Rods ‘N Rhodies Weekend – Florence

The Rods ‘N Rhodies Invitational Car Show for 2018 is gearing up for another spectacular Invitational Car Show.
September 7th, 8th, & 9th, 2018

Because Rods ’N Rhodies is an Invitational Event, you know you’ll see some of the West Coast’s most gorgeous, amazing, awe-inspiring hot rods at different venues all weekend.

If you would like to participate, you must apply, and be approved. We only have room for 125 cars in Old Town Florence. You provide the necessary information, attach 3 photos of your car, and pay the entry fee. This year you can download your application, and mail it in as usual, or take advantage of the New Online Application. Its easy, and you can do it with your computer or mobile device.
— Its not too late to register your car. Make your plans and arrange your lodging early while rooms are available, and prices are low. 

We are only inviting 125 of the Hottest Rods and Coolest Kustoms.
If your Car has what it takes, you can apply now. (Paper) APPLICATION HERE

Optionally, you can use this Online Application HERE.  Quick and easy, with no photo prints or stamps involved. 

The event starts Friday Sept 7, at 12:00 with Registration & Check-In.
An “All Cars Welcome” Show-and-Shine is from 4:00 to 7:00. Location will be the Port Parking area at 1st and Nopal in Old Town Florence. 
Check the Hottest Rods, and Koolest Kustoms as they arrive for check-in. Show your car, and hang out for a great kickoff to the Big Show on Saturday and Sunday. This Free event will have Vendors, music and more. 
— Invitational Car Show is Saturday and Sunday in Old Town Florence

Monthly Rhody Cruise-in


Put this on your Calendar…

This Cruise-in has grown. every month we fill the parking lot and take over the A&W.
All Hot Rodders welcome. 
Rain or shine… Hot Rods or drivers.
FIRST THURSDAY OF EVERY MONTH
Next Cruise-in June 7, 2018

50/50 Rolls On.  


A & W offers $ 5.00 Combo Meal Deals. Anything on the wall $5 bux!
WHEN: First Thursday, June 7, 2018
WHERE: A&W Root Beer. 1690 Highway 101, Florence OR
TIME: 4:00 to 5:30 PM
Comments about this? email Gary at gary@oregoncoasthotrods.com

reRun… Leno’s Hot Rod MG TD

mqdefaultSunday afternoon, after Football… Checking all my email addresses, hoping someone would write… YouTube did, so I’m checking out
Jay Leno and his ’52 MG TD HotRod… This MG is all HotRod.
I love the classic Fendered Roadster look, and american sound.

I’m a small car guy, and I have HotRodded British cars before… They really are small.
Jay Leno gets a little bitchy about the legroom as he hangs out with the builder.
— It’s a well produced Hot Rod Story. Crank up the volume! … WATCH IT HERE

Show Your Car • Tell Your Story

Christmas at the Adobe

Adobe-XmasA trip up the coast in the winter is always interesting. Braving the tail of a storm for the promise of good friends and a yummy buffet, we picked up Sonja and Jim and charged into the wind, rain and hail. When we arrived, the Resort was all decked out for the holiday, and the staff was friendly and efficient. While still early, there were a lot of Cruiser’s jackets and hot coffee. Soon there were about 60 members and family standing around, greeting in a holiday spirit. The buffet was open with custom omelets, sliced beast and all manor of lovely edible delights. The sea was crazy mad, making a great spectacle for us all, cozy and warm behind the glass. Everyone had a great time eating and chattering, telling stories and making plans. Too soon, people began filtering out. It’s always great to see the Rhody Cruisers family, and to share another good time.

Gary’s First Hot Rod…

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circa 1964

I started working on my first Hot Rod in about 1964. It was a ’17 Dodge bucket, model A frame and a 312 Thunderbird engine. It was someone else’s abandoned project… pretty much a piece of junk, but I got it going and drove it around anyway knowing I could build better.
As a young guy, freshly married and a couple toddlers, time and money was limited. That engine and 4 speed were transitioned, over the next 12 years into a pretty sweet glass body T roadster pickup. Hmm.. I must have a picture here someplace.

These pictures just turned up. Photos are circa 1975 or so. This is my second Hot Rod, and made partly from my first. It’s running that 312 Thunderbird with a “Police Interceptor” Intake setup. T-10 4-Speed, and an early Jaguar e-type rear end. Oh to be 30 again..

From The 2015 Rods ‘N Rhodies Invitational…

Another Rods ‘N Rhodies is in the books.
What a great weekend. We had 103 cars from all over Oregon, plus amazing cars from British Columbia, Washington, and California.
Best of Show is that little dark green ’36 Ford coupe. Great fun for me was getting a ride in the winner down to Mo’s where we did a photo shoot for next years poster. There were many well deserved Merchant awards, and lots of volunteers hustling around. Here are a few of my pictures.

Best Coastal Cruiser 2015…

Oregon Coast Hot Rods will again Award the coveted Best Coastal Cruiser at the Rods ‘N Rhodes Invitational Car Show on Sept 9-10.

From my Facebook Post 2015:
Previously on Oregon Coast Hot Rods {…Oregon Coast Hot Rods will be presenting a Merchant Award this year. “Best Coastal Cruiser”.} This was as tough as I had feared. I was close with a sweet Chevy II, a 51 Chevy hauler, and a few others. I love vintage cars, more than bling. I just kept coming back to the ’51 Chevy Suburban. It is owned by Dave Surmon and his wife Linda from Albany OR. This Suburban started life in the Air Force. After it was discharged it got a job as a School Bus. Then it dropped out and became a Hippie Hauler in Berkeley, with Rainbows and Flowers no doubt. The remnants were picked up, and taken to a farm where its new owners did extensive restoration and upgrades. Today, with Dave’s help, it is a fabulous cruiser with lots of room for family and fun. From the 2015 Rods ‘N Rhodies Invitational Car Show, presenting
Oregon Coast Hot Rods choice for “Best Coastal Cruiser”