RICHARD PEEK will show off his 1933 rat rod during a presentation titled “The Making of an Antique Hot Rod (aka Rat Rod),” at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Owls Head Transportation Museum.

RICHARD PEEK will show off his 1933 rat rod during a presentation titled “The Making of an Antique Hot Rod (aka Rat Rod),” at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Owls Head Transportation Museum.

OWLS HEAD — Old car enthusiast, musician and tinkerer Richard Peek will discuss the making of antique hot rods, also known as “rat rods,” during a free talk that begins at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Owls Head Transportation Museum.

“ The modern rat rod movement is a retreat from the high-priced, ultra-shiny street rods most of us are familiar with today,” a museum release states. “They’re also a throwback to the origin of the hot rod, cars built by young people in the 1950s and ’ 60s, from whatever parts they could scrounge together. In some cases, rat rods even exaggerate the concept of doing more with less, showcasing minimalist styling and outright unfinished appearances.”

Peek, of Union, will discuss rat rods using his own “1933-ish” rat rod creation as a springboard. Among other creations Peek will display and play are a gas can banjo and a banjo built from the torque ring from the transmission of the 1953 Cadillac engine powering the rat rod.

“ The Making of an Antique Hot Rod (aka Rat Rod)” is the fourth in a series of six Winter Education programs offered by the Owls Head Transportation Museum. All remaining programs begin at 1 p.m. and are free to public.

The Owls Head Transportation Museum is located at 117 Museum St., off Route 73, in Owls Head. For more information, call 594-4418 or visit www.owlshead.org.


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