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GALLERY: London Speed and Custom Show ushers in spring

Car shows such as the London Speed and Custom Show signal spring’s arrival

Published: March 24, 2019, 10:30 PM
Updated: March 29, 2019, 1:51 AM

1934 Ford roadster

Car shows are sure sign spring is in the air. The automakers have had their fling, displaying their latest offerings in consumer shows around the world. Now, it’s time for gearheads and custom car aficionados to do their thing as they roll out their prized vehicles for custom car/hot rod/racing shows across the country.

1952 Nash Statesman sedan

One of Canada’s longest-running annual shows is held in London, Ont. The event was launched in 1956 by a local car club, the London Piston Pushers. As John Stenabaugh, a key organizer for the current show, recalls, the original event was a 6-day affair – local bylaws prevented such activities on the Sabbath. The Piston Pushers renamed their club the London Auto Modifiers and, although the event’s name and organizing team has changed several times over the years, members of the club continue to play a major role in staging the event, which is now known as the London Speed and Custom Show.

2007 Nasty Boy custom motorcycle

Stenabaugh says about 120 vehicles and a like number of motorcycles were on display at this year’s 2-day event. The show floor was covered with an eclectic mix of cars, trucks and bikes – customized beauties, pristine classics, polished exotics, race cars primed for the track or drag strip, rat rods and strange one-off creations they defy categorization. Here’s a photo sampling of this year’s show entries.