Friday, October 18, 2019

Who do the Voodoo Hoodoo? I do!

The Voodoo Hoodoo is a fun, punk rod lifestyle-type event that draws in a wide variety of hot rods and customs. They had been holding it in Bowling Green, but this year brought it down to Tennessee Speed Sport in Goodlettsville. The show was originally meant for cars 1972 and older, but a last-minute rules addendum opened it up to just about anything. I like this location. Tennessee Speed Sport is a cool, old-school speed shop, and it fits this type of event. Also, the backdrop under the highway bridge gives the whole thing kind of a gritty city vibe that fits in with the cars and music they draw to this thing. You see some things you don’t normally see at this show. Here are a few of them.

Four-door sedans might not seem like the right thing to make a custom out of, but this ’51 Packard 300 actually pulls it off. There’s not a ton of modification going on here. It’s lowered, and it has dummy spots and lakes pipes. But just that little bit, combined with a sparkling emerald green paint job and some hand-painted pinstripes, were enough to make this formerly stodgy sedan really stand out. They key to success on this one is that it has nice work done simply. It’s not a hack job, and it’s not too radical. It is just a nice balance of subtle impact. So how is a Packard when you customize it? As the man that owns one.

Here is one nice ’69 Camaro Z/28. Chevy had a lot of great-looking bright colors and hounds tooth upholstery and stuff in 1969, but every once in a while it’s nice to see one a little more subdued. This one walks softly with its Olympic Gold paint and standard black vinyl interior. But it carries a big stick with its 302-c.i. V8. Four-speed transmission, and beefy suspension upgrades that made the Z/28 a legend on the track. I love the way this one was presented, right down to the Goodyear glass-belted tires. There are a lot of ’69 Camaros around, but you’d have a hard time finding a better one than this.

’49-‘51 Mercurys are a staple at these kinds of shows, and this ‘51 could hold its own with any of them. Of course you’ll find the usual stuff here. It’s chopped, nosed, lowered, and de-chromed. It has Frenched-in headlights, ’59 Cadillac taillights, a ’59 Chevy steering wheel, and ‘60s thunderbird seats. There’s a lot of subtle work that went in to the body modifications that might not be as obvious. For example, the back window is sunk in, and there is a ’58 Impala roof scoop worked into the design. I also like the subtle peak that runs down the trunklid. There’s some other stuff going on here, probably some that I am not even picking up on. But the end result is one slick Merc.

I was just passing through when I stopped at this show, but I still managed to grab 248 pictures before I left. You can see them all by clicking this link.

No comments:

Post a Comment