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Rodney Rutherford Bringing Back Ol’ School Cool with Hot Rods

When everyone began hearing about Rodney Rutherford and Mike Westwood Fabrication teaming up to put together a car for the Knightworks Design OSCAAR Hot Rods, it caught everyone’s attention.

Through the entire build, Mike Westwood constantly posted photos of every step of the way, showcasing what they had coming. The car would make its debut last season at Flamboro Speedway’s Frostoberfest, coming out in style with a top-five finish for Rutherford.

Despite everything, nothing could prepare everyone for what they witnessed at the Motorama Custom Car and Motorsports Expo in early March when the 1961 Biscayne was unveiled to the public. The combination of keeping the car’s old school patina with the old school lettering quickly became one of the many topics of the weekend.

Rutherford is now hoping to carry that positive momentum into the full OSCAAR campaign in 2019.

“I just want to have some fun and run competitive,” he commented. “I am excited to get to some tracks we don’t normally get to. A few heat wins, or a feature win, of course would be awesome.”

Rutherford stated the idea of building a Biscayne came about easily, after finding out a good friend of his, Crash Myers, was trying to get of the body.

“After some talking, he gave it to us to use,” Rutherford recalled.
With the car built, Rutherford plans to run the full schedule, beginning with the season opener at Sunset Speedway in May to the championship weekend at Peterborough Speedway in October. Though like many drivers, the pair of trips to Jukasa Motor Speedway are certainly circled on his calendar.

“I grew up going there watching my dad and other family friends run there Sundays, and it closed down just as I getting into racing,” he commented. “So I never got to run there – until now.”

Although he only has one start under his belt, he also knows the challenge ahead of him competition-wise is sizable.

“I didn’t get to catch many of the races last year, but from what I saw on YouTube, there was great side-by-side racing,” he said. “We got our work cut out for us, but we’re up for the challenge.”

Rutherford originally got interested in racing by his dad buying his first mini stock from Crash Myers for his 13th weekend. Since then, he says they’ve “been at the track every weekend since,” with success along the way at that.

“I’d have to say my most memorable moment to date would be finally winning a championship at Flamboro  last year in the Pro Four class,” he added. “We had a great season with five feature wins and the championship.”

By: Ashley McCubbin

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