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Watford Rods May Day Meet

A Top 10 winner was Dave Harrison's steel '32


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.  The event is organised by the 15 to 20 members of Watford Rods and based at Croxley Green, Hertfordshire, where it has been for the past few years, though six or seven former venues have been utilised by Watford Rods in an event that dates back to around 1976.   


“It’s been a bloody great turnout again despite the weather,” said a Watford Rods representative.  “We always get a good selection of cars but the weather is usually a problem - and this year was pretty much the same.”


Dave Cowler's '34 coupe


The tried and tested format of a sizeable show field, a couple of trade stands from the NSRA and NASC and a club house for food and refreshments, was utilised.  As in previous years the whole show was very well run and even the narrow single track road in and out of the show field – the only way in and out – didn’t seem to cause a problem.


Dave Belcher's Ford Motorsport-powered '32


As for new cars at the show, well a couple that took our interest were Dave Harrison’s traditional black ’32 Roadster sporting a Brookville body, and Dave Belcher's 'dare to be different' Roadster built by Keith Baker which sports some unique touches.   Best in show however, went to another ’32 Roadster, only this one was the candy red and flamed example belonging to Paul Rogers.  As you probably know, this is another HGHRs-built car and one which seemed to get overlooked last year.  With the addition of those Prosign flames the whole car has been visibly lifted and perhaps 2009 could end up being Paul’s year.


 Here’s the list of winners from this year’s Watford Rods event.


Best in show  

Paul Rogers, ’32 Roadster

The HGHRs-built '32 of Paul Rogers


Top 10 in no particular order

Paul Rogers, ’32 Roadster

Keith Fraser, ’65 Mustang Fastback

John Smith, Henry J

Dave Harrison, ‘32 Roadster

Brian Lucas, ‘32 Roadster

Lee Garwood, Ford Anglia

Jo Travis, Vauxhall Viva HA

Paul Carson, ’55 Chevy

Peter Karpasitis, ’34 Chevy Coupe

’30 Model A Sedan


Story & photos: Andy Kirk

Keith Fraser's Mustang fastback heads up the winners with john Smith's Henry J in the background

Peter Karpasitis, ’34 Chevy Coupe, which was until recently, owned by Graham Churchill

Paul Carson's tough '55

Talking of tough, we also spotted this '57 drag strip renegade

1930 Model A with expertly grafted on '32 nose was a winner

Hemi-powered pick-up

Lee Garwood's lovely Anglia picked up some silverware, as did the Vauxhall Viva in the background

Brian Lucas took another Top 10 slot with his roadster

Bernie Choodosh avoids the fat rear tyres of this outrageous turtle deck T

Sadly we didn't get to hear this blown 'Vette fire up

Paul Rogers gets his Best in Show prize from some hi-visibility jacket wearing show organisers - possibly a new health and safety issue!

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