Mike Rogers at Driven Imagery

Thanks to Mike Rogers of Driven Imagery, he took some amazing shots that weekend, and has them available for you here. He can do some artistic things to these images too!

Here are some of my favorites!

 

The Reliability Run was chilly to say the least, seems mother nature had a sense of humor that weekend, we got the best Colorado has to offer!

Amy had all the gift bags for pre-registered cars in boxes, they came with maps, posters, programs and more! A hell of a deal at the pre-register cost of $25 !

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This was are friend Bill, he came from the Empire State to enjoy the beautiful scenery and all that the Hot Rod Hill Climb had to offer!
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And the drive was spectacular, out of the wet and above the clouds to blue sky!

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And then there was the Hot Rod Hill Climb !

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I think these guys stole Cal’s roadster! Looks like they are going break neck speed!

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2014 Event Merchandise – Available Online

Hello fans, if you missed your opportunity to get your merch at the event, or you did not make it to the event, we have all the merch on the website!

Tee Shirts!

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Hoodies

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Limited Edition Prints

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Kennedy – Scroggs and T-33

Kennedy – Scroggs

Denver Timing Association      T-33

Chevy men to the bone, Cal Kennedy and Don Scroggs met at the telephone company in the early 50’s, in the parking lot of course, over the fender of Cal’s 1941 Chevy Coupe. The two had the wild idea to take on the flathead Fords of the region with a 1936 Chevrolet pick-up Scroggs had eye-balled over a neighbor’s fence. They swapped in the motor from Cal’s coupe and threw an intake and garage made split exhaust at it and off to the Cam Winder’s Dirt-Drag strip east of Colorado Springs.

In early 1953 Cal found a 1934 Chevy Roadster body in Englewood for $5, they moved the motor back 25% of the wheelbase, dropped it down in the chassis, channeled the roadster shell and sectioned it vertically to align the rear wheels with the wells. The car was a staple at the local drag meets and was at the 1953 Hot Rod Hill Climb.

The boys caught wind of a round track car in Winona, Kansas equipped with a full house Wayne 12 port Chevy six. A deal was struck and they brought it home. The new mill was right at home in the T-33 roadster and it was a force to reckon with. The car was again run at the 1954 Hot Rod Hill Climb and won the “B” Open Class with a time of 2:45:52. They campaigned the Wayne at the Lowry Air

Force Base hosted Drag Safari of 1955 and made it into Hot Rod Magazine September 1955.

The final configuration of the car was in dragster form, still on the narrowed 1936 truck frame, motor moved way back and the seat behind the rear axle. They competed for Top Eliminator in 1958 and won. That was the end of T-33, the car and chassis has been gone for years, the motor well kept in Cal’s crawl space.

Mike Nicholas of Nick’s Garage started the recreation of Cal’s T-33 before the 2013 Hot Rod Hill Climb anniversary event by chasing down a 1936 truck chassis. Cal reassembled the motor with all the original parts. It was July 2014 when the motor finally fired after a 55 year slumber, and Don’s son Dave Scroggs was there to hear the motor his dad boosted about run for the first time of his life. Dave and friends Tom Wentworth and Phil Trill were instrumental in the recreation of T-33.

Cal kicked off the 2014 Hot Rod Hill Climb with his wife LuAnne shotgun in T-33. It took a few men to push start the car, and Cal was off like lightening. The event was also capped with Mike Nicholas, Hot Rod Hill Climb promoter, taking the checkered flag with his Sweetheart Amy in T-33.

 

Read more at www.hotrodhillclimb.com

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We have a limited number (only 100) of this original artwork by Jeff Norwell, and hand screen printed by Tiny Bird Press.

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Sponsors Getting it Done!!!!

Huge shout out to our newest sponsors, helping with props and so much MORE!!

I owe these guys a lot more than this blog post, but I need to let you know now, these guys ROCK!

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Roosters Rods

Troy Hastings was at the event last year and he is a HUGE supporter!

He has gone out of his way this year to make sure this 60th Anniversary Hot Rod Hill Climb event is EPIC! He got all of these vendors together to provide a spectacular scene for the event!

Over 600 feet of barricades, Sandwich Board Signs, Paint, Start and Finish Towers, Information Tower, they are coming to set-up the event too… thank these guys for the props!

The scene will be spectacular!!

 

RoosterRodz

USI RG Insulation
2505 E. 74th Ave
Denver, CO. 80229
303.287.9625
www.USIinc.com

Ascent
Andrew Kelsey
4909 Pearl East Circle #201
Boulder, Colorado 80301
http://www.ascentgrp.com

 

Hastings Brothers

Sedalia Colorado 80135
(720) 313-9455
http://www.hastingsbrothers.com/vision.html

 

Direct Lumber and Door of Colorado
Denver Colorado
303-778-7650

http://directlumberanddoor.vpweb.com/

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2014 Hot Rod Hill Climb – Line-Up preview

Here is a quick glimse of the line up, some of the cars you will see at the Hot Rod Hill Climb!

T-33 Chevy Roadster

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This is a short Photo essay on T-33, the Hot Rod Cal Kennedy and Don Scroggs campaigned during the 50’s at drag races and the Hot Rod Hill Climbs.

These photos are posted on our Instagram page, seach #t33build for more photos.

 

 

While investigating the Hot Rod Hill Climb in 2013, I met Cal Kennedy, he was at both the 1953 and 1954 Hot Rod Hill Climb events. His racing partner was Don Scroggs at those events, Don has been gone many years now, but his son Dave runs in our local hot rod circle.

Cal Kennedy downtown Georgetown getting ready to take on the hill. This photo by Ted Spencer was in Hot Rod Magazine March 1954.

Don Scroggs taking on the climb in the now Wayne powered Roadster. This photo by Ted Spencer was in Hot Rod Magazine April 1955.

Photos from Cal’s scrap book, the top is at the dirt drag strip that the Colorado Springs Cam Winders club ran in the 50’s.

I had this crazy thought that T-33 should be recreated again, and with the help of Dave Scroggs, Tom Wentworth, Phil Trill and so many more, the car has started to take shape.

Cal and his friends rallied with Encouragement and Support to get the old Wayne motor breathing again.

Cal and his life LuAnne brought the Wayne motor to Nick’s Garage so Mike could put it in the chassis.

Cal firing up the Wayne motor for us with the zoomies

We got the Motor in the chassis for the Inliners International Convention

The State of the car 3 weeks before the 2014 Hot Rod Hill Climb, Cal came to take a look and tell us some stories.

The Before and After progress shot of what we started with and what we have now.

 

You can also check out the T-33 Fan Page on Facebook.

Hot Rod Hill Climb Tech Inspection

Hot Rod Hill Climb participants!!

What is the Tech Inspection about?

It’s another set of eyes on your car.

The Colorado Springs Rod and Custom Club volunteered to do the inspections for Hot Rod Hill Climb 2013 and 2014, and they will be back this year. Its a great place to see the cars up close!

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What these guys offered to do for HRHC, was look over the cars for anything that might be unsafe or questionable.

  • Brakes
  • Tires & Wheels
  • Brackets & Suspension
  • Doors stay closed
  • Steering is solid and tight
  • Seat belts
  • Oil and fuel lines
  • Fluid leaks
  • Battery hold down
  • Wiring
  • Exhaust hangers
  • Fire Extinguisher (please have one in the car)
  • Helmets for Open Cars

The club uses the NSRA inspection guidlines on all the cars. Most of the cars do not pass that, because they do not have wipers, etc. But the club gets credit for the inspections. It helps them out, helps the car owner out, and gives me piece of mind.

It’s really just another set of eyes on the car, last year we had a car that had loose radius rods out back, it turned out there were some broken welds on the frame. He was able to have a local shop weld it up and all was good.

The hill is no joke… especially coming down.  One corner,  if you go off…. well, its all over.

Emergency brakes are highly recommended, just in-case you need it, safety.

That’s about it.

 

If you are not in the Hot Rod Hill Climb, and  just want your car inspected, find the tent near the Georgetown Mountain Inn between 9 and 10 am on Friday, these guys are happy to do it for you.