CONNECTING R.O.D.S. NEWSLETTER
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
NEWS & STUFF
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 cant 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 its 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 hotels scenic lake. Then Saturday its 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:email@example.com:firstname.lastname@example.org 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 its a win-win situation for us all.
Ramblin Oldies of Denham Springs Yep, thats 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, Homeys 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 boys night out!
JUST CRUISIN' by Bobby
Watching some of Doug Schaubhuts 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 youre 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 Felicianas. 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 Henrys cars), few quaint stores and the famous Lola Blues and Magnolia Cafes. We did a one day test show last year and it went over really good!
And wouldnt 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 breakfasts 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 Bobs 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.
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, Ricks 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 dont 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 thats 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 werent 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 Ricks Drive in, and can I tell you we had over 20 people turn out New Years Morning for breakfast! Out rubbing shoulders with guys still wearing lampshades on their heads from the night before; now thats dedication. And just about every nice weekend we meet at a local Sonic Drive In to sit and talk about everyone whos not there! Ha! http://www.geocities.com/~bikerodnkustom/spandex.html
.060 OVER ST FRANCISVILLE
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 Veterans 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 Thompsons 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&Bs 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:email@example.comThe next R.O.D.S. club meeting will be Tuesday February 1th at Doug Millers 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.