Nevada: Rockabilly Rod Reunion returning to The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway–

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by John Bisci

Featuring: NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Drag Racing Series, Bo Huff’s Ultimate Garage Party & Car Show, pin-up superstar Sabina Kelly, Jason Beam’s pinstriper showdown, tattoo showcase and the ultimate burn-out contest.

Friday, May 28 � Day 1
The Strip at LVMS (10 a.m.-5 p.m.) � NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Test ‘n’ Tune.

Neon Garage at LVMS (5 p.m.-2 a.m.) � Bo Huff’s Ultimate Garage Party kick-off
and car show, featuring: nine consecutive hours of live bands, vendor displays, cruising, flame-throwing.
Neon Garage is located in the infield of the 1.5-mile superspeedway.

Saturday, May 29 � Day 2
The Strip at LVMS (9 a.m.-5 p.m.) � NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Series qualifying and Nitro Funny Cars.
Swap meet, car cruise, pinstriper showdown (10 a.m.-2 p.m.), rockabilly DJ and live music, tattoo artists and tattoo showcase. $2 draft beer all weekend long!

Neon Garage (5 p.m.-2 a.m.) � Bo Huff’s Ultimate Garage Party & Car Show.
The bands keep it cranking, pin-up contest at 10 p.m. ($1,000 to win!), guys� pompadour contest, car show judging (5 p.m.-Midnight), vendor displays, and much more. $2 draft beer all weekend long!

Sunday, May 30 � Day 3
The Strip at LVMS (9 a.m.-5 p.m.) � NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Series final eliminations.
Car cruise, car show awards ceremony (2 p.m.), swap meet, hot rod runs, burn-out contest (3 p.m.), rockabilly DJ and live music.

Spectator admission:
3-day adult super pass (all 3 days at The Strip and both nights at Neon Garage): $49.
3-day kids� super pass: $15.
Single-event segment tickets: $25 for adults, $7 for kids. Kids 5 and under are free.

Vehicle passes: $75 (includes full-event ticket to the show, one car show entry and one pass down the drag strip on Sunday).

Camping: $75 (located at LVMS drag strip�s “Burn-out RV” lot) Move-in Friday at 11 a.m. and stay until 11 a.m. Monday.

Swap meet: $45 (10’ x 20’ space on Saturday and Sunday at The Strip).

Tickets are on sale at: and Ticketmaster.

Additional event info: (702) 632-8213.

Event website:

Online information at

Directions from Las Vegas: I-15 North to Exit 54 Speedway Boulevard (15 miles north of downtown Las Vegas).

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Fred Johnson remembers his teenaged roadster adventure on Route 66–San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Three teens in a roadster took to the Mother Road more than 60 years ago, and the experience remains vivid in their memories today, reminding them of those innocent years, a time of freedom reserved for the young.

Fred Johnson, a resident of Covina for 45 years, tells his story in such a poignant manner that I must share it with you in his own words:

"Back in 1947, at the age of 17, and not familiar with any part of the country but Los Angeles where I was raised, I had an opportunity to go on this trip. You see, one of my buddies named Bill who was from Deming, New Mexico, wanted to return there to visit family and asked me to go along. Another buddy, also named Bill, joined us.

"Back then most of the guys had hot rods and Bill was no exception. He had a 1930 Ford Roadster with a Ford flat-head engine, no fenders, no top and no hood. Nowadays it would be called a `rad-rod.’

"My knowledge of traveling was nil and my entire wardrobe for the trip was a clean pair of socks and a pair of shorts.

"The three of us in the hot road headed east on Route 66 and when we got to Pomona the car stopped running. The culprit was a bad coil so we found a parts house and soon we were on the road again. By the time we got to Phoenix (thanks Glenn Campbell), the sun was coming up and it was getting hot driving through the desert.

"To stay awake, we stopped at every wigwam and hot dog joint along the way for pie and coffee, which was all we

could afford. My girlfriend, Dawn, now my wife of 61 years, baked us cookies to eat along the way.

"Well, the hot rod and the three of us made it to Deming. Back then Deming had one stop sign in the middle of town and all the side streets were dirt. When we left Deming, we headed south to Columbus, New Mexico, to get a little history on Pancho Villa.

"Let me tell you, that day was really hot. About half way to Columbus, in a field there was a well that pumped water into a big tank. The water ran over the top of the tank so the cattle could have water to drink. Well, you guessed it! We stopped, ran over, took off our clothes and jumped in. Man did that feel good! Not to worry there was no one around in the middle of nowhere. Looking back that was a lot of fun. I think the cattle thought we were a little crazy.

"After visiting El Paso and Carlsbad Caverns, we were back on Route 66 and drove straight home. All three of us were hot, tired and sleepy but Route 66 got us home.

"This was an adventure we will never forget. Now that I am older, Bill and I still talk and laugh about our kicks on Route 66.

"Today I have my own hot rod, a 1929 Ford Roadster with a big block Chevy motor, and oh yes, it has a top, fenders and hood. On some Saturday mornings, my wife and I cruise Route 66. We even stop and have pie and coffee. Some things you just love to do at any age."

Their story is a keen example of why Route 66 is more than a road. It has powers beyond a mere highway, reminding oldsters they were once youngsters.

Address correspondence for Claudia Heller to the Weekly Star, 1210 N. Azusa Canyon Road, West Covina, CA 91790. You can also reach claudia via e-mail at or call 626-962-8811, ext. 2669, to leave a message.

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Chicago “World of Wheels” moves in at Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont

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The 48th annual “World of Wheels” will take place from March 5 to 7 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center. (Cindy Kurman © Southtown Star)

The 48th annual “World of Wheels” will take place from Friday to Sunday at its new location. “As we anticipated, the move from Chicago’s McCormick Place to the Rosemont venue has provided us with more space this year,” said Pete Toundas, president of Championship Auto Shows. Read more at Southtown (Ill.) Star

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Virgina: New owners plan to restore famous Blue Star Diner to 1950s luster

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A 1949 Mercury is parked outside the Blue Star Diner, which opened in 1963. It became a local landmark, but closed last month. (© Newport News Daily Press)

Dust off your saddle shoes and bobby socks. The Blue Star Diner, now closed, is slated to undergo a renovation restoring it to its 1950s glory. The Blue Star is a prefabricated diner built in 1958 by Manno Dining Car Co. in Belleville, N.J., which is Belleville Diner’s namesake. It opened here in 1963, according to Daily Press archives.

The local landmark has found some national attention. Isabella Rossellini and David Lynch sat at a booth there while filming parts of the movie “Zelly and Me” in 1987. “Blue Plate Special: The American Diner Cookbook,” written by Elizabeth McKeon and Linda Everett in 1996, features recipes and a brief overview of the diner. Read more at Newport News (Va.) Daily Press

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Michigan: Chuck Miller named “Builder of he Year” at Detroit Autorama

Chuck Miller of Huron Township will receive the Builder of the Year award at Autorama, which will be Friday, Saturday and next Sunday at Cobo Center in Detroit. (Dave Chapman © Southgate (Mich.) News Herald)

Over the decades, legendary custom car builder Chuck Miller has won many awards for his car-building skills, including the Detroit Autorama Circle of Champions, North St. Ignace Straits Area Antique Auto Show Hall of Fame and Autorama’s Ridler Award, just to mention a few. However, none of those awards have thrilled Miller as much as being selected as Builder of the Year at this year’s Autorama, which will be Friday, Saturday and next Sunday at Cobo Center in Detroit. Read more at Southgate (Mich.) News Herald

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Canada: SoCal Speed Shop’s Pete Chapouris to headline 26th Powerama–Edmonton Journal

Powerama Motoring Expo is returning for a 26th year, with Pete Chapouris of SoCal Speed Shop as celebrity guest.

This year’s show is scheduled for April 23, 24 and 25 at Edmonton Expo Centre, formerly known as Northlands AgriCom. The show will be in Halls A, B and C and will not use any of the recently opened new halls in the Expo Centre.

Although Liz Oglu stays on as show manager, Powerama now is owned by the Electric Garage, a collector-car auction company based in Red Deer.

This year’s Powerama will consist of the car show and swap meet, Oglu said, but a collector-car auction is a possibility for future years. Expo Centre offers the opportunity for the show’s growth.

The goal is to “make sure the show stays on a solid footing and has a long future,” she said.

Chapouris has been involved in the design or construction of a number of well-known cars such as the 1934 Ford coupe known as the California Kid and the ZZ Top Eliminator owned by Billy Gibbons.

Tickets, which will be available through Ticketmaster and at the door, will be the same as last year, with a price of $13 for adults.

© Copyright (c) The Edmonton Journal

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Alabama: Hot Rod Magazine Power Tour chooses Mobile for grand finale

(© WALA-TV FOX10) One of the finest, high-end car shows in the world has chosen Mobile as the final stop on its “Power Tour.” Hot Rod Magazine announced Thursday it would caravan thousands of muscle cars into Mobile. The seven-day, seven-city tour will begin in Iowa and make its way to the Port City on June 11. More than 3000 muscle cars will travel over 1500 miles. Read more at WALA-TV FOX10

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The Modified Roadster—what a real hot rod is supposed to be

Bo Jones’ one-man modified was on the cover of Rod & Custom in October 1968, and made such an impact that folks called the style “The Bo Jones Look” for years. The car, made mostly from a T touring body and powered by a Chevy II four-banger, looks exactly the same today as it appeared then, and is currently owned by Roy Brizio. (Cam Hutchins © Street Rodder Magazine)

It’s been said you can discover the difference between a street rod and a hot rod by what is carried in its trunk. If it’s a fold-up chair, it’s a street rod, and if it’s a toolbox, then it’s a hot rod. But that doesn’t mean hot rods can’t be nice looking or safe to drive, and a modified falls into this category. Read more at Street Rodder Magazine.

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Australia: Classic cars in Halls Gap for Hot Rod Run

One of the classic cars that attracted plenty of attention in Halls Gap last weekend. (© Stawell Times News)

The Grampians Hot Rod Run continues to grow in size each year, with last weekend’s event attracting more than 200 classic cars to Halls Gap. The Old Skool Hot Rod and Custom Club received 196 entries prior to the start of the weekend, while more car enthusiasts elected to register on the day.

”The weekend was a fantastic success,” said Grampians Hot Rod Run spokesperson Bill McIntosh. People travelled from as far as Adelaide, Gippsland and Tralgon to catch a glimpse of the vehicles. Vintage cars and stationary engines were also on display. Read more at Stawell (Victoria) Times News

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Kansas: Larry Wolfe’s ‘64 SuperStock Plymouth is ready to race

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Larry Wolfe has arrive at what may just be his dream ride: his Hemi-powered 1964 Plymouth Super Stock car. Duane Saum bored and stroked the 426 Hemi block to a total of 485 cubic inches after the engine lunched a lifter and wiped out the oil pump. He estimates this version pumps out a healthy 600 horsepower.The low-key interior features a bench seat in factory red vinyl, an NOS steering wheel, a B&M racing shifter and racing gauges and switches under the dash. (Mike Berry © The Wichita Eagle)

Larry Wolfe has explored many facets of the collector car world over the years. He’s owned a ‘32 Ford roadster, a full-custom ‘64 Buick Riviera and a mild custom ‘56 Buick done by the Titus brothers and several classic mid-’50s Ford F-100 pickups. But there was something about the old Super Stock wars played out on drag strips around the country in the mid-’60s that kept beckoning to him.

“There were oodles and gobs of these guys back then buying factory pro-stockers and running them at the strip,” he said. “I figured I could find one already built out there… and this white car comes along on eBay and it’s got a Hemi in it and it’s tubbed… and I love them big, tubbed cars. And these two-door post cars are so hard to find,” he said. He bought the 1964 Plymouth Belvedere and waited excitedly while it was shipped here from Culpeper, Va. But disappointment awaited him. Read more at The Wichita Eagle

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