Hotrodders invade town

Custom car show organised by Hemel Hempstead-based Chiltern Rod N Custom Club.
Custom car show organised by Hemel Hempstead-based Chiltern Rod N Custom Club.

HUNDREDS turned out for a custom car show in Hemel Hempstead on Sunday.

Weird and wonderful machines with souped-up engines filled the Market Square.

Organiser Peter Mills, president of the Chiltern Rod N Custom Club, said: “It was absolutely fantastic. It livened up the town no end. It was jam-packed.”

There were around 100 vehicles including dragsters, hotrods, vans and chopper bikes.

Peter said: “It originated from Americans after the Second World War. They came back, they didn’t have anything to do so they put big engines in old cars.

“It’s picking up in this country. If you drive a really posh car you get people pointing at you.

“You get exactly the same kick out of this – people enjoy them being on the road.”

The event was organised to raise money for the Hospice of St Francis.

The Chiltern Rod N Custom Club meets on the first and third Tuesday of the month at the Halfway House pub in Bovingdon.