SOUTH AUSSIE LEGENDS

The all new ASRF Legends awards are now a reality and it was South Australia’s turn late last year to work around Covid that made planning a gathering a little treacherous. 

Nevertheless, Tony Richards put in an inordinate amount of work on behalf of the Divisional Council over a very small window of time to ensure that the seven recipients received the recognition that they deserve.  

Around 100 rodders and partners rolled up on a beautiful Sunday afternoon to hear some great background stories and to watch a somewhat emotional bunch of Legends receive their awards. They all received a plaque and a copy of their achievements on nicely presented parchment paper as a momento. All recipients have a great background story to tell and this will be on a Legends page on the ASRF website soon.  

An afternoon tea followed.  Most knew one another and for some it had been over 50 years since they had last met, so there was plenty of catching up to do.  One of Australia’s hot rodding pioneers, Trevor Edmonds had a brilliant day, commenting  “I’d forgotten what great bunch of people street rodders are!” 

A ride after the event in Terry Davies’ sweet hiboy ‘32 Ford roadster was the icing on the cake for this emotional yet grateful early hot rodder, who through this award will be much better known for his steller pioneering efforts.   

BY ROBERT RIGGS, PHOTOS SCOTT JOHNCOCK

Legend plaque recipients (from left): Bill Wickes, Ken Brownlee, John Bryant, Rod Collins, Kevin Johns, Bob Moule and Trevor Edmunds.