The Spindletop Rod Run - 2010

Roll’n on Boston Avenue The Spindletop Rod Run - 2010

Text and Photography by Michael & Rebecca Marrs

Every winter, Hot Rodders typically spend their time getting ready for the next time they can find their way out of the garage as Spring finally comes into view. There are engines to rebuild, there are suspensions to tweak or even update, and there are plenty of new ideas from many of last years’ shows that need to be incorporated. So when Spring does come around, the need for speed to the nearest car show is a mighty powerful force. One of the long standing spring shows in Southeast Texas is the Spindletop Rod Run, which is actually an early spring open show. In its’ history, the two day event has had to deal with the aftermath of hurricanes, as well as a few location moves that would typically spell the end for many events, but for the March 2010 event, home once again proved to be on Boston Avenue, in the bright Southeast Texas Sunshine. The 26th Annual event was held on the fourth weekend of March, as it has become one of the first signs of spring. Working with the City of Nederland, the Spindletop Rod Run is now in their second year of calling Boston Avenue in Nederland, Texas, home, and it is where they plan to stay at least until 2012. There is still room to grow an already impressive show that has some top quality vehicles of every type showing up. The street setting provides plenty of room to park Show N’ Shine vehicles down each side of the street, so that a stroll down memory lane becomes almost a real trip back in time. There were food vendors across the grounds, as well as a DJ setup under the main awning that kept the event rock’n with good time music. This also provided a center stage for the entire weekend, as announcements were made to keep everyone up to date on the activities, as well as the door prizes that were being awarded. There was a wide variety of vehicles to keep everyone’s attention. Everything from the 1957 T-Bird that Linda Evans drove into the event, or the white 1962 Corvette that W.P “Bud” Clark had on display that shows complete with the history of the car all the way back to when it was built in October 1961. For the late model muscle car enthusiast, there were several cars out of the Houston area, such as Bob Harvey’s brilliant orange Pro Street 1966 Nova that is totally built and show worthy even though it is fully registered as being street legal. David Leach continues to refine his ‘70 Hemi Super Bee convertible concept car that started life in Detroit as a Dodge Coronet drop top. For the Rod set, there were so many nice rides to look at. Ronnie Packman found the cool Texas sunshine to his liking while cruising in his ’39 Mercury, and it was hard to not notice the beautiful Brandywine paint on the Hot Rod ’50 Oldsmobile that Ronnie Herrera rolled into town with. With the new home in Nederland established for the next several years, the event has a few new things in mind to keep participants and spectators coming back for plenty of Rod’n in Southeast Texas. For more information on the 27th annual Spindletop Rod Run, contact John Woodall @ 409.752.3327.

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