Been to one of my favourite shows this weekend, the Hot Rod Hayride. Most shots are off the Custom Car but here’s a few to keep you going. I got injured in the line of duty, cut in the elbow, grazed and swollen wrist and brused knuckles from a shower of flying stones out the back of one of the cars. We suffer for our art.
Here’s some of the tearsheets of the Hayride coverage, still more to come yet. First up my article in Street Gasser Magazine, I wrote the article for this one too.
“When something as popular as the Hayride undergoes change there is always a lot of speculation in the run up to the event. the announcement following last years Hayride that the Executioners would no longer be helping with the organisation left many people worried about the future. Add to the mix that the NSRA Super and Mopar Nats both took place on the same weekend as the Hayride and fuel was added to the fire.
As I rolled into Bisley it was apparent that this years Hayride was bigger than ever before, just as many European clubs were represented as previous years and they all seem to have brought their friends. Many of the accommodation areas had sold out in advance. The show field policy of pre-66 styled cars and bikes was (mostly) maintained and it was bursting at the seams.
The Detonators Car Club stepped up to organise the Saturday afternoon entertainment and the dirt track was replaced with quarter mile flag start heads up Drag Racing at Dunsfold Aerodrome. Cars and bikes were separated into classes, knock out rounds took place and then the winners of each group raced each other. Not as many cars got to race as would have liked so I hope next year they will be able to accommodate more. I’d also like to see more burnouts, if Clarkeson can do it we should be able to too. The quickest car of the day (which also beat the quickest bike) was a 32 Sedan, but this was no American Blue Oval it was a Morris with a Union Jack on the roof and it came off the line like a scalded cat. The prizes were handed out by burlesque beauty Anna Fur Laxis and then the racing was rounded off with Lang racing a WWII Dakota Bomber in his 32 Roadster, another victory for 32s.
I had fully intended to check out the bands on Saturday night but I was kidnaped by French, Belgians, English and Welsh and forced to drink beer and Jack Daniels while watching three generations of Dutchmen dancing in cloggs in front of the pavilion. I kid you not. I blearily stumbled from my tent on Sunday morning to check out the Swap Meet, browse the Trade Stalls and then prepared for the spectacle of the Soap Box Derby. This resulted in another victory for a 32, this time a scale wooden sedan.
There was no need for trepidations about the Hayride, the foundations are strong and Anna, Jerry and the Detonators did an outstanding job of continuing the legacy. I’m just glad that the Hot Rod scene in the UK is so strong that it can support three major events on one weekend, there’s something to keep everyone happy.”
Next up the article in Classic American, this was a Hot Rod Photographers Alliance collaboration with Neal Reed. Keith Harman wrote the article.
There were also a couple of shots in Custom Car, still to be published is the Old Skool Rodz article, I gave different shots to all of the magazines.
What an epic weekend at the Hayride. Thanks to everyone who organises it and everyone I got to spend some drinking time with and jabbering about Hot Rods. Looking at my cameras I took my first shot on Saturday about 8am and my last shot that day at Sunday at 2am, then back up and out shooting again at the Flea market by 9am. So now I have over 2000 shots of cool cars, people and stuff to process. I have to pick out what is going to the mags, which myself and Neal Reed are supplying as part of the Hot Rod Photographers Alliance, and then I start to get some online.
While you’re waiting here are a couple of shots of the Hayride’s first Wedding. Congratulations to Lucy and Paul Harwood.
Really looking forward to the Hot Rod Hayride this year. I’m working in collaboration with Neal Reed from Retrophoto for Ol’ Skool Rodz and providing some images for NSRA Street Gasser. Myself an Neal are also gonna try and squeeze some shots out of our phones and upload them live over the weekend to the Hot Rod Photographers Alliance website. It’s gonna be a blast!
Catching up with some published pieces over the last few months. This was my coverage of the Hayride for NSRA Street Gasser Magazine. I don’t normally do any writing so this was a departure for me. Nervous Nick let me layout my own pages too, a luxury rarely afforded to photographers.
“Such is the popularity of the Hot Rod HayRide that even the local police had booked their spot. As I arrived at The National Shooting Range it was like cruisin’ Jerry’s Cherrys, if only the pharaohs were on hand for a little mischief. It turned out that “the man” was actually pretty cool and soon waved me on my way.
As I drove on to site that Saturday morning I knew that the turn-out was bigger than ever. The Pharaohs might not have been there but it seemed like every Hot Rod club in Europe was represented. A few showers didn’t dampen the spirits and I could smell bacon being grilled as folks tried to clear the hangovers ready for the day ahead. I could only imagine the fun I’d missed the night before.
My first port of call was the Art Show, I had some prints to drop off for the show and it seemed I was in good company. Tarq had some fantastic Tiki carvings, Nefarious and Crazy Painter some awesome Pinstriping and some new shots from Neal Reed at Retro Photo caught my eye. With my prints hung and a few people caught up with, it was time to head down to the track to catch up on the action.
Plenty of thrills and thankfully no spills at the dust bowl as Rodders, Racers and Riders entertained the crowd. One of the nostalgia stock cars had come all the way from Sweden. Off the track was a hip and happenin’ affair with picnics around pickups, chat over customs and yakking about yanks. The fashionable favoured the fifties and walked out in style. Bettys and Billies strolled hand in hand.
Back at Bisley and a chance to check out the shopping, this was where all the Hats and Cats had picked up their funky threads. The Petrolheads could spend their greenbacks at Jackhammer and pickup Moon goodies and other period performance parts. I picked up a copy of Kustom Kamera from Yak at Korero books and a T-shirt from the brave souls at the Wall of Death.
The convoy just kept coming back from the track and the show field was bursting with some the coolest cars ever to escape from America. Once people parked up it was time to open the beer and get their dancing shoes on. Sadly for me it was time to go home.”
Unfortunately Blurb have increased their prices by £2.00 so the Hayride Books have gone up accordingly, this is completely outside of my control. Brads Cancer Foundation will still get their £2.00 as before. Sorry for any confusion for those who have been trying to order.
Right you lucky people, all those who “like” the Facebook page for the book will have your names in a hat for a free 7″ soft cover copy of the book. The draw will take place on Sunday 19th September. So you need to be in the like list at that time. I’ll contact the winner for your address. Spread the word!