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Billetproof Florida 2009 Pictures and Recap

The weather was perfect as hundreds of Florida’s finest traditional rods and customs filed into Big Daddy Don Garlits backyard for the second annual Billetproof Florida Free for All on March 21, 2009. The host club,  Tampa chapter of the PoorBoys, got all 600+ hot rods through registration and parked on the green with no hassle. Everyone enjoyed the great weather and the sun pouring down on the cars.  The spectator lot filled up fast, and the show caused a 40 minute back up on the adjacent I-75. Drivers rubbernecked at all of the hot rods next to the Museum of Drag Racing and many turned off to check out the show.

Knockdown Dragout rocked the main stage. Big Daddy fired up Swamp Rat V, the first top fuel dragster to use a wing, and a Hemi powered air-raid siren. The vendors had a wide selection of products and food to choose from. Lots of entertainment for just one day. And thats not even mentioning Big Daddy’s Museum, which is a days worth of viewing in its own right.

The judging for trophies is always tough at a Billetproof show, but several cars really stood out in their classes. Not the least of which was Paul Garrigan’s 34 Ford Roadster. Paul drove the flathead powered car all the way from Denver, CO to the show with the help of the Columbia two-speed rear end. The car started its current life over 40 years ago when Paul bought a wreck of a 34 Sedan for $75 and went to work. He’s been driving it ever since. There may have been cars with better paint, or fancier interiors at the show, but none embodied the spirit of Billetproof more than Paul and his Roadster. For this reason he was awarded Best of Show for Billetproof Florida 2009.


Paul Garrigan’s Best of Show winning 1934 Ford Roadster. Driven to the show from Denver, CO.
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Owner Award
Paul Garrican #308 34 Roadster Best of show
Bill Skirvin #6 32 Ford Best Hot Rod
John Shobie #251 1949 Chevy Best Custom
Boo’s Junk Yard #342 48 chevy Best Truck
Norm Carter #462 53 Plymouth Best Wagon
#622 Harley JD Best Bike
ken (slick50) 57 Caddy Best Interior
Elvis # 603 Henry J Best Orphan
Kirk White #543 33 Ford Real Mill
John Phillips 26 Ford Big Flake
Shannon Keithentten #103 57 VW Best Pinstripes
Kirk Staples #600 50 Ford Body Basher
Tom Coile #385 34 Ford Cody’s Pic
Custom Wrecker #338 Myron’s Pic
Kirk White #543 33 Ford Ford in a Ford