ASRF Street Rod Nationals – Newcastle

Easter 2015, and all roads led to Newcastle. Well, perhaps not all roads, but for ASRF members all across Australia, that was their destination. To those that drive ‘T’ buckets, without screens and tops, and all those other open car aficionados, I take my hat off to you, for your dedication !

Rod Squad was invited to host a Sunday service at the 2015 Nats, and we were honoured to do so. A bunch of us and our rides set off from Brissie in the rain, for the “down-hill” run to Newcastle. An empty (LPG) gas tank for Dick, a blown tyre for me that had ‘Teddy’ braking hard to avoid a huge chunk of rubber going thru the pristine grille of the Buick, and an ashtray that, strangely, kept filling with water for Chuck, meant that our trips weren’t totally boring.

Arriving Thursday and completing registration, saw us off to our accommodation, settled in and enjoying a great Italian meal – thanks to our lovely ladies for the hard work – AND dessert !!

The Sunday service was a top event!!   Thanks to Geoff for the message, the Crusties [and Col] for their music and songs, and to David for making the trip to hammer the keyboard, and lastly to Jeff from “the Preachers of Illawarra” for his testimony. It was fantastic to have so many of our club there, and see some unfamiliar faces too.

How do you finish up a Nats Sunday service?……….with hot cross buns, of course!! and it didn’t take long for 12 dozen buns to disappear among the crowd.

So, what do ya say when it’s over?  Great trip, top Nats (congrats to the team who did all that hard work), awesome cars, good food, excellent company, thanks Rod Squaders & Squatters, and most importantly, thanks for the Lord’s unending grace and blessings.


The winning Tudor!!! - Graeme & Di Blair

The winning Tudor!!! – Graeme & Di Blair

Winners are grinners!!!
Graeme Blair won top tudor in his ’34 Buick Victoria – Congratulations Teddy!

Vince & Sue Hutton’s new ride – ’29 A pickup

Col & Brenda Chapman’s ’55 Merc

David & Debbie Jones from Wodonga brought their coupe & keyboard.

Saturday was an open day for the public but the weather was not at all kind – very wet, so crowds were down

At the Rod Squad Church Service, Dick Thornton read from God’s Word & prayed, and Jeff Dakers from ‘The Preachers’ hot rod club (Illawarra) testified of the change that has taken place in his life since he asked Jesus Christ to be Lord of his life.
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Col Chapman brought a couple of itemsIMG_4867

We were thankful to have David Jones from Wodonga who added so much to our praise time with his musical gift.

The ‘Crusties’ sang

and Geoff Miller brought the message – ‘It is finished’   Jesus is risen!

Then it was out to the track to serve Hot Cross buns to those passing by……………….

Twelve dozen didn’t take long to disappear – lots of happy customers!       (Our Club tent in the background)


Friends of Rod Squad (the Rod Squatters) Tom & Joan Shillito and son Duncan got a spot next to Curly & Helen Hardcastle’s ’32 coupe

Graham Poulsen’s ’33 Tudor


Jeff Dakers came with his son in his Merc coupe

Top Street Rod trophy went to this T Bucket

Dick Thornton got his pickup registered about a week before leaving for the nationals