The 9th Hot Rod Hayride, held just south of London at the end of July, has become a real must-do event if you’re into traditional hot rods, cool bikes, 40s-50s music/clothing/stuff, or any one of the above, really. For us, it’s just about meeting our buddies, hanging out, checking everything out and taking some well-earned R & R soaking up the unique laid-back vibe. With the live music, the Hayride Hill Climb, Wall of Death riders, Art Show, Burlesque, Flea Market & Autojumble, the Stromberg Soapbox Derby and, new for this year, Roller Derby (!), there’s plenty to keep you out of the bar. And it’s a formula that seems to work year in, year out. The location is cool. Even the fact that ticket numbers are limited – this year was a sell out – with no day passes, adds to the atmosphere. It’s participation only and folks now come in from all over Europe.
Does it sound like we had a great time? You bet. Thanks to Jerry, Anna, Andy, the Detonators CC and everyone else who makes it such a great weekend. Congrats to the fastest Soap Boxer who won a pair of new 97s. Enjoy the pictures!