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Xtreme Wheels 2005

Xtreme Wheels 2005

Xtreme Wheels 2005 took place at Alexandra Palace in North London last weekend, (Feb 19/20th) and followed a familiar pattern to last year’s event, but perhaps with more entries and publicity to give it a higher profile – or is it just that we remember it better 12 months on?

Santa Pod's beautifully liveried jet-funny car graced the entrance to the show, contrasting American excess with classic Victorian architecture

Alexandra Palace is perhaps the spiritual home of the custom car show, playing host to numerous events in the 1970’s, and so it's perhaps no surprise then that former show goers and Xtreme Wheels event Directors Terry Gibbs and Bob Glassup should choose this venue for their event.  It's also fitting that Custom Car magazine, the innovator of such car shows, should decide to support it.

Custom Car stand was constantly busy - nice to see such strong interest 

Having not been back to Aly Paly since the 1970’s, it was a reminder for me as to how things have moved on.  The main hall, which was swept by fire some years ago, has been beautifully rebuilt with a fitting Victorian theme.  It is a brighter much less grubby place than I remember and appears to be an ideal size venue for the event.

Refurbished Grand Hall, houses magnificent organ (if you excuse the pun!), providing almost theatrical backdrop.  For the eagle-eyed, that's Kev Elliott on the right with John Price and ex-Autosport photographer Jeff Bloxham on the left 

I visited the show on Sunday, the busiest day of the weekend event, and was pleasantly surprised as to how easy it was to move around the isles, which were busy, but not to the point of being uncomfortable. 

As for the exhibits, well there really was a great deal of choice - form dragsters, to customs, rods, classics, motorcylces and the current in-vogue craze for The Fast & Furious style of modified Euro/Jap cars.    

For those who didn’t get the chance to go, here’s a mostly pictorial report, and for those who did, there’s a reminder of some of the main attractions - many of which were making their public debut.

Simple and tasteful execution of Fordson van was echoed inside too.  Great stance, paint and lovely retro-style Hallibrands with spinners

Leif Tufvesson's Aluma Coupe inspired hot rod is as good in the flesh as it is in the photos.  It was built by Leif in his garage over a five year period.  The rod is highly regarded in the US 

Nigel Lockley's '34 Zipper was making its debut and won Best of Show

Watch out for British fuel altereds in 2005 as they'll be putting on a show at key drag events

This custom Cadillac had a touch of lowrider menace.  West Hall's lighting is a bit gloomy   

How about a scale working V8 engine!

Show Director Bob Glassup owns this blown Chevy-powered Fiat Altered

Andy Carter's top fueler gets naked for the fans - hard to believe the size of the fuel tank for just one run and a burnout

Danny Cockerill's Robinson Race Cars-built '57 Pro-Mod  attracted plenty of interest - and rightly so

Another debutee was this fine looking Chevy Sedan delivery

Faultless chop was a show highlight

Chris Hartnell's nostalgia rail pulls a wheelie while standing still - car seems to get better each year. 

Another great chop was this retro lowrider complete with whitewalls

The Money Hungry Camaro, was a regular sight on British drag strips in the 70s.  Nice to see it back on the scene wearing the original paint 

37 Ford Cabriolet was very classy

Retro style T on the NSRA stand

1969 Camaro - one of the many exhibits on the NASC stand

Porsche and GT40 Le Mans replicas in classic Gulf livery 

Malcolm Francis's fresh Pontiac Super Comp contender

Prosign are responsible for trick lettering on many current race cars as well as their neat VW camper 

The BHRA brought their model drag strip to the show complete with working christmas tree and lane win lights 

Clever custom trike concept with beautfiul execution and paint

Gorgeous channelled Model B was for sale at £26,500

Volvo - synonymous with boredom and safety - I think not!  

Here's one from the archives. This photo was taken at a Custom Car show in Alexandra Palace during the 1970's.  That's the latest Model B package from Geoff Jago and a healthy crowd in the background

Story & Photos:  Andy Kirk 

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