It's Showtime!!

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.

Dave Cox works hard and had been doing so all week.

And the cars start rolling in to the show field

Even a Traffic Jam.

Chris Chantry (if he is still the owner) was giving this some at every opportunity yesterday on the cruise all you could hear at every junction was this howling up the road..

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.

I Think this is Ade Smiths cool Harley Bobber! Though I didn't see him all weekend.

Looks like they are all praying at the Bike Alter.

Mark Higham was enjoying his High Riding Pop all weekend, the Rodding future is safe with young enthusiastic lads like this about!

Thee Billy F Gibbons.. the Big BFG.... only he looked so small and even dare I say frail.. Cool guy for sure but how tiny. He almost looks like a spitting image character.. I was gob smacked. Scruffy bugger to, his hat was moth eaten and his shirt was filthy.. still awesome to see him in the flesh and so close! and supping a can of Fosters.. so Rock and Roll ;o)

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.

1960 F100 looks superb and the shape to own I am sure we are going to see many many more later model trucks.

38 Ford? seen it before but it is so good it deserves another photo.

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.

Les Howletts ace 32, at least he had a number this time so I could vote for it.. though he must of got on the field late as he was with the riff raff not over in the chosen ones section ;o)

Liz Anderson's fresh out Pop, fresh out from Tim Hammond's workshop that is. Now get this, Liz wife of best in britain winner Calum has just picked this up from Tim and after the Supernats was to drive it back up to Scotland for its first real drive.. now how cool is that.

Perfection no matter where you look, stunning detail and finish probably the best pop in the UK.

Gary Mac's 409 powered steel 32, looks better with its fenders on in my opinion. absolute perfection Gary sure does put a great rod together, with beautiful Mick Shepherd (Premier Auto Trim) interior, this really is stuff that dreams are made of.

And here it is the Participants choice winner, Steve Marley's bang on A Pickup Roadster. Great colour and I love them wheels.. just awesome style and a deserved winner. Steve was a bit over come by it all I think, he just was buzzing, excited and I think a tad apprehensive to, guts in a tizzy time I think .. I bet now it is all over he can relax and enjoy looking at and driving his beautiful stunning work of art Pickup! Nice one Steve..

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.

Ha Ha now look what you can get if you become a rock star, sod A levels..... I wanna be a Rock Star Dad!

Well attended Q & A Session with Billy and Pete.

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.

Sand Draggin, one out of this guys collection. Apparently he found a whole heap of ex Roth Cars in Multi Storey car park in France and after some guy had done a runner leaving the cars, he had bought to put in a museum which went tits up and he had to leave quickly.... So this guy paid the release fees (storage) and Voila he is now going to set up a museum with them.. cool!

Bloody Hell another perfect Rod where are they all coming from?

Surfing 34 Sedan eh!

I Love this T brings back memories of Barry Traceys Mr T... Ace looking T.

I don't know what this is, looks like a Desoto.. but what do I know. I have never seen it before the seat height cracked me up. Bet this looks mega cool crusin low and slow.

Pudzz found the sexiness of Bob Booths A to much to bare and just had to have it right there and then! Hey they say owners become to look like their dogs eventually

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!!

I missed what would of been an amazing shot of this Custom as it drove past the Dodgems. it would of looked so good I nearly asked him if he would go back and drive past the dodgems again so I could get the shot!

Dan Donati's 34 roadster not long out of Tim Hammond's workshop, stunning workmanship again! With a Steve Hudson interior.Tim Hammond has got to be the best Hi Tec Rod builder in the UK who knows maybe the world.. awesome work!

Yet more Tim Hammond work, Fletch's two, yes count them, two top class Street Rods. 34 Chevy Coupe his lucky son was driving round and I guess drove it down to the Supernats and Fletch's just mind blowing 48 Woody.. The interior of the woody was done at Gabes in California.. now let me tell you a story.... I was at the Grand National Roadster show a few year back and I met Gabe and his lads. So I ask are you enjoying the fame you are getting through the TV Show American Hot Rod.. "Yeah sure man" one of his lads says, must get you a lot of work, your interiors are stunning, "why thanka you a lot".. I said a guy I know from England had his car done by you, Do you remember it, you had to get him Oyster skin for it and I smiled...... he looked at me very confused but not wishing to embarrass me, he said "oh er??"... then I twigged what I had said... er er... "I mean Ostrich skin" Derrrr he smiled and said "yeah I remember it nice car!".. I quickly left thinking best I keep my mouth shut now for a while.

Pudzz's dream car.. very nicely put together 32 Roadster and do you know, though Pudzz is my best mate and he does all the Rod shows with me and I mention him in every write up.. he has never read any of these reports not a one.. even though he has a computer and internet connection, he never goes on it!! what a twat eh ;o) Ha Ha.... Maybe he will read this.. or then again maybe not!

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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