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High-Quality Turn-out at Drayton

17.5.06. It’s 14 years since the NASC first held its annual Spring Nationals event at the now-established venue of Drayton Manor, and this year’s event was another epic that was booked up well in advance.  This is a firm favourite not only with rodders, but also with families, as pre-registering for the weekend gained them free admission to the local zoo and popular theme park.  It was therefore perhaps no wonder that the entry list was filled well in advance of the cut-off date, guaranteeing a healthy turn-out of cars for the weekend’s events, as well as Sunday’s all-important show and shine.

For many of the rodders taking part, this was a chance to display new variations on old themes, with new paint jobs, wheels and power units much in evidence.  For others, it was an opportunity to debut new projects assembled over the winter months.  For one participant in particular, Terry Howe, that work went on to the last available moment.  His Tangerine ‘39 Coupe was still having its interior finished at midnight on the Friday, and its first ever outing was to Drayton.  That was a three-hour drive each way from his home in Norwich – and the car didn’t miss a beat.

Brian Watson also created quite a stir, with his freshly completed and wildly flamed ’47 Ford.  This was painted by Chris Bunting (who produced the T-shirt artwork for the event) and was his first attempt at flames and pinstriping.  On the evidence of the workmanship on Brian’s car alone, Chris is a great new talent.  There is a link to his website on the NASC homepage, should you want to get in touch.

Steve Fletcher’s Woody was also making its first appearance in the UK, and won Best of Show at the event, which is perhaps not surprising when you consider it was good enough to have been entered in the recent Oakland Roadster Show.  Among its impeccable credentials, the car boasts an interior by Boyd Coddington’s trimmer of choice. 

For the first time ever, there was also a scratch-built chopper in the list of Top 10 winners, the stunning bike having been designed and fabricated by Paul from the Krazy Horse bike shop.

The Krazy Horse bike was a winner

Now this is my idea of a tasty chop - wonder how much?

Another fine chop with more contemporary execution

The First-timer Award went to Joanna Stickson, who had been preparing her Ford Anglia for Drayton since its purchase at last year’s Supernationals.

At the conclusion of the prizegiving, an obviously pleased NASC Chairman, Mark Ashman, commented, ”With more debut cars than ever before, I’ve got to thank the judging team for a difficult job well done.  All told, it’s been a great weekend.” 

Story: Andy Kirk & Mark Ashman
Photos: Steve Kirk


Best of Show 
Steve Fletcher, Ford Woody

Top 10.
Steve Fletcher - Ford Woody 
Stuart Revil - Fleetside Pick-up
Richard Parker - Black '39 Ford
Pete Whiteside - '36 Ford
Andy Holden - Blown Black '32
Mick Payne - Fordson Van
Krazy Horse - Blue Old Timer Chopper
Bob Booth - Gold Model A
Dave Harris - Orange Pop
Ray Young - 57 Nomad

Top Debut
Tony Grayson - Silver '34 Coupe

Runner up
Terry Howe -'39 Coupe

2nd Runner up
Brian Watson - Flamed '39 Humpback

Sunday only Award 
Gary Chester - Black n Flamed '32

Runner up
Simon Fox - VW Beetle

Brian Watson - '47 Ford

First Timer Award
Joanna Strickson - Ford Anglia

Old Skool 
Lee Perry - Granada Wagon

Paul Stamp - Purple Mercury.

Pods Memorial Award
Steve Fletcher - Ford Woody

Complete Autospares Grass Roots award
Mike Kinsel - Consul Classic Capri

Phil Middleton had his revamped big blue Chrysler on show, and a real head-turner it was, with chopped roof and massive wheel and tyre combination

This must surely be the finest 4-door '56 in the country

....not quite the perfect relationship then?

'blown' small-block power for this wicked coupe

Mile-deep paintwork on this '40s Ford Coupe

Ray Young's flawless '57 Nomad on aftermarket rolling stock

Tony Grayson's '34 coupe was another show debutee

Creative use of Fiat tail lights in this fab Chevy

Mick Payne's Fordson Van was beautifully turned out and very original in execution - as evidenced by those unique wheels

Stuart Revil's flawless Fleetside was another winner

'60s custom influence in the execution of this five-window coupe

Bob Booth's nostalgic Model A made the Top 10 cut

Gary Chester's '32 sports tasteful flames and a tunnel ram.  He walked away away with the "Sunday's Pick" award for his efforts


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