Neal Reed

Rhythm Riot 2011 – Part 1

Bazinga! What a weekend at the Rhythm Riot it just gets better and better. I’ve got a whole mountain of shots to go through so bare with me as it will take a while. I covered half the weekend and Neal Reed covered the other half.  George Barris certainly was a hit at the show, taking time to speak to anyone who wanted and telling some great tales of times gone by.  The cars of Gary Hillman made the Barris visit even more special, George hadn’t seen some of these cars for 30 years. The was also a very special Model A début at the show, fresh out of Paul Burham‘s workshop, more on that later. Top bands played all weekend and people danced their shoes off. Other highlights included the burlesque skills of Cherry Shakewell and Missy Malone which were followed by a very brave chap proposing to his girlfriend on stage , luckily  the answer was yes!


I’m sure there are bits I’m forgetting so I’ll come back to those later. Massive thanks to Robin, Collette and Jerry for hosting an epic weekend.


Now on with a few photos to get you started…



















By the way if anyone thinks that photographer have an easy life, this was my schedule for Saturday:

12:00 DJ Bill and Jimmy Guntrip Queen Vic Pub
12:30 George Barris Q&A Lunars Bar
13:30 The Western Toneflyers Queen Vic Pub
14:00 Signing of the Cars Hire Time Annex
15:00 Have a go DJ Session Queen Vic Pub
16:00 Ali Gator & his real hot Reptile Rockers Queen Vic Pub
16:30 DJ 10″ Wonderboy Lunars Bar
17:00 Break for food Room
18:00 DJ Pooly Lunars Bar
18:30 DJ Per Rock Ballroom
19:00 The Crown Top Kings Ballroom
20:00 DJ Wildcat Pete Lunars Bar
20:30 DJ Johnny Congeroo Ballroom
20:45 Lewen Stark and the Slide Boppers Ballroom
21:30 DJ Moon Lunars Bar
22:00 DJ Juarez Ballroom
22:30 The Bobbettes Ballroom
23:00 Lady Kamikaze Queen Vic Pub
23:30 DJ Tev Collins and Steve Grinster Lunars Bar
23:45 Burlesque – Missy Malone and Cherry Shakewell Queen Vic Pub
00:00 DJ Lewen Stark Ballroom
00:15 JD McPherson Ballroom
01:00 DJ Flintstones Lunars Bar
01:15 El Nino Queen Vic Pub
01:30 Burlesque – Missy Malone and Cherry Shakewell Queen Vic Pub
01:45 DJ Vanessa Ballroom
02:00 Roy Thompson and his Mellow Kings Ballroom
02:45 DJ Mark Armstrong Ballroom

And that didn’t include all the peripheral activities too, still hopefully the photos will make you think it was worth the effort.

Hot Rod Hayride 2011 Tearsheets

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.

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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.

Rhythm Riot 2011

I’m delighted to announce that Neal Reed and I will be covering the Rhythm Riot again this year as part of the Hot Rod Photographers Alliance. I had a blast last year and this year has the added bonus of George Barris and some very special cars in attendance.  I hear that it is almost sold out already so get your bookings in now! See you there.

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Hot Rod Hayride 2011 – Part 1

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.




Hot Rod Hayride 2011

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!