ASRF LEGEND – STEVE ‘IGGY’ IGGLESDON
4th November 2022
By Gavin Kelso
Steve Igglesdon, aka Iggy, was a standout person when it came to do with anything automotive modification. Before street rodding and drag racing, his interest lay in shortening VW chassis and adapting red motors to create mean, wheel standing beach buggies! One of Steve’s earliest buggies was a Ford Prefect-powered “contraption”.
Steve was one of the early members of West Coast Street Rod Club. Whilst a member of WCSRC, he was the owner of the first legally licensed T-bucket in Western Australia which ran a Ford Y block. Around 1979 Steve sold his bucket, which funded the purchase of a Model A tudor so he could fit the whole family.
During the mid 70’s, and while he was still very much into hot rodding, Steve was also into drag racing, competing regularly at Ravenswood International Drag Strip. He had various styles of drag racing vehicles… “Puff the Plastic Dragster” prior to 1972, then altereds and funny cars which ran under the ‘Big Red’ moniker. He later changed back to an open bucket body after a drag racing accident/asthma attack in a Corvette funny car that nearly claimed his life.
In 1980, Steve with other like-minded rodders, founded a new club named the Conrodders Street Rod Club, with an emphasis for those rodders ‘South of the (Swan) River’. He contacted many people with similar interests and convinced them to get involved. He was the president for five years, providing consistent advice, support and inspiration to members to progress with their projects, and subsequently made a Life Member of the club.
Steve was also the WA Australian Street Rod Divisional Director in the early 80’s, going on to win WA Rodder of the Year twice (1980 and 1982). However, the draw of drag racing was too great, and by the mid 80’s Steve went back to the strip with an altered running high 8’s.
Having used the A tudor for a long time, Steve decided he wanted a drag street rod and built a Model A roadster which served as both a daily street rod and weekend drag car.
Steve was always supported by his family, his wife Ruth and the three girls Pauline, Kim and Lee. Drag racing and street rodding ran side by side as two of Iggy’s hobbies for a number of years and his girls crewed and raced as well; Pauline ran the roadster and an altered aptly named Miss P.Iggy, and Kim ran the roadster and a Torana as ‘Black Betty’.
He was well respected by the street rod and drag racing community for all of his efforts in promoting these sports. Steve was also the media face for the new Perth Motorplex drag racing complex that was being constructed to replace the aging Ravenswood Drag Strip. He also was a regular segment host on the Cruizin’ television show in Western Australia.
He had three street rods while involved in drag racing, his racing hobby clearly having an influence on the performance of these vehicles. His latest rod, a Model A roadster, was very fast, capable of 11.93 seconds and 110 mph over the quarter mile. He achieved Elapsed Time and MPH track records with this hot rod at both Ravenswood and Perth Motorplex for the A/HR class. First registered in 1988, it was recently reregistered by his family and still driven regularly.
BY CONRODDERS SRC
The award for the late Steve ‘Iggy’ Igglesdon was accepted to two of his daughters; Pauline and Lee.