The Shades Car Club has given away “something” since 1987, and what you many not be aware of is each year there are two major prizes. They have given out 1 rolling chassis, 2 GMC shortbed pickups, 13 unfinished cars, 2 Mullins trailers, 22 newly built cars, and 3 restored cars. Of the giveaways, one of particular interest was the rolling chassis in 1988 that was provided by Boyd Coddington and was loaded with Lil’ John Buttera custom-built pieces. For many years there was a giveaway car but there was also an unfinished car (required paint, upholstery, etc.) as a secondary prize. Back in 2005 there was a ’33 blue highboy roadster given away but along with this was a silver ’63 Buick Riviera. In 2006, aside from the Deuce highboy roadster, there was also a white ’63 Ford Thunderbird given away. In 2007, aside from a silver Deuce highboy roadster, there was a black big-block ’68 Chevy Malibu given out. In 1993 there were two Mullins trailers provided by Outlaw that were given away. There are many outstanding and well-known events within the rodding community. Now that the Shades of the Past Hot Rod Roundup has moved into this ranking, giving back to rodders and the community is likely one of the contributing factors to achieve this lofty status.

Next is the 30th anniversary of the Hot Rod Roundup in 2012 and all indicators are the Shades of the Past Street Rod Association is planning accordingly. Look for something special. Should you find yourself in this part of the country (or within a day’s drive), this is one of the summer’s keynote events. Best to register early and guarantee you have a room and be in the running for all of the other benefits.

Painless Performance Products presents Street Rodder Top 100

Each year the Street Rodder staff picks 100 choice cars from 10 selected events. Of those cars, online readers nominate five finalists. The one that garners the most votes earns the coveted Painless Performance Products/Street Rodder Street Rod of the Year. To learn more, visit

Tech Tip


Relays and solenoids take on a different look but have the same basic function. They are used to control high current flow by using internal contacts that are designed to do so. They require a small amount of current for their activation so the switch can be a small one in the dash or a sender in the engine.