Wednesday, June 10, 2009

The Rat Rod Story

The Rat Rod Guy

The Rat Rod


This is Benke. His car was easy to spot at the retrorun meet and I was a bit surprised that it wasnt picked as Best in Show! It's a Rat Rod. The engine is from a 1986 Chevy 350. He has built the car himself from scratch. A few years ago when he lived and worked in the US, he found the 1938 Ford somewhere in Ohio, and knew instantly that he had to buy it. He didn't have a garage, or any tools, but helpful friends in the US helped him with that. When it was finally finished, he drove around the country for one year. Benke told me about visiting the Street Rod National in Louisville, Kentucky an event attracting some 13,000 cars. Luckily he didn't have to drive too many miles to get to this meet as he lives only a few kilometres away at Vendelsö.

11 comments:

brattcat said...

Wow! Amazing! As awesome in its way as Frankenstein's creation.

Jacob said...

What a great car and even greater story!

That is the chicken said...

Ooh! I like this car...I much prefer the old and battered and interesting to the new and shiny. Great post!

Pearl said...

I love that sort of thing -- your friend built his own car! How cool!

Pearl

Amy said...

I just love old cars!

Olivier said...

Un beau portrait et une voiture qui a beaucoup vécue, elle est superbe.
A nice portrait and a car which lived a lot, it is superb.

Vogon Poet said...

The story of benke is great, he has to be a very good mechanic.
Probably he likes his car this way, but I think that you could find a compromise between shiny and rusty.

Lois said...

I would love to see this car in person!

Leif Hagen said...

Steffe man! Love your portraits and stories about your featured cooool people du jour! Jatte kul! Great snaps! Tack sa mycket! Halsningar fran Hagen med EAGAN daily photo

Steffe said...

Thanks people, there was may interesting people and a few cool cars at the meet. I will show you another one in today's post. And if you would like to read more about Benke, his wife has a blog about their stay in the US.

gretchen said...

love the car and the story was great...

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