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Back to the Country: Old School Rodding in Woodruff, Utah.


This year on Father's Day weekend I decided to take on a quest for new places and new faces. After spending the last couple years or so in our neighboring Gem State (which is Idaho for those not fully immersed in states and their nicknames) I decided to make the trek to the northeast corner of our state to experience a car show that I hadn't done before.

The Woodruff Classic Car Show is in its seventh year. Nestled at the southern end of the Bear Lake Valley in Utah's Rich County, Woodruff, Utah is a small farming hamlet of around a couple hundred people. The town nearly quadrupled in population that Saturday as folks from the surrounding area, neighboring towns in Utah, Idaho and Wyoming, as well as people like myself from the Salt Lake Valley and points south took over the park surrounding the Woodruff Town Hall for this event.

While traditional and rat rods are widely celebrated and appreciated at Woodruff there was a varied mix of vehicles that had an appeal to people of all ages and backgrounds. Customs, muscle cars both vintage and modern, street rods, trucks and even vintage farm tractors were on display.

One thing special about the Woodruff run is the early morning presentation that honors those that have served in the military. Speeches were given by those who served our country and their tales surely caused some, even those sharing their stories, to tear up a time or two. This was followed by an auction where the proceeds raised went to a member of the local community who is fighting a liver ailment.

After all was said and done it was a great day of celebration. Celebrating the veterans, the community and the vehicle owners who traveled near and far to be a part of it all.

One thing I did after Woodruff's show was take a stroll along the road lesser traveled. From Woodruff I rolled through Randolph and at Sage Creek Junction I traveled into Wyoming towards Kemmerer and Evanston before heading back into the valley towards home. But not before taking a few pictures along the old Lincoln Highway alignment off of Interstate 80 near Echo, Utah. If you ever have the chance to do so you should. The scenery makes a fantastic backdrop and the history in unsurpassed throughout that region.

More shows await and I will be there through times of trial and tribulation.
Until next time….
See you out and about and keep the rubber side down.

​This beautiful 1949 Chevy Pickup is a prime example of a meticulous restoration. This six window cab Chevy is one sweet ride.

​Call it a rat rod or a traditional rod this '40 Ford Coupe was a participant at the Dirt Drags in Colorado earlier this year. It's built to use and enjoy.

​Several Mopars dotted the Woodruff grounds that Saturday. This Dodge Dart stood out with its shade of blue and no-nonsense stance.


© All text and photos © 2018 Jay Horrocks Jr.

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Great read Jay. I love the Bear Lake area, lots of great little old towns.

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Thanks. I always enjoy a retreat to the Bear Lake Valley. Lots of great little towns to explore.

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