OSH students and staff were shocked to see a real hot rod, albeit a scaled down model, being driven into this week’s Full School Assembly. The driver, designer and manufacturer was Potter House student Rogan McGilp, who then regaled a captive audience with the history of his vehicle.
Rogan, aged 15, built the ½ scale 1934 Ford Model A Roadster Hot Rod during the last academic term, which then formed part of his GCSE Art project and was displayed at the OSH Art Exhibition. He then spent the summer showcasing his roadster hot rod and picked up a shelf full of metalwork along the way.
At the South Staffs Hot Rod Custom Show, his roadster named ‘bad attitude’, won ‘Best in Show’. Rogan then picked up ‘Best Custom’, ‘Most Popular Vehicle’ and ‘Best Built not Bought’ at the Wild West Weekend at Tenby.
The 500cc roadster took 17 days to make from a mixture of materials donated or recycled. The fuel tank was made from an old fire extinguisher and the licence plate came from Rogan’s mum’s old Chevy.
Latest modifications to the car include making a trailer for his brother’s wheelchair, hood rails and a Jack Daniels oil filter, but Rogan also has plans to increase the mph from 20 to 50 and fit a Mopar air filter.
Rogan hopes to take his hobby through to a career in the motor industry and having spent two weeks’ work experience at The Morgan Motor Company, would like to take up an apprenticeship at this classic British motor manufacturer. However, long term he would like to move to America to work in the custom hot rod industry.
2nd pic shows Rogan during the South Staffs Show professional photo shoot.