The Big Bad Wolf social club is still in its infancy but is really starting to get traction amongst the hot rodders, car cruisers and rockabilly fans! I attended the final one for the year held at Sandown Park in Melbourne’s east. The movie for the night was a car lover’s classic, American Grafittii hence the 32, cop car and white Tbird on display out amongst the rods and rides.
It’s that time of year again as the jolly man with his led sled full of custom gifts for all the good rockabilly boys and girls rolls into the final Rats, Tatts n Pinups event for the year at the Chelsea Heights Hotel! He’s here to bring Christmas cheer to all the hard working Kingpin Kuztum team and their loyal band of fans! Little does he know they’ve been celebrating the good times on a regular basis, at least once a month if not more!! No wonder his sled is so light on with pressies!! They’ve all been bad but they are good at it! Sorry guys, doesn’t count!!
Waltzing Matilda Hotel in Springvale was the latest ALH venue to host Rats, Tatts n Pinups and their five band line up. Located in the Eastern suburbs of Melbourne, the venue’s large parking area filled up very quickly with the usual array of old school eclectic rods n rides as well as a good gathering of custom and classic bikes!
As I sat in my hotel room on Sunday morning at my makeshift work station, lap top open editing the previous night’s photography from the warm up party at The Monash Hotel, my mind wandered over the events of the evening. While there was a hive of activity in the venue itself thanks to the two great rockabilly bands scheduled to entertain the patrons throughout the evening, local heroes Itchy Fingers and the highly anticipated Queensland five piece, A Band Called Twang, the car park itself remained fairly quiet with a handful of dedicated cruisers braving the chilly night air to come on down for a look and a listen. Don’t get me wrong, the variety of rides spread amongst the tree-lined parking lot were pretty cool in their own rite, from a tough 67 Chevelle, a matt black custom 49 Merc through to a ground scraping Beetle and a traditional style flathead roadster contrasting against the big American classics glistening under the street lights just to paint a picture for you! Shining a like a beacon in the night was the distinctive red and white coffee van of Betty & Ruby, on hand for anyone looking to warm up their hands and hearts around a hot brew! Read More →
Although a stiff southerly wind rustled a few feathers and threatened to put a dampener on proceedings, history will show you that nothing slows down the pace of a red hot, high rolling, rockabilly rumble with all the trimmings when Rob and the gang are in full swing!
The western suburb of Melbourne, Airport West found itself a new party central on Saturday night when the Big Bad Wolf brought its Rats, Tatts n Pinups party crew to the ALH’s venue, Skyways Hotel situated on Matthews Avenue next to the Westfield Shopping complex.
While all who attended were greeted with the typical Melbourne chilly winter air, it didn’t deter the many custom car, rat rods and bike owners who, along with the ever growing rockabilly crowd were hell bent on having a great time regardless! “We’ll make our own heat as we always have!”
Wow! What a warm up party! Even Mother Nature turned it on for us with a balmy 26 degrees! Perfect for cruising in your classic, custom, rod or hog through the Eastern suburbs of Melbourne to The Burvale Hotel to take in some of Australia’s best rockabilly bands while catching up with friends over a bite to eat and a drink!
It was the Eastern suburb of Morrabbin’s turn to have their Saturday night turned upside down as the Big Bad Wolf brought its rolling rockabilly thunder clap of a party to their quiet brick veneer streets and it all went down at ALH’s Sandbelt Hotel!
Remember when choosing an alternative lifestyle would put you squarely in the minority of society? Back in the fifties and sixties when rock n roll and subcultures such as rockabilly were in their infancy, the lifestyle of rebellry was frowned upon by the mainstream of society as they wagged their pointy fingers at you while looking over the brim of their glasses with scorn!
Big bad weather threatened to dowse the inaugural Big Bad Wolf social club gathering at the Keysborough Hotel last Saturday night but it couldn’t dampen the enthusiasm of all who attended this social occasion which was really just another excuse to get those custom rods and rides out and kick up our heels to the rockabilly beat at another of ALH’s venues!