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Sunday, September 23, 2012

Billetproof at Antioch, vol. 1

From our discerning No. Calif. correspondent, Michael S Moore:

"So the Billetproof show or something like it started down around Paso Robles as an alternative to all the bright ‘n’ shiny Hot Rod expos that have burgeoned around the country to give voice to the home-made and idiosyncratic of the hobby over the multi-thousand dollar cookie-cutter rich man’s “collectible” custom made cars.  Or so I understand; I went to Antioch two years ago and found it really interesting and a definite contrast to, well, the one Benicia puts on in the spring [albeit for a worthy cause - the high school band], which is mostly old white guys with lavishly chromed machinery they may or may not have had a hand in building.  Two years on there were a lot more cars and vendors [and old white guys, myself included] at Antioch, and more of those bright ‘n’ shiny street rods despite the strictures -
       1964 and prior TRADITIONAL style rods and customs ONLY
      No visible billet anything! Especially wheels!
      No digital gauges
      No IFS on fenderless cars
      No trailered cars
      No mag wheels made after the 60’s
      Traditional looking choppers and bobbers ONLY! (No modern West Coast Choppers, OCC style bikes) ..." --MSM

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