Peter and Pauline’s 25 years of hot rodding

Peter and Pauline Dickins pictured with their 1924 Ford Roadster and 1932 Ford pickup. Hot-rodding enthusiasts will take the bright green pickup to the 21st Annual Wangaratta Rod and Custom Club Rod Race this weekend.

Hot rods and custom vehicles of all shapes, colors and sizes will be on display for the 21st Annual Wangaratta Rod and Custom Club Rod Race, and will show and shine this Sunday.

Corowa rodding enthusiasts Peter and Pauline Dickins are both eager to show off their meticulously restored bright green 1932 Ford pickup.

Mr. Dickin’s, a retired engineer, has been a lifelong hot rod enthusiast. He built his first rod at 19.

“Back then, there were no hot rods back then. The only inspiration I had came from American magazines,” he said.

Mr Dickins proudly showed off his red 1928 Ford Roadster to the Free Press last Thursday.

“I started this car 25 years ago and it took seven years to build it because I was working. Tasmania,” he said.

Mr. Dickins’ love of fine vehicles inspired his wife to become a fan of hot rods as well. In fact, the eye-catching green pickup they take to Wangaratta is Pauline’s vehicle.

“I came home from work a few years ago and Pauline had a magazine with a picture of a yellow truck in it. She said she wanted one and I thought, what for? said Mr. Dickins.

“A lot of the rod races we attend these days will have a local market on Saturday or Sunday and in the little 1928 roadster we have you can’t put a toothbrush in it. She also knew what ‘she wanted.

“She told me ‘it has to be like my Calais, start without throttling, have power steering, and air conditioning, and it has to be automatic and have electric windows’. So that’s what I did! “

The vibrant green pickup is sure to turn heads at the weekend as it has barely seen much of the countryside due to two years of lockdown and COVID-19 restrictions.

“The Wangaratta Rod and Custom Club Rod Race is a great social event. It’s always nice to get together with a friendly crowd of people,” Mr. and Mrs. Dickins said.

The show and shine will take place from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on March 13. The public will have the opportunity to approach the magnificent machines for a donation of gold coins and also to see and hear them take a ride on the asphalt around the Wangaratta Exhibition District.

For more information on the rod race, and show and shine or club membership information contact Darren Proctor on 0412 098 351 or email

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