Hot Rod Heaven


I don’t own a hot rod and I don’t have the money or skills to restore one. Still, I love to attend classic car shows where I can admire the collections of those who do.

The 10th annual Hot Rod and Doo Wop show in Charleston, West Virginia, gave me the chance to drool over some of the best classic cars Appalachia has to offer.  More than 700 collectors motored to the capitol city and parked their carefully restored “babies” along Kanawha Boulevard for four days of auto-inspired euphoria.

It was a stormy weekend, so you have to give a lot of credit to the owners who repeatedly dried and polished their cars to try and keep them looking showroom new.

I grabbed as many photos as possible before the heavy rain began, starting with some of my favorites from the ’50’s and 60’s.  Can you say beauty, power and speed?

Next up, classic cars from the 30’s 40’s with some really cool styling and trim, plus paint job perfection.

There were some interesting stories behind several of the cars at Hot Rod and Doo Wop 2015.  The great grandson of Devil Anse Hatfield brought his ’32 Ford to the show, a ’35 Chevy used by Depression era outlaws was on display, and the Charleston P.D. showed off a muscle car they confiscated from local drug dealers.  With Halloween just a few weeks away, it was fun to see a ’36 Ford 2-door slant back transformed into a “zombie killer,” armed with flame throwers and a 30-caliber machine gun.

Can’t forget the great trucks:

And finally, details, details, details… What’s not to love?

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