1948 was an important year in the hot rod and custom car history. 1948 was the year the first ever annual Hot Rod Exposition was held at the National Guard Armory in Los Angeles, California. The show was organized by Wally Parks and the SCTA. It was promoted by Robert E. Petersen, and the very first Hot Rod Magazine was created as the program for the show, selling ads to whoever wanted to display as a vendor and hawking copies on the steps outside the Armory. The show featured the best designed and engineered cars belonging to members of the SCTA.
George Barris attended the Hot Rod Exposition show with his newly customized 1941 Buick. He won top honors at the show, and put Barris Kustoms on the map. After winning the show, George and his brother Sam moved their shop to larger premises at 7674 Compton Avenue.
In Chattanooga, Tennessee, Charley Card opened up an automotive, performance and custom accessories shop named Honest Charley Speed Shop in 1948. Charley's unique combination of automotive, performance and custom accessories and world wide distribution of the notably humorous Honest Charley catalogs served to establish Honest Charley Speed Shop as one of the most recognized names in the Automotive Aftermarket. Honest Charley Speed Shop was also one of the first advertisers featured in Hot Rod Magazine, and his company was one of the first speed shops with coast to coast distribution.
Hot Rods Built or Completed in 1948
George Barris' Track Roadster
Dick Courtney's 1929 Ford Model A Roadster
Bill Kelly's 1932 Ford 3-Window Coupe
Bob McGee's 1932 Ford Roadster
Eugene Wentworth's 1932 Ford Roadster
Monte Monroe's 1932 Ford 3-Window Coupe
Nelson Morris' 1932 Ford Roadster
Custom Cars Built or Completed in 1948
Jack Calori's 1936 Ford 3-Window Coupe
Ray Giovannoni's 1936 Ford Roadster
Arthur Lellis' 1939 Ford Convertible
Dick Bair's 1939 Ford Convertible Sedan
Fred Cain's 1940 Ford Coupe
Ralph Jilek's 1940 Ford Convertible
Al Andril's 1940 Mercury Coupe
Johnny Zaro's 1940 Mercury Coupe
Harold Ohanesian's 1940 Mercury Convertible Sedan
George Janich's 1941 Ford Business Coupe
Frank Kurtis' 1941 Buick - The Kurtis Buick Special
Al Lauer's 1941 Cadillac Convertible
John Vara's 1941 Ford Convertible
Bob Kierstead's 1941 Mercury Convertible
Charles Kemp's 1941 Plymouth Convertible
Albrecht Goertz's 1948 Studebaker Business Coupe
Sport Customs Built or Completed in 1948
Custom, Body and Paint Shops Established in 1948
Hot Rod and Custom Car Shows of 1948
Hot Rod and Custom Car Shows Formed in 1948
Racing and Hot Rod Association Founded in 1948
Automotive, Performance and Custom Acccesory Shops Founded in 1948
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