The Art Of Custom
There’s a special summer exhibition coming to Beaulieu this year, and it’s dedicated to Britain’s best-known and best-loved kustomiser, Andy Saunders. The display should include seven or eight of Andy’s creations from over the years, and while the final line-up has yet to be decided, there should be at least three cars from the Eighties, including the reappearance of a restored Mini Ha Ha, which hasn’t been seen since 1987. There’ll be the Saunders-designed Bonneville Salt Lake racer, being brought over from the continent by the French Salt Lake Race Team, plus, naturally, our breathtaking January cover car, Tetanus.
The display officially opens on Sunday, June 17th, which coincides with Beaulieu’s Hot Rod Drive In day, so now you have two overwhelming reasons to attend. Plus, Andy will be unveiling his latest creation, Metropolis… Make it a date, and see www.beaulieu.co.uk for details.
Arriving just too late for the Events calendar is the news that Chelmsford Drag ‘n’ Street Rod Club is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Does that make it the oldest continually-serving rod club in the country? Anyway, to mark the occasion, there’ll be a small show on May 13th at Chelmsford & Essex Museum, Oaklands Park, Chelmsford CM2 9AQ. They’re hoping to get around 50 rods and customs on display, but it’s only a small venue, so is pre-entry only for show cars – call Roger Sinclair on 01245 352968. Show and museum entry is free, and spectators are welcome, but on-site parking will be tight so you may end up parked at the nearby supermarket! Come on, all you old CDSRC members – it’s birthday time! There may be cake….
First Off The Blocks
Way back on Saturday, March 17th, the first drivers to test out Santa Pod’s new concrete surface ventured forth. Santa Pod sold this privilege to the two highest bidders in an eBay auction, and the proceeds were split between the East Midlands and East Anglian Air Ambulance services. The winners were Jordan Bradford, who put his Mitsubishi (with his mum in the passenger seat!) in the Autoglym lane, while Santa Pod’s own project manager, Neale Saunders, surprised everyone when his Jag XK8 appeared in the Coldfire lane! Sadly, rain meant that they couldn’t run under full power, but they were still the first cars to hit the new track, and each Air Ambulance team benefitted to the tune of £500, so well done to all concerned.
Into The Cali
Hot on the heels of the Bullitt special edition, Ford announced another blast from Mustang’s past – the California Special. Available on the 2019 models, it’ll include rev-matching on 5.0 manuals, a Bang & Olufsen-designed 12-speaker audio system, and a few visual throwbacks to the 1968 California Special such as special stripes, alloys, badges and trim.
Chevrolet recently announced their 2019 Camaro line up, with styling tweaks and a few new features including the new 10L80 paddle shift auto on the SS, complete with line-lock and launch control. There’s also a new 1LE track-ready handling package for the 2.0 turbo. One interestingly old-school note is that Chevrolet are trying ever harder to differentiate between the appearance of the LS/LT, the RS and the SS…. just like the old days.