Vintage Street Rodders of America
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Nov - 18

Greetings to all! It's been a busy time here at VSRA-USA as we are working to get back up and going for 2019. As many are aware, we just did the October Fall Color Run. But, that's not all. Work toward getting our next sanctioned event The Swamp Rat Rod Extravaganza is well underway.

Registrations are coming in for “The Swamp Rat” Rod Extravaganza in Ocala! That's fantastic! We are expecting a great turn out for this event. We have had a lot of interest from folks in several states.

The Flyer and Contact Form for the event Ocala, Fla are on the website to download. You can save the .PDF links or right click the big images and print them. As always, contact us ronhotrod AT or call 502-648-0142 if you need help.

As it stands right now, the Sleep Inn at 13600 17th Court, Ocala, Fla 34473 has signed on for our Swamp Rat Extravaganza Event. Their phone is 352-347-8383, MUST ask for SWAMP RAT rate - $125 per night (a 34% discount) – all rooms are queen beds, and must be reserved as quickly as possible as they'll likely fill up very quickly. It's spring and sunny Florida. I hope to have something else in the January newsletter.

Okay, here's a quick rundown since our September letter. Dee and I are wintering in Florida till April, and some have noticed an address change from Kentucky. We are in Fruitland Park, Fla at 16 Hilly Way. The zip is 34731. We still hail from Mt. Washington and will return to our bluegrass roots.

If you attend an event or host one, send us a note/short story about it so we can share with all our members. September plays hosts to a multitude of rod runs and shows in my area and I am trying to get the word out about VSRA as much as I can (and enjoying doing so!).

I would like to take just a little time to express my deepest gratitude for all the support I have received from members since taking over VSRA. I cannot relay how much I appreciate the comments and suggestions.

This organization contains some of the best people on this earth! Your remarks, likes and dislikes are directly responsible for the locations and happenings at our runs! Some of my ideas were nixed by members comments and better ideas inserted. That's how things will continue to be, we are listening. Hope to see you all soon as we work together spread the word about VSRA and having lots of “Pre-49 Street Rod “fun.

2018 VSRA Fall Color Tour

Rather than show just a couple of pictures of the VSRA Fall Color Tour, I am including a link to the pictures sent in by Jim & Debbie (well Debbie was the photographer as Jim was driving, lol ). But I will inform you as to our travels. As listed on our chat page the event was kicked off at my home with a picnic type meal Tuesday evening. Lots of fun and 'bench racing'.

Wednesday morning, we met at the hotel in Shepherdsville, Ky. to begin our journey. We began our adventure from here. We had to drive interstate road until we crossed into Indiana where we jumped off I-65 onto surface roads for the balance of the trip to South Bend, Ind. A couple of “necessary” stops along our route just added to the interaction with friends.

Once we arrived in South Bend, we visited the Studebaker Museum. Although we got there late in the day, we were told that our admittance fee would let us back in the next morning. So after spending about an hour sightseeing, we headed for refreshments, dinner and the hotel. We picked up Phil and Jeanette Prather in their 32 Ford roadster at the museum. Now we are 8 cars strong.

Thursday morning, we returned to the museum to continue our trip into yesteryear. The museum has a historical side that does not pertain to automotive history, but the area and town’s history. Very informative. Then it was ' on the road again' as we motored toward Springfield, Ill. While passing through Momence, IL we stopped to visit VSRA members Paul and Jeannie Marcotte at his farm. Paul and his family are professional farmers and have quite a large operation with 4000 acres and many semi-trucks for hauling the grain and corn to market. He is also into cars and has a 1940 Ford convertible along with several muscle cars.

A big THANK YOU to Paul and Jeannie for their hospitality and tour of their place!

On our way to Springfield, we stopped at the home of VSRA member Tom Wilber, where he and his wife Patty graciously provided dinner for all of us. Charles and Marie Ray joined our caravan for dinner. Tom has several projects in the works as well as some customer vehicles for which he does fantastic wood work. The meal was good, the fellowship great and all too soon it was time to leave.

After a third nights hotel stay, we gathered together for the next leg of our Color Tour. After visiting Abraham Lincoln’s tomb, we were off to Quincy, Ill. I must interject here that we all have a newly enforced respect for the American farmer. We drove thru and thousands of acres of farm/crop land. People hard at work to feed Americans and folks abroad. My hat is off to them for all they do.

When we arrived in Quincy at the host hotel for registration, we encountered many street rods and friendly faces. A well-organized system of registration and raffle sales got us signed up and out the door quickly.

Friday's activities were kept simple as we checked into the hotel and sought out a place to eat dinner. All the hotels Jim & Debbie previously reserved were great and met all our needs. However, as luck would have it, the last hotel had changed owners since the rooms were held in reserve and one of our members did not have a room! Yes, it was Jim & Debbie!

The folks that made all arrangements to start with had no place at the inn. No rooms anywhere in town! So being that we are more like family anyway, they shared one night with Dee and myself in our room, which had two double beds! The following night they got their own room.

Saturday was a sunny but chilly start to a windy day down town Quincy. There were street rods everywhere! This town really supports the Early Tin Dusters club and actively joins in the fun via discounts, games and prizes thru out the downtown area. Vendors were also along the city square selling auto and non-auto merchandise.

Sunday's activities were at a new location, Moorman Park. The grass and trees were a switch from the pavement of Saturday. The park was very pretty, open and handled the cars, people and vendors very well. Two of our members were selected as "Top Ten" vehicles and were so honored at the awards ceremony on Sunday afternoon. Our very own Jim Bledsoe with his Dodge Humpback panel and Texas member Dean Adams with his flathead powered T-bucket were both named winners. Congrats to both!

Everyone left on their own as we ended a great fun event and started home to many different locations. Lots of memories, pictures and friendships made, re-enforced and renewed are the rewards for participating in the road tour! Thanks to everyone who went, helped, fed and otherwise involved with us along the way.

For pictures please use this link: CLICK Here or copy and paste link:

Below is a list of the Participants that went on the 2018 Vintage Rod Tour

- Ron and Dee Goben 1932 Ford Coupe Mt. Washington, Ky.
- Ron and Cathy Atkins 1937 Ford 4 Dr Sedan Knoxville, Tn.
- Roger and Grace Phillips 1934 Ford 2 Dr Sedan Knoxville, Tn.
- Tom and Rita Georgian 1940 Chevy 2 Dr Sedan Cleveland, Ohio
- Darrell and Debbie Mullins 1934 Dodge Dodge Truck Clendenin, W. Va.
- Mike and Arlene Smith 1932 Chevy 4 Dr Sedan Rutherfordton, NC
- Jim and Debbie Bledsoe 1934 Dodge Panel Truck Kingsport, Tn.
- Charles and Marie Ray 1937 Pontiac Sedan Baton Rouge, La.
- Phil and Jeanette Prather 1932 Ford Roadster Roselle, Ill.

Thanks to all who participated in this year's tour. New Pre- 49 Shows for 2019

There will be a new Pre-49 show called Cruisin for Paws in Vicksburg, Ms. on March 7-9, 2019. This will take place in downtown Vicksburg at the corner of Washington and Grove Streets. The money generated from this show will go to the local Paws Rescue that helps to rescue stray and abandoned animals. For more info on this show call Al Mashburn at 601-831-2008. For anyone interested in going to this show and would want to travel with Jim and Debbie, give them a call at 423-571-6430.

Another Pre- 49 show will be in Lexington, Ky. On April 27, 2019. The name of the show is Deuces in the Bluegrass. This is only a one-day show, but the promoter tells me that there will be a cruise-in the night before the show. There will be more details in the next newsletter. For now, if you want more info on this show, you can call Mark Cain at 859-552-3359 or email him at .

Membership Renewals

As we said, all memberships were extended for one year because of basically being semi active this year. All active members will be sent renewals in the mail but if you feel that you have been overlooked, please feel free to check with us and we will check our records. We certainly hope that everyone will renew their membership because we feel there are bigger things to come.

Since we never have a December Newsletter, your next one will be in January.

Have a Safe & Happy Holiday Season.
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

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