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Bracknell Breakfast run ends with a bang
Sadly, that's it. The summer's outdoor hot rodding season has come to a close - it's dark by 7.00pm and seems to be getting colder by the day. For many who came to the Bracknell Breakfast Run last Sunday, as well as those who participated in other events occurring over the same weekend, it was probably the last time this year that hot rods and their owners will be assembling outdoors in significant numbers in the UK.
Paul Hobby's roofless 5-window heads the line-up
Organised by Keith "Lord Purple" Harman, the Bracknell Breakfast Run now seems to be firmly established on the hot rod calendar and brings together enthusiasts largely from the home counties, but also from further afield.
A late summer spell of sunshine ensured a good turnout at the most recent BBR, but as several other events were taking place relatively close by, the usual Surrey street rodder contingent was noticeably absent on this occasion.
Graham Churchill's '34 Chevy is immaculate. The paint and bodywork in particular are outstanding
This didn't prevent there being a fine display of street rods, however, which included one or two cars we hadn't seen in the metal before. These included the lovely black and orange '56 Chevy of Paul Yewman, which rumbled out of the car park towards the end of the meeting. Intent on laying down some rubber for an appreciative audience, Paul hit the loud pedal, there was a brief, glorious bark from the 500hp Chevy motor under the hood and then a fairly loud thud, followed by silence as the car coasted out of sight. It didn't sound too promising, and worst fears were realised minutes later when a spectator proudly arrived with part of the car's differential unit, which had torn itself out of the casing.
Paul Yewman's Chevy sets off for self-destruction
The result of 500hp going through the diff. I think Paul found the weakest link!
Keith Harman proudly shows off his new stilts
Story & Photos: Andy Kirk
Keith Harman brought the proceedings to a close with his customary thank you to all who were present, and as usual, there were prizes donated by Frankie and Benny's for their top-three favourite cars. It's safe to say a good time was again had by all - with the exception of one particular '56 Chevy owner!
Andy House made it all the way from Bristol
This nice '34 Cabriolet took an award - much to te bemusement of its owner
We seem to remember seeing this Model A with Model B nose for sale quite recently. We were told it was a recent US import
If you were keeping an eye on the sale of hot rods on e-bay, you might have spotted this steel 5-window last week. Apparently it sold and then the buyer pulled out - a familiar story if true.
Shades of Two-Lane Blacktop all over again. Has anyone ever managed to stay awake to watch that movie all the way through to the end?
Tony Nash was there with his green '34, nursing a minor wound to his rear fender
Tracey Chantrey's amazing '49 Nash shows off its modern take on 'flip flop' paintwork
The Brackpackers were out in force again. Dave Sturgess's Pagan Gold coupe never fails to impress
There's a clear Hot Wheels theme about this "dare to be different" Roadster