The office portion of Gustafson’s...
The office portion of Gustafson’s garage is part hot rod shrine, part lounge, and all car guy hangout.
If you believe you will be attending a modern day rod run you are correct—but not what you think as lawn chairs, trailers, and power parking need not apply. What was born of tradition has developed into a modern day interpretation of that old-time feelin’, something we may have seen prior to the early ’60s. Many of the ladies dress in bright polka dot dresses and skirts, display hairdos from a by-gone era, and in keeping with today’s culture display tattoos that I would freely give Senior Tech Editor Ron Ceridono’s paycheck to see where they end!
Saturday afternoon’s music with a keynote performance by Jimmie Vaughan (four-time Grammy winner and nominated again for Best Traditional Blues Album for his first new album in nine years, Plays Blues, Ballads & Favorites) entertained on the grounds. He is no stranger to cars with a real love for customs as you will find parked in his garage a green ’61 Caddy, ’63 Riv, ’61 Buick Invicta, and a ’54 Ford.
One wall in Gustafson’s garage...
One wall in Gustafson’s garage is dedicated (literally) to the myriad of music albums that play honor to our world of hot rods.
From here it was pinstripers, hair care (period haircuts for the guys and styling for the ladies—both hair and makeup), and appropriate clothing was available. That night there was plenty going at the Austin Speed Shop. Doors opened at 7 p.m. and your day’s Round Up wristbands got you in until there was no more room—and such is the case. Get there early and be ready to enjoy an evening’s worth of music (The Jade Idol, D.I., and Bob Bleed’s band) and hot rod talk. The shop was cleared out (well, as much as possible) and room was made for a good ol’ hell raisin’ evenin’ of fun.
Sunday morning the event at the expo center is non-existent but should you feel in the mood for some fun then you can meet at Jo’s Coffee on South Congress, and enjoy a cruise to Hill Country and to a classic burger joint on the water at Ski Shores. To put the exclamation point on the weekend then you should stop at Mercury Charlie for his Hot Rods and Honeys gathering. This year it featured Junior Brown and the master of the chop himself Gene Winfield.
The double-wide garage provides...
The double-wide garage provides ample room for future projects and plenty of memorabilia from years of living the life of a hot rodder.
Should you find yourself “jonesin’” for something different then you might want to try the Round Up. Next year’s date is April 13-15 and registration begins after January 1, 2012; visit www.lonestarroundup.com
to get all the info.
From Green’s office overhead you get a pretty good look at the car barn floor and all this going on; there is a great deal more to the right that is out of the picture. (Go to www.streetrodder.com
and view a video of the entire car barn.)
On the other hand R&C Tech Editor Kev Elliott (bent over assuming the position) and shooter extraordinaire Tim Sutton (providing watchful if not useful assistance) looked on as their “roadster pickup” had developed a “slight” gas leak. Elliott being the resourceful rodder had all under control in a matter of minutes—the two of them even made it back to the coast.
Skip Bodet of San Antonio brought what was originally his dad’s ’56 T-bird purchased new and always a performance machine. Kept in the family it will always be what was intended—a really fast highway runner.
If you don’t think Model A coupes are outstanding material for hot rods then you are just blind! Ryan Cochran with his five-window sports a shiny frame and flat black body, early Ford wires wrapped with ribbed rubber in front, and bias-ply in back. Oh yes, powered by the obligatory Flathead making this an excellent example of an A/V-8.
That old-time feeling is all there with Steve Ernst’s Deuce highboy roadster outfitted with a ’57 Chevy 383, ’39 trans, and quick-change.
Again, the Model A highboy coupe shows off its talent as a hot rod via Steve Young’s SBC-powered coupe sporting wide whites, black steelies, spider caps, and trim rings. Oh, did we mention the speeding ticket in the windshield; apparently the coupe is quick too.