“You want to burn some rubber,” asked Richard Peek, owner of the Rat Rod that was on display last weekend at the Owls Head Transportation Museum.

The fat back tires squealed and the hot rod shot down Route 17 in Union. Peek had offered the ride an hour earlier, and it was gladly accepted. A set of goggles hung from the rear view mirror of the Rat Rod.

“It’s a wide open car,” Peek said. “You put the goggles on, and I have a leather aviator helmet … I’ll just slip that on, slip the goggles on and go down the road with a big grin on my face.”

The Owls Head Transportation Museum hosted its popular Hot Rods, Customs, Muscle Cars & Antique Aeroplane Show the weekend of June 18-19. On view were a wide variety of elegant, powerful and sporty vehicles.

One part of the show featured two vehicles that were at the “opposite ends of the spectrum,” said Ethan Yankura, education director for the transportation museum.

The fully finished vehicle was a 1928 Ford Roadster Pickup Hot Rod. According to the transportation museum website, the Roadster was “totally hand built over five years by a joint effort from the pro-shop of East Road Rods and hundreds of hours by the owner.”

The other vehicle was the Rat Rod owned by Peek of Union.

Yankura said: “We had a wonderfully complete and finished street rod and then at the other end of the spectrum we had this … very rough looking [vehicle]. But that was his intention. He was inspired by the hot rods that he and his friends built back in the ‘50s. They were just built from whatever parts the kids could get a hold of. He ran with that concept and took it to an extreme.”

Peek’s Rat Rod was built with a 1933 Chevrolet frame, 1940 Ford front axle, 1947 Ford firetruck body, 1953 Cadillac engine, 1928 Dodge dashboard and 1956 Buick steering column. The rear deck was made from a 1957 Ford hood and a Coke machine, and the air cleaner cover was a Packard hubcap. The hood ornament is from a Packard. The horn has an inscription with the date 1903.

“The whole idea of a Rat Rod is basically a car that is put together low budget, out of spare parts,” said Peek.

Peek said a local man roughed together the vehicle — like a mock up — and had a pile of antique parts. It was for sale, and Peek tracked down the owner.

“After that I put it all together and made it run and I’ve been driving it and having a ball,” Peek said. “It’s safer than it looks.”

Peek said it probably cost more to paint the 1928 Ford Roadster than it did to build his Rat Rod.

“It’s always kind of an oxymoron when my car is sitting next to something like that,” Peek said.

Peek said when he was growing up, kids would find a motor that ran and a decent body from another vehicle. “We’d put them all together and make our own hot rod,” Peek said. “Lower it. Or raise it. Make it louder or do something with it. It was always done on a really small budget. That’s kind of what this is about.”

He said street rods and hot rods have become an industry, and too expensive for many people.

“There’s been a trend lately, and a lot of younger people are doing it, to go out and find the old cars and assemble them in a real low budget way and make something that you can afford to build and drive and go out and have fun with it,” Peek said.

Yankura said the Hot Rods, Customs, Muscle Cars & Antique Aeroplane Show was “fantastic” with about 200 to 300 vehicles and lots of visitors. “It’s an event we’ve been having for many years but it’s certainly a growing event,” Yankura said.

Next on the calendar for the Owls Head Transportation Museum is the Fabulous ’50s, Sensational ’60s & Antique Aeroplane Show on July 2-3. For more information visit ohtm.org.