20 years on, what started as 20 some odd cars in a bowling alley parking lot has grown into a series of nation-wide shows and drag races. Billetproof California capped off its schedule with its Sept. 16, 2017 event at the Contra Costa County Fairgrounds in Antioch, CA. Hundreds of traditional pre-1964 hot rods and customs filled the fairgrounds while local surf and swing bands played for the entertainment of the thousands that came through the gates.
The Young Barrons, a local surf/rock band composed of high school aged teenagers, rocked the house in the early morning hours, turning the stage over to seasoned veterans, Stompy Jones to bring it home. Once Stompy was done laying down some smoking swing and roots rock tunes the Pin-Ups took the stage. Mrs. Pura Vida took home the Miss Billetproof 2017 title with electric green hair worthy of a custom paint job and a personality that wowed the crowd.
Once the awards for the ladies were presented it was time to bring up the automotive beauties. Like Best Hot Rod winner, Dennis Shanahan’s 1930 Model A 5 Window Coupe. Sporting artillery wheels, a 3 deuce intake, Hunt magneto and just the right chop and channel, Dennis’ hot rod looks like it rolled of the pages of a 50’s little pages magazine. The Swanx car club, who made the Best Hot Rod Trophy, took notice and presented Dennis with the award. Even though the paint is still fresh on the new build Dennis wasn’t afraid to put it on the road. The distance from Sacramento to Antioch was one of its shorter trips the coupe has handled.
Dennis Shanahan’s 30 Ford – Best Hot Rod