At the Grand National Roadster Show in Pomona, CA in January we had the opportunity to see some of the finest examples of what the top rod builders with “deep” pockets can create. It’s an event that we look forward to attending every year. The vehicles on display are truly works of art, some of the greatest examples of hot rod building skills. However, for sheer variety one-day local events offer a much wider spectrum of vehicles to admire as their owners proudly drive them there to display their cars and visit with fellow hot rod enthusiasts.
One such event is the one held recently in my hometown of St. George, UT. The local car club Kruzin’ Knights joined forces with Red Hills Rods and Choppers to stage a one-day informal show at the Red Hills facility alongside I-15 in St. George. The show featured every type of car and truck from restoration to racecar. As an upscale retirement community St. George, the fastest growing community in America over the last 5-years, has attracted its share of car enthusiasts moving in from the big metro areas so participation was excellent.
No trophies were awarded and parking was first-come first-serve with some volunteers helping with parking assistance. Steven and Cammy Anastos, proprietors of Red Hills Rods and Choppers had their line of products and services on display, but the only vendor there was Q4U Hickory-Smoked Barbeque. They are a Utah-based franchise company that was nationally recognized as “best in the west” by Sunset Magazine for their authentic southern-style barbeque. As a barbeque connoisseur my favorite is from former Oklahoma football star Billy Sims restaurants that I get while visiting my brother Dave in Tulsa, but this offering from Q4U is as good as it gets. Everyone lined up to get their share. No surprise for a place voted as one of the top-10 BBQ restaurants in the USA.
After feeding our growing midriff we shot photos of the cars in attendance. The variety was impressive. Early hot rods of many makes and models, ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s survivors, Corvettes from the local Corvette club, trucks and a few motorcycles. Some very high-end elaborately finished vehicles and some just fun drivers, all driven there with the same intent; have fun with your hot rod. Unlike the magazines, we have less space limitations so we are able to show most of the cars that attended, with the exception of those we were unable to photograph before they left. Red Hills Rods and Choppers plan to make this a regular event so for information about when the next one takes place contact them at www.myspace.com/rods and choppers.