They don't come much tougher than a 'blown' Willys
Every year, there is a flurry of activity in garages around the country as owners prepare their cars for the annual NSRA Billing Fun Run, which this year took place over the weekend ofJune 1-3.Disappointingly, the weather forecast suggested rain on Sunday afternoon, so armed with this information and having set aside a day to report on the show, the DRC Review editorial team opted to travel up to Northampton on Saturday.
On one hand, this proved to be a great idea, in that we could relax in the knowledge we wouldn’t have to battle with Sunday’s motorway traffic on the way home – we also managed to shoot the odd feature car – but on the other, we missed thelarger turnout of cars on Sunday, and the prize-giving.As a result, we hope you’ll excuse our lack of photos in this report.
Every year, it seems the NSRA Fun Run is a major magnet for UK rodders to debut their new rides.In addition, the exceptional pound versus dollar exchange rate we are currently enjoying led to the inevitable question of how many new cars from the US would appear.
We’re not absolutely sure, but reckon the answer to that one was three. Dee Young’s fenderless, yellow Model A roadster pick-up (a former NSRA giveaway car) drove off with the Participants’ Choice Award. It’s beautifully put together and a perfect partner to husband Steve’s well-known, green Model A roadster.
Dee and Steve Young's Model A
Then there was the ’32 five-window coupe, belonging to long-time rodder Paul Hobby, which was displayed very much as a work-in-progress.The chassis looked complete, but the body (complete with bullet holes in the passenger door) and interior were decidedly raw, although you could see by the level of work that had already been completed that this is going to be a very nice car once finished.The third US import we’re aware of was the blue ’40 Ford pick-up of Pat Miles, which picked up a Top-10 award.
Paul Hobby owns this Coupe
Louis Turner’s fresh, fenderless, steel ’34 five-window coupe, which was driven all the way down from Halifax,was definitely eligible for a “Built in Britain” sticker, although the body had come from South Africa.It, too, was awarded Top-10 status. Dave Sturgess was another winner, with his stunning, gold, three-window coupe, as was Hans Peter Wurmli, with his unique ’32 Roadster, and eight more equally delighted individuals.
Louis Turner's just completed steel Coupe
After the show, the NSRA’s David Biggadyke said, “Someone up there must be watching over us.The rain stopped on Thursday, and didn’t come back until around on Sunday evening, after most people had gone.It created a deluge on the show field, so we were very lucky.”
As for the Fun Run itself, he added, “It all went off very smoothly.We’ve been running this event for years now, and it holds no surprises for us.”
Roy Walker's '36 Ford - a class act!
BILLING TOP TEN (in no particular order)
‘34 CHEVYG.M. CHURCHILL
‘32 COUPEDAVE STURGESS
POP UTEPETER MOORE
‘40 FORD PICKUPPAT MILES
‘37 FORD SHARON MURRELL
‘32 ROADSTERHANS PETER WURMLI
‘32 ROADSTERMARK GRANT
‘34 COUPELOUIS TURNER
‘39 COUPE RICHARD PARKER
‘37 CABRIOLETPAULA PERRY
The Hard Luck award went to Derrick Crookes, whose fresh-out Ford Popular threw a rod on the show field
Fastest Tot Rod went to Declan Blaney, with a time of 29.47 seconds
Best tot rod award went to Jake & Holley Grayston, for their scale ‘57 Chevy
The NASC Pick went to Ken Mee and his “Nitro Express” Fordson Gasser
The Under 25s’ Award went to Nick Barnett and his Model A Pick-up
Runner-up, Best Ford Pop went to A. Woodhead
Runner-up, Best Gasser went to Barry Smith’s Willys Gasser
Special Awards – “English Tin” went to Mick Wills with his Standard 9
Best Ford Pop went to Frank Carroll
Best Gasserwent to Ken Mee with his Fordson Gasser
The Tony Robinson Memorial Award, chosen by Mid-Surrey Roadsters, went to Anthony Ward and his Ford Popular
The Participants’ Choice Award went to Dee Young for her ‘31 Ford Roadster Pick-up
Mark Fox displayed this dazzling blue pick-up
John Emery's '34
Early hot rod influence in this tall Model A coupe
Oldsmobile Rocket power for this Model A
Lovely Corvair-influenced Chevy pick-up
We loved the clean rear end styling of this Standard 9 owned by Mick Wills
There were plenty of cool chops - including this one