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Wheels Day success for Surrey Street Rodders
It’s clear Surrey Street Rodders have hit upon a successful formula for Wheels Day, the event seemingly becoming more and more successful each year. Traditionally held on Easter Friday, even this year’s pouring rain couldn’t dampen the enthusiasm of the thousands who turned up for the privilege of parking on Army land near Aldershot, including a hardy bunch of hot rodders in open-top cars.
Alan Cox's '59 Pontiac won Best of Show at this year's event (pic by Keith Harman)
“It was a bit quieter than normal,” observed SSR Club Secretary, Clive McGibbon, speaking after the event, “but the show has already reached a point where it has outgrown us.” With 13 paid-up members and a core of 10 who volunteer to run a show that now caters for thousands of visitors each year, it is no surprise that Wheels Day has significant logistical and organisational issues with which the organisers have to deal.
Plenty of open top T's were on show in spite of the rain. This was one example new to us.
Unlike other outdoor car shows, Wheels Day aptly sums up the eclectic mix of vehicles, modified or otherwise, which the event attracts – anything from stock classics to hot rods, customs, Escort twin cams and Chevy day vans. “Though we are a hot rod club, we set out to put on a show that would appeal to all motoring enthusiasts and I am pleased to say, that’s exactly what we provide,” adds Clive.
This year’s event was similar in format to previous years, with the exception of what could be termed “hot rod alley”, a new creation where related trade stands and vehicles were deliberately grouped together. Other than this, traders were free to position their pitches around the edges of the showground where they liked.
Look how Ford restyled the rear of the T'Bird to accept the Continental kit. What an elegant solution!
Arriving early is usually the key to an easy passage into Wheels Day, and this year’s show was no exception, in spite of the weather. By lunchtime, the showground was full and the place was buzzing. Wheels Day is possibly the only place where you can lose yourself for hours as easily wandering around the trade stands as taking in the huge variety of cars on the showground.
We finally gave in to the rain mid-afternoon, but not before we had taken in all the event had to offer. Thanks go to Surrey Street Rodders for their hard work and dedication in hosting another successful event – it’s down to a small but very hard-working team that the event appeared to pass off without a hitch.
Story & photos: Andy Kirk
The Mustang Workshop and Bill Shepherd Mustang were two specialist companies in attendence selling pony cars. This fine truck was the parts chaser for The Mustang Workshop
A couple of time warp Chevy gassers
Mid-Surrey street rodder Maurice Takoor had his fresh purchase, a Candy red T on show, having driven it all the way back from Yorkshire a few days previously
Proper American diner was pulled by an equally proper American rig
This is what the show is all about - diversity.
Dave & Sue Wright's Suburban was up for grabs
Mixing new with old was this late model Dodge Charger
Early ragtop Beetle was in lovely condition
One marquee hid some lovely modelling treasures
This beautiful '40s Ford has been on the scene for some years now. In fact we interviewed the owner for the first ever DRCReview feature in 2004 but sadly lost all of the info.
This Ford Sunliner was one of our personal favourites - and in such great condition too
Steve Hale was there with his Hemi-powered '34
Mooneyham & Sharp '34 coupe clone looked tough
Mick Donohoe's super quick, 10 second Anglia received a shiny new coat of paint last year, turning it from subtle black to stand out orange. It remains one immaculately turned out early Ford.