CONNECTING R.O.D.S. NEWSLETTER
2008 #1 NSRA - GOODGUYS - SSRA
The Connecting R.O.D.S.
Newsletter, is sponsored by the Ramblin' Oldies of Denham Springs, Inc
Car club in order to promote street rodding, and the construction and
preservation of pre 1949 street rods.
Articles do not reflect the opinions of the R.O.D.S. members or its
officers. Classified ads are free of
What’s happening is the Ramblin Oldies car club keeps growing! We are up to a record 34 members now, and we want to welcome the latest pre-49 street rodders to the fun: Harry & Ellen Jenkins who had a Deuce Roadster, but have already upgraded to a red ‘39 Ford Convertible with AC. Dale & Joyce Mayeaux can be seen in their aqua 1947 Chevy Pickup and Robert & Rosemary Muse have a pink 1939 Chevy Coupe which is his daily driver. Uh, but it’s a ‘manly’ pink! Note that while some guys have more than one car, 25 members are now driving street rods, and several more are close to hitting the street!
RODS members have been driving in all
directions to shows and rod runs this year too. Like the CENLA show in
Marksville, the Coastal Cruiser’s Run in
March, April, May and June are always busy, especially since non-car people have discovered how much money you can make throwing “benefit” car shows. Even though they don’t compare to a real 3-day rod run, you can sure see a difference when a car club is involved in the planning and execution!
New club officers were elected in March; actually they are the same as last year. Lee Laurent-President, Danny Frederic- Vice President, Doug Schaubhut- Treasurer, Bobby Spann- Secretary, and reappointed as Sgt. at Arms and to the Web Master position is the ever popular Bruce Broussard.
-30th ANNUAL R.O.D.S. RUN RECAP-
We finally got some good weather for our
2008 rod run and it showed - with a total of 130 street rods! We gave out Top 10 awards as usual, but also
Best Paint, Interior, Engine and Engineered.
In addition we had 50 ‘sponsor picks’ and just about everybody got a
really nice door prize. Then we raised
even more money for our partner charity, the Hospice Foundation of
The live band “
Meanwhile check us out at WWW.STREETRODS.ORG
for more info and a registration form.
We are in the process of redoing our website (the first car club in the
world to have one), so stop by every so often.
And when you’re in town next year you might want to come a day early to
check out some of the neat tourist attractions the
- SAFETY MATTERS -
#1 Man I can’t catch a break. Before I could charge up my brand new AC compressor the thing accidentally got turned on - and when that sucker froze up it liked to have scared me to death! This time around Ken Valverde gave me a binary switch, so I have my fingers crossed! *tip: if your AC gauges are old and you detect a leak when pulling a vacuum like I did - Danny Varnado says it might be the o-rings in the gauges. In my case it was!
#2 DO NOT start your car through the window and work the throttle by hand at any public event! We cannot stress this enough. If you see someone doing this at a cruise night or car show, please go over and as politely as you can... kick their ass!
#3 When you’re checking the date code on your tires, don’t forget that spare! The steel belts on the never-used space saver spare in my mom’s ‘96 Mercury recently blew apart; in the trunk!
JUST CRUISIN' by Bobby
When is the last time you drove around with the windows down? Since my AC troubles have forced me to “2/60" every day to work I have rediscovered the lure of the open road. The sights, sounds and smells harken back to the days of 2 lane highways and a time when air conditioning was too complicated and/or expensive to put in street rods. Next time there’s a nice cool morning crank your windows down and enjoy the feel of wind in your face. And take in a little nature in the process!
Speaking of fun, I still can’t get over Bill
Dixon’s ‘37 ford 4-door sedan. That
thing is Bitchin! The tan primered hot
rod features air bag suspension and a chopped top by Jimmy Meyer’s. It really turned my crank even before
By the way don’t let Bill fool you with
stories about how he found the car buried in the
Hey, and speaking of history, do you know how rod runs started? Bruce reminded us at a recent meeting that back in the day guys used to cruise over to the next town to visit and see what other car club’s were doing. The host club usually bbq’d at someone’s house and one thing led to another - before you knew it door prizes were gathered and games were played... and outstanding rods were honored with a homemade trophy.
Anyway the bottom line is that rod runs should cater to the entrant. That’s why the Ramblin Oldies car club has kept entry fees low, offered awesome t-shirts for reasonable prices, and like a lot of other clubs we feed everyone at least once for free! When you plop down your hard earned registration money you should get more than you pay for. Oh, and whatever you do, keep it pre-‘49!
-SO, LETS CRUISE!-
Sept. 5-6 = Shades of the Past, Pigeon Forge TN.
Sept. 20th = 2nd
Annual Bomber Bash
- Roadway Inn,
Sept. 21 = NSRA Appreciation
October 18 = RODS 2nd Ever Open Car Show! Gerry Lane Hummer 10945 Reiger Road off I-10 in Baton Rouge, 9:00-3:00. Music, trophies, FREE food! $20 day of show…
For more info: Lee (225)673-8562
Oct. 5-12 = Cruisin the
Nov. 3-9 =
Every Saturday Morning: RODS Breakfast at Rick’s Burgers -
Classic Chevy Club Cruise Night: First
SUNDAY at the Sonic,
Golden Oldies Cruise Night: Second
Saturdays, Hobby Lobby parking lot on Hwy 190 in
Sonic Cruise night: @
Our transplant from Virginia Harry Jenkins has discovered that antique glass door knobs have the same threads as Lokar shifters! Yep, just screw ‘em on and tighten the set screw.
Got a stain in your carpet? Try scrubbing the discoloration with some Lysol brand kitchen wipes. I’ve had good success using them on carpet and cloth seats.
Danny Varnado’s latest project is chock full of electrical relays, and he says they will extend the life of most switches (especially your brake light switch)!
According to Leo Bouquet it’s not how you break down, it’s where! At a recent club meeting he blocked the driveway then his distributor proceeded to quit. We had to fix the ‘41 before anyone could leave! Guess who got the toilet seat that month?!
Louisiana Motor Vehicle statutes RS 32:1301 - R.S.32:1314 states that following the following vehicles are exempt from obtaining a motor vehicle inspection: Motor vehicles that are 40 years old or older and used primarily for exhibition in shows, parades and tours and not for general transportation.
Early June member Al Babin had knee surgery,
but he’s doing better now. Jerry
Ramsey’s wife Judy is not doing very well; they had to make a trip to
If you’re traveling on the Interstate around
Man, I’m hearing some great stories about the Street Rod Nationals this year. Even my brother went! A total of 17 RODS club members made the trip and we had 11 street rods on the grounds! Bob Duhon & the Braud’s were cooking up some Southern food in the parking lot and just ask Bruce about those doughnuts!
Louie Galy’s ‘48 Chevy pickup will
soon appear in a magazine near you thanks to a photo shoot in
The next R.O.D.S. club meeting will
be Tuesday Sept. 2nd at Doug Miller’s Toy Box off