This episode Royboy talks with John McLeod of Classic Instruments in Boyne City, MI. We talk about the history of Classic Instruments, John’s personal car history and some philosophy on running a successful business.
A few weeks ago I had Roger and Will from the Hot Rod Showdown on my podcast talking about their 2nd Annual event that happened this year on February 29th at 7A Ranch in Wimberley, TX. At that time I was really looking forward to returning to the show, I had no idea how much fun I was going to have.
Thursday the 27th I left my day job at Affordable Street Rods in Peabody, KS and headed south. After a 30 minute delay on the interstate a little after 11pm I finally got to my hotel in Alvarado, TX around 1 am.
Monkey is a hell of a character, whether it’s driving a blown t bucket in the rain or jumping unnaturally high as the flag man for the DuckusCrapus drags, we have a great time every time we hang out. This time we were riding around in his 1940 Ford Pickup truck and he told me the story of the truck and some interesting adventures he’s had in it along the way.
This episode Royboy talks with Will and Roger from the Hot Rod Showdown in Wimberley, TX and also runs down what happened at the 2020 GNRS. Continue reading “195 – Hot Rod Showdown 2”
Each year before I go out to California for the 2020 Grand National Roadster Show I wonder to myself, is it really worth the expense and the time off of work to travel all the way out to CA again? Each year on the way home from the trip I remember that it certainly was worth it.
This episode Royboy sits down with Rex Watson of Affordable Street Rods in Peabody, KS. ASR is a hot rod parts shop that travels the country to vend at shows and is a typical American business story, the founder saw a need and fulfilled it, continuing to build the business as his customers showed him what areas he needed to be in.
Continue reading “194 – Affordable Street Rods – Chrome Pipes And Pinstripes”
A video I shot a few years ago telling the story of Johnny Torres’ 1950 Plymouth. We sat down in his upholstery shop in Hutchinson, KS on a 5degree day and told the story. The car was resurrected from a basically abandoned derelict and built into a ride that’s been back and forth from Kansas to California repeatedly.
I hope you enjoy the video, I have one more done and ready to upload next month and a bunch more shot and awaiting editing!
Since 2010 a small and ever changing group of hot rod and custom folks have been gathering in Gypsum, KS to challenge the weather, to get one more drive in, to chase each other through central Kansas one more time before winter hits. We call it the Decembrrrr Run and this year it was a lot of fun, like always!
This September while attending the 2019 Hot Rod Hill Climb, I was told by Troy Hastings to keep the weekend of November 16th open for an event in Denver. That’s because Hastings is the President of the Denver Timing Association which was founded in 1949, making this the 70th Anniversary of the DTA, and this weekend was when the DTA had scheduled the Burnin’ Rubber Through History event. A retrospective of hot rodding featuring cars as old as 1918 and various cars from Colorado’s hot rodding history.
Back in early 2015 I went down to Tulsa, OK and hung out with my friend Doc Parsons and his wife Micah. I shot the video that you’ll see below, it was edited and uploaded to MotorNation as part of an episode of 3 car features. I’ll share the other videos and some more that I’ve shot over the years and haven’t shared yet over the next few months, enjoy!
Welcome one and all to the 2020 Royboy Calendar announcement page! Each year I go through all of the photos that I’ve taken in the previous 12 months and pick out my favorite images for the next year’s calendar!
Now, some say, “why didn’t you use my car????” and I always have the same response, it’s not just the car, it’s the car, the background, the photo, they all have to combine to be amongst the best that I felt that I captured the previous year. Below are the samples of the pages of the calendar. I hope you dig it!
How do you get one? Well, just click here, and you’ll go to the order page. Give it a second if it’s slow, the server has been slow lately and I’m working on fixing that! The calendars will ship the first week of NOVEMBER!
In this episode Royboy gives a run down of the 2019 Hot Rod Hill Climb trip and also spills the beans about a long term dream that will start to become a reality soon. The last time this happened it turned into a 2 month road trip. Continue reading “193 – Hot Rod Hill Climb Recap and a little surprise…”
I seem to have a knack for missing the first time a cool event happens. This time I’d missed two instances of the Hot Rod Rock And Rumble held at Pikes Peak International Raceway, although I had a great reason to miss the first one as I was in the middle of the 48 Cars 48 States trip. Last year… Yeah I didn’t have much of an excuse.
In 2013 Mike Nicholas and some die hard friends brought back the Hot Rod Hill Climb as a tribute to the event that happened in 1953 and 1954 in Georgetown, CO. After a couple of years at that location, the venue changed to Central City, CO where the 2019 Hot Rod Hill Climb happened this year on Sept. 13-14.
In episode 192 our host Royboy attends the Lead Aint Dead show in Dewey, OK and brings you some of the best stories from the 2018 and 2019 Custom Conferences where custom guys sit around and tell road stories. Tune in and listen to some the tales.
One of the visions that I’ve had for Royboy Productions is to have it be bigger than just me. To that end I’m hoping to get more people from across the country to share their photos of car shows and events with me so that I can share them with you.
Young Ryder Burford has shared some images of the 2019 Invasion in Dallas put on by THEM! CC and I’m sharing them with you!
In this episode our hero explains his absence and tells a brief version of what all has been going on for the last few months before playing some clips of short interviews recorded at the Greaserama over Labor Day Weekend 2019.
The H.A.M.B. Drag has been invading Mo-Kan Dragway between Joplin, MO and Pittsburgh, KS for more than a decade and let’s face it, the weather isn’t always conducive to good racing but hey it’s always a good time.
Since the KKOA Leadsled Spectacular moved to Salina, KS (I think in 2007?) I’ve been attending every year. In the beginning the show was held in Thomas Park, where a local show had been held about a month earlier for a few years. The show quickly outgrew the park and moved to the larger Oakdale Park. Now even that park gets nearly filled to the brim each year.
The show really started my love affair with customs, I’d never really been around them before and being up close and personal with them was all it took. I’d seen a few in magazines over the years but this was the first time a group of kustoms was right in front of me.
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This year while attending the Hot Rod Dirt Drags I was talking with some of the Throttlers CC from Salt Lake City about their plans for Independence Day weekend. It turns out that Throttlers Woody’s family has a super cool resort called Flaming Gorge Resort in Dutch John, UT and the Throttlers couldn’t say enough good things about the Independence Day weekend festivities there.
While hanging out with friends at the Hot Rod Dirt Drags this year, I was invited to come out to Dutch John, UT to the Flaming Gorge Resort for the Independence Day weekend. Woody Bair of the Throttlers CC explained the weekend to me and I was hooked. It was only a short 12.5 hour drive from my home to Flaming Gorge Resort, so I had to go!
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Note from Royboy: Thanks to Kevin Flood I have this coverage of the Pendine Sands Hot rod Races to share with you. Thanks Kevin!
7th Annual Pendine Sands Hot Rod Races
The Vintage Hot Rod Association held their 7th annual Hot Rod Races on the famous Pendine Sands over the weekend of the 15th/16th June 2019.
The weather in the UK so far this June has been damp to say the least earning the nickname of “Monsoon June”, so fingers were being crossed all round weather wise.
Most of those visiting the event stayed local to the sands and this gave the Pendine Sands Holiday Park a real 1950’s flavour with a lot of American iron on display outside the caravans.