Hard work this reporting lark ya know, three nights solid, three reports, I am knackered.. oh hang on I have only just started the 3rd night.. Bugger!! Listening to some Fun Loving Criminals supping a can of Cider and trying to get something written down..."Hum?"... what the hell happened on the sunday?? Errrrr
Right started the day again real early cus of the dogs whining for their breakfast and a walk. I had not got a hang over "Great"... Once the dogs were sorted out came the Cadac again and Me and Pudzz cooked our breakfasts pronto and perfect.
I was trying to muster some energy to go clean all the dust off my Truck as we were obviously sat in the gulf stream by the look of mine and Pudzz cars. Luckily I had the Car washed yesterday, so the job of cleaning wasn't any where near as bad as it would of been if I hadn't bothered.
The cars where piling into the show field at a massive rate of knots, Dave Cox was busy as an NSRA official, giving every participant in a show car another free prize draw ticket, which was a nice touch. It was hot and dusty work so we asked him if he needed a drink or breaky or anything, he said he was OK.. But Pudzz had cooked so much bacon he did Dave a sarnie anyway, he did look like he was fading away the poor chap working so hard..
Well the show field was filling up fast, so we decided to wipe our cars over eventually and get them stuck on the show field now before the place got to full to park.
When we came back we just chilled for a while watching the dust settle on our gear.. no sorry watch the Rods and Customs file past onto the show ground. Pudzz was chuffed as buggery that he was directed to the pre 49 section, while I was sent stage left with the riff raff.. ;o)
Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top) had played a Gig in that there London the night before, and so being good mates with Pete Chapouris, Pete had managed to talk him into attending the Supernats as a guest and do a signing session and a question and answer session to later.
Looking at the massive amount of Cars on the show field it was mind blowing, knowing where to start... We did the row by row thing, but you still miss cars, and flit past them not really taking any of the detail in. I hate that, rushing round the lines of cars and not really looking at them properly. One day... one bloody Day I will get time to look at the cars I like properly.
It was announced by the imitable John Price that Billy Gibbons had arrived, Pudzz said are we going to see Billy Gibb ;o)..... yeah Pudzz thought one of the Bee Gees was the special guest... Terrrrrrr
We had our prize draw tickets yet to fill in, and I was a little unsure on a couple of answers, so we went in search of the correct answers, once the answers were gleamed, we filled in the prize draw tickets and popped them in the appropriate boxes, hoping come prize draw time ours would be the winning tickets. We both went for the Chevy Crate engine, with a couple in the Melissa Gee pinstriping for me and the wiring harness for Pudzz.
We managed to get up to where Billy was doing the signing session and the queue was massive. Poor guy had been up until 4am the previous morning and must of been knackered. But he kept smiling and signing away. I was asked by a guy in the queue if I would do a couple of photos of him with Billy, I nearly for a lark took a photo with his head cut off the frame.. but just couldn't bring myself to do it.... I did a couple also for Dave Mellors Granddaughter, who is about 4yrs old and apparently a big ZZ top Fan, you could see on here face she really was in awe.. Cool eh.
Well after all that excitement, we continued our line walking.. often doing the "NOW I LIKE THIS" comment.. We had to fill in our participants choice tickets now and how the hell do you pick a favorite. there were so many. I picked Les Howletts crackin 32, Liz Anderson's fresh out Pop (built by Tim Hammond) and my top car was initially the blue 409 powered 32 of Gary McCormack s... but then I found Steve Marley's fresh out A Roadster Pickup and I knew then what was my top Car.. just a beautiful piece of work stunning.
Well as the day was hot and dusty, a Lager shandy was calling me. And Billy was about to start his question and answer session in the marquee.
I don't think my Mr's was much interested, but hey this was a one off chance never to be repeated event how could you miss it???? And the session was great entertainment, Billy and Pete Chapirous both good value and cool guys, a job well done.
One last look at the Cars and a natter with a few old mates on the way round, we met Kev Rooney, then later Toad... hey what a contrast. Toad was with his beautiful wife Shirley they are both looking the part now as they are heavy into the rocking scene.
After all that it was coming time to break camp and get ready for the off. So I got my Truck out from the show field and proceeded to fill it up with our camping junk/gear.
After about an hour or so slogging we were ready for the off, but couldn't go until after the prize draw, which was now running about an hour late. We were eager to get going as though it is only 260mile to home it seems to take forever and we were starting to feel a bit knackered now.
Eventually the prize draw got underway and as it slowly progressed and passed our Melissa Gee pinstriping and wiring harness without us getting a sniff, things were looking decidedly like we were going home with nothing as usual and a couple of hours later than we wanted to also... still a free SBC would be nice so we soldiered on watching the lucky bleeders go up for their prizes one after another.... Then the big one, "the Chevy Motor"... yeah you guessed it , it wasn't either of us that won.. Bugger another year to wait now! Should of left 2hrs ago ;o)
Drive home was Ok, but my truck seems to have developed an annoying vibration that rears its ugly head at 50mph and evens out at 60mph and coming from the rear ??? So 60mph it was then all the way back.
Must be a UJ or wheel balancing or maybe prop, but the prop was a new build and was balanced, no weights they used weld to balance it out so that shouldn't be any different, it is not long ago I had the rear wheels balanced, and the UJ's on the Jag rear were all ok last time I checked.. fuking cars eh do ya head in!!
That's it, good night and see ya all at the Hot Rod Drags eh! and I am not taking my shirt off this time either!
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