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With our first Summer Classic show being such a success last year, we were extremely excited for the 2012 show and we knew the bar had been set high. We listened to all of the suggestions, and tried to make this year go as smooth as possible. This year we planned, planned some more, then planned again, until the week before the show came and we all buckled down and started making the plans become reality. Despite some early morning rain scares, the weather turned out perfect, and we couldn't have asked for a nicer day!
For the show this year we decided to keep our "non-competitive, laid back" vibe. Instead of trophies we picked out a small selection of our favorite cars or "Eastwood Picks" and parked them center stage with the Street Rodder Road Tour cars in front of the Eastwood retail outlet. It was tough to pick a small group of our favorites, but the spread was quite broad with the lineup including hot rods, customs, muscle cars, race cars, a super car, and even a neat little Triumph TR6 with a BMW M3 Engine in it!
The official times for the Summer Classic were 10AM-3PM, but by 10AM we already had well over 100 cars as enthusiasts poured into the lot. We didn't want any of our fans, customers, or followers from out of town to miss the show, so we hosted a live stream as the cars packed into the front of Eastwood headquarters. As the show field continued to fill up we heard the familiar rumble of a Ford Racing Coyote V8 as Jerry Dixey in the Street Rodder '40 Ford rolled into the show with his fellow "roadtourians" following behind. We got a quick preview of the car the night before the show, but we still couldn't get over how nice the '40 Ford had turned out. The chop by Hollywood Hot Rods with Eastwood Tools was "just right", the paint and interior was perfect, and that engine bay was almost as stunning as the exterior!
Throughout the day we had technical demos on welding, plasma cutting, powder coating, painting, and plastic repair with our new Eastwood Hot Stapler. As the show winded down we announced our giveaways with prizes from our suppliers and some of your favorite Eastwood products. We ended the day by giving away an Eastwood TIG 200 to one lucky winner.
Thanks to everyone that brought their ride, attended, watched the live feed, followed on Facebook, and volunteered during the show, we can't wait for next year! We're still sorting through thousands of videos and countless hours of video footage, so stay tuned for more coverage of the show here on the blog, but for now here is some of our favorites thus far.[thethe-image-slider name="2012 Summer Classic Pt-1"]
The last time we checked in on the Street Rodder 40 Ford build, the crew at Hollywood Hot Rods was putting the final touches on the car and tuning the engine.
Recently Street Rodder debuted the car at the Hollywood Hot Rods headquarters in Burbank, CA. They kept the guests baited by keeping the car covered up until after Troy Ladd and the SR crew said a few words. We were lucky enough to get a few behind-the-scenes shots of the event.
All in all the car came out great and the roof chop that Troy and his crew performed with the help of Eastwood Metal Fabrication Tools looked spot-on. The metallic paint was flawless and the Ford Racing V8 sounded fantastic through those individual throttle bodies!
Jerry Dixey is a lucky man and by now is already cruising the west coast in the Ford on the first legs of the 2012 Street Rodder Road Tour. Make sure you watch this space for full coverage as Eastwood and Street Rodder kick off the East Coast leg of the Road Tour at the annual Eastwood Summer Classic on July 14th! If you're local make sure you cruise out and see some of the best classic cars in the Mid-Atlantic and catch some great deals on Eastwood products!
Last year Street Rodder and Eastwood teamed together for the first annual Eastwood Summer Classic car show. The show was a huge success and it turned out to be one of the largest events the Street Rodder Magazine Road Tour encountered along the way.
Jerry Dixey and the Street Rodder crew were so happy with everything that they invited us to host the kick-off event for their east coast leg of the 2012 tour! We are beginning to plan the details for the 2012 Summer Classic, and we hope to make it larger than last year!
Each year Street Rodder works with sponsors to build a new car for every Road Tour. This year is no different. We are happy to announce that Eastwood has been added as the Official Tool Sponsor for the team at Hollywood Hot Rods building the 2012 car. The theme for this years car is "Building an old car with new parts". They picked a new reproduction '40 Ford Coupe Body from Bob Drake Parts and a custom chassis from FatMan Fabrications for the foundation of this build. They have some cool tricks up their sleeves and we are excited to see how it turns out!
Stay tuned for more details on the Street Rodder Road Tour, the Eastwood Summer Classic, and sneak peaks of the car and what the guys at Hollywood Hot Rods have gotten themselves into!
This past Saturday was our first big Car Show in a few years here at Eastwood, and we were overwhelmed with the positive response. Our crew was set to be in at 6:30-7AM and the show was scheduled to officially start at 10AM. The first hint that it was going to be a huge event was the early birds trickling in as the Eastwood crew was just getting in at 7AM. These guys knew it was going to be huge, and they wanted a prime spot! So as we began to set up our signs, trash bins, caution tape, tents, etc., cars started flooding in steadily at about 8-8:30AM! We were a bit surprised and had to jump into place to get everyone parked.
Shortly there after, the rumble of the Street Rodder Road Tour Car was heard as Jerry Dixey rolled down the Eastwood driveway with his flamed 55 Chevy. The crowds of people started converging immediately on the car and Jerry, asking questions, shaking hands, and crawling around the car.. we all were pretty excited! Jerry helped set his crew of Road Tour members up in our hospitality tent, and they watched as every square inch of the Eastwood headquarters was filled.
I was able to grab Jerry for a quick interview, and here is what he had to say about halfway through the day about everything so far, and a little about what they have planned for the rest of the tour!
Enjoy the first batch of photos from the show I snapped below