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Event Coverage 1st Street Rod Nationals - 1970

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Tic, Mar 21, 2021.

  1. Tic
    Joined: Jan 9, 2009
    Posts: 42


    I had a bunch of pictures that the wife and I took at the first Street Rod Nationals in Peoria, IL in 1970, so I decided to post them in a slideshow on YouTube.

    My first try at this so don't expect a professional production. I just wanted to get them out there for people to enjoy.

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  2. BuckeyeBuicks
    Joined: Jan 4, 2010
    Posts: 2,266

    from ohio

    Thanks for all the pictures. Hard to believe that was 51 years ago, damn I am getting old:eek:
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  3. I had almost forgotten how many T-buckets there were back then. You have to wonder where they all are these days.
    Last edited: Mar 21, 2021
  4. BamaMav
    Joined: Jun 19, 2011
    Posts: 4,814

    from Berry, AL

    My then 11 year old self would have thought I'd died and went to hot rod heaven! These are the styles that molded my ideas . Lots of shiny chrome, and not a faded out rusty paint job in the bunch!

  5. 270283
    Joined: Jun 11, 2006
    Posts: 413


    Great job! Good music too. Thanks for the trip back in time.
  6. hot-rod roadster
    Joined: Aug 30, 2005
    Posts: 3,019

    hot-rod roadster
    from Omaha Ne.

    Nice job, that was a great throwback. Gary
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  7. 1934coupe
    Joined: Feb 22, 2007
    Posts: 4,446


    Thanks for sharing, very few trailered cars if any back then. My friend Lacey Hunt drove his 33 Chevy sedan there and back from Huntington LI. NY. Those were the days.

  8. Torkwrench
    Joined: Jan 28, 2005
    Posts: 2,506


    Thanks for the photos. I grew up about 30 miles west, in Canton ILL. I remember seeing some of the cars when they were out cruising the nearby countryside.....Would have been 7 years old at that time.
  9. roadsterdonpat32
    Joined: Apr 16, 2008
    Posts: 85


    Thanks, very nice
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  10. A Boner
    Joined: Dec 25, 2004
    Posts: 5,961

    A Boner

    Thanks for the pic’s.
    The T buckets look more dialed in than the deuces!
  11. Petejoe
    Joined: Nov 27, 2002
    Posts: 10,849

    from Zoar, Ohio

    Was a Junior in high school during this time.
    Long hair, hot pants and psychedelics.
    Yep the t buckets were more popular than the coupes.
    To be young again.
  12. Stu D Baker
    Joined: Mar 4, 2005
    Posts: 2,649

    Stu D Baker
    from Illinois

    Thanks for posting. You did well.
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  13. dana barlow
    Joined: May 30, 2006
    Posts: 4,310

    dana barlow
    from Miami Fla.
    1. Y-blocks

    Awsome all a round
  14. '34 Terraplane
    Joined: Jul 11, 2011
    Posts: 256

    '34 Terraplane
    from Western PA

    What an outstanding job you've done to preserve these photos. Thank you for sharing them with us.
  15. Deuce Daddy Don
    Joined: Apr 27, 2008
    Posts: 5,098

    Deuce Daddy Don

    Copy of Detroit,Mi 1972.JPG Great job!!!----Yep, the T buckets were in abundance then, bet all those wide front tires went by the wayside after traveling cross country back then. We saw many of these again at 1972 Nats when I made my first cross country trip with Bud Bryan & Tom (Stroker") Medley to Detroit.
    Thanks for posting!!
  16. Corn Fed
    Joined: May 16, 2002
    Posts: 2,952

    Corn Fed

    Thanks for sharing those. I love that crazy era.
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  17. Phillips
    Joined: Oct 26, 2010
    Posts: 1,325


    Thank you! Always excited to see pics from the first few nats, especially Peoria.

    Sent from my iPhone using H.A.M.B.
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  18. arkiehotrods
    Joined: Mar 9, 2006
    Posts: 6,344


    I still have the November 1970 Rod & Custom magazine that covered the first Street Rod Nationals. I was 14 years old and thought I had died and gone to heaven!
    Last edited: Mar 22, 2021
  19. 40ragtopdown
    Joined: Jan 13, 2015
    Posts: 8,640


    Great pics thanks for sharing.
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  20. Tic
    Joined: Jan 9, 2009
    Posts: 42


    Thanks Guys!
    Glad everyone is enjoying them. For some reason we never took a picture of what the wife and I drove down there. It is a '27 Ford Roadster pickup with a 265 Small block and a Powerglide transmission.

    Tic 27 Ford Roadster Pickup-2.jpg 27 Ford Roadster Pickup-1.jpg
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  21. My friend John mounted this on the front of his 1932 5 window coupe to commemorate the 50 year anniversary, he also added the original dash plaque he got when he registered the same '32 that he drive to this very day, the car was red at that time. HRP



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  22. woodiewagon46
    Joined: Mar 14, 2013
    Posts: 1,824

    from New York

    1934 Coupe, WOW, Lacy Hunt had an upholstery shop in Bayville L.I and did most of the custom interiors in the area. I welded the exhaust manifolds for his "T" touring car. I can't remember if it was the late '60s or early '70s. I don't know if Lacy is still with us, but I know his brother is still around.
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  23. Moriarity
    Joined: Apr 11, 2001
    Posts: 21,016

    Staff Member


    Cool., I wonder what the deal is on this uncertain T looking car at 2 minutes and 13 seconds in the video???

    Last edited: Mar 23, 2021
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  24. CAHotRodBoy
    Joined: Apr 22, 2005
    Posts: 393


    Everyone was so young (and thin)!

    I was a high school freshman that year and these cars had a big influence on me. I still love the look of square edged bias ply tires on slotted aluminums.

    I remember seeing some of those cars in Rod & Custom and Hot Rod and dreaming about someday owning one. Those dreams came true but not until the mid 80's after a bunch of muscles cars, Corvettes, and other stuff. Sure wish I had been able to experience those early Nationals.

    Thanks for posting the video.
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  25. My old friend Tony Phillips attended the first Street Rod Nationals and everyone since, sadly Tony Passed away a couple of weeks ago. HRP
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  26. Thanks for sharing! Those are some great pics!
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  27. Flathead Dave
    Joined: Mar 21, 2014
    Posts: 3,280

    Flathead Dave
    from So. Cal.

    Your video goes to show that nothing has changed much since 1970 and that's what I like.
    Cool video!
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  28. 49ratfink
    Joined: Feb 8, 2004
    Posts: 18,036

    from California

    I was 10 years old in 1970. one of you old guys should have stopped by and picked me up.
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  29. Very Cool to have that photo record of the event in such nice condition.Thanks for sharing that.
    And yeah - there didn’t seem to be a lot of old guys involved back then - We just started showing up in bigger numbers as the years rolled on.

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