The American So Cal phenomenon began in 1946 by founder Alex Xydias and revitalized by Pete Chapouris in the 1990's. The company produces high quality traditional hot rod parts and building cars to an elite standard.
Jimmy Shine joined as a fabricator, but his television presence and racing performances have raised him to become a So Cal icon in his own right.
The idea for the roadster was born from a call from Rodney Brewer, with the initial plan of Oz Rods to bring a 32 chassis over to coincide with a visit from Pete and Jimmy who were coming over for the "Back to Brunswick" run, but Trish had other ideas...
After seeing a model of the So Cal Roadster, her mind was thinking "how cool it would be to build an entire roadster, how hard can it be, It's just a roadster".
So the So Cal Roadster Downunder project was born.....
The plan was set in motion after a lot of "WTH" (edited for the soft at heart) comments from Graeme.
He eventually warmed to the idea and took on the project of the roadster with gusto.
It took a lot of time after normal working hours, but the team here at Oz Rods were keen to see the finished roadster, and soon the buzz of working on such a prestigious project sunk in.
The chassis for the roadster was built at the So Cal Speed Shop in Pomona, then shipped over with the roadster body and additional components in march 2011. The only difference being that the chassis had to be right hand drive. The right hand steering arms were made in the states. It arrived with the pedal assembly, master cylinder and booster, all mounted on the right. When it arrived, Oz Rods added a HQ steering box before she had her first inspection by the ASRF TAC inspectors. There were minor changes to be made to meet Queensland's rego requirements.
The time frame for completion was tough, but we were all excited about the project. They had ten weeks to get her completed for Brunswick.
Well, as you can gather, there were a lot of late nights and committed souls on this roadster, but the end result speaks for itself.
I think the proudest moment for us all was the unveiling, which was held here at Oz Rods, with Pete and Jimmy in attendance. The night was a roaring success, with music by West Texas Crude, and a committed bunch of amazing helpers.
The star of the night was cloaked in secrecy waiting for her big debut.