Brother Ashton has gone and got himself a still. This is likely to have the same effect as if he had built a bomb in his kitchen. We had some communication regarding this suburban distillery explosive device via text last evening and it went like this...
Aaron: Is that full of pure vodka?
Andrew: Yes. It's my exit plan.
Aaron: Excellent work!
Andrew: Bye bye.
Aaron: Wait, wait - before you go to the afterlife, how does it taste? The vodka, not the afterlife.
Andrew: The afterlife tastes like chicken.
Andrew: I'll save you some.
Aaron: Thank you.
It was a long labour and a difficult birth but the new HLAH album finally hits the streets/iTunes tomorrow. Throw in a few extra stitches when you put us back together would you doctor...
see you on the road.
It was the First New Zealand Drag Nationals at Kopuka on a dry summer’s day in 1967 It was here that Bob Rossiters “Pirate” Dragster faced off against the Team of Lucas and Saunders in their matching Flathead powered rail job called “77 Sunset Strip”.
The Pirate, running on an exotic homemade brew of sodium peroxide, nitromethane and magnesium sulphide sat on the start line spitting flames of multi-coloured gas out of the weedburners, neither pilot would inch forward to stage, some said it was the longest pre stage driver psych out in drag racing history but then just before there was a full meltdown they both pulled up to the start line and the starter excitedly leaped into the air and dropped his flag. The cars left in a plume of tyre smoke, clutch dust and black coal and the capacity crowd all stood to see the two cars careen toward the finish in the midst of all the dust.
The Pirate won the day and Bob Rossiter was crowned New Zealand’s first National Top Eliminator.
The Pirate (and Bob) still exists to this day and the Rail is lovingly looked after by the good folk of the Southward Car Museum after being purchased in 1968 by none other than Len Southward himself.
Fast forward a few decades or four and another famous Drag Racer/ fabricator /Hot Rod Builder by the name of Graeme Berry steps in and does the impossible, he builds an exact model car scale replica of the Pirate Dragster, perfect in every single detail imaginable. This very model, donated to the Scroungers Car Club, will be going up for Auction at the 13th Annual Hot Rod Blowout on Sunday the 29th of March 2015. If you want to own a piece of Drag Racing and Hot Rod history, bring your check book and get a bid in on this once in a lifetime opportunity.
With the visit of the Burbank Choppers to the Scroungers Hot Rod Blowout in March, we thought it might be a good time for a virtual introduction. Here's a bit of background on each of the members and some shots of the cars they own. See, feels like you know them already right?
Occupation: Television Props
Cars : 1941 Ford Custom, 1932 Ford 3 Window
Favorite Movie Monster: Frankenstein
Favorite Magazine: MAD
Occupation: Art Director Galpin Ford
Cars: 1932 Ford 5 window, 1927 Ford coupe "Bad News"
Favorite Car Customizer, Barris Kustoms
Favorite Hot Rod artist, Von Dutch
Cars: 1929 Ford roadster, 1950 Ford custom
Favorite Band: Gun Club
Favorite Custom, Ralph Jileck's '40 Ford
Occupation: Hollywood Set Builder
Car: 1932 Ford 5 window
Favorite Breakfast: Capt. Crunch
Favorite Book: The Outsiders
Occupation: Cartoon Animation
Cars: 1929 Ford roadster, 1936 Ford custom, (Valley Custom built) '32 Ford 5 window.
Favorite Movie: Vertigo
Favorite Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Occupation: Hollywood Special Effects
Car: 1932 Ford 5 Window
Favorite Beer: Coors
Favorite Candy: Twin Bing (not Big Cherry)!
Occupation: Hollywood Set Builder
Cars: 1940 Ford custom, 1934 Ford 3 window and 1929 Ford roadster