Well known NSW hot rodder, Ray Mason has passed away, aged 78.
Ray grew up in Mascot, NSW and developed an interest in cars, especially motor racing, at an early age. In his early twenties, Ray joined the Sydney Amateur Sporting Club and participated in their events, however his real love was hot rods and hot rodding. By the early 1960s, he had joined the Chariots Rod & Custom Club based in the Eastern and Southern suburbs of Sydney.
During the 1960s, Ray purchased and hot rodded a 1928 Dodge tourer, the car that he would be synonymous with for the rest of his life. With its Holden grey motor, red paint and chrome wheels, it was well known in the Sydney area.
After attending the 1st ASRF Nats in 1973, Ray began to immerse himself in various aspects of hot rodding, becoming the President of the Chariots Rod & Custom Club and an ASRF Club Delegate, then for a number of years, the ASRF NSW Divisional Director.
About this time, Ray and the Chariots, together with other Sydney rod clubs, the Ace of Clubs and the Romans Hot Rod Club, banded together to form Associated Hot Rod Clubs (AHRC), an organisation which became the promoter of the NSW State Title Hot Rod Show. Ray and the AHRC were instrumental in introducing a system whereby show entrants received a cash payment, plus a percentage of the show profits, something that had not ever happened previously.
Ray became a member of the ASRF Nationals Committee after the 1st Nationals and had been involved in various capacities up until his passing.
Ray was involved in the formation of the Eastern States Street Rod Association in the mid 70s, together with being the Publisher/Editor of the Vintage & Rodding Gazette in the early 1980s.
Since the 1980s, Ray had also run a Vintage Ford Parts business, VintFord.
Throughout Ray’s long involvement in hot rodding, he had been ably supported by his wife, Gaynor who he met whilst a member of the Sporting Car Club. Their five children; Erin, Sacha, Donovan, Edwina and Lauren have also been strong supporters of Ray’s hot rodding and have been involved since childhood.
At his passing at Easter, Ray still had his 1928 Dodge, although the engine is now a Slant 6 from a Valiant, with torsion bar suspension and black paint.
Ray was always willing to help a fellow hot rodder and will be remembered as an honourable and decent family man.
He will be missed.