—Rogue River, Oregon
Bonnie Honea is a hot rodder in Southern Oregon who works as the city planner of the City of Rogue River, picks up her two kids from school, and goes grocery shopping—all in the cool '37 Plymouth rat truck that she designed, helped build, and uses as her daily driver. She will be featured in an article in April 2014 in Ol' Skool Rodz magazine, Issue #64.
She isn't the blonde who drove the white '55 T-Bird in the 1956 movie Hot Rod Girl (starring Lori Nelson and Chuck Connors) and she isn't the mysterious blonde who drove the '56 T-bird in 1973's American Graffiti (That was Suzanne Somers.). And she definitely isn't the scantily clad model draped over the flashy hot rods in today's car and motorcycle magazines.
Nope, she's the real thing: a bright, contemporary woman who loves hot rods.
Starring Bonnie Honea as herself, her husband Dale, and her father-in-law J.R.
Shot on location in Rogue River and Gold Hill, Oregon, on Interstate 5, and at Del Rio Vineyards.
Bonnie's '37 Plymouth rat truck has been a favorite at Southern Oregon car shows, in particular the Ratrod-O-Rama in Grants Pass.
Tech Sheet on the Bonnieville Speed Rat Truck:
'37 Plymouth Pickup cab, '37 Plymouth Pickup grille w/custom insert, '56 Ford bed, Chevy 327, Offenhouser Tri Power intake, Three 97 Stomberg 2-barrel carbs, 2-speed Power Glide trans, '37 Plymouth pickup dash, JR-50 Suziki piston shifter knob, Dirt Track racing steering wheel, 9" Ford rear end, Drum brakes front and rear, Suicide front end: springover dropped axle w/wishbones, Rear suspension: coil-over w/radius rods, Wheels: 15x5 F and 15x8 R steel, Front tires: Firestone 500/15 Dirt Track, Rear tires: Firestone 820/15 Grooved, Original Guide 882 C headlights, '37 Ford taillights, '50s-style gasser tank, 45 caliber slug in front post
Family-built by J.R., Dale, and Bonnie Honea
Frame, steering linkage, hanging the cab, bed, front and rear ends by Ron Crume, Inifinity Motorsports, Grants Pass, Oregon https://www.facebook.com/infinitymotorsports
Paint, pinstriping, and Bonnieville Speed logo by Don Tippit
Club: Rogue River Rats, Rogue River, Oregon
Many thanks to Del Rio Vineyards, Gold Hill, Oregon
To see another rat truck video by Randy Johnson, go to:
Rodger Hoyt's Scrap Rod: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=acILu2vtsHY
Soundtrack by Dron
Directed by Randy Johnson, producer of Randy Grubb's Garage
Real Hot Rod Girl ©2013 by Randy Johnson
See the April 2014 article in Ol' Skool Rodz: http://www.olskoolrodz.com