pBonnie & clyde Vintage hot rod racingœ


For years, Andreas Ullstein had a strong desire to take part in beach races with a vintage hot rod. After searching for a long time, he was fortunate to find two vintage hot rods in the USA, each with an impressive history. He shared his dream with his friend Ken Robinson, who eagerly agreed to join him on this life-time adventure. Inspired by their shared passion, Andreas came up with the idea of forming a multicolored team named "Bonnie & Clyde Vintage Hot Rod Racing" and to compete in beach races all over Europe. Ken and Andreas are dedicated collectors of classic cars and passionate enthusiasts of vintage hot rods, as well as all kinds of retro racing events.

Ken Robinson #15  & Andreas Ullstein #72

Ken and Andreas have always been fascinated by "The Race of Gentlemen" in the USA, also known as TROG, the mother of all vintage Hot Rod race today. The event, as described by its founder Mel Stultz, honours American racing heritage and pays tribute to the automotive and motorcycle history. The vintage Hot Rod racing scene may be smaller in Europe, but it still carries significant importance. The annual Pendine Sands Hot Rod Races in Wales, organized by the Vintage Hot Rod Association (VHRA), are just as significant as the TROG (The Race of Gentlemen) in the USA. Both events celebrate the rich heritage of vintage Hot Rod racing. The Pendine Sands race is widely recognized as the world's fastest beach race, where participants aim to set remarkable speed records on the historically renowned beach of Pendine, just like in the past.

The team, headquartered in sunny Estepona at the Costa del Sol in southern Spain, has been participating in various vintage race events across Europe. Since 2016, the team has participated in various events in Spain, including the Riverside Crazy Car Hop, the Crossroad 1/8 mile, and the Motorbeach Festival, as well as multiple appearances at the prestigious Rømø Motor Festival in Denmark. In addition, the team competed in three VHRA events, namely GOW! at PrescottHill and Vintage Nationals at Santa Pod Raceway in England, as well as multiple times at the Pendine Sands Hot Rod Races in Wales. Furthermore, the team also participated in Race the Waves in England, Normandy Beach Race in France, Devil's Hill Climb at the OSW A-Bombers Meeting and the RCS Drag & Show in Sweden. Last but not least at the GRIP Motorevent at the Nordschleife/Nürburgring in Germany. The team is committed to preserving the vintage racing heritage and maintaining "Period Correct" authenticity, as evident in the look and feel of the events they participate in. For the team, these events provide an immersive celebration of that history, full of action and fun for everyone involved. As a result, the team intends to add more events to their list in the future. 

"Die young but late"

Between 2016 and 2018, the team toured Spain and participated in various events throughout Europe. In 2019, they kicked off their first-ever "Die Young But Late" (DYBL) tour, which spanned seven months, covered over 9,000 km, and included participation in nine events across six European countries. Unfortunately, due to the global COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting disruptions, the entire DYBL tour scheduled for 2020 was cancelled.

In 2021, the team received invitations to participate in the RMF and NBR events for the DYBL tour. However, the pandemic led to the cancellation of all other planned events, and new post-BREXIT regulations on cross-border transportation of race cars made it impossible for European teams to attend any events in Great Britain that year.

The DYBL tour of 2022 included invitations to events held by VHRA in Wales, the RTW in England, and GRIP in Germany, before concluding in Denmark at the prestigious RMF in August. The team journeyed through four countries, covering a distance of around 7,000 km throughout Europe during a six-month period.

In the 2023 race season, Bonnie & Clyde Vintage Hot RodRacing completed their "Die Young But Late" tour, spanning fiveEuropean countries and covering 9400km. They showcased their skills at sevenexhilarating vintage race events across Europe, including the VHRA PendineSands Hot Rod Races in Wales, MPH Vintage Drags, VHRA GOW! at Prescott Hills inEngland, Kilomètre Lancé in Switzerland, Normandy Beach Race in France,Jochpass Oldtimer Memorial in Germany, and concluding with the Crossroad MotorFestival - 1/8-mile event in Andalusia, Spain.

RACE season 2024

Brace yourselves for an electrifying adventure with the Bonnie & Clyde Vintage Hot Rod Racing team, as we gear up for our 9th "Die Young But Late" tour in 2024! Rather compact compared to last year but equally thrilling, this tour delivers an exceptional European adventure, celebrating our deep-rooted passion for high-speed excitement and the timeless allure of vintage racing. Embrace the blend of today's adrenaline with yesterday's grace in this unforgettable adventure.

 Tour Highlights:

1. Wales Adventure - Our tour kicks off on the sandy shores of Wales at the VHRA Pendine Sands Hot Rod Races. Experience the adrenaline rush as our vintage hot rods tear across what's known as the world's fastest beach race!

2. Swedish Summer – Second stop, is the “Nisse Nilsson Memorial” in Sweden. A regularity competition at the well-known Autoseum Oldtimer. Lots of fun around the track is scheduled.  

3. Swiss Speed - Next stop, Switzerland for the breath taking Kilomètre Lancé. Watch us conquer the challenging airport runway, stretching over a kilometre amidst the majestic mountains of St. Moritz. Plus, an exciting addition this year - Il Dragon Ruggente, piloted by the moreover renowned Glenn Billqvist, joins us for this high-speed thrill!

4. Spanish Finale - The grand finale awaits in sunny Seville, Andalusia, with the Crossroad Motor Festival 1/8-mile event in November. A perfect culmination of our tour, filled with speed, excitement, and vintage flair!

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Join us on this remarkable journey and immerse yourself in the thrill of vintage hot rod racing. Follow the "Die Young But Late" tour and witness unforgettable moments that capture the essence of speed, history, andadventure.

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Bonnie& Clyde Vintage Hot Rod Racing - Where History Meets Adrenaline!


There are various theories about the origin of the term “hot rod“. The common theme is that “hot” related to “hotting up” a car, which means modifying it for greater performance. One theory is that “rod” means roadster, a lightweight 2-door car which was often used as the basis for early hot rods. Another theory is that “rod” refers to camshaft, a part of the engine which was often upgraded in order to increase power output. In the early days, a car modified for increased performance was called a “gow job”. This term morphed into the hot rod in the early to middle 1950s.

The Southern California Timing Association (SCTA) has been in existence since its first meeting on November 29, 1937 and is considered to be the oldest operating racing organization in the United States. At that first meet between five and seven local car clubs met to organize lake bed races and to establish a set of guidelines to make dry lake land speed trials safer. After World War II, many small military airports throughout the US, were either abandoned or rarely used, allowing hot rodders across the country to race on marked courses. Originally, drag racing had tracks as long as 1 mi (1.6 km), however most common was 1/4 mi or 1/8 mi, and included mainly two lanes of racing simultaneously. As some hot rodders also raced on the street, a need arose for an organization to promote safety, and to provide venues for safe racing. And the National Hot Rod Association was founded in 1951, to take drag racing off the streets and into controlled environments.

In the early days the Ford flathead V8 and the four cylinder “4banger” engine were the most common engine used. Many hot rods would upgrade the brakes from mechanical to hydraulic (“juice”). A typical mid-1950s to early 1960s custom hot rod was fender less and steeply chopped, powered by a Ford or Mercury flathead, with an Edelbrock intake manifold, a Harman and Collins magneto, and Halibrand quick-change differential.

Deserving of acknowledgment

Ken and Andreas, "Bonnie & Clyde", are proud members and supporters of three highly renowned organizations: the Vintage Hot Rod Association (VHRA) in England, the Roadster Club Scandinavia (RCS) in Sweden, and the American Hot Rod Foundation (AHRF) in the USA.

Estepona, the hometown of Bonnie & Clyde Vintage Hot Rod Racing, holds an irresistible allure for every visitor, thanks to its enviable location and captivating charm. The revamped old town, celebrated as one of the most exquisite treasures not only in Andalusia but also in all of Spain, presents tourists with the opportunity to indulge in an authentic urban sanctuary called "El Jardín de la Costa del Sol." Its intricate maze of whitewashed streets, adorned with lively pots brimming with colorful flowers, encapsulates the very essence of a coastal Andalusian town. Estepona seamlessly blends its cherished customs and traditions with contemporary elements that cater to the needs of tourists and modern living. The team is immensely grateful for the unwavering support they receive from the City of Estepona.


At the end, you will find a collection of videos and hundreds of photographs showcasing the evolution of the Hot Rods, as well as documenting the boys' exciting tour adventures.

Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens.

Good, fast, cheap. - Any two, but never all three.

If you want something good and fast, it won’t be cheap.

If you want something good and cheap, it won’t be fast.

If you want something fast and cheap, it won’t be good.


a 1927 Ford T-Roadster, is built on a Model A frame using conventional techniques, including its mechanical brake system. The roadster is equipped with a 1930 Ford Model A four-cylinder "4banger" engine that has been upgraded with a Winfield 6.8:1 compression cylinder head, a MEKA Camshaft / 340, a Thomas twin manifold, two 81" Stromberg carburettors, and a FS Ignitions distributor. Further the roadsters feature a 26 Whippet grille shell and radiator, as well as its original 3-speed transmission. Several years ago, Andreas discovered the T-Roadster in Kansas, USA, where the previous owner had kept it in storage for an extended period. It had been revived at some point to participate in various vintage events in the United States, such as the "Hot Rod Hill Climb" in Colorado. However, the hot rod received a new lease on life when it arrived in Spain and became a member of the "Bonnie & Clyde Vintage Hot Rod Racing" team.


a 1922 Ford T-Roadster perched on a Model A frame and equipped with a Model A rear end. He is powered by a 1938 / 21 stud Ford flathead V8 that has been overhauled with two GEM 8:1 compression cylinder heads, an ISKY Racing Cam / 320, a Stromberg e-FIRE distributor, and one legendary Stromberg 97´big carburettor. The roadster retains its original 3-speed transmission, while its front hydraulic brakes come from a 1938 Ford truck, and his mechanical rear brakes remain unchanged. Built in a traditional manner, both in terms of technology and style, the hot rod is outfitted with a bespoke "flip" track nose influenced by a vintage Steyr. He was found in Kansas, USA, just like its counterpart, "Bonnie." According to its former owner, Jason "Bugsy" Wolcott, the body is a vintage dirt track body from the late 1940s that saw action in Northern California. It was apparently constructed as a centre-seated drag race car at some point. The T-Roadster raced at "The Race of Gentlemen" (TROG) in 2014 before being purchased as a roller from Pete Flaven, a renowned Hot Rod builder based in Boston, USA. "Clyde," has competed at the famous "Hot Rod Hill Climb" in Colorado, USA, just like "Bonnie." Both vehicles have received significant upgrades, including those previously mentioned, since joining the "Bonnie & Clyde Vintage Hot Rod Racing" team in Spain.


Our team truck serves as a mobile workshop, taking us around Europe and beyond when necessary. It provides ample space equipped with nearly everything we need during a race season. Moreover, with 400 horsepower and cruise control, we travel smoothly is effortless.