American V-Twin Rallys
Rat Rod Drag Racing
& Car Shows
Bring Your Rat Rod! – Bring Your Tent! – Bring Your Chair!
Enjoy The Racing, The Rally, The Vendors, The Rides, The Entertainment, The Weekend
Rat Rod Car Shows at ALL Rat Rod Drag Racing Events.
Rat Rod Car Show – Show Registration & Exhibit – Announced with each show
To be announced with show.
Announced with Each Show
What is A Rat Rod?
A Rat Rod is a newly developed name for the original Hot Rod style of the early 1950’s. A Rat Rod is usually a vehicle that has had many of the non-critical parts removed. They are usually finished in primer or paints that are often period correct. They are very often a conglomeration of parts and pieces of different makes, models and after-market parts. The term “Rat Rod” was first used by the high dollar, show cars guys to describe the low-buck, home built drivers. You can call them HOT RODS, TRADITIONAL RODS, STREETRODS, or RAT RODS they are here to stay and they are making a showing at auto related events across the country. These cars are a form or art and expression of their owners and builders.
Over the last ten to twelve years Rat Rods have become more and more accepted at Car Shows and in the custom car culture in general, with many car shows either including sections for Rat Rods, or beginning events directly devoted to them and aimed at wider audiences than ever before
Recently, the term “rat rod” has been used to describe almost any vehicle that appears unfinished or is built simply to be driven. Chopped tops, shaved trim, grills, tail lights, and other miscellaneous body parts continue to be swapped between makes and models.
The traditional Rat Rods. These are cars built the way rods were built in the ’30s, ’40s, and early ’50s, with a primary emphasis on low-buck and home-built, using period-correct components ranging from flathead to nailhead engines, wide whitewall tires to skinny blackwall bias-plies, and black primer to hand-rubbed paint.
The more modern Rat Rods. They’re artistic, fun, and sensational reinterpretations of late-’40s/early-’50s hot rodding as a culture that includes music, clothing, hairstyles, and tattoos. The cars are low, loud, chopped…with giant rear tires, lots of carburetors, open pipes, and tall gearshifts.
Frames from older cars or light trucks are sometimes preferred for Rat Rod conversions due to the chassis that is used for these types of vehicles—the chassis type provides a sturdy base for subsequent alterations. Older cars in poor condition are often advertised as candidates for Rat Rod conversions and, in some cases, the owner will purchase a custom frame, or design and build a frame themselves. In other cases, a Rat Rodder may use a small pick-up chassis, such as a Chevy S-10 or Dodge Dakota, to insert into an older car body, in order to create a vehicle that features the look of a classic Rat Rod, while also maintaining the reliability of a modern vehicle.
Paint and finish
Rat Rods often appear unfinished and at most, primer-only paint jobs are applied. Satin, or matte black and other flat colors are also common. You sometimes see the original paint job, with rust and blemishes. Rust is often acceptable and appreciated by Rat Rod owners.
Interiors of Rat Rods can range from plain to fully finished, though this is typically the final phase of construction. The owners personal seat preference usually forms the basis of many rat rod interiors, and most are designed to be functional without many comforts.
Though a variety of engines may be used, the most common engine type that is used in Rat Rods are Flathead V8 engines, early Chrysler Hemi engines, or more modern small block V8 engines from any manufacturer. Straight-8s straight-6s, straight-4, and V6s are also fairly commonly used in the construction of Rat Rods. Most Rat Rods are rear-wheel drive, with an open driveline.
A beam axle is the most commonly used type of front suspension, due to its appearance when exposed without fenders on a vehicle with open front suspension. Independent front suspension is rarely used and most Rat Rods use a 1928-1948 Ford I-beam axle, with a transverse leaf spring. Although any solid axle can be used in a Rat Rod. The Ford axle has been preferred for years due to the availability of spare parts. The .9-inchers are the most used rear ends in nearly every form of racing and most high-performance street vehicles.
Spring types in the front and rear can be transverse, parallel or coil setups—parallel is not used as frequently as the more common single-spring transverse setup and coil springs are still occasionally seen even though this spring type is less popular for aesthetic reasons. Rat Rods will often be built with airbag suspension, thereby allowing the driver to raise and lower the car. This can be a useful feature due to the extremely low ground clearance of many Rat Rods.
In many cases, the front suspension is mounted a considerable distance forward of the radiator, a practice that may be derived from the construction of early drag racing cars.
American V-Twin Rallys
Sonny Productions LLC
280 Haynes Rd,
Summerfield NC 27358
Office # 336-643-1367 – Cell # – 336-580-1638
Click Here to E-mail Us