NSRA swap meet, which opened its doors at Arena Essex over the first weekend in March, was the welcome tonic that brought together like minded individuals for the first time since most locked up their cars for the winter. The event is a good place to catch up and find out whatís being going on behind closed doors in the hot rodding community, and to start to look forward to the rest of the year and warmer times ahead.
This yearís event was no different from any other, except that it marked the 20th anniversary of this popular event. The dreary weather was still there but at least it wasnít snowing. It never ceases to amaze how many individuals are prepared to brave the elements at this time of year for that elusive bargain.
Sadly, DRC staffers were engaged on other duties over the swap meet weekend and weíre grateful to Dave Sturgess who offered to step into the frame with a photographic record of the event. Thanks Dave. Hereís his selection.
Not one, but two rare steel Topolino bodies for sale
HGHR's had their wares on show
Steve Young's longbed Chevy pick-up was for sale
Another Pop ripe for rodding
Ford F100 with 327 Chevy power
Henry J was for sale at £4000
1946 Ford was equipped with a 455 Olds motor. Asking price was £4800
This pretty much complete Roadster was offered for sale at just £10K
'39 Ford was priced at £12,500