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Gary Ruddell's 1958 Chevrolet Corvette After riding shotgun in a buddy's 1957 Corvette, Seagrams of Norwalk President Gary Ruddell was hooked, he just knew he had to have a Corvette. Dick King's 1957 Chevrolet - Kings Royalty In 1958 Dick King was a member of the Seagrams of Norwalk car club. He was driving a 1941 Ford coupe but wanted something newer. King liked the looks of the 1957 Chevrolet two-door hardtop Bel-Air, so he started looking for one to buy. After looking at a lot of cars and not finding one that matched his budget or that was in the condition he wanted, he found a yellow four-door hardtop Bel Air that was perfect. George Mizzi Jr.'s 1950 Mercury Convertible - The Purple Bug 1950 Mercury convertible owned by George Mizzi Jr. of Lyndhurst, New Jersey. According to East Coast Custom Historian Ray Soff, Mizzi bought the car from a friend in 1956. The friend was a member of the Drivin Deuces car club, and he used to play double bass in a band, so rumor has it that he always drove around with the top down so he could fit the bass in the car, even in the winter.


11.13.2018 - The Gary Cerveny Collection Lost to Malibu Wildfires In November of 2018 the Norman Timbs Special, and 30 plus other cars, including Dave Cunningham's 1940 Ford, Lee Talbot and Sam Chakries' 1953 Studebaker Pick Up, and Ray Goulart's 1950 Oldsmobile were lost to the Malibu wildfires as Gary Cerveny's collection burned down to the ground. A tragic day in custom car history. 10.22.2018 - Glen Wall Has Passed Away We are sorry to inform that early customizer Glen Wall passed away today, 101 years old. Glen and his big brother Forey got into the custom car industry right after WWII. While Forey could turn a dollar, Glen could do anything with cars, and around 1944-1945 he went to work for Emil Dietrich as a lot boy. 10.12.2018 - The $98,000 goal for the Gene Winfield fundraiser has been met It took only two days for the GoFundMe fundraiser for Gene Winfield to reach its goal of $98,000 USD. The basic transportation needs were then met, and Gene and his crew were waiting on the doctor's evaluation to proceed further.

Lost and Found

Lost: Dean Jeffries' 1947 Mercury In 1957 Dean Jeffries sold his heavily decorated 1947 Mercury convertible to Jerry Halak of Toledo, Ohio. A year later Halak sold it to Larry Nadrasik. Nadrasik later moved to England, and rumor has it that he brought the Merc along. Looking for Info: Eldon E. Schmidt's 1929 Ford Model A Roadster Calling Garden Grove! We’re helping Terje Fjellhaug trace the history of an old Garden Grove, California hot rod. Looking for Info: Pascal Bandelier's 1932 Ford Cabriolet Calling Texas! We need your help identifying this survivor 1932 Ford. Currently owned by Cheaters car club member Pascal Bandelier of Geneva, Switzerland, the car has roots back to Texas where it was dragged out of a barn sometime around 2002.

Photo Archive

The Ray Soff Collection Raymond Soff of Saddle Brook, New Jersey is often referred to as a walking custom car Encyclopedia. He was born in 1946, and he has spent half of his life tracking down custom cars in the United States, talking to owners of cars that he admired in the magazines when he was a little kid. Ray’s growing collection of East Coast custom history contains thousands of photos and negatives, letters, notes, and taped interviews. The Jerry Drake Photo Collection Jerry Drake of Lansing, Michigan is a legendary pinstriper known as "Spider the Crazy Painter." Among some of Jerry's highlights was scalloping Carl Casper's 1951 Chevrolet, "The Exotic Empress," that went on to win the Nationals in 1961, and David Cassidy's Touring "T", that Carl Casper built for Screen Gems. Jerry was also a Show Director for Carl Casper for over 12 years. The Robert Genat Collection Robert Genat was born in 1945. Raised in Detroit and its southern suburbs, he is a prolific author and photographer with over 40 books and 200 magazine articles to his credit. In 2003, he was awarded the prestigious Dean Batchelor Award by the Motor Press Guild for his book, The Birth of Hot Rodding.

Top Lists

Matt Townsend ranks the 3 greatest 1949-51 Mercury customs of all time Matt Townsend runs Townsends Customs & Hot Rods, a custom body shop in Riverside, California that specializes in restoration and customization of classic cars. In November of 2017 Matt had 17 1949 - 1951 Mercury customs under his belt, so we asked him what his All-Time Top 3 1949 - 1951 Mercury Customs are. Kevan Sledge ranks the 3 greatest customs of all time Kevan Sledge is a founding member of the So. Cal Shifters car club. Kevan has had a passion for cars since he was a young kid, and began building hot rods and customs as a hobby in the late 1980s. In 2011 he started up Sledge Customs, turning his hobby into a full time profession. Gene Winfield ranks his top 3 favorite builds Gene Winfield is a legendary customizer, painter and hot rod racer. Born June 16, 1927, Gene has been restyling cars since 1945, and he is one of the best known and most recognized builders in the world. They say choosing your favourite build is like choosing your favourite child! We Gene what his top 3 favourite builds are?

For Sale

For Sale: Frank De Rosa's 1966 Buick Riviera "The Golden Piranha" Frank De Rosa has been cutting up and customizing cars since 1943. In 1949 he opened up De Rosa Custom Body and Fender in Pittsburg, California, a shop that still is in business, operated by the De Rosa family. Frank has now turned 91 years old, and he has decided to sell off one of his old builds. For Sale: John North's 1957 Ford "White Pearl" 1957 Ford restyled by Riverside Auto Body for Choppers of Rockville President John North of Rockville, Connecticut. The car is also known as the "White Pearl". John purchased the Ford brand new in 1957, and it was immediately sent off for a restyling. For Sale: Ron Sweeney's 1957 Ford "Seaburst" 1957 Ford owned by Ron Sweeney of Gresham, Oregon. In 1962 Ron commissioned Von Hunter of Portland to restyle the car for him. The front end of the car was reshaped and fitted with frenched quad headlights, a rolled pan, and a special grille, made from stainless steel linoleum trim.

Featured Events

A-Bombers Old Style Weekend 2018 The 22nd annual A-Bombers Old Style Weekend was held August 3-5, 2018 at Backamo Lägerplats in Uddevalla, Sweden. Coupe Devils Rod & Kustom Bonanza 2018 The 10th annual Coupe Devils Rod & Kustom Bonanza was held June 15-17, 2018 at Bruvollen in Blaker, Norway. The Race of Gentlemen 2018 The 7th annual Race of Gentlemen was held June 8-10, 2018 in Wildwood, New Jersey.

Featured Projects

Lawrence Garrison's 1940 Mercury Convertible In 2011 Birger Meland of Lier, Norway bought Lawrence Garrison’s channeled 1940 Mercury from Pat Orosco in California. For a long time, the history of this old custom has been full of holes and rumors. In June Birger told us that he wanted to restore the car back to how it was originally built. We applauded the initiative and agreed to help him research the history of the car. Gil Ayala's 1955 Ford Thunderbird - The Wild Bird Gil Ayala's personal custom, a 1955 Ford Thunderbird, known as the Wild Bird, has been sold to Scandinavia. Gil's Thunderbird is one of the few known surviving Ayala Customs, and it is a great addition to the Scandinavian custom scene. The restoration. We followed the restoration of the car, and it's trip halfway across the world on Kustomrama. The Kustomrama Dream truck The Kustomrama Dream Truck is a tribute to the custom cars of the late 1950s. Being an admirer of Jerry DeVito's wildly restyled 1957 Ford Fairlane, that we all know as the Maze, Sondre Kvipt decided that he wanted to recreate this car as a Ranchero. The build was started in Oslo, Norway in January of 2014, lead by Sondre's brother Olav.


Featured Video: AutopiaLA: Jerry Moffatt's 1939 Ford Los Angeles Custom Shawn Davis of AutotopiaLA takes the historic Jerry Moffatt's 1939 Ford Convertible for a spin. Featured Video: Warren Dorrill's Shark - 8MM Home Video 1949 Ford Club Coupe owned and restyled by Warren Dorrill of Gallup, New Mexico. Warren was a well-known bodyman and painter, and his 1949 Ford custom was known as "The Shark." Filmed back in the 1950s, this 8mm video comes from the collection of Warren's family. Recomended Reading: Cool Cars, High Art: The Rise of Kustom Kulture John DeWitt grew up in Stamford, Connecticut in the 1950s, and as so many other teenagers back then, he would start getting ready for Friday nights early in the afternoon; "I would pull my car into the driveway, turn on the radio, get the soap and polish ready, and turn on the hose. I attended to the hygiene of my car with an attention to detail I never applied to my room."

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