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Featured Stories

Lloyd C. Hammond's 1949 Ford - The Majestic Lady 1949 Ford owned and restyled by San Bernardino Krankers car club member Lloyd C. Hammond of San Bernardino, California. Known as the "Majestic Lady," Lloyd's radically restyled Ford was nosed, decked and shaved for door handles. Jim Logue's 1954 Ford - The Fabulous X54 1954 Ford Convertible owned and restyled by James "Jim" Logue of Long Beach, California. Named "The Fabulous X54," Jim's Ford is known as one of the first cars that used hydraulic lifts to alter the ground clearance. Richard Torres' 1951 Chevrolet 1951 Chevrolet originally owned and restyled by Richard Torres of Lawndale, California. Richard was attending the El Camino Jr College when he had the car, and he did not belong to any of the local car clubs.

News

03.05.2019 - The Restored Golden Sahara Unveiled at the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show In March of 2019 Goodyear and Klairmont Kollections unveiled the restored Golden Sahara II at the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show. The restored version of the iconic custom featured translucent Goodyear tires. 02.25.2019 - Cody Burghdorf Completes the Krimson Kart Restoration Cody Burghdorf has just completed the restoration of Emory Ashpaugh's Krimson Kart. A restoration he started in 2016. The restored version of the car will make its debut at the 2019 Detroit Autorama. 01.27.2019 - The Michael Gale Black Estate Sale Legendary East Coast customizer Richard "Korky" Korkes' 1954 Ford Parisienne custom is coming up for sale in the estate sale after Michael "Gale" Black in February.

Lost and Found

Looking for info: Bill Leslie's 1960 Ford Thunderbird - The Golden Gem 1960 Ford Thunderbird owned and restyled by Bill Leslie of Buffalo, New York. The car is also known as "The Golden Gem." According to the later owner Douglas Sills, the story he got when he bought it was that Bill's parents originally owned the car; "The car was built in New York and all the paperwork has New York addresses." Lost: Gerald Zielinski's 1955 Chevrolet 1955 Chevrolet hardtop owned and restyled by Gerald Zielinski of St. Louis, Missouri. Gerald was a member of the Road Angels of St. Louis, and it was his mom and dad that originally bought the car in 1955. Gerald took ownership of the car sometime after that and started customizing it. Looking for info: Thomas Dannerbauer's 1929 Ford Thomas Dannerbauer of Bayern, Germany recently purchased an old Hot Rod from Lodi, California. Little of the history is known about Tom's roadster. It shows traces of several stages of being hot rodder throughout the years. It has been parked since the 1980's and the known history is long gone.

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 Art Himsl Collection Paint trends come and go but Art Himsl is forever. Art has been called the hot rod Rembrandt of our generation. The Junior Conway Collection While Olav Kvipt lived in California, he was able to become friends with Junior Conway of Junior's House of Color in Bell. Junior has been in the trade since he began working for Barris Kustoms in 1955, and is currently operating one of the best, high end body shops in the world. The majority of the photos from Junior's collection are from 1953 to the late 1960s.

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: Bob Huffman's 1965 Chevrolet Impala 1965 Chevrolet Impala owned and restyled by Bob Huffman of Norwalk, California. Bob bought the Impala brand new from Paramount Chevrolet in Downey, California in September of 1964. He paid $3100.00 for the car, took it home and started restyling it almost immediately. For Sale: Joe Wilhelm's Wild Dream Wild Dream is a show rod designed and built by Joe Wilhelm at Wilhelm's Custom Shop for John Hernandez. Built over a three year period, the wild rod featured a futuristic hand-formed aluminum body that was covered with 20 coats of purple metalflake paint. For Sale: Roy Abendroth's 1955 Buick Century - The BuSonic Known as the "BuSonic," Roy Abendroth's 1955 Buick was restyled by John Schott over a three year period. Completed in 1963, the list of modidications included canted quad headlights, hydraulic lifts and a sparkling Copper Metalflake paint job by Larry Watson.

Featured Events

Grand National Roadster Show 2019 The 70th annual Grand National Roadster Show was held January 25 - 27, 2019 at the Fairplex in Pomona, California. Over 500 show vehicles competed for awards inside the Fairplex buildings. Another 400-800 vehicles joined the event Saturday & Sunday for the Grand Daddy Drive-In. 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.

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.

Misc

Featured Video: The 1957 Norwalk Motorcade A movie by Bob Stephenson from the 4th annual Norwalk Motorcade, an outdoor car show sponsored by the Norwalk Coachmen car club. Keith Christensen was the first President of the club and a founding member. 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.



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