Lansing is the capital of the U.S. state of Michigan. Michigan is widely known as the center of the U.S. auto industry. In 1903 Henry Ford founded Ford Motor Company in Detroit. 10 years later he introduced the assembly line, an innovation that reduced the Model T’s chassis assembly line from 12.5 to 1.5 hours. Ford Motor Company could now produce affordable cars at a faster pace than anyone else. In 1914 Henry doubled the pay rate for the factory workers, and he reduced their workday from nine to eight hours. The day after the “$5 Day” was announced, an estimated 10,000 people lined up outside Ford’s employment office hoping to be hired. Henry eventually filled Detroit with automotive workers, and in the 1930s his River Rogue Complex employed over 100,000 hard-working men and women. Even though Detroit and Michigan boomed with automotive workers, it took almost half a decade before Ron Clark and Bob Kaiser would open up what is known as the first custom shop of Michigan. Clarkaiser Customs Shop was established in 1948, the same year as Robert Petersen’s first issue of Hot Rod Magazine went into print. As the hot rod and custom scene spread across the country, the Motor City would breed several talented builders such as Mike and Larry Alexander of the Alexander Brothers fame. The capital of Michigan, Lansing, is located 100 miles West of Detroit. While Detroit had Henry Ford and his Ford Motor Company, Lansing was the home of Ransom E. Olds and his Olds Motor Vehicle Company. By the mid 1950s the hot rod and custom craze had also reached the state Capital.
Custom Cars of Lansing, Michigan
Ken Foress' 1952 Mercury Convertible
Rudy Rodriguez’s 1954 Ford
Terry Smith's 1954 Ford
Jerry Drake's 1955 Ford Fairlane - India Ivory
Jerry Drake's 1957 Ford Fairlane - Candy Cane
Russ Edgers' 1957 Ford Convertible
Dell Chandler's 1960 Pontiac Ventura
Custom Body Shops of Lansing, Michigan
Custom Painters and Pinstripers of Lansing, Michigan
Hot Rod and Custom Car Clubs of Lansing, Michigan
Hot Rod and Custom Cars Shows of Lansing, Michigan
Citizens of Lansing, Michigan
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