Rust, Tatts, and Straight Pipes: Billetproof Nor-Cal 2009!S

The rules for Billetproof, run by the same miscreants who brought you the Concours d'Lemons, are very simple: 1964 and older, no billet anything, no modern wheels, no fenderless cars with independent front suspension.

Rust, Tatts, and Straight Pipes: Billetproof Nor-Cal 2009!S

The result draws a good mix of old car dudes and young rockabilly hipsters, with a random sampling of old-school lowriders, VW freaks, and drag racers thrown in for good measure.

Rust, Tatts, and Straight Pipes: Billetproof Nor-Cal 2009!S

I ran into Hellhammer, captain of the LeMons-winning Mustard Yellow V8olvo, and he took me for a cruise around the fairgrounds in his '49 Cadillac-powered 1927 Model T.

Rust, Tatts, and Straight Pipes: Billetproof Nor-Cal 2009!S

Also present was possibly the world's greatest semi tractor, which now has Oldsmobile 455 power in place of its original gasoline I6.

Rust, Tatts, and Straight Pipes: Billetproof Nor-Cal 2009!S

For the first time, Billetproof Nor-Cal is a two-day event, so you Bay Area readers can still get out to the Antioch Fairgrounds and check it out!

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