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2005 #1                                                NSRA - GOODGUYS - SSRA

The Connecting R.O.D.S. newsletter, is sponsored by the Ramblin Oldies of Denham Springs, Inc. to promote street rodding, and the construction and preservation of pre 1949 street rods.  Articles do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the R.O.D.S. members or its officers.  Classified ads are free of charge:  R.O.D.S., P.O. Box #61, Denham Springs, La. 70727 or call (club secretary) Bobby Spann at (225)275-9868/E-mail: bobbyspann@aol.com   




     The “news” as some of you probably know by now is that we have moved our Labor Day Weekend R.O.D.S. Run!  The Lamar Dixon Expo Center most likely will close down after March, and with all the planning that must take place for a show of this magnitude we can’t be dragging our feet.  But think about it a minute - for 26 years now the RODS club has given street rodders a little ‘extra’ when they come to our run.  Whether it’s the free feeds, live bands or the awesome 2 sided t-shirts!  So just trust us to give you a truly cool 2005 R.O.D.S. Run.

     The new location is in St Francisville La, abut 30 min North of Baton Rouge.  The limited number of rooms at the “St Francis Hotel on the Lake” (Best Western) are going fast, but there are http://www.stfrancisvilleovernight.commany neat places to stay around town, from the 50's styled “3V Tourist Courts” to the historic St Francisville Inn to the “haunted” Myrtles Plantation home!  Check out our website link for additional lodging options.

     Friday night will be our traditional free bbq next to the hotel’s scenic lake.  Then Saturday it’s a show and shine at a beautiful oak lined park right in the middle of town!  Games, poker walk and a live band...  After lunch we will cruise over to nearby Jackson La. to meet up with some Corvette & muscle car people for steam engine train rides and tours of the local winery.  At the Jackson Museum you will see civil war dioramas, antique cars, a huge cotton gin and one of the few pneumatic pipe organs left in the country!

     On top of that the Saturday night “live band at the hotel” is back!  Ha!  Pack your dancin’ shoes and make plans today to attend one of the most unique rod runs in the country. 



mailto:bobbyspann@aol.commailto:bobbyspann@aol.com   The NSRA Safety program is gearing up for 2005.  The La. State Inspector, Kenny Angelo is requesting each car club get with him and schedule an “Inspection Day” where they can do all the rods at once.  That way he and his team will be free to inspect ‘independent’ cars at rod runs.  The safety inspections are free, and it’s a win-win situation for us all.

     “Ramblin Oldies of Denham Springs” Yep, that’s what you will see on the side of our NEW TRAILER!  We have recently purchased a 6 X 10 enclosed rig to haul all our club stuff.  Well, Homey’s sound system and the BBQ pit and easy up canopy we plan to get!  It will make a great “Headquarters” for our club at area rod runs as well as the Nationals!  Now if I only had that hot rod schoolbus to pull it with...

     Speaking of club stuff, we want to thank Lee and Janice Laurent for hosting the RODS Club Christmas party.  Everyone had a great time at their house, and the food was unbelievable!  And of course the gift exchange was very... spirited.

     Thanks also go out to Doug Miller for letting us trash the “Toy Box” each month, oops, I mean hold our club meetings there. Heh heh heh  And thanks also to Sidney, Al and Lee for cooking the food for our “boy’s night out!”




     Watching some of Doug Schaubhut’s old 1970's rod run movies, one in particular sticks in my head - Chattanooga.  Street rods cruising up and down the scenic mountain enjoying the sights...  If this sounds good to you, or if you’re just tired of the same old parking lot run then check out our rod run this year.  We have centered everything around a small town nestled in the hills of the beautiful Feliciana’s.  It is filled with antique and craft shops, historic buildings and restored homes - all surrounded by cypress trees and huge mossy oaks.  In the main ‘downtown’ area there is a well kept park, town hall, an old Ford Dealership (still selling Henry’s cars), few quaint stores and the famous “Lola Blues” and “Magnolia” Cafe’s.  We did a one day ‘test’ show last year and it went over really good! 

     And wouldn’t you like to really treat the wife for once?  There is nothing more peaceful or romantic than staying at one of the many bed and breakfast’s in the area, and most will even cook your first meal of the day!  Got an RV or tent?  The Green Acres Campground is less than 10 minutes away.  Why not come up a day early or stay late and visit nearby plantation homes or maybe one of the historic churches. (Grace Episcopal still has patched up Civil War cannon ball holes in the brick!)

     In addition to the show and shine in St Francisville, after lunch on Saturday we will take a short scenic cruise over to nearby Jackson Louisiana for some real fun.  There you can ride a real steam locomotive, tour the civil war era museum or do some wine tasting at Feliciana Cellars Winery.  You can take some pictures of your car from their bell tower, next to “Bob’s Drive In” or even by the “Southern Belle” streamlined train car. 

     Take a chance, treat your wife and come have some fun with us on May 20-22 in St. Francisville Louisiana.  For more info on the lodgings available click on   www.stfrancisvilleovernight.com  Or check out www.streetrods.org for even more options.  And you know, I think they still do the Chattanooga Run... on the Labor Day Weekend! 



January 21-23 - Southern Who 13th Winter Run, Diamondhead, MS.             Ramada Inn pre-49!  Yeah!  228-452-3584

January 21-23 - World of Wheels, New Orleans Superdome

February 25-26 - Cars for Kids Show, Lamar Dixon, Gonzales La.     Bands, vendors, indoor spaces 225-294-3782

March 18-20 - Singing River Rod Run, Biloxi 228-392-6134

April 15-17 - Red River SRA Super Run, Shreveport,La.318-949-9117

April 15-17 - Rod-Tiques Sunny Beaches Rod Run, Pensacola, FL <49

     (The huge Pensacola British Car Show is the same weekend)

April 22-24 - Dixie Street Rods 23rd Rod Run, Days Inn - McComb,   MISS. <49!  601-783-5202

April 29-May 1 - 3rd Annual Blue Suede Cruise, Tupelo MS. 

   800-533-0611   www.bluesc.com

May 6-8 - NSRA SE Nationals, Knoxville TN. <49!

May 6-8 - Cruisin Natchez Open Show, Vidalia MS 601-442-5841 

May 13-15 - Mardi Gras Street Rods 8th Annual Parade of Rods, Houma La.  985-537-7656

May 20-22 - 27th Annual R.O.D.S. Run “Cruising in the Country”       St Francisville, La.  225-275-9868 Pre-49!


     Every Saturday Morning: R.O.D.S. “Cruise Breakfast”, Rick’s Drive Inn - Florida Blvd. At Flannery Rd, Baton Rouge 7:00am till about 8:30 or 9:00.  Good food too!

     Second Saturdays:  Golden Oldies Cruise Night - Hwy 190 in the Hobby Lobby parking lot, Hammond La. 7-11:00.  Burgers, 50/50 and wall to wall spectators...




     Build it cool, but build it safe!  Everybody knows that Boyd fired ‘Bluebear’ for not boxing his frame, and unfortunately there are a lot of backyard builders still doing stuff like that.  You don’t want to compromise safety just to get an old timey look.  An recent editorial in a rod magazine summed it up:  The only reason kids drove ‘beaters’ or ‘junkers’ back in the 50's is because that’s all they could afford!  Young guys were working with very limited money and tools, not to mention primitive technology.  They all wanted a top notch rod, but had to settle for what they could do themselves - even if they weren’t good at welding or fabrication.  Today however, there is no excuse to build an unsafe car... unless you plan on putting it in a museum!   


Put it in “D”

       The Ramblin Oldies practice what they preach - cruising in our street rods to promote the hobby.  Every Saturday morning a dozen hot rods may be seen parked in front of Rick’s Drive in, and can I tell you we had over 20 people turn out New Year’s Morning for breakfast! Out rubbing shoulders with guys still wearing lampshades on their heads from the night before; now that’s dedication.  And just about every nice weekend we meet at a local Sonic Drive In to sit and talk about everyone who’s not there!  Ha!             http://www.geocities.com/~bikerodnkustom/spandex.html



  The “3V Tourist Courts” are the oldest ones of their kind in the state - dating back to the 1930's.  Kitchenettes in the middle of town at the traffic light... (225)635-5540

 The St Francisville Inn is next to the Park by the show-n-shine.  Listen to Bruce on the P.A. from your room!  (800)488-6502 

  WoooOOOoooo Haunted! The Myrtles Plantation home and restaurant is less than a mile from the show (225)635-6277 

  Old Centenary Inn, Jackson, La.+10 mi (225)634-5050 Over in  Jackson La, most well known for the big Veteran’s Home, mental hospital and location of Dixon Correctional Institute.

  Best Western Hotel, Hwy 19 in Zachary, La.+15mi (225)658-2550  Closest B.R. hotel to the run, about 20 minutes away.

   The Lodge at the Bluffs on Thompson’s Creek is a luxury 40 unit hotel, golf course and up-scale residential area about 8 miles away.  Special group rates avail. (888)634-3410   

   The other B&B’s mentioned on our web site and link are all top quality places to stay, some right downtown!  Check them out online or give them a call...    



http://www.streetrods.orgR.O.D.S. ON THE INTERNET

     Few people know this, but the Ramblin Oldies of Denham Springs, Inc. were probably the first street rod club in the world to have their own website!  Yep, Benny Spann was on the ball when the world wide web was invented and got us set up from the get-go.  (We would have had a ‘hot rod’ in our Internet address, but the porn sites had already taken them all)

     Anyway we want to thank Benny for his many years of work keeping the website up.  We have recently transferred the task over to Mike and Cathy Lewis, and they are doing some neat stuff to it.  Check it out when you get a chance at: www.streetrods.org                                    



For Sale: 1936 International Pickup, purple/white.  23 pt NSRA inspection, 350TBI/700R4, Must II $18K David 225-622-0872

For Sale: Red Coke Box Rod Trailer. $1,500.  Danny 225-622-2403


mailto:bobbyspann@aol.comThe next R.O.D.S. club meeting will be Tuesday February 1th at Doug Miller’s “Toy Box” off Siegen Lane.  Visitors are always welcome to come and see what we are all about.  We usually start gathering about 6:30 for supper, and the meeting starts around 7:00.  Call Homer Thornton (225)686-0260 for details.