Category: Hot Rods And Jalopies

Ford flatheads race at Winterport’s Pinetree Jamboree – Jodi Hersey @Fox22

Ford flatheads race at Winterport’s Pinetree Jamboree – Jodi Hersey @Fox22


WINTERPORT–Folks in and around the town of Winterport got to experience a piece of history over the weekend as the Winterport Dragway hosted the Pinetree Jamboree. It’s a vintage drag race featuring cars from the 30s, 40s and 50s.

History roared to life at Winterport Dragway’s Pinetree Jamboree, a drag race featuring Ford flat head v-8 engines from 1953 or earlier.

“If someone has a 1919 Model T and they want to race it they absolutely can,” said Eli English, Founder of the Pinetree Jamboree. “These cars are are basically horse and buggies with motors in them.”

This special event is the brainchild of Pittsfield, New Hampshire resident Eli English.

“Winterport is a throwback. I call it sacred ground. It’s basically a place time forgot,” explained English. “It was an airport runway back in the 40s then in 1967 they started racing cars here and have been racing them ever since.”

Vintage car owners from Texas, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and other states drive their campers, and trailer their well worn and well loved race cars to the Winterport Dragway, where for three days these drivers can race their set of wheels down the dragstrip as fast and as often as they like.

“You can putt-putt down the track or burn the tires and go as fast as you can,” stated Al Dyer, Fairfield resident and Pinetree Jamboree participant.

Pinetree Jamboree participants don’t compete for a cash prize or even a trophy at this event, instead they race for the experience as well as the bragging rights.

“We are truly racing against ourselves. We aren’t racing to win. If my car can go home on its own power, I‘ve won,” explained Lisa English, Pinetree Jamboree participant.

There’s no denying these automobiles are the main attraction of the Pinetree Jamboree, but for classic car owner Bonnie Dyer of Fairfield, it’s also about the people.

“It’s about meeting new people,” said Dyer. “We all share the same interest. No egos. Everybody tries to help everyone. They want to help.

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Videos of the Week: Hot Rods on the Tarmac – Jive Bomber @Jalopy Journal


I’m sure by now you’ve seen the cool images of the ‘War Surplus on Wheels’ exhibit curated by the Lyon Air Museum and Bobby Green. There are some fantastic photos of the WWII military aircraft displayed along side the historic belly tankers inspired by them together in one huge hangar, right next to the Santa Ana/ John Wayne Airport. Cool idea, right? To kick the whole show off, Bobby had an idea to also gather 150 of the most period-perfect hot rods and pre-war customs called ‘Hot Rods on the Tarmac’ just outside the Lyons hangar. All vehicles were hand-picked to fit the theme of this show, and the ‘quality over quantity’ is evident as you watch the videos below. Great cars!

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On the Straight and Narrow! 1940 Ford Chopped Coupe Survivor Hot Rod Wheel Alignment


We get this Beautiful 1940 Ford Running Straight and True Down the Road Again With out Vintage Dunlop Wheel Alignment Tools If you enjoy what we are doing like and subscribe, We have started a Patreon account if you want to lend a hand in improving the channel.

Landon Rush’s ’29 Ford Flathead Pickup – Garage Hotrods


Landon Rush likes to keep busy. He’s a husband, a father, an Iraq and Afghanistan war veteran who is still serving in the National Guard, and he owns five, no wait… I think it’s six, hot rods. I’m really excited to have one of those hot rods in GHR, his very cool and very classic Flathead powered 1929 Ford Roadster Pickup.

“I’ve only had the pickup about a year,” Landon told me. “It was a quick build. I had a hot rod years ago, then I got into customs and trucks, and I wanted to get another hot rod. I saw this on Criag’s List. I sold my ‘58 Chevy truck to pick it up. I blew it all apart and quickly redid everything.”

And Landon wasn’t kidding about redoing everything. Body, frame, engine, transmission, rear end, suspension, interior – the whole works. It was amazing to me that he did it all in one year.

“The one thing I have going for me is that I work quick,” he said. “I try to do quality work in the least amount of time without taking any shortcuts. I get ’em done so I can enjoy them.”

Of course the Flathead engine between the frame rails caught my eye. It’s a 1950 OB8 model, displacing 239 cubic inches. It has all new ISKY internals and Edelbrock aluminum heads and intake manifold. That manifold has two Stromberg 97 two-barrel carbs, complete with vintage scoops from Lucky Burton of Lucky’s Speed Equipment Parts (@luckyburton on Instagram), mounted on it.

And just in case you haven’t been paying attention, that’s a ‘29 Ford with a Flathead engine, dual Strombergs, and ISKY and Edelbrock components. Can you get a more classic hot rod than that?

The Flathead’s exhaust is also vintage. The chromed exhaust headers mount up to a megaphone exhaust pipe that Landon constructed from cutting a 1935 Ford driveshaft in half. “That’s what they were doing back back in the 50s,” Landon told me. “They’d take the driveshaft and chop it in half and use that to make the lake pipes.” He welded a 90 degree bend with a flange on to the header and the megaphone exhaust pipe bolts to the flange.

I asked Landon if he had any mufflers in that exhaust. “No,” he said. “It’s straight pipe. And it’s got a little bit of a lope because of the ISKY cam. I like to get on it. It’s loud as sh…”

Well let’s just say Landon said it can be really loud.

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“Little Eve” | A 1932 Ford Hot Rod Build – @FourSpeedFilms


Another great film from Ben Kahan

I had a lot of fun shooting and editing this one! I wanted to creatively challenge myself by making a short documentary on Simon’s 1932 Ford FIve Window coupe. Let me know if you enjoyed the video!

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Special thanks to Aaron Kahan for helping out with the rollers!

Hemi Powered 1932 Fords!!! – Garage Full Of New York Drag Racing History – @IronTrapGarage


One of our viewers Ed emailed us many months ago about the 1932 Fords that were owned by his father, both with New York drag racing history. Ray Stillwall purchased the 1932 Ford Roadster in 1948 and built the car in stages over the next 10 years. The roadster was raced at many local tracks, and even at the Allentown Fairgrounds back in 1955! Ed’s father was able to purchase the car back in 1970 and after a few other owners it ended back in the hands of Ed. The blue 1932 Ford Tudor was owned by Ed’s father and was also raced all over. This one stayed in the family and Ed continues to drive and race the car today. We enjoyed spending time with Ed and hearing all of the stories of the two 1932 Ford’s in his shop. Thanks for watching

Massive 1934 Ford Collection Buyout – 5 Cars and Tons Of Parts!!! – @IrontrapGarage


It is not everyday that you receive an email asking if you would be interested in buying a barn full of 1934 Fords, but if you do respond immediately. At first we thought the barn was going to be full of rusty and rotten 34s, the pictures we received told a different story. At that point we knew we had to try to buy it all. We won’t spoil to much in the description so be sure to watch the entire video!!

Heartbeat of American motorsports displayed in the country’s heartland – Larry Edsall

Among the many galleries in Speedway Motors Museum of American Speed is one that focuses on all the companies that produced parts to enhance the performance of Henry Ford’s Model T engine. Frontenac was the Chevrolet brothers company after they sold the rights to their family name to Chevrolet | Larry Edsall photos

In the early 1940s, a policeman showed up at the Smith family home in Lincoln, Nebraska, with 12-year-old D. William Smith in tow. Like other youngsters, he had used an old gas-powered Maytag washing machine engine to power a go-kart. Problem was, he’d been driving it down one of the town’s main streets.

From an early age, D. William Smith, to become better known as “Speedy” Bill, had a need for speed. He tinkered with cars, raced them and motorcycles as well, yet went to Nebraska Wesleyan University and graduated with a degree in education. 

But instead of teaching, he borrowed $300 from his fiancé, Joyce — who later would insist that he never officially repaid that loan — and opened a speed shop called Speedway Motors in a 20×20-foot building on Lincoln’s main street, US Route 6/O Street. 

The museum is about preserving American racing history, When the Smiths acquired the garage in which A.J. Watson built his Indy cars, they wanted its display to be so accurate that they used an overhead camera to record all the oil stains on the floor of Watson’s garage so they could be copied in the museum’s display

Fast forward a few decades and the Smiths with their four sons grew Speedway Motors into a major supplier of automotive speed equipment that occupies a half-million square-foot warehouse and headquarters on a 46-acre Lincoln campus just off O Street that since 1992 has included the Speedway Motors Museum of American Speed.

The museum is a separate building just across the parking lot that fills three stores while preserving race cars, engines and historic performance accessories. For example, there’s a large area devoted to Henry Ford’s Model T, and to the parts from Frontenac, Rajo, Riley, Roof and others that, shall we say, accelerated the car’s capabilities. 

Ditto the Flathead Ford V8, with one wall covered by every cylinder head ever created to enhance that engine’s performance, including some experimental models that Ford sold to the museum by mistake and then asked for their return, which Speedway Motors politely declined.

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