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March 18

Jim’s Corner

As most of you know, Debbie and I will be stepping down in the organization. We will still be involved and continue to help move the club along as much as we can. Both of us want to see VSRA continue to grow for the True Street Rodders to have their own exclusive club. After all, these guys are the ones who have helped the “used to be streetrod clubs” get so big and now these clubs have left them behind because they are proven to only be about the mighty dollar. We both regret that we cannot continue in our current positions but we feel like we need more family time. We are currently working with one of our members who has agreed to take over VSRA. This individual has great leadership and marketing abilities. He is going to use this year to rebuild and plan for a much more active club. All of the current members will remain on the roster as an active member and will be extended a one-year membership because of the year that each member will be losing because of this rebuilding period. All the details of our new organization will be detailed in the May Newsletter. You can rest assured that VSRA will remain a PRE-49 Club.

Bob Mellon

Bob Mellon, Member No. 655 passed away on Jan. 24th after an extended illness. Bob lived in Medina Ohio and was an avid supporter of the Ohio Nationals. Bob was a great guy and was always there to help with anything we needed him to do. Our deepest sympathy goes out to his wife, Sandy. Bob will be greatly missed.

R.O.D.S. Show in Baton Rouge

There were a group of VSRA members that made the trip to Baton Rouge a couple of weeks ago for the 40th Annual R.O.D.S. Show. We had a little rain on Friday but Sat. was a windy, sunny and warm day. This is a Pre-49 show that has lasted for 40 years. As usual, the members of the Rambling Oldies Club put on a great show and showed us the best in hospitality. Among the members who made the trip were Herb and Debbie Winner, Fred Countryman, Jim and Sheila Whipp, Mike Smith, Tom and Rita Georgian, Wayne and Rose Buxton, Roger and Grace Phillips, Ronald and Cathy Atkins, Jerome and Sherry Hale and Jim and Debbie Bledsoe.

Jim and Sheila Whipp got a Top Ten Trophy and a Sponsorship Award for their 41 Chevy and Wayne Buxton won a Sponsorship Award for his 1939 Chevy. Wayne also won the 50/50 drawing. Tom and Rita Georgian got the long distance award in their 1929 Ford Roadster. We will be posting pictures from this trip on our website. Here is the link:

40th Annual Dixie Rod Run March 16-18, 2018

Debbie and I are planning on attending this year’s Dixie Rod Run in Pearl, Ms. on March 16th, 17th and 18th. Although they have moved up their years to 1974, we would love to have a good representation of Pre-49 cars. The club that puts on this show, hosted us for a cook-out a few years back when we did the Nachez Trace Tour. Some of the members who are going will be meeting in Birmingham, Al. at the Drury Inn on Wed. March 14th and driving over to Pearl the next day. The no. for the Drury Inn is 205-967-2450. The no. for the Host Hotel which is the Holiday Inn in Pearl is 601-939-5238. If you would like me to send you a flyer on this show, just let me know. Debbie and I will not be going to Birmingham. Our son just moved to Murfreesboro, Tn. and we are going there on the way down to drop off some furniture for their new home.

2018 Hot Rod Power Tour

I have checked out this year’s Hot Rod Power Tour and I would like to encourage you to join me in this week long adventure. This year’s tour is quite a bit shorter than what they usually run. Another good thing about this year’s tour is that it is mainly in the Southeast. Below is this year’s agenda and the hotels I have booked for me. I do not have a block of rooms. If you would like to make this year’s tour, it would be nice if all of us street rodders could stay together and make a good showing for the Pre-49 cars. Just a note, Debbie will not be on this trip with me. My friend, Willie will be along with me.

June 8th- 9th Bowling Green, Ky Ramada Inn 4767 Scottsdale Rd. 270-781-3000 June 10th Chattanooga, Tn Wingate Inn 7312 Shallowford Rd. 423-933-2941 June 11th Birmingham, Al. Hampton Inn 30 State Farm Parkway 205-313-2063 June 12th Hampton, Ga. Holiday Inn Express 1302 Green St., Conyers, Ga. 678-964-2400 June 13th Darlington, SC Hampton Inn 3000 West Radio Dr. Florence, SC 843-629-9900 June 14th Raleigh, NC Comfort Inn 2539 S. Saunders St. 919-863-0091 June 15th Charlotte, NC May drive home after show is over.

“The Next Exit” Book

Grace and Roger Phillips have traveled with us a lot on our tours and we have always been impressed with how Grace always knew where the best exits were. She would always know what type of gas stations and restaurants were coming up so we could plan where to stop to eat or whatever. Well come to find out Grace was cheating. She had purchased a book called The Next Exit. This book lists by state, hospitals, rest areas, hotels, National Parks and campgrounds at all the interstate exits all over the US. We recommend that if you purchase one of these books to make your travel much more enjoyable. You can order it from Amazon or check with you local book store. Debbie got us one and it is really handy to have.

Ron’s Corner

Well we have been enjoying the great weather down here in Florida. A little busy with redoing the little house we bought as well as fine tuning the old boat. I have become very efficient at drowning artificial bait!! Other than a slight cold and some old lures I haven't caught a thing !! Maybe I should stay with something I know something about, like street rods!! LOL

One major advantage to spending the winter in Florida is the never ending list of cruises and shows to attend. I have tried to catch as many as possible without wearing the wife out completely. There are some very nice rides down here. We have made a lot of new friends.

I must admit I was a little worried about how me and my 32 Ford would be received in a 55 and older park! But to my surprise the older set really liked the car, at least around the park we are known as Dee and the yellow car! Oh well, it's a start. Every first Sunday in Sumter County there is a large swap meet and show. I've been to it twice. See some photos below. Also cruise-ins on many weekdays in the evening.

However one of the bigger shows was in Ocala at the Strawberry Festival. Hosted by and for the Habitat for Humanity folks this is a super outing. Lots of vendors and crafts and food and of course - strawberries everywhere! The car show was well attended by around 300 cars. Many very rare and low production units were on display. Some amazing paint jobs and attention to details were found. The old yellow coupe surprised us with a Best in Class and a Peoples Choice award. I was honored. So many good folks and cars were there. I am glad I was not judging !

I am including a few pics from the event but cannot begin to show them all. Just know that street rodding is alive and well here in the south!!


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