Hot Rod Exposition 1948

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The official program for the first Hot Rod Exposition.
Hot Rod Exposition 1948. Photo by Hot Rod Magazine
Celebrity Colleen Townsend poses with the giveaway 1932 Ford at the 1948 Hot Rod Exposition. Photo by Hot Rod Magazine
Bob Estes' 1927 Ford Model T Roadster at the first annual Hot Rod Exposition.

Hot Rod Exposition 1948

The first Hot Rod Exposition was held January 23, 24 and 25 in 1948. Approximately 55 000 people visited the show during the three days it was held, and according to Hot Rod Magazine November 1948 some people had to be turned away for safety reasons. During the three-day event a 1932 Ford was built and given away. The roadster was built by a team of hot rodders led by Lou Baney, an active member of the Gophers Car Club. The team consisted of members of the SCTA Road Runners such as Harvey Haller, Bill Burke, and Rulon McGregor. Everything on the car was built on stage including paint, chrome and upholstery. The car was built using parts from many of the show advertisers. One of the best parts on the car was the Kinmont disc brakes.[1] The car was finished as the show ended, and Nelson Morris was the lucky winner of the first Door Prize roadster.[2]

Cars Attending:
Roy Aldrich's 1922 Ford Model T Roadster
Bob Giovanine and Chuck Spurgin's 1925 Chevrolet Roadster
The Granger Brothers' 1927 Chevrolet Roadster
Bob Estes' 1927 Ford Model T Roadster
Harvey Haller's 1927 Ford Model T Roadster
Randy Shinn's 1927 Ford Model T Roadster
Charles Clark's 1929 Ford Model A Roadster
Doane Spencer's 1932 Ford Roadster
Nelson Morris' 1932 Ford Roadster - The Giveaway Car
Robert North's 1932 Ford Cabriolet
Dave Glotch's 1934 Ford Roadster
Lee Grey's 1934 Ford Roadster
George Barris' 1941 Buick
Bob Rufi's Lakester

Stuart Hilborn's Lakester


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