We hope everyone had a Great Christmas and Happy New Year. We are excited about the new street rod season just around the corner. Let’s all bond together and make this an exciting year for VSRA because the more we grow, the more we can do for our members and the more we can give to charities. Just a couple of ways that we can do this is to keep in your possession some of our advertising cards that you can give to the Pre-49 owners at car shows that you attend. We will be glad to send you some of our advertising cards if you just request them. Another way would be for all you facebook users to post pictures of your rod on facebook and let everyone know that you are a member of Vintage Street Rodders of America and ask them to share it.
Our event flyers will be mailed out the second week in Jan. We need your help to get the word out about ours shows. Let us know as soon as possible if you would like us to send you extra flyers to hand out at shows you will be attending. We will be glad to send you some extra flyers when we are mailing the flyers to all members.
Our new member stickers that we have had for the last year are vinyl and can be used on the inside or outside. They are meant to go on the inside unless you have a heavy tint on your windows. I bring this out because some of our members have told me that they thought they were for the outside. They can go on the outside but you are risking loosing it because of weather conditions, so keep this in mind. If anyone needs a new sticker, please feel free to request one. We do not charge for member stickers. We hope that you proudly display your member sticker.
Cabin Fever Car Show
We will be setting up at the Cabin Fever Car Show in Knoxville Tenn. at the Expo Center on Jan. 14th and 15th. The Expo Center is located on the Clinton Highway. We will be having a Rep. Meeting at the Clarion Hotel on Merchant Center Blvd. on Saturday night at 7:00. Anyone is welcome to attend this meeting and bring any of your ideas for the new season. If you are unable to attend but would like to make any suggestions, you are welcome to contact your Rep. for your area and present your ideas to him.
Around Thanksgiving, me and a couple of friends, Charlie Ball and Willie Hilbert, made a trip to the Roanoke, Va. area where we toured one of the largest collection of 30’s and 40’s mostly Mopars cars and trucks. The owner of this mopar graveyard, who we’ll just call Forrest, has been collecting these cars and trucks since the early 1950’s. He owns a 1934 Dodge Brothers Fire Truck which was the first fire truck owned by Eastman Kodak in Kingsport, Tn. Forrest, who is around 87 years old, is a very interesting old timer. I could sit and talk to him forever because of his dry sense of humor and his knowledge of all the old mopars. He has a very sharp mind and for his age he is in better shape than most 60 year old men. He lives a very simple life, in fact he still chops his own firewood. He likes to brag about his 1985 Chrysler that he bought from the Goodwill for $150. He has been driving the Chrysler for around six years. We did not bother to ask to buy anything in his collection because 99% of the time the answer would be NO. He is a collector who enjoys owning and showing off these “Gems of the Past”. Enjoy the following pictures that we took of his collection. Note the picture of Forrest with his 1941 Dodge truck that he has been using since 1953 (when I was one year old) to haul his collection in. He still uses this truck which is all original with a flat head six.
Welcome all to VSRA 2017, a year of wonderful events that will make you happy to be driving your Pre-49 Hot Rod down the long and winding road. The VSRA Staff have put together some interesting and exciting events for all the members of the Southeastern Division, and ya'll can join us having fun with our cars. Some of us will be attending a great indoor car show in Jan., The Cabin Fever Rod Run in Knoxville, Tn. Jan 14-15. It has a great indoor swap meet and Jim Bledsoe will have the Dodge Humpback on display in a booth for VSRA. In Feb. we will have the ultimate Southeastern road trip to Baton Rouge, La. to attend the R.O.D..S Street Rod Run put on by the Rambling Oldies of Denham Springs, La. We're all meeting at the Drury Inn in Birmingham, Al. on the night of Feb. 22 and then drive to Baton Rouge, La. the morning of Feb. 23 and checking in to the Hampton Inn right next to the show at Gerry Lane Cadillac dealership. If you want to join us, all the info of where to stay is in the November VSRA Newsletter and on our Web Page! Good rates and lots of fellowship on Mardi Gras weekend!
In March, VSRA will be manning a booth at one of the premier car shows on the East Coast, the famous "Run to the Sun" show in Myrtle Beach, SC. They were over 3300 registered cars in 2016 and they expect more in 2017. We will be selecting 2 worthy Pre-49 rides for a VSRA Pick! Come by the booth and say hello. Jim and Debbie will have the "Humpback" on display and many of our VSRA members attend every year! We will be posting a flyer R.O.D.S. Run on our website.
The staff of the Northeastern and Southeastern Div. of VSRA will be having meetings at both Knoxville, Tn. and Baton Rouge to finalize the great summer mountain extravaganza in Maggie Valley, N.C.,"Smokin Rodz in the Smokies" show in August. Please plan to attend at least one of the above great events!
After putting over 20,000 miles on the "New Blue Road Warrior" 39 Chev, my wife Rose and I hope to exceed that mileage in 2017. Remember You Gotta Drive Em" to have fun with your KAR (car)!
Happy New Year 2017
2017 Vintage Rod Tour
We will be detailing the 2017 Vintage Rod Tour which will be the first week of October in the Feb. Newsletter.
2017 VSRA Events
Road trip to the R.O.D.S. Run Show in Baton Rouge February 22-26, 2017
Ohio Nationals in Medina, Ohio June 23-24, 2017
Smokn’ Rodz in the Smokies August 11-12, 2017
2017 Vintage Rod Tour November 30 - October 8, 2017
Polar Bear Plunge
We commend Wayne “Badass” Buxton, our Southeastern Director, for his dedication to help the American Cancer Society. Wayne, who has had some health issues for the past few years, took part in the ‘Ultimate Polar Bear Plunge” in Myrtle Beach, SC on Dec. 31 to raise money for the American Cancer Society. Wayne, who is 77 years young, braved the 50 degree water to help this great cause. GOOD JOB, WAYNE