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Wheels Day opens show season

You can get a feel for the mix of cars in this shot - from hot rods to the odd bubble car!

Never having been to the Surrey Street Rodders Wheels Day before, we didnt really know what to expect.  Wed heard it was a popular event that kicked-off the show season with a varied mix of show cars.  We'd been advised to get there early to avoid long delays getting into the Rushmoor Arena showground, which is accessed via minor, narrow roads.  Later we were to learn this was sound advice.  We met up with a bunch of hot rodders in Bracknell at 8.20am before driving down to the event near Aldershot.  This in itself was a great experience and made the early start even more worthwhile.  The fabulous Easter weather also meant that rodders like Dan Boone and Keith Atkinson, both part of our short convoy, could cruise on down in their Roadsters in glorious sunshine.  If this is what global warming is all about, then bring it on!! 


This was one image that made my day - cruising into the event behind Dan and Keith

By 9.30am we were parked up on the 10 acre arena and out enjoying the sunshine, having breezed in through very little traffic.  By this time there were just two or three rows of cars assembled on the showground, but others were arriving by the minute.  Come 11.30 and the whole arena, for as far as the eye could see, appeared full to capacity, but this didn't stop the steady swell of cars and bikes entering the showground looking for that elusive parking spot.  A section was set aside for street rods but apart from that it was pretty much, park where you could.

This lovely Ford was a show winner 


Organised by the Surrey Street Rodders, you could be forgiven for thinking that Wheels Day is a hot rod event, but youd be very much mistaken.  Instead, its as general festival of two and four-wheeled motoring with a healthy dose of American cars and rods thrown in for good measure. 


GT40 replica was one of the diverse mix of cars on show

Im not quite sure of the criteria for deciding what cars ended up on the display field, but here you might find a Honda 800 microcar of 1970 vintage parked up next to a Chevy Day Van.  Some may shun the unusual automotive mix, but it does result in a diverse line-up, which no-doubt caters for the interests of all auto enthusiasts.  Some chose the event to show off their new street rods and custom bikes, others just used it to catch up with old friends.


Spencer Wallace recieved the NSRA pick award and Best in Show for his subtle Jerry Denning-built Roadster, having driven all the way from Bristol


Wed heard Wheels Day was popular, but this event really was a biggie.  In 2006 there were 2500 vehicles parked up on the bowl, but that figure may have been eclipsed in 2007 bearing in mind the very inviting weather.  As for attendance figures, it was just huge.


We had to leave the event at 1.45pm and people were still pouring in.  After carefully threading our way off the showground, through the crowds to the main entrance, we were greeted by two traffic officers with the unenviable task of trying to direct the seemingly never ending queue of rods, customs and general traffic into the arena.  This tailback only disappeared some two to three miles later as we headed into Aldershot.  Later we heard reports of people sitting there for hours and judging by the looks on some of those faces we passed, they would appear to have been correct.  The answer very clearly is to get in early to ensure you have a hassle free experience.  If you've never been to Wheels Day before, make a date for next year, you'll not be disappointed.  Just remember to set your alarm clock nice and early! 

 Story & Photos: Andy & Cameron Kirk

Lovely old Buick above and custom hog below

Keith Harman had his steel '34 Coupe on show - now sporting a lovely new interior from Wokingham's Trimmania - 0118 932 4200

Mostly late-model parts on show here, but there was early stuff too

Not your average Anglia with 355 cubes under the hood and that heavily tubbed rear

Here come the biker boys!

Interesting to see a stock Model B alongside a rodded version - makes you realise how much has changed

Probably the most colourful line up of hot rods at the event.  Dave Sturgess gave his gold Coupe its public airing and picked up an award in the process

This hammered sedan was new to us

Brian Lucas's lovely understated Roadster


We assumed this Coupe was for sale but couldn't find and details.  It looked like the owner had spent a lot of time getting that wheel/tyre and wheel arch relationship right

Promo trike for the hogs Back Brewery.  Just hope those forks aren't made of copper tubing.   

60s influenced Coupe above and 50s-style Roadster below 

Part of the Mopar line-up which rolled into the show under power and otherwise 


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