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Hot Rods My Pops, TROG, a roadster and Mel.....

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Kenny P, Jun 15, 2018.

  1. Kenny P
    Joined: Dec 31, 2008
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    My father and I went to TROG in 2015. Dad said "that's one of the coolest events I've ever been to" , I had to agree.
    I thought it was such a great event that I even needed be part of it all.
    Soooo, I sold my '53 Chevy and bought myself a stock '31 Roadster from a family friend just over a year ago to turn into a Race of Gentlemen contender. Hopped her up a bit, sent in my entry and hoped for the best.
    I got accepted to attend and decided that instead of me driving, I thought my Dad would really love to run down the beach. He's a 75 year old real deal Hot Rodder.
    He knew it was my Birthday,
    but it I thought I'd reverse things a bit, an early Fathers day surprise would be kinda cool.
    So I sneakily got a photo of him and submitted it for the program, asked that the TROG crew not post it on social media. Made sure he wanted to meet me in Jersey to "watch me run", He lives in Pa. and I live in Florida. I asked Mel if he would tell him on the day of registration. He said yes, and everything went as planned!!
    We had a great weekend thanks to Mel and his crew.

    Here are a few photos and a couple videos of quite a memorable weekend.







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    The photo in the program that he had no idea he was in.


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    Photo credit to #nick01psd for the amazing photo above!


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    Pops and Gene Winfield.


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    Cruising back for another run.


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    I got to meet the "Lady of the Line"!

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    Me and Pop after some fun in the sand.
     
  2. spurgeonforge
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    How awesome is that! Good job.
     
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  3. 4wd1936
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    from NY

    Kenny, You are the best, that was a class act. Thanks for sharing.
     
  4. VOODOO ROD & CUSTOM
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    This has to be a Top 5 best post on the HAMB.

    Congrats to Pops and you.

    VR&C.
     
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  5. Very cool!
     
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  6. Stogy
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    Priceless...Happy Fathers Day...;)...and what a cool Hotrod...your Dad must have had a blast...and you as well.
     
  7. Wow! Great story.
     
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  8. That’s amazing! What a Great Gift!
     
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  9. walls
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    I got to talk to your dad a few times through out the weekend.
    Got stuck in line near him.
    Seemed like he was having a blast.

    Awesome thing you did.
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  10. gnichols
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    Wonderful. I just HAVE to make it next year. Gary
     
  11. brady1929
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    Great roadster and story.
     
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  12. jim snow
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    Good stuff. A time you both will never forget. Thanks, Snowman
     
  13. Congratulations on a job well done. Memories for a lifetime.


    Sent from my iPhone using The H.A.M.B. mobile app
     
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  14. NashRodMan
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    KennyP.....you are a good son. This is awesome.
     
  15. GordonC
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    That is just awesome!!
     
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  16. That's a nice car.....
     
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  17. Wow, that brings tears to my eyes. What a cool way to honor your Dad.
     
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  18. Nice work!
    Memories are priceless
     
  19. 58ducknut
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    Awesome !!!
     
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  20. Well, if that don't beat all! :)
     
  21. 2935ford
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    Wow, bet he's plenty proud of you!
    What a Great thing to do for your Dad.
     
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  22. GASSERBOB
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    That is really cool.
     
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  23. Jalopy Joker
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    ya done real good
     
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  24. Will Kimble
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    Good work!
     
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  25. Pat
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    Very cool. The name sounds familiar. Didn’t he build a cool mid-engine v-8 bus? I read about it somewhere.
     
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  26. Kenny P
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    Yes Sir Pat, that's my Pops.
    His non HAMB friendly bus was in Hot Rod a few times
    and a Summit Racing Catalog Centerfold too!!
    He drove that bus from Erie Pa, to Bonneville and back.
    Like I said, A real deal Hot Rodder. :) hrdp_0603_bus_01_z-1962_vw_bus-side_view.jpg

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  27. Pat
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    HAMB friendly or not, That bus is too cool! The apple didn’t fall far from the tree!
     
  28. Kenny P
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    Here's one of his more HAMB friendly rides.
    '55 Plymouth Custom. Started life as a four door!!
    Sorry, the pic is old and kinda cruddy, but his thing was perfect in every way. IMG_1348.jpg
     
    Last edited: Jun 16, 2018
  29. Tim
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    Not only is that super cool but the photos and videos are amazing!
     
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  30. Atwater Mike
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    Wow, Kenny... Makes me glad for you and your Pop. I too have a son like you.
    Rare, yet quite appreciated.
     
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