Frog Follies 2014

First gas stop, in Washington, MO, before making it to Dad's house.

First gas stop, in Washington, MO, before making it to Dad’s house.

This past weekend was the E’Ville Iron’s 40th Annual Frog Follies. For years, I had heard folks talking about how it was such a great pre-1949 rod run, and it took until 2011 for me to see it first hand. It’s now become an annual “guys weekend” for my dad and me. Since I don’t get to spend much time with my dad, since we live over 200 miles apart, this is one of the weekends that I really look forward to each year.

The first year, we did a “down and back” on the Saturday of the event, and we took my ’40 coupe. The next year, we did Saturday and Sunday, and took my ’40 stake truck. Last year, we took Dad’s ’34 sedan, and did all three days. Since I couldn’t get him to let us get his ’32 sedan on the road, we decided to take the coupe again, this year.

The weather was near 100 degrees each day, so we didn’t do a whole lot of walking around, and when we did, I was so hot that I didn’t even think to take pictures. I guess that made it seem like I was conserving energy or something!

For me, yeah, the event is cool, but not as cool as running down the highway with Dad. Sometimes we talk about serious stuff, sometimes we just admire the scenery, but it’s time invested in this later in life relationship that I really enjoy.

The first trip to Frog Follies resulted in another cool friendship. As Dad and I were blasting home, I passed a truck that I never paid attention to, since it was a “late model”. Later, when looking at someone’s photos on the HAMB, I commented that I appreciated their taking a photo of my coupe. Clay Vance, the driver of the “late model” commented that I blasted past him and must have been doing upwards of 80 miles an hour! Over the next several months, we became buddies, and he recruited me into the CrossMembers Car Club. This year, Clay was able to drive his ’37 sedan, which was his Dad’s high school hot rod!

Enjoy the photos. Most of them are of our adventure down the highway, or shots of Clay’s ’37 and my ’40, but hey…what’s new? I’m always posting shots of my stuff!

Remember to get the hot rods out and enjoy the drive! If you want to run with Clay and me, join us for the St Louis Hot Rod Hundred, on October 11, 2014!

Bret
Bret@StreetRodder.Net

http://StreetRodder.Net

The FUN is in the RUN!!!

Dunno what it was, but that's one of the nastiest splats I have ever seen.

Dunno what it was, but that’s one of the nastiest splats I have ever seen.

After nearly getting stuck in some mud, I opted to park by the playground.

After nearly getting stuck in some mud, I opted to park by the playground.

This 35 sedan was just way too cool.

This 35 sedan was just way too cool.

The ground was real soft and didn't allow all the grass to be mowed before the event.

The ground was real soft and didn’t allow all the grass to be mowed before the event.

And was definitely down in the weeds!

And was definitely down in the weeds!

My unintentional power parking location.

My unintentional power parking location.

Clay's '37 finally made the trip to the Frog Follies.

Clay’s ’37 finally made the trip to the Frog Follies.

My coupe, photo bombing this stylish shot of Clay's sedan.

My coupe, photo bombing this stylish shot of Clay’s sedan.

A way cool 40 standard coupe.

A way cool 40 standard coupe.

Don Albers built this T roadster pickup several years back.  Still one I dig.

Don Albers built this T roadster pickup several years back. Still one I dig.

I think that I mentioned I like '36 5 window coupes before.

I think that I mentioned I like ’36 5 window coupes before.

This one looked pretty cool.

This one looked pretty cool.

Good looking '40 Deluxe coupe.

Good looking ’40 Deluxe coupe.

More photos of my coupe and Clay's sedan.

More photos of my coupe and Clay’s sedan.

And another artsy fartsy shot.

And another artsy fartsy shot.

You can see my dad and Clay trying to beat the heat in under the pop up.

You can see my dad and Clay trying to beat the heat in under the pop up.

Mike Bauman's super cool '32 5 window.  A dropped axle and it would be perfect.

Mike Bauman’s super cool ’32 5 window. A dropped axle and it would be perfect.

Heading back home.

Heading back home.

I don't know why Dad says I need to change out my glass.

I don’t know why Dad says I need to change out my glass.

Another action shot.

Another action shot.

Always fun to see the flame licks coming back at ya!

Always fun to see the flame licks coming back at ya!

Clay leading the way back to St Louis.

Clay leading the way back to St Louis.

HAMB Drags trip, 2014

Parked outside the Mexican Villa.

Parked outside the Mexican Villa.

This past weekend was full of Mid-August SWMO hot rod guy awesomeness. The Ozarks Antique Auto Club hosted their annual swap meet, and the HAMB Drags were on Saturday, over in Asbury, MO.

At the swap meet, with David Hay.

At the swap meet, with David Hay.

On Friday, I met up with my buddy, David Hay, and we ran out to the swap meet. Afterwards, we grabbed some lunch, at Mexican Villa, and he headed on over to Joplin, and I got back to work.

On Saturday, I ran by and picked up Quentin Brown, and we cruised in my coupe, over to the HAMB Drags. We blasted across old Route 66, and found our way to Ryno’s shop, where some of the guys were gathering before the drags.

Nick Hoesing's awesome A Roadster, outside of Ryno's shop.

Nick Hoesing’s awesome A Roadster, outside of Ryno’s shop.

The Yay-Hoo Cup winning coupe, owned by Jason Holland.

The Yay-Hoo Cup winning coupe, owned by Jason Holland.

If I did not already own a 40 coupe, a 36 5 window would be on my wish list!

If I did not already own a 40 coupe, a 36 5 window would be on my wish list!

It looked good from all angles.

It looked good from all angles.

Christopher Hay, Me, and David Hay, in our self designated 1940 Ford parking area.

Christopher Hay, Me, and David Hay, in our self designated 1940 Ford parking area.

Danny  and Rusty Burford made it up from Texas.  Always good to see them.

Danny and Rusty Burford made it up from Texas. Always good to see them.

I did mention that I like 36 5 window coupes...

I did mention that I like 36 5 window coupes…

John Swander showed up in his deuce 5 window.

John Swander showed up in his deuce 5 window.

And Russco brought his mostly fiinshed 40 coupe.  I am definitely a fan.

And Russco brought his mostly fiinshed 40 coupe. I am definitely a fan.

Trailer-Ed drove his 40 Sedan Delivery.

Trailer-Ed drove his 40 Sedan Delivery.

A very cool 34 Vicky that was in the spectator parking area.

A very cool 34 Vicky that was in the spectator parking area.

It was cool!

It was cool!

The drags were cool, as always, but I think I spent way more time looking at cars and talking to friends, than I did watching the races. I didn’t take a whole lot of photos, and I really meant to take pictures of Christopher Hay’s sedan, but I got sidetracked!

Dan Hay and me, having fun and goofing around.

Dan Hay and me, having fun and goofing around.

This coming weekend, the coupe and I, will be heading up to Dads house, picking him up, and roaring across Illinois, to the Frog Follies, in Evansville, IN. If ya see me over there, be sure to stop me and say hello!

I can guarantee that I will have more photos, when I get back!

Bret
Bret@StreetRodder.Net

http://StreetRodder.Net

The FUN is in the RUN!!!