Rod Barons – Rods & Customs – Berwick, ME

Christmas Parade 2011

December 12th, 2011


We’ve Gone International

October 26th, 2012

Remember the Rod Baron’s Tow Truck? . . . well here it is in it’s new home… The Land Down Under “Australia!”





Hi, Tim,

Thanks for the reply. Whoever did the signwriting was sensational. Nobody over here has suspected that it is not original. I’m not going to let the cat out of the bag now! I don’t have any pics with me in it or pics that specifically show australia, Allthough the one at Barney pub isn’t too bad!

I have actually been working on the truck for the last 2 months. I have put a T5 gearbox in, later rear end 3.1 ratio, disc brkes on the front and radial whitewall tires. Don’t worry though, the car will still look identical from the outside. The problem was that where i live, in Warrnambool, Victoria, the closest rod run is about 2 hours drive away. The rest are further, so the original setup was just not practical for me. I had to trailer it and that’s no fun.

I should be able to drive it anywhere soon, which is what I want. Everyone who sees the truck, just loves it, from kids to elderly people. It’s the most fun I’ve ever had with a car.
So, being able to drive it aroud properly will be great fun.

Please keep in touch. i will try and get some more photo’s over the summer, (your winter)

Mick, Warrambook, Victoria, Australia (


News from Afghanistan

June 11th, 2010

OK, finally getting ready to go on leave and brother do I need it. I’ve
been on temporary duty in Kandahar and Helman Provence for the last 3
months as the Senior Engineer in Regional Command-South. What that
means is watch the news to see what is going on in those two areas. For
me it has been lots of Forward Operating Base (FOB) visits, Combat
Outpost Visits (COP) and an extreme amount of engineering in regards to
FOB construction, Roads, Bridges, and Combat Engineer Route Clearance

The first picture is the rear gunner on a Chinook Helicopter. It is a
240B Heavy Machine Gun, there are 2 more up front. The Chinook is one
of many ways to get around, my other often used rotary wing is the Black

The second picture is of FOB Walton and the city of Kandahar right out
side the perimeter. Yes, we are right in the heart of a city with 1
million Afghans.

Landing at FOB Walton. You can see the forward gunners.

Leaving FOB Walton. We always move with a wing bird.

And of course we did take some time out to relax. In this NATO photo
taken at the Australian camp from left to right, my back, Dutch Major
Pete Kijpers, Navy Cdr Glass, British CPT Helen Haigh, Marine Gunny Sgt
blocked by me, and my 2 Australian friends.

Timing Tower

April 29th, 2010
Many thanks to Moe Roberge for donating half the cost of the sign and also to Larry Cossette for painting the tower!


The 5th Multi-Club Cruise

To the Sanford Airport

The Sanford Airport was at the heart of the New England Hot Rod Council’s racing plan, from the early fifties to ’68. We will be cruising there on Saturday the 19th of June. The Elks need five bucks for their Dare Program to park in their Car Show. We may be able to have the fenderless and early race cars park as a group on a runway, down for repair. The Rod Barons Club has built a replica of the Timing Tower, we can take photos of the cars at the track with the tower in the background and from the Tower. Proceeds for the Elk’s Dare gig. We should have 2 restored race cars from the early days to check out, with luck, the “Heros” may bring old photo albums for your perusal. If you have racing memorabilia, please bring it along for all to enjoy.

Pre ’68 cars and trucks.

FMI: Call Smitty at 207-786-4795

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Hi all, Happy New Year. To start it off right I went out to get a few photo’s with the Army’s Hot Rods and ROD BARON T-Shirt. These are Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicles (MRAPs). They ride stiff as a board, but as you can see are pretty serious on the Armored and weapon side of business. This is our primary get around town and basic grocery runner Hot Rod.

Enjoy the new year, hope it brings you all hope, peace and fast cars.

Merry Christmas from Afghanistan

December 31st, 2009

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year all. Hope you got great Hot Rod parts for Christmas, I know I didn’t, but I did get a really nice black Rod Barons T-Shirt. I’ll put it on when the weather gets warmer and send back a picture of the Rod Barons in Afghanistan. I’ll make sure its interesting for you all.

No snow yet, but the mountains are covered in white. Been busy working engineer projects for the Presidents announced increased of Troops coming into the theater. Keeps you busy as all get out. If anyone is interested in asking for something from Afghanistan let me know. I’ll try to make it happen.

Stay safe, be warm in those garages with all the projects, Pete.

Illustrations by Darren Connors

December 4th, 2009

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Illustrations by Darren Connors

nephew of Rod Baron Stan Nashwinter

For more information:

Darren Connors

P.O. Box 3914

Portland, ME 04104


Photos from Afghanistan

November 17th, 2009

I am sending a few photos in 3 separate e-mails, Files are too big to send as one. I will explain each one in the e-mails. Things are very busy, been out and about in Afghanistan the last few weeks so I thought I would share a few photos with the crew of what things look like over here.

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This one is the Queens Palace built from 1921 thru 1924. Various Afghan Monarchies ruled and lived in it from the 30s thru the 70s. There is also a Kings Palace but it is in very rough shape. In the 80’s the Russian 40th Army occupied it as their major HQ during that period of Russian occupation. After that there was a civil war and the palace was shelled and bombed. This occurred before the Taliban arrived.

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This one is me waiting for a waitress at the Russian Officers Club out on the upper deck. NOT. This is the Russian Officers Club after it was abandoned. Looks a lot like the building on “Total Recall” where Arnold Schwarzenegger goes to Mars. Has really cool spiral marble staircases, but is much smaller inside then the outside represents. Thick walls.

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Here I am with three Afghan National Army Soldiers. The one looking at me wants my ‘cool’ sunglasses, but we did not have a successful negotiation for them. Oh yea, my weapon is the small of my back, surprise!! As you can see in the background we are pretty high up. 6450 feet up. It was a mile hike up the mountain they built it on, and I was gasping for oxygen all the way.

News from Afghanistan

October 29th, 2009

Hi ,

Yes it is a bleak picture. We are all waiting on some sort of decision. Doing a lot of planning but no idea what will happen. Just trying to keep things going forward and maintain a positive attitude. Winter is starting to settle in over here, albeit its not like a New England one. Lots of snow in the higher elevations around 8,000 feet and up. We are at 6,000 and it’s like a high plains desert environment, Cold at night and pleasant during the day. Rained for the first itme yesterday since I’ve been here. Two months without rain. I was beginning to think it never rained around here.

Give my best to the group, and thanks for dropping me a note.

Greetings from Afghanistan

October 1st, 2009

Hi Everyone,

Made it to Afghanistan. Tell John Brulotte and company there are no good bodies over here to ship home.

Take care. Good e-mail is

Driving in Afghanistan is a considerable challenge, first there are NO laws regarding driving, any side of the road works if its open and even then it’s a challenge since you have to dodge pedestrians, carts with donkeys, bikes, mopeds and the worse; vehicle borne Improvised Explosive devices. OUCH 🙁 The most popular vehicles are Toyota’s believe it or not, Corolla’s and Tacoma’s.

Peter Zamarchi

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