This year we were threatened by bad weather all week leading up to the first Sunday in September which has been the start of spring and hopefully the start of good sunny days for enjoying hot rodding after the winter hibernation. It was also our 21st year of conducting our little one day out door show and shine. We the club started holding the Father’s Day show in the car park of a hotel, but development of the area saw us looking for a venue where the public was already going shopping, all we had to do was set up and steer them towards the show entrance. St John’s Square in the heart of Fremantle, at the end of the shopping mall and next to Town Hall was good for about six years.
As councils go they tried to shift us to another location and charge accordingly, but we encouraged the Primary School principle, of St. Patrick’s just one city block away from the Town hall of Fremantle to let use the school grounds, back in 2000. And it has become a win win for both parties. The P & F of the school raises money from the food , drinks, cake stalls and raffles. We do the advertising, bringing in the rods and raise money for the club as well as for the charity of the Senses Foundation.
This year’s winner of the People’s Choice award went to the Red 1934 2 door Ford sedan with the blower atop of a very well detailed engine compartment.
We were hoping for 100 entrants, being our 21st anniversary, but only had 82 vehicles parked in and around the school grounds with 51 of them being hot rods which is the main aim of the show.
Most of our club members were present on the day. And out of the 82 vehicles we had 22 members cars on show. In two years our club will celebrate 50 years of building, showing and driving hot rods around the city of Perth and throughout the state of Western Australia and attending various hot rod events on the Eastern side of Australia some 2,540 miles away. We have our own club rooms built by many current and past members from monies raised from previous hot shows that the club has hosted since 1966 until 1988. The Father’s Day Hot Rod Show is very popular with our members as with money raised, it helps to keep the fees down and the club rooms open and well furnished for other clubs to use and enjoy for meetings and social events.
words: West Coast Street Rod Club. Inc. pix: Jerry Chng