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American iron turns out in Steel City
Sheffield, well-known former steel producing capital of the UK, witnessed the arrival of a considerable amount of old tin last weekend as the Steel City Cruisers staged their 30th Anniversary Rod Run. Once again, the site of all this activity was outside the city centre, on a sports ground used by the club for the past 15 years.
The weekend-long event, organised by a dedicated crew of 19 club members, involved a party on Saturday night and the usual tried and tested format of show ‘n’ shine on the Sunday. We were determined to go along to share in the club’s celebrations, and were pleasantly surprised, on turning the corner of the main entrance to the sports ground in Tinsley, to find a showground packed full of rods, customs, muscle cars of various vintages and a good smattering of stock American cars.
According to the SSC, there were around 240 cars on display in total, with the final attendance figure close to 2000 people. The club charged a small entrance fee, and the proceeds will go to a deserving charity.
Automotive illustrator extraordinaire, Chris Froggett, designed a special, 30th anniversary t-shirt for the event, which looked very smart, and in addition, was selling his prized prints and t-shirts. He took time out to show us an amazing piece of artwork he’d recently put together (celebrating 75 years of the Deuce), which had been commissioned by Holley in the US. The artwork is now available as a t-shirt design or print, and if you want one (or both), check out the Holley web site.
Chris's latest masterpiece
A live, three-piece band, The Rogues, performed throughout Sunday afternoon in a marquee that also served as the prize-giving area later in the day. Geordie Paul’s ’32 pick-up took the Best of Show trophy, while other winners included Steve Fletcher’s immaculate Woody and a very trick Pontiac GTO, driven all the way down from Scotland by its owner Mick.
The Steel City Cruisers wish to extend a big thank you to all who came and made this such a memorable weekend.
Story: Andy Kirk & Graham Jones
Photos: Andy Kirk
Remember John Best's green Hemi-powered '34 shown last week, well apparently this is his latest ride. Last year you may have seen this Hemi-powered Desoto Firedome painted red and white, but it's now undergone the full custom treatement
There's a real 60s feel about the car - from the shaved trim, the classic era-perfct paint job, to the chrome reversed wheels and whitewalls
Amazing engine bay contains full instrumentation, lovely triple carb set up and custom rocker covers
Lovely detail include exhaust pipes cut into the body, frenched ariels and custom tail lights
Ziggi poses for the camera, while Frank in the background does what dogs like doing best
Andrew Pawson's immaculate 'blown' Fordson
This lovely Pontiac had received some serious attention from its owner Mick, who had driven all the way down from Scotland. it featured verntilated discs all round, flawless paint/bodywork and a subtle lowering job
Paul Kennedy and side-kick Brian made the trip over from Liverpool for the event. We saw them leave the showground with the car rump rumping on open headers - a priceless moment. Rumour has it the car will be going up for sale shortly and is likely to end up back in the US. As you can imagine, it's worth an awful lot of money.
A new car to us was this blown '34 coupe, which looked menacing
This '67 Mustang was beautifully turned out and rode on competition-style wheels
A recent US import was this '55 Nomad owned by Chris Hepworth of Humberside
There were plenty of traders around too
This truck comes from near Peterborough and is owned and built by Colin Ayres (of High Roller 32 coupe fame) while the white 37 Cabriolet next to it is his wife's. Both are members of Mid-Surrey Roadsters. Info courtesy of Maurice Takoor
From a distance, this roadster looks to have a suede finish roof, but on closer inspection it's just a healthy smattering of rust. Seems like the owner changed his mind about the shape of the rear window
There was a healthy line-up of '57 Chevrolets