Collecting the Christmas tree in a rat rod

What's the ideal transport for collecting your Christmas tree with? Burlen reckon it's a 6.3-litre rat rod...

You would understand why most people who own a car with 6300cc might have it tucked up for the winter season by now. Big power on cold, possibly even damp tarmac is a potent cocktail.

That hasn’t stopped Jamie Burnett, director of Burlen Ltd however. He’s been out to find the perfect Christmas tree. Rather than flipping the back seats down in a family car, or taking a van = to accommodate the foliage, instead Burnett’s been rather more brave. To him, a 1940 Chevy Rat Rod with a flatbed was the perfect set of wheels for the job.

Against Burnett’s choice, the V8 is unsilenced and brutally loud. But, in his favour, the cold temperatures make the flame-spitting car a tad more appealing with its dramatic 383 small block heating system.

The car itself is a rare sight in the UK, with its chopped body on a completely scratch-built custom chassis giving it a totally unique appearance. It features a one-of-a-kind triple-downdraught SU carb set-up and custom-made open exhaust system.

In the video, Burnett heads to Salisbury Christmas Trees in the Chevy to pick out his tree for the festive season, cuts it down by hand and puts it in the back. The traditional method reflects Burlen’s – the world’s sole manufacturer of Skinners Union, AMAL and Zenith carburettors – near 100-year history, while the lairy car tips its head to the company’s vision.

Burnett said: 'We had a fantastic day getting the Chevy out on the road, turning plenty of heads and making this truly incredible video for Christmas. The Rat Rod proved to be the perfect vehicle for picking out my Christmas tree and the heater got a good test too!

'When you get behind the wheel, you simply can’t resist giving it a few revs – in fact, it would be rude not to! Our video brilliantly portrays just how cool a car this is and how versatile the SU Carburettor can be. Merry Christmas to all from all the team at Burlen!'

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