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01.23.2024 - The Resurgence of a Legend: "The Uncertain-T" Emerges On January 23, 2024, the hot rod and custom car community was electrified with the announcement by renowned custom car builder and restorer Dave Shuten that the legendary "The Uncertain-T" had been found and that it now was part of the Galpin Auto Sports Collection. 10.31.2023 - Gene Winfield Debuts the Solar Scene II Gene Winfield is finally back with a recreation of his iconic Solar Scene Mercury custom 09.27.2023 - Tom Hocker's 1940 Ford: The Restoration Journey Nears Its Grand Finale! The meticulous restoration of the legendary Tom Hocker 1940 Ford is approaching its grand finale. 09.18.2023 - Greg Tidwell's 1940 Ford Truck Wins the World's Most Beautiful Truck Award Built by South City Rod & Custom in Hayward, California, the truck was shown at the first-ever Grand National Truck Show, where it won the World's Most Beautiful Truck award, beating 17 other custom trucks. 09.04.2023 - Gene Winfield's Historic Mojave Shop Up for Sale September 4, 2023, Gene announced on Instgagram that he had decided to part ways with his iconic Mojave shop. " I am leaving Mojave," he wrote, adding that he still would be doing his workshops and appearances. 07.24.2023 - The Buddha Buggy Damaged in a Deadly Fire In May, somebody sent us a video showing the burnt remains of the iconic Buddha Buggy Custom that Bill Hines built for Tats Gotanda in the early 1960s. 05.13.2023 - Bidding Starts for Another Barris Kustoms Masterpiece: The Ralph Testa Merc After 45 years of ownership, Bill Worden has decided to part ways with this iconic custom. 05.04.2023 - In Memory of Dick "Peep" Jackson  Today, we were saddened by the news that Dick "Peep" Jackson has passed away. From his humble beginnings sweeping floors at Barris Kustoms to becoming the head painter and eventually opening his own shop, Dick's contributions to the industry will forever be remembered. 12.02.2022 - Alexander Bros Tribute Display at the Detroit Autorama Chris Herod is working on a special tribute display to the Alexander Brothers at the 70th anniversary Detroit Autorama. 11.20.2022 - New Book: Hot Rod Magazine: 75 Years by Drew Hardin Drew Hardin and Motorbooks are out with a brand new book that celebrates 75 years of Hot Rod Magazine, the world’s longest-continuously published and best-known automotive magazine. 11.19.2022 - New Book: Vintage Speed Parts: The Equipment That Fueled the Industry by Tony Thacker Follow the history of hot rodding through this nostalgic look at vintage speed equipment. 08.15.2022 - The Rodder's Journal is Back Yes. The Rodder's Journal is still in business, and the Rodder's Journal 85 was debuted in August of 2022 at the Street Rod National in Louisville, Kentucky. 02.26.2022 - Terry Cook is Out With Two New Books Kustomrama Contributor, storyteller, and former editor of Car Craft and Hot Rod Terry Cook is out with two new books. 150 classic short stories and over 200 photos. 01.15.2022 - The Hirohata Merc Sold for $1,950,000 USD On January 15 the Hirohata Mercury crossed the block at the Mecum Kissimmee auction and sold for $1,950,000 USD. The iconic cusom was one of the main attractions at the auction. 01.14.2022 - Welcome to the 12th Coupe Devils Rod & Kustom Bonanza If covid-restrictions allow it, the 12th Coupe Devils Rod & Kustom Bonanza will be held June 17-19, 2022 at Bruvollen in Blaker, Norway. 01.01.2022 - Welcome to the Second Annual Kustomrama Invitational 2022 is here, and we are excited to announce that we once again will be teaming up with our friends at Gasoline Magazine to give you another KUSTOMRAMA INVITATIONAL and GASOLINE REVIVAL in Grängesberg, Sweden. 11.18.2021 - Galpin Auto Sports takes on Ron Aguirre's X-Sonic Yesterday, Dave Shuten of Galpin Auto Sports broke the news that they had acquired Ron Aguirre's X-Sonic and that it's finally going to be restored back to its former glory! 10.13.2021 - Dick Bertolucci has passed away Legendary Northern California customizer Dick Bertolucci has passed away. Bertolucci was a founding member of the Thunderbolts car club, and a pioneer customizer that started working out of his father's garage in 1948. 05.01.2021 - Welcome to the First Kustomrama Invitational Have you heard the news? This summer, we are teaming up with Gasoline Magazine to give you a Traditional Rod & Custom experience you have never seen on this side of the pond before! 03.21.2021 - The Hirohata Merc is Now for Sale After 60 years of ownership, the iconic Hirohata Mercury is now looking for a new caretaker. Restyled by Barris Kustoms in 1952, the car is one of the best known and most popular custom cars in the world. 02.04.2021 - Edelbrock Shuts Down its Torrance Headquarters Early in 2021 Edelbrock announced that they are shutting down their California headquarter in Torrance after being based in the state for more than 80 years. 01.31.2021 - New book from Gene Winfield: Gene Winfield's Racing Days Scrapbook Gene Winfield's Racing Days Scrapbook is a 120-page book that chronicles 75 years of hot rods, land speed racing, drag racing & oval track racing. 01.12.2021 - The 2021 Grand National Roadster Show has been canceled January 12, 2021, after monitoring the current coronavirus outbreak and the government regulations, Rod Shows announced that the 2021 Grand National Roadster Show has been canceled and moved to 2022. 12.28.2020 - Eddie Martinez has passed away Eddie Martinez was a legendary upholsterer from Lynwood, California. He started doing upholstery work while he was in school and worked his way up becoming one of the most sought-after custom upholsterers in Southern California. 10.19.2020 - Stickers to the people! We finally have stickers for sale in the Kustomrama Online Store. Black stickers. Red stickers. Yellow stickers. 10.17.2020 - Spence Murray has passed away Yesterday we received the sad news that Spencer "Spence" Murray has left us. One of the last living pioneers of the hot rod and custom movement as we know it today. After eight long years of illness, Spence passed away on October 14 at home with his family around him. 10.08.2020 - Charlie "Chop Top Charlie" Brewer has passed away On October 8, 2020, the custom car scene was saddened by the news that Chop Top Charlie had passed away. Charlie is a well-known Ohio-customizer. Starting out in the 1950s, he is known for building some of the best customs in his part of the country. 01.15.2020 - Frank De Rosa has passed away We just received the sad news that legendary Northern California customizer Frank De Rosa passed away today. 92 years old, Frank was a pioneer in the field, starting out customizing cars in Pittsburg, California, in 1943. A driving force and an inspiration for many of us. A sad day in custom car history. 01.10.2020 - The reserve was not met for the Aztec at the Kissimmee 2020 auction Friday, January 10, 2020 the Aztec crossed the block at Mecum Auctions Kissimmee 2020 auction in Kissimmee, Florida. The old Barris Kustom was one of the main attractions during the event, and it was estimated to bring in between $350,000 - $450,000. 11.15.2019 - Forey Wall has passed away We are very sorry to inform you that Forey Wall passed away yesterday morning on the day of his 106th birthday. Born in South Dakota, Glen and Forey started messing around with cars back in the 1920s. 11.04.2019 - The Uncertain-T is Back Have you heard the news? The Uncertain-T is back! At least a recreation of the famous show rod, built by Martin and Marion Bennett from Cambridge, New Zealand. It is making its worldwide debut at the SEMA Show this week. 09.30.2019 - The Barris Kustom City Photo Arcive is Live Barris Kustom City is an online photo archive consisting of a collection of photographs by George Barris. Launched in September of 2019 the archive contains thousands of photos of the world’s most amazing custom cars, hot rods, race cars and pin-up's from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. 05.01.2019 - Bill Carter has passed away We are sorry to inform that legendary custom painter Bill Carter passed away yesterday. Bill was born in Hollywood, California. He grew up during the birth of custom paint and loved the smell of paint and lacquer. Larry Watson took him in under his wings and taught him a few more tricks before he went on to open up his own shop. 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. 12.02.2018 - Customs by the Sea is Coming Back to California Kustomrama has decided to host another Customs by the Sea car show in California. Held in cooperation with the Oilers car club, the show will take place in Santa Barbara in March of 2019. 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. 10.10.2018 - Gene Winfield injured and stranded in Finland In September of 2018, Gene attended the Yankee Car Show in Lahti, Finland where he was chopping the top on a car live at the show. During the show he suffered a bad fall, breaking his hip. After surgery, he came down with pneumonia. 08.26.2018 - The Jack Calori 1936 Ford Coupe Sold For $407,000 USD August 25, 2018 the Calori Coupe crossed the block at the 2018 Mecum Monterey auction. It was one of the main attractions at the auction, and it was estimated to sell for a price between $350,000 - $450,000. When the auction ended, the car was sold for $407,000 USD. 07.24.2018 - Paul Hatton Has Passed Away Earlier this Summer we received the sad news that legendary Detroit, Michigan pinstriper Paul Hatton passed away May 1, 2018, 84 years old. Paul was born in Richmond, Kentucky in 1933. He moved to Michigan when he was eight, and began building his first hot rod when he was 16. 06.24.2018 - The Petersen Publishing Digitization Project The Petersen Publishing Digitization Project beckons to the original wishes of Robert E. Petersen himself to preserve, unify, and share the archive of Petersen Publishing photographic materials. 06.10.2018 - Miss Scarlett Wins the 2018 Kustomrama Custom Car d'Elegance Award Allan "Kipp" Winward won the 2018 Kustomrama Custom Car d'Elegance award with his 1936 Ford 5-Window Coupe at the 5th annual Customs by the Sea car show in Wildwood, New Jersey. 05.25.2018 - The Jade Idol Debuts With A New Winfield Fadeaway Paint Job in Santa Maria May 25, 2018 the repainted version of the Jade Idol made its first public appearance at the 2018 Cruisin' Nationals in Santa Maria, California. 05.19.2018 - The Golden Sahara II Sold For $350,000 USD March 14, 2018 Mecum Auctions announced that the Golden Sahara would cross the block at Dana Mecum's 31st Original Spring Classic Auction in May. The auction was held May 19, 2018 at Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis, Indiana, and the Golden Sahara was offered without a reserve. The car received several bids, and the auction ended at $350,000 USD. 05.19.2018 - The Kookie Kar Sold For $440,000 USD In March of 2018 Mecum Auctions announced that the Kookie Kar would cross the block at Dana Mecum's 31st Original Spring Classic Auction in May. The auction was held May 19, 2018 at Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis, Indiana, and the Kookie Kar was offered without a reserve. The car received several bids, and the auction ended at $440,000 USD. 04.09.2018 - The Restoration of the Ina Mae Overman Lincoln Has Started The Ina Mae Overman Lincoln has finally found a new caretaker. The new owner, who wants to remain anonymous, has shipped the old Valley Customs custom to Manns Restoration in order to have it restored back to its 1956 iteration with the gold paint and rebuilt engine. 03.14.2018 - No Reserve: The Golden Sahara at the Indy 2018 Mecum Auction Mecum Auctions just announced that the Golden Sahara is one of their Main Attractions at the upcoming Indy 2018 auction. The auction will be held May 15-19, 2018 at Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis, Indiana, and the Golden Sahara is offered without a reserve. Click here to check out the Golden Sahara II auction listing. 03.13.2018 - The Golden Sahara and the Kookie T Are Out of Storage In February we received the sad news that Jim Skonzakes had passed away. Jim was the owner and caretaker ofthe Golden Sahara and the Kookie T. Both cars have been in storage for decades, and the whole world have been curious about the whereabouts of these two cars. 02.07.2018 - New Shirt: Kustomrama Enpsycholopedia HEADACHE? NEURITIS? NEURALGIA? Like, tough bananas, man - this Kustomrama shirt goes nowhere with what AILS you - it comes on with what WAILS you... LOOK SHARP, FEEL SHARP, BE taken - Get instant relief from UN-HEPNESS and SQUARITIS, with a loose-hangin', eye-grabbin', piece of modern primitive style! 01.16.2018 - New Book: San Diego Drag Racing and the Bean Bandits Emmanuel Burgin, Colleen M. O’Connor, and Susan Wachowiak have just released a brand new book about the early days of drag racing in San Diego. The Bean Bandits plays a central role in the book, and the story is told through photographs garnered from private, personal, and historical collections. 12.01.2017 - The 5th Annual Customs by the Sea It is with great pleasure we invite you all to the 5th annual Customs by the Sea car show in Wildwood, New Jersey! We hope many of you will take the pilgrimage East in June to visit the Race of Gentlemen Custom Car Spectacular! A gathering of handpicked Early Customs displayed at the beach next to the Greatest Race on Earth! 09.26.2017 - Joe Bailon Has Passed Away We just heard that legendary Hayward, California customizer Joe Bailon has passed away. Joe revolutionized the scene with his "Candy Apple" paint in the mid-1950s, and we all knew him as "Candy Apple Joe." RIP Joe. You will be missed. Our condolences go out to Joe's friends and family. The Jade Idol Has Been Sold We just heard through the grapevine that "The Jade Idol" has been sold to a secret buyer! The Jade Idol was Gene Winfield’s claim to fame, and it was the car put him on the map nationwide! Billy Belmont of Dedham, Massachusetts has been the caretaker of this custom since the 1980s. Now the car is on its way to Winfield's Custom Shop, where Gene will recreate the original fade paint job he laid in 1959. 07.26.2017 - Dave Stuckey Has Passed Away Monday, July 24, 2017 legendary Wichita, Kansas customizer Dave Stuckey passed away, 79 years old. Dave began restyling and hopping up cars at age 13. 16 years old he began working part time at Darryl Starbird's Star Kustom Shop, after school. While working for Starbird, Dave completed the first version of his famous Lil Coffin' show rod. 06.01.2017 - Bud Unger Has Passed Away We're sorry to inform that legendary East Coast customizer Herbert "Bud" Unger passed away today, 96 years old. Bud was born in Hancock, Maryland in 1921. He had 7 brothers and sisters, and his family were very poor when he was growing up. Bud's father was a master mechanic, and he taught Bud a lot about the care and respect for using tools.


04.04.2017 - The Restored Version of Gil Ayala's Wild Bird Makes its Debut at the 2017 Lonestar Round Up
Early April 2017 Yaril's Customs completed the restoration of Gil Ayala's 1955 Ford Thunderbird for Bjørn Inge Jansson of Oslo, Norway. April 3 Bjørn Inge flew in from Norway to drive the old custom across the country. First stop is the 16th annual Lonestar Round Up in Austin, Texas where the car will make its first public appearance.


04.01.2017 - Kurt McCormick and Manns Restoration Debuts the Restored Version of Sam Barris' 1950 Buick
April 1, 2017 the restored version of Sam Barris' 1950 Buick Sedanette was unveiled to the public at the Jefferson County Library Benefit Car Show in Barnhardt, Missouri. The restoration was completed a couple of days prior to the event. This is the second time the car has been restored since it was found in Port Jefferson Station, New York in 1969.


02.22.2017 - Oliver Hine's 1933 Ford 5-Window Coupe Offered For Sale at the Auctions America Fort Lauderdale Auction
April 1, 2017 Oliver Hine's 1933 Ford 5-window coupe will be offered for sale at the Auctions America Fort Lauderdale Auction. Restyled by Oliver Hine of Charlotte, Michigan, the car was raced in 1951 and 1952 before Oliver decided to build it into a show car. The build was completed early in 1955, and it was displayed the same year at the Rotunda Custom Car Show.


02.21.2017 - Gil Ayala's Wild Bird Europe Debut Scheduled for the 2017 Coupe Devils Rod & Kustom Bonanza
Last week the line-up for the 9th annual Coupe Devils Rod & Kustom Bonanza in Norway was announced on Facebook. In addition to a killer band line-up, this years Bonanza Show will also host the Europe debut of Gil Ayala's 1955 Ford Thunderbird. The car is currently being restored by Yaril's Custom in Hialeah, Florida, and as soon as it is done it will be driven across the country, before it will be shipped off to Norway


02.17.2017 - The Mulholland Speedster is Also the World's Most Beautiful Custom
History was made today when America's Most Beautiful Roadster 2017 also became the World's Most Beautiful Custom at the 67th annual Sacramento Autorama! The car did also take home the Sam Barris Memorial Award and the Custom D'Elegance Award at the show. Congratulation to Bruce Wanta, Troy Ladd and his crew at Hollywood Hot Rods.


01.30.2017 - The Mulholland Speedster is America's Most Beautiful Roadster
13 cars competed for the prestigious America's Most Beautiful Roadster Award at the 68th annual Grand National Roadster Show in Pomona this weekend. All contenders showed excellent craftsmanship, design and finish, but there was one build that really stood out from the crowd, a 1936 Packard inspired roadster, coach-built by Troy Ladd and his talented crew at Hollywood Hot Rods.


01.27.2017 - Galpin Auto Sports Debuts the Restored Version of Ed Roth's 1956 Ford F-100 Shop Truck
In 2016 the remains of Ed Roth's 1956 Ford F-100 truck was found in a barn in Oklahoma. Beau Boeckmann at Galpin Auto Sports bought the old Roth creation and had it shipped to California. Dave Shuten has led the restoration of the truck, and later today it will make it first public appearance at the 68th annual Grand National Roadster Show.


01.17.2017 - Kustomrama's 4th annual Customs by the Sea in Wildwood, New Jersey - New Rules and Dates Announced
The 4th annual Customs by the Sea in Wildwood, New Jersey will be held June 10-11, 2017. This year there will be three classes at the show. One for Early Custom Cars, one for Historic and Special Invited Hot Rods and Customs, and one for Pre 1965 Traditional Hot Rods and Custom. The Pre 1965 Traditional Hot Rod and Custom Class is run as a joint-collaboration between Kustomrama and the Oilers car club. Read more...


01.06.2017 - The Restoration of Bo Thalinsson's 1953 Ford Sunliner Convertible Has Started
Bo Thalinsson's 1953 Ford Sunliner Convertible was originally restyled by Bo Thalinsson of Stockholm, Sweden in the 1960s. The build was completed in 1967. In 2015 Simon and Tomas Lindström bought the remains of the car and saved it from an intended original restoration. The father and son duo have started the restoration of the old custom, and we can't wait to see Bo's 1967 version back on the road again. Read more...


01.03.2017 - New Website: U.S. Hot Rod & Custom Magazine Covers 1945 - 1975
Richard Carroll has just launched a history website that contains magazine covers for all major hot rod and custom car magazines from 1945 to 1975! For each magazine, he also have a short description of the magazine's history! After 4 years in the works the site is mostly done, although Richard is still adding some missing magazines and covers. A wealth of information and a great addition, so be sure to add it to your bookmarks. Check it out...


11.18.2016 - The Restoration of Henry Contreras' 1955 Chevrolet Custom Has Started
Earlier this year the remains of Henry Contreras' 1955 Chevrolet custom swapped hands, and Sam Freeman and Richard Mann at Freeman Automotive Design in Santa Barbara, California are now undertaking a restoration of the historic Norwalk custom. Henry's 55 gained national recognition when it was featured on the cover of Hot Rod Magazine January 1957. It has been through several versions since that, and we can't wait to see how it will turn out this time. Read more...


11.04.2016 - Kustomrama California Division - Limited Edition T-Shirt - Now Available in the Kustomrama Online Store
Today we added a brand new T-Shirt design to the Kustomrama Online Store. The Kustomrama California Division is a Limited Edition T-Shirt, so only 50 will be made and sold. Available in black, it has a huge print on the back, and a small print on the chest. Get it while it's hot. If you snooze you might loose! Check it out


09.03.2016 - Blackie Gejeian Passed Away
Michael "Blackie" Gejeian was born in Easton, California in 1926. 19 years old he built his first hot rod, named "Blackie". After a crash in 1948 he rebuilt it into the "Shish Kebob". Featuring a chromed undercarriage, the Shish Kebob and Blackie drove into the history books when he won the prestigious America's Most Beautiful Roadster award with the car. In June we all celebrated his 90 year birthday, and today we woke up to the sad news that Blackie has left us. Read more...


08.08.2016 - The Krimson Kart Restoration Has Started
Earlier this year the remains of the once so glorious Krimson Kart was advertised for sale on eBay. The last decade, the car has been trough several hands, and when it appeared on eBay it was in need of a full restoration. A week ago we got an email from Cody Burghdorf of Marshall, Michigan. Cody is the current owner of the old custom, and he told us that he has started to strip the car down to bare metal. Read more...


07.30.2016 - VooDoo Larry Debuts the VooDoo Sahara
We are blown away by VooDoo Larry's tribute to the Barris Kustoms built Golden Sahara! Larry's version, named the VooDoo Sahara, made it's big debut at the KKOA Salina Leadsled Spectacular this weekend, and It didn't take many minutes before the one of a kind custom hit the web like a virus. Read more...


07.09.2016 - VooDoo Larry Debuts the VooDoo Hawaiian
This weekend, Schaumburg, Illinois customizer VooDoo Larry of VooDoo Larry Kustoms debuted his latest creation, a four-door 1950 Mercury custom, at the Blue Ribbon Beer Run. Named the VooDoo Hawaiian, the Merc was built as a tribute to West Coast customizer George Barris, who passed away last year. Read more...


07.04.2016 - Richard "Korky" Korkes Passed Away
We are sad to report that legendary customizer Richard "Korky" Korkes passed away this weekend. Korky was born April 1, 1935. He began his customizing career in 1952, 17 years old. He went on to open up his own custom shop in Whippany and form the Free Wheelers car club before he was headhunted by George Barris and moved to California. Read more...


06.29.2016 - Tim Norman Recreates Madame Fi Fi
Tim Norman has been entertaining us all with his Madame Fi Fi recreation on Instagram lately, and we can't wait to see the old Seattle custom come to alive again! The original Madame Fi Fi was supposedly in a divorce dispute in the mid 1970s, and according to Dick Page, John Kincl spotted the car abandoned outside a Seattle gas station under a wet tarp. When he went back to check it out again it was gone. Read more...


06.20.2016 - John D'Agostino and Celebrity Kustoms Debuts Another Build
Yesterday John D'Agostino and Celebrity Kustoms latest build made its debut at the Rodeo Drive Concours in Beverly Hills. Named Rita, the two seater sportster was built as a tribute to Hollywood movie actress Rita Hayworth. It was designed by John and OZ Welch. Body and paint was performed by OZ Kustoms in Oroville, California, while the interior was upholstered by Bob Divine at Divine's Custom Interiors. Read more...


06.05.2016 - The Chalifoux Special Wins the First Bud Unger Preservation Award
This year we had the honor of handing out the very first Bud Unger Preservation Award at the Customs by the Sea show in Wildwood. The goal of the award is to hand it out to someone who is either preserving old custom traditions, or someone who is preserving an old custom car for future generations. Dean Gardiner won the first award with his 1935 Ford roadster, a build similar to Bud's first full custom, the Ray Giovannoni Roadster. Read more...


06.05.2016 - The Jack Kiely Merc Wins the Kustomrama Custom Car D'Elegance Award
We had some great contenders for the Kustomrama Custom Car D'elegance Award at this years Customs by the Sea in Wildwood! The winner was in a league of its own, and we want to congratulate Jack Kiely, Rob Ida and his talented crew at Rob Ida Concepts with the award. The car flabbergasted people all day on Saturday, so thanks a lot for coming out! Read more...


05.20.2016 - Bill Hines Passed Away
May 20, 2016 Bill Hines passed peacefully away at his home. We all know Bill as the Leadslinger. Bill was the real deal! He began customizing cars in Lincoln Park, Michigan in 1941, and he has been an inspiration for generations of aspiring customizers all over the world. 94 years old he was still busy building customs, doing what he loved. Our thoughts and prayers goes out to Bill and his family and friends. Click here for more information on Bill Hines


11.11.2015 - Gene Winfield Debuts New Build at the SEMA Show
November 1, 2015 legendary customizer Gene Winfield's latest creation, a 1952 Chevrolet custom named "Desert Sunset", made its debut at the 2015 SEMA Show. "Desert Sunset" featured one of Gene's signature fadaway paint jobs, and it was show in the Eastwood booth. Click here for more information on the Desert Sunset


11.05.2015 - George Barris Passed Away
November 5, 2015 we lost a legend, as George Barris, the Kustom Car King passed away. 13 years old George started customizing cars with his brother Sam. He learned the trade by hanging out with legendary custom car builder Harry Westergard. In 1942 he moved to Los Angeles, where he went on to establish the world's most famous custom car shop; "Barris Kustoms." Click here for more information on George Barris


10.28.2015 - The Spohn Palos Being Restored
October 28, 2015 the 1952 Spohn Palos was sent to Manns Restorations in Festus, Missouri for a proper restoration. Current owner Wayne Graefen, first saw the old GM Lesabre inspired Spohn custom as a kid in Palos Park, Illinois in 1957. He spent over 4 decades trying to locate the car. In 2011 he was reunited with the old German custom, and he ended up buying it. Now 4 years later he has finally decided to restore it back to it's former glory. Click here for more information.


09.16.2015 - New Book: King of the Kustomizers: The Art of George Barris
After 5 years of hard work, Brett Barris and Douglas Nason's book "King of the Kustomizers: The Art of George Barris" is finally out. A huge release party and book signing was held at Gaslpin Auto Sports September 1, 2015. The hardcover book containing nearly 500 pages jam-packed with never-before-seen photos and design illustrations, illuminating how Barris’ creations helped redefine the automobile’s place in American culture. Click here for more information.


08.27.2015 - Inside Hot Rodding: The Tex Smith Autobiography
LeRoi Tex Smith was a passionate builder and racer. He was also a great storyteller, and in addition to publishing several books on the subject, he spent much of his life working for magazines such as Hot Rod Magazine, Street Rodder and Rod Action. Unfortunately, Tex passed away June 11, 2015. Luckily for us, he was able to complete his autobiography before he left us. Published by Graffiti Publications, the 256 pages hardcover book was released August 1, 2015. Click here for more information.


08.04.2015 - Bo Huff Passed Away
After a 5 year battle of cancer, legendary Utah customizer Bo Huff passed away at his home in Dragerton on August 4, 2015. Bo was a driving force in the community and a familiar name and face all over the world. He first took an interest in cars in the 1950s, watching the older guys in town with their lowered cars. He was inducted into the National Rod & Custom Hall of Fame and the Kustom Kemps of America Hall of Fame. Click here for more information on Bo Huff


08.08.2014 - Einar Valsjø Passed Away
August 5, 2014 was a sad day for Norwegian custom history, as Einar Valsjø passed away. Einar was a pioneer in the field, who completed his first build, a customized 1952 Mercury around 1963. Much of the work on the Mercury was done outside, during the winter. Once completed, the Mercury became one of the first custom cars of Norway. Einar went on to build an paint many cars, for himself and for other. He is best known for his Mako Shark show car, a customized Corvette that hit the show circuit of Norway in three different versions. Click here for more information on Einar Valsjø


07.25.2014 - Old Kool Magazine
Old Kool Magazine is a new Kustom Life Magazine from the dark woods of Finland. Published by Finish pinstriper Pekka Wizzzard Mannermaa, the magazine is written in both Finish and English. First issue was released in January of 2014. The second issue made it's debut at the 6th annual Coupe Devils Rod & Kustom Bonanza in July, and they are absolutely a great addition to the scene.
Click here for more information on Old Kool Magazine


07.18.2014 - Mike Alexander Dies at 80
Custom car legend Mike Alexander, of the Alexander Brothers duo passed away July 18, 2014. Born in 1933, Mike was the fourth of four brothers. Mike was the mechanic one of the Alexander Bros duo, and had always tinkered with cars. Larry and Mike opened up their first shop in Detroit in 1957. They had their own style, and during the late 1950s and 1960s they were instrumental in developing new trends in the field of customizing.
Click here for more information on Mike Alexander


05.28.2014 - New Shirt: Kustomrama Torrance Division
The Kustomrama Torrance Division T-shirt is our tribute to old time Boulevard Cruiser, historian and Kustomrama contributor Howard Gribble. Thanks to Howard, important parts of the history of early lifted cars have found its way to Kustomrama. Howard was there when it happened, and he has dedicated much of his life to preserve and share what he saw! Featured on this shirt is Howard's own lifted 1967 Chevrolet Impala. Click here to visit the Kustomrama Store.


04.11.2014 - Original Von Dutch and Dean Jeffries Collaboration Art Piece Discovered
Back in March of 2014 Kustomrama contributor Olav Kvipt bought an old 1955 Ford F-100 truck that Dick Richardson's Custom Shop and Barris Kustoms restyled for San Bernardino Krankers member George Contaoi in the 1950s. Von Dutch and Dean Jeffries painted a wonderful weirdo painting on the tailgate of this in 1956. One year later George sealed it shut, and it has been hidden all these years until now... Click here for more information and photos.


09.11.2013 - Automodello's Timbs Streamliner
In 2010 we ran a featured story on the then newly restored Norman Timbs' Buick Special. Norman Timbs custom creation is these days coming alive as a hand built, resin cast 1:43 scale model by Automodello. It will be available in two versions, a standard Maroon version with a tan interior will be produced in up to 999 pieces, and a white Tribute Edition that will be produced in 148 pieces. The white version is a tribute to the second owner. Click here for more information and photos.


08.11.2013 - Kustomrama Lynwood Division
Olav Kvipt of Kustomrama has settled down in the old Barris Shop, with Masterson Kustoms, at Atlantic Ave. in Lynwood. The historic building is now home of the Kustomrama Lynwood Division, so if you have stories and pictures to share, please stop by. Be sure to follow Olav's blog as well, to stay updated about his journey and adventures in California.
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05.07.2013 - Dean Jeffries Dies at 80
May 5th, 2013 legendary custom painter, pinstriper and fabricator Dean Jeffries passed away at home. Dean began pinstriping cars with another legend, Von Dutch, in Lynwood, California in the early 1950s. He spent a lot of time around Von Dutch, and the pair became known as Von Dutch and "The Kid". Dean's talent evolved fast, and he went from pinstriping, to custom painting, to custom car fabrication.
Click here for more information on Dean Jeffries


04.07.2013 - On the Salt: Kent Fuller's Last Car
Legendary chassis builder Kent Fuller is currently busy building his last car, a Streamliner capable of doing 300 mph on Bonneville! In order to help Kent finance his big dream, a Kikstarter campaign has been launched online. Trough this campaign you can back Kent and his dream, and become part of the history when he writes Land Speed Racing History with the Streamliner.
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06.19.2012 - Custom Painter Joe Andersen Has Passed Away
June 18, 2012 legendary custom painter Joe Andersen passed away from diabetic complications. Joe started his striping business on Western Avenue in Los Angeles in the 1950s. He went on to buy his own shop on 1519 W. Florence Ave., Los Angeles that he purchased and turned into Custom Auto Painting by Joe Andersen. Many custom painted cars went through Joe's shop in the late 1950s and 1960s, and Joe quickly became one of the most recognized custom painters of that era.
Click here for more information on Joe Andersen


06.06.2012 - Bastardized Volume 2
The Swedish punks behind the Bastardized DVD is back with their second movie! It's a long way from California to Sweden, but the distance seems shorter after watching this movie. As expected, Bastardized #2 is filled with Swedish customs, hot rods, choppers and punk rock! Money earned from the first DVD has been spent wisely on GoPro cameras, making Bastardized #2 even better than the first one!
Click here for more information and trailer


01.08.2012 - Church 8
According to Coby Gewertz of Church Magazine, it is far more difficult to capture a great photo of something mundane than it is to take a mundane snapshot of something great. Church 8 is a living proof of Coby's saying. Add a great caption to each photo and you have winning formula named Church Magazine. The latest issue of Church was published in December of 2011, and if you haven't ordered a copy yet you better do it before they are all gone.
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11.24.2011 - An Ode to the '36
"An Ode to the '36" is a celebration of the 1936 Ford in the form of a T-Shirt. Ever since its inception, the 1936 Ford has been one of the most popular pre-war cars to customize. Ray Giovannoni's 1936 Ford Roadster, restyled by east coast customizer Bud Unger, is one of Kustomrama's favorite 36's, so when a tribute shirt to the 1936 Ford should be made we used an old photo of Ray's Ford as inspiration.
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10.03.2011 - Trend Book 208 Custom Cars 2012 Annual
Justin P. Kudolla of Trend Books is finally out with another awaited issue of Custom Cars Annual. Trend Book 208 Custom Cars 2012 Annual has 128 pages filled with some of the best custom cars of today. Being true to the original concept, Justin is trying to feature cars that are making a new statement and pushing the envelope a little further regardless if the whether the car is an early or late model or built in a traditional or more modern style.
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09.12.2011 - Kustomrama Tailor Made T-Shirts for Kustom Styling
Check it out folks, Kustomrama finally has its own Spreadshirt T-Shirt store filled with tailor made t-shirts for hot rod and custom car enthusiasts. As we launch the new shop there are eight different shirts available for sale in the shop. They are all variations of the Kustomrama Crest logo by Keven Carter, but we have many more designs coming in the coming weeks.
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07.29.2011 - Frank Kurtis' 1941 Buick to be Auctioned Away
September 1-4, 2011 the restored Kurtis Buick Special will be offered for sale at the upcoming Auburn Fall auction in Auburn, Indiana. The Kurtis Buick Special started life as a 1941 Buick Roadmaster. After being totaled in a car accident, legendary fabricator and metal shaper Frank Kurtis bought the remains, and turned the slab sided Buick in to a sleek and quite futuristic car for its time. The build was completed in 1948.
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07.28.2011 - Truly Rare is up for Grabs
A unique piece of Illinois custom history is up for grabs as Gene Howard's 1950 Buick, also known as Truly Rare, will be auctioned away at the upcoming Auburn Fall auction in September. Gene, who ran Gene Howard's Body Shop in Bloomington, Illinois began transforming the Buick into a wild show car in the late 1950s. The first version was wild, but pretty modest compared to the version that graced the cover of Popular Customs Fall 1965.
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06.07.2011 - Brad Masterson WeirdO Sweatshirts
Check this out folks, Brad Masterson of Masterson Kustom Automobiles, has just started to sell kustom made WeirdO Sweatshirts. These are made and sold under the same roof as Dean Jeffries made his famous shirts in the 1950s. If your not tough enough to wear can frame it or hang it in the garage or living room.Special requests are sometimes granted. No two are the same, each one is different. Some may be less offensive than others.
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05.30.2011 - Ron Aguirre Passed Away
After fighting bone cancer for a while, Ron Aguirre passed away Thursday, May 26th, 2011. Ron was an innovative craftsman that entered the history books around 1958/1959 when he installed hydraulics on his customized 1956 Chevrolet Corvette. The car, known as the X-Sonic, was one of the first, if not the first car ever to be raised and lowered using hydraulics. The X-Sonic was also the first Show Rod fit with a Bubble Top.
Click here to read more about Ron and the X-Sonic


03.27.2011 - Build A Fiberglass Body At Home
Fritz Schenck is out with another DVD. This time he will show you how to build a wild fiberglass show car out of junk parts and and box steel. In the DVD Fritz takes you step by step as he builds his own creation from nothing. No expensive tools or a big fancy shop are used, it's just Fritz in his two car garage at home. The movie is out of the printer now, and Fritz is taking pre orders, so if you have a wet dream of creating your own Ed Roth inspired creation, start your build by watching this DVD.
Click here for more information


02.08.2011 - Dropped and Chopped exhibit at California Auto Museum
"Dropped and Chopped: Early Hot Rods & Customs" is an exhibit which runs from January 22 through March 27, 2011 at The California Automobile Museum in Sacramento, California. The exhibit highlights the early days of hot rods and customs with a special focus on legendary Sacramento craftsmen whose designs had national impact. If you live in California or surrounding areas you can't miss this exhibition.
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02.08.2011 - The Lowtech 2011 Calendar
Many of Marc Wöltinger's fabulous photos can be found all around Kustomrama. Marc has a great eye, and really knows how to capture a good photo. If you can't have enough of Marc's art you better run off and by his 2011 calendar. The calendar is filled with photos of traditional hot rods and kustoms from all over the globe. Marc still has a few calendars left, so you better hurry if you want to grab one!
Click here to order your calendar today!


01.12.2011 - Jack Walker's Blue Danube Clone is Up for Grabs
While hunting for the real Blue Danube custom car, Jack Walker got in touch with the original owner Lyle Lake, who could tell him that the old custom was crushed a long time ago. So instead of locating the original car, Jack set off to build a recreation instead. The build was completed in 1998. Jack still owns the car, but has decided to sell it. Anyone interested in the car can mail Kustomrama and we will forward your mail to Jack.
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12.30.2010 - The Old School Chevy is Up for Grabs
January 17 - 23, 2011 Jesse James' all-star built 1954 Chevrolet known as the The Old School Chevy will be up for grabs at the Barret-Jackson Scottsdale auction. The car was built on an episode of Monster Garage by a team of new and old school builders consisting of Bill Hines, Gene Winfield, Norm Grabowski, Dick Dean, Fat Jack, John Robinson Jr., Michael Hines, and Jesse James.
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11.18.2010 - Stolen Car Alert: Bugs' 1935 Ford Coupe - The Ruby Deluxe
Bugs' 1935 Ford Custom, also known as the Ruby Deluxe was stolen last night from a residence in Burbank, California. The car who was built by Troy Ladd and his crew at Hollywood Hot Rods was loaded on a trailer to travel to the Goodguys show in Scottsdale to receive the "Kustom of the Year" award. I can't see why anybody would steal such an unique car, but keep your eyes open for a black Hallmark trailer with license plate 4GT8289.
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11.02.2010 - The El Matador is Up for Grabs
After moving his business from Wichita, Kansas to Monterey, California, the El Matador was the first creation to roll out of Bill Cushenbery's shop. During the 1960s and 1970s, Promotions, Inc, AMT, and Carl Casper toured the El Matador all over the country. In the 1990s the car was totaled in a fire. Harold Murphy bought the remains and had the car restored. In January the car will be offered for sale at the Ft. Lauderdale Beach Collector Car Auction
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10.12.2010 - How to Paint Your Motorcycle at Home
Fritz Schenck, the man who gave us the Roswell Rod, and who just recently restored Ed Roth's Mega Cycle to perfection is out with a brand new DVD where he shows us everything from making paint stands, body work, gold leafing, pinstriping, and custom paint tricks. The quality of the DVD is good, and after watching the two DVDs in the set, containing 3 1/2 hours of live footage, it feels like you have spent the evening in Fritz' garage!
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09.25.2010 - R.I.P Joaquin Arnett
September 24, 2010 Joaquin passed away after battling alzheimer's and bouts with pneumonia. Joaquin, a Dry Lakes Racing Hall of Fame member, was born in 1927. He got interested in cars starting at an early age, around 12 or 13 and was a founding member of the Bean Bandits Club. Joaquin was the brainchild and mastermind of the Bean Bandits and he designed, built and drove cars that broke and set many records.
Read more about Joaquin Arnett


09.25.2010 - Lost Hot Rods - Pat Ganahl's Latest Book
Pat Ganahl's latest book Lost Hot Rods is just around the corner. Pat's book tells the remarkable stories on how a handful of lost hot rods and customs were lost and rediscovered. In the book, which will be released in September, you can read all about how historic cars such as the X-Sonic, Jimmy Summers' 1940 Mercury, and Tom Pollard's 1929 Ford Model A Roadster were lost and found. If you're into old hot rods and customs, you better make room for yet another Pat Ganahl book.
Click here to pre-order the book from


09.19.2010 - Watson's Custom Car Confessions is Released
Watson's Custom Car Confessions is a brand new book by Thom Taylor and Larry Watson about custom paint legend Larry Watson's personal cars. The book was literally finished the night Larry Watson died and it is a great tribute to his life and legacy with the cars he displayed his unique talents through. An initial printing of 1000 copies just returned from the printer, so if you hurry up you may be able to secure yourself a copy.
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08.30.2010 - Church 7
Another issue of Church magazine is out. Hot off the press, the magazine is not available through the Church website yet, but if you become a fan of Church on Facebook Coby Gewertz has a special deal for you. They say you can't judge a book by looking at its cover, but after seeing the Coby's photo of Dean Jeffries' Mantaray gracefully spread over the cover of Church 7 I say fuck that saying. This book can be judged by its cover for sure.
Click here to become a fan on Faceook.


08.27.2010 - "Customs ~ Then & Now" - A Historical Gathering @ GNRS !
This year's Grand National Roadster Show will contain an elite gathering of the most historically significant customs in the world. At least the ones that are still amongst us. 75 carefully hand picked beauties will be on display at building #9 at the Pomona Fairplex in Pomona, California January 28 - 30, 2011. So unless you have your own time machine, this is a once in a lifetime chance to experience how it was to attend the Oakland Roadster Show in the 1950s.
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08.25.2010 - RIP Larry Alexander
Today we lost another legend as Larry Alexander of the Alexander Brothers duo in Detroit, Michigan passed away after being hospitalized after a mini stroke. Larry was the oldest of four brothers, and after studying body and fender work at the Wolverine Trade School, Larry and Mike Alexander opened up the Alexander Brothers Custom Shop on Northwestern Highway near Evergreen Road in Detroit in 1957.
Click here for more information on Larry Alexander


08.10.2010 - Dick King's 1929 Ford Roadster up for Grabs
Dick King's 1929 Ford Model A Roadster, built in the late 1940s is currently for sale. Since its feature in Hot Rod Magazine January 1951 the car has been restored and slightly modified. The restored version of the car was owned by Barry Williams. After Barry passed away, Bob Campbell of 356 Services was asked to sell the Barry Williams Collection which consisted of the Dick King roadster and 5 other cars.
Click here to check it out


07.09.2010 - Where They Raced
A new documentary on the history of auto racing in Los Angeles, and a tribute to America’s love affair with all things Auto is in the makings. With research based on a graduate dissertation turned into a book by Harold Osmer, and 15 years experience producing over 800 PBS shows for Huell Howser and KCET, a large collection of rare archival photos and footage, I really look forward to see this movie.
Click here to watch the trailer for Where They Raced


06.29.2010 - Two Iconic Hot Rods Going Under the Hammer in August
August 14th, 2010 two iconic, historic and very different styled hot rods are offered for sale at the Mecum, Monterey auction. One of these two hot rods is Ed Roth's Tweedy Pie. The Tweedy Pie was originally built by Bob Johnston in the 1950s, But Ed Roth bought it in 1962 and gave it a restyling. The other one is Art and Lloyd Chrisman's 1930 Ford Bonneville Coupe. One for show, and one for go!
More info on the Tweedy Pie and the Chrisman Coupe


06.15.2010 - Soup Up Magazine 15
A brand new issue of Soup Up Magazine just hit the cyberspace. In Soup Up Magazine No.15 you can read more about Texas Nostalgia Nationals that were held May 15th, 2010 at the Yello Belly Dragstrip. You will also find some awesome vintage photos from the Devils' Boll dated 1956, Jim Nibblet's 1933 Plymouth Coupe and much more.
Click here to read Soup Up Magazine 15


06.08.2010 - Fritz Schenck's Latest Bubble Top Show Rod - The Baja Bandito
Legendary painter, show rod builder and restorer Fritz Schenck of Kansas City, Missouri has teamed up with illustrator Jimmy Smith, and is currently building a new fiberglass Bubble Top show rod called "The Baja Bandito". Based on Jimmy's drawings, the car is built upon a VW drive line with a super bell axle up front, a 1950 Mercury steering box, and a bunch of other cast off junkyard parts. Its being built in the timeless Ed Roth tradition of plaster spit wads & hand rolled fiberglass.
Click here to read more about Fritz Schenck's Baja Bandito


06.03.2010 - Old Hot Rod Icon for Sale on eBay
Another Hot Rod icon is currently up for sale on eBay. Originally hot rodded in California in 1948, the car was sold to Seattle, Washington in 1956. After being restyled by Grinders member Jerry Sprague in 1956 the car went through several owners and versions before it was put in storage in 1974. It resurfaced in 2004, and has since then been restored back to its third known version.
Click here to read more about Jerry Sprague's 1932 Ford|


04.23.2010 - Jack Stewart's 1941 Ford Coupe on eBay
When I started to write this newsflash, Jack Stewart's 1941 Ford was up for sale on eBay with a "buy it now" price of US $39,000.00. Before I managed to complete the story, the car was already sold. So what more is there to say? Somebody out there really got a fine piece of Kustom history for a very reasonable price.
Click here to read more about Jack Stewart's 1941 Ford


04.18.2010 - Kustomrama on Facebook
After almost having 1 million page views on the Kustomrama main page, I decided it was about time to create a Kustomrama Facebook Page. So if you have a profile on Facebook, you can become a fan of Kustomrama in order to get your daily doze of traditional hot rods and kustoms material. I promise not to whine about sick kids and bad weather!
Click here to become a fan of Kustomrama on Facebook


04.16.2010 - The Trendero is up for Grabs
A couple of weeks ago the well known Trendero was advertised for sale on the HAMB. The car was built by Dave Puhl and John Malik of Trend Automotive in Lyons, Illinois in 1960/1961. The car is currently located in Mound, Minnesota, and for $29,000 USD you can drive the old kustom home and park it in your garage.
Click here to see the ad on the HAMB


03.24.2010 - Barris Kustom City Limited Edition Prints
The first sets of Limited Edition Prints are now available for pre-order over at the Barris Kustom City website. Only a 100 Prints of each image scanned directly from the Transparency from the Barris Archive is laid out for sale. The first set of photos includes cars such as the El Matador and Gerald Twamley's 1954 Chevrolet
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03.22.2010 - Bob Marion's 1947 Ford Coupe on eBay
Bob Marion's 1947 Ford Coupe, also known as "The Titan" is currently up for sale on eBay. The car was originally restyled by [Ken Piepenbrink]] of Continental Customs for Bob Marion of Whitting, Indiana in the 1950s. After being sold to Brazil, the car is back in Indiana and is currently looking for a new caretaker.
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03.17.2010 - Archie Moore's 1953 Nash-Healey Roadster for Sale on eBay
Barris Kustoms restyled three cars for light heavyweight world boxing champion Archie Moore. One of these cars, a 1953 Nash-Healey is currently offered for sale on eBay. The car, one of approximately 120 hand built cars built by Donald Healey in England, sports a body built in Italy by Pininfarina.
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03.10.2010 - Gene Winfield on World Tour
Legendary car builder and painter Gene Winfield has currently been on a world tour. As far as I know he only visited Australia, but while he was there he laid one of his famous paint jobs on Mario Colalillo's 1959 Cadillac Custom. The car will make it's debut at the 2010 Sydney Hot Rod Show, so I guess we have to wait until July before we can see the finished car.
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03.09.2010 - Bob McNutt's 1939 Ford For Sale
Bob McNutt's 1939 Ford Coupe is currently offered for sale on eBay and on The asking price is $ 47,500.00. The car was originally restyled by Bob McNutt in the late 1950s, and was exhibited at the 1st annual Dallas Autorama. The car was packed away for many years until David Guymon bought it in 1994 and restored it in 31 days.
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02.12.2010 - Plymouth Belmont Offered for Sale
In the early 1950s Charles Martz started a Sport Custom craze when he released his Build Your Own Custom Sports Car book. Many Sport Customs were built as a result of the book, but not so many succeeded with their creations. One of the best looking attempts was done by Chrysler Corporation in 1954 when they made their Plymouth Belmont. The car which has been privately owned for many years is now currently advertised for sale on Hemmings
Click here for more information on the Hemmings Auto Blog


02.09.2010 -
Last year Piero De Luca and Brett Barris gave us a peek into the George Barris photo archive by releasing the The Kustom Photography of George Barris DVD. Now they're back again with where they will display and sell a lot of early Barris Kustoms Merchandise and photos. I'm really thrilled about this concept and look forward to see what they dig up from the archive.
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02.02.2010 - Benchrace Volume 12
Benchrace Speed E-Zine is just out with another online issue. It took 12 issues for me to discover the magazine, but from now one I will "subscribe" to this neat online magazine. Benchrace Volume 12 seems to be dedicated to flames, and contains amongst others a great story by and about Bob McCoy.
Click here to check out Benchrace Volume 12


01.26.2010 - Troy Ladd Awarded "Builder of the Year"
The news is just out that Troy Ladd of Hollywood Hot Rods will be awarded the prestigious "Builder of the Year" award at the 61st annual Grand National Roadster Show this upcoming weekend. Troy is one of the youngest builders to receive this award, and Kustomrama would like to congratulate him with this great achievement.
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01.13.2010 - The 1937 Kurtis Tommy Lee Special is Going Under the Hammer
The Cord inspired Frank Kurtis built 1937 Kurtis Tommy Lee Special is auctioned away at the Gooding & Company Scottsdale Auction January 22-23. The boattail masterpiece who was started by Frank in 1936 and completed in 1937 is estimated to sell between $250,000 - $350,000.
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01.10.2010 - Vintage Torque DVD Hunnert Car Pile Up
John Wells is back with another Vintage Torque movie. This time John has created a 90 min movie covering the 2009 Hunnert Car Pile Up show hosted by the Chrome Czars Motor Club. The show is extremely popular and has grown a lot since it was first held in 2002. Thanks to John, all of us that didn't make it to the show now also has a chance to check out what the buzz is all bout.
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01.09.2010 - Joe Pirronello's 1923 Dodge Up For Grabs
Have you seen the movie The Lively Set? If yes, you'll probably remember Joe's red roadster pickup that Doug McClure drove in the movie. The car is currently up for sale, and Daniel Strohl just posted the car as his "Hemmings Find of the Day" on the Hemmings Auto Blog.
Click here to see the listing at


01.08.2010 - Soup Up Magazine #13
Soup Up Magazine number 13 is finally out. In the online magazine covering the Texas tales of hot rods, racing and the good old days you can read more about the 17th annual Goodguys Lone Star Nationals, Green Valley Race City 1961, The Grasshopper Race Car, and Billie Hassel's 1932 Ford 3 Window Coupe.
Click here to read Soup Up Magazine 13 online


01.01.2010 - Happy New Year
2010 is here! Be sure to visit the Kustomrama Event Calendar in order to keep track of all this years events. If you need a paper version, you should check out Laurent Bagnard's brand new 2010 photo calendar featuring cars from all over the world. If you are interested in buying a copy you should contact Laurent at:
Click here to download the preview version of the calendar


12.22.2009 - Maybellene is Going Under the Hammer
January 20 - 24, 2010 Gene Winfield's personal drive-around custom is going to be auctioned away at the 2010 Russo and Steele Scottsdale Auction in Scottsdale, Arizona. Named after a famous Chuck Berry tune, Gene built Maybellene in 1999. Another legendary car that will be auctioned away at the same auction is Dan Woods' Milk Truck, Dan's first Show Rod.
Click here for more info at the Russe and Steele website


12.08.2009 - Kustomra'mag available in Australia
Kustomra'mag has landed in Australia, and is sold over there by the cool guys at Kustom Lane Gallery. They have issue 3, 4, and 5 in stock, so if you miss any of these issues be sure to pay Kustom Lane Gallery a visit. In case some of you guys are wondering, Kustomra'mag 6 is just around the corner with some great coverage of Scandinavian Traditional Hot Rod and Kustom Cars!
Click here to visit Kustom Lane Gallery Online


12.04.2009 - The Norman Timbs' Buick Special Streamliner is Soon Ready to Chase New Speed Records
As some of you may know the Norman Timbs' Buick Special Streamliner that was found in the hot California desert is currently being restored back to its former beauty by the guys at Custom Auto of Loveland. Photos showing the car coming back from the upholsterer was posted on the HAMB earlier today. By looking at the pictures it looks like the Norman Timbs' Buick Special will make a comeback to the scene prettier than it ever was!
Click here for more information on the HAMB


11.27.2009 - Grant Langseth's 1956 Dodge Pickup for Sale on eBay
Another great kustom is currently for sale on eBay. This 1956 Dodge Pickup was originally built by Grant Langseth from Minot, North Dakota in 1959. After changing hands and being lost for many years the car was found on a used car lot in California. In 1991 Dick Dean restored the car, and gave it a new appearance known as the "Seet Pea".
Click here for more information


11.24.2009 - Vintage Torque DVD 4
The Vintage Torque DVD 4 has been on the market for a while now, but it is definitively worth checking out. While it is not as fast paced as other traditional hot rod and kustom magazine movie concepts currently available, the Vintage Torque movies are just as entertaining to watch while having a vorspiel with the boys! I tested it last Saturday so I know for sure!
Click here for more information and a movie preview


11.18.2009 - Gene Winfield's 1935 Ford Shoptruck Restoration Update
Progress are made on Gene Winfield's 1935 Ford Shoptruck. The guys at Hatfield Restorations have just sprayed the cab and bed of the car in gold, and they are now one step closer to its debut at the 61th annual Grand National Roadster Show in Pomona, Californaia January 29, 2010.
Click here for more information


11.11.2009 - The Astra Coupe is going under the hammer
January 22nd, 2010 Jay Everett`s handbuilt fastback known as The Astra Coupe will be auctioned away by RM Auctions at the Automobiles of Arizona auction in Phoenix, Arizona. The car has gone through several iterations over the years, but is now restored back to the way it appeared after Barris Kustoms restyled it in the 1950s.
Click here for more information


11.10.2009 - Sunday Slacker Magazine
Every town should have their own local car and culture magazine telling them about local shows, local talents and the towns automotive history. Thanks to Gabriel Garcia the citizens of Las Vegas have just that. The photography and layout of Sunday Slacker Magazine is smashing, and the concept even works for a car nut from Norway.
Click here for more information


10.22.2009 - Kustoms Illustrated 23
Luke Karosi has recently published his 23rd issue of Kustoms Illustrated. In this issue you can read more about the restored Frank Balzano's 1956 Ford Victoria that was recently listed for sale on Ebay, and Keith Goettlich's wonderful 1937 Chevrolet.
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10.22.2009 - Old East Coast Custom Offered for Sale on Ebay
The restored version of Frank Balzano's 1956 Ford Fairlane is currently up for sale on Ebay. The auction is ending today, so if you feel that you ain't got the skills or time to restore the Krimson Kart, maybe you should go for this one instead. A full feature on this car will follow soon here on Kustomrama.
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10.22.2009 - The Krimson Kart Looking for a New Owner
The Krimson Kart, a custom survivor built by Emory Ashpaugh back in the days, and featured in Car Craft October 1963 is currently up for sale. The car is in need of a full restoration, and the current owner is asking $ 8,000 USD for its remains. I hope somebody buys and saves this cool kart!
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10.20.2009 - Fuel Magazine 2
The traditional hot rod and kustom scene is alive and kicking in Australia! And thanks to Luke Ray, the man behind Fuel Magazine, we can all now enjoy some of it at least twice a year. Luke has just released his second coming of Fuel Magazine, and if you haven't bought it yet, you will after seeing some previews from the magazine.
Click here for more information


10.07.2009 - Gene Winfield's 1935 Ford Shop Truck Restoration Progress
Hatfield Restorations seems to be doing a pretty good job restoring Gene Winfield's old shoptruck. New pictures were posted on the HAMB today showing the newly restored frame and engine as it currently sits.
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09.25.2009 - Anne De Valle's 1942 Ford Club Coupe is Currently Being Restored
Another old Barris Kustoms creation is reported alive and kicking. Kustom enthusiats and historian Rik Hoving posted some photos on the HAMB today showing current pictures of Anne De Valle's 1942 Ford Club Coupe as it is undergoing a full restoration by its current owner "Iggy".
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09.24.2009 - This page has been accessed 500,000 times
Since its relaunch as a Wikipedia in 2007 It took almost one year for Kustomrama to reach 100,000 pageviews on the main page. From there it took 3 more months to reach 200,000 pageviews on the same page. Today, a little more than 7 months later the mainpage has been accessed more than 500, 000 times!
Click here to read the Kustomrama Story


09.21.2009 - The Restoration of the Mega Cycle is Finished
Fritz Schenck has recently completed the restoration of Ed Roth's Mega Cycle. After 7 months of intensive work the vehicle is now ready to be auctioned away at the Icons of Speed & Style auction that will take place Saturday September 26th at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, California.
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09.19.2009 - Gene Winfield Paints the Jade Rival
Legendary kustom car builder and painter Gene Winfield was recently on a short visit to Canada, holding his popular metal working classes at the Top 10 Hot Rods Shop. During his stay Gene also had time to give John Foxley's 1952 Chevrolet - The Jade Rival one of his signature full candy paint style jobs.
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09.12.2009 - Church 6
Coby Gewertz has just released his latest issue of Church. Church 6 contains 80 pages filled wit photos taken by Kirk Jones. As usual the book is printed in a limited edition of 3000 hand numbered copies. So if you hurry up you may still have the chance to get a low number issue.
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08.21.2009 - The Kustom Photography of George Barris
Mad Fabricators Society are finally taking pre-orders for their latest movie "[[The Kustom Photography of George Barris". The movie is released on a 2 DVD disk set featuring the kustom photography of George Barris, and 75 minutes of still images. This is Traditional Hot Rod and Kustom history at its finest, and I look forward to see the result of this fine project.
Click here for more information


07.28.2009 - Lanny Ericson's 1956 Chevrolet Under Restoration
Hatfield Restorations has been busy restoring Gene Winfield's 1935 Ford Shop Truck for the 2010 Grand National Roadster Show. In the middle of the process they have also been comissioned by Lanny Ericson to complete the restoration of his 1956 Chevrolet, originally customized by Gene Winfield in 1958. Both cars are planned to debute at the 2010 GNRS.
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07.09.2009 - The Devil at Your Feet
Brian Darwas that gave us the movie The Road to Bonneville is out with a new DVD called The Devil at Your Feet. In the movie Brian travels over three thousands miles from East to West to get an inside look at two car clubs from opposite coasts that shares the same ideals and passions for traditional hot rods and customs. The featured clubs are the Burbank Choppers, and the Alter Boys.
Click here for trailer and more information


06.15.2009 - Johnny Taylor's 1958 Ford Custom on eBay
If you want a great piece of American custom history, but you don't want to wait until the Icons of Speed & Style auction in September you can act fast and bid on Johnny Taylor's old 1958 Ford Custom. The car was restyled as soon as it left the showroom, and in 1963 it was featured on the cover of the May issue of Rod & Custom Magazine, wearing a purple paint by Larry Watson.
Click here to visit the auction


06.10.2009 - Icons of Speed & Style Auction
September 26, 2009 a huge collection of custom cars and hot rods are auctioned away at the Petersen Automotive Museum. All the cars are offered without reserves. The lot includes cars such as Jim Khougaz' 1932 Ford Roadster, Ed Roth's Road Agent, Butler Rugard's 1940 Mercury, and Ralph Jilek's 1940 Ford Convertible.
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06.05.2009 - Hopped-Up Out Now
David Biene's photographic book Hopped-Up about European Hot Rod Culture is right around the corner. The book will be published on the 13th of June, and contains 200 pages of hot rods, kustom cars and rockabilly from Spain to Norway.
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06.02.2009 - The restoration of Gene Winfield's 1935 Ford Shoptruck has started
The guys over at Hatfield Restorations has currently started the process of restoring Gene Winfields 1935 Ford Shoptruck back to its first version. Pete Rose has kept us all updated on the process, and posted some new pictures on the HAMB yesterday.
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04.30.2009 - Throttle Magazine: The Complete Collection Available for Pre-Sale
In 2007 we announced that the Rodders Journal were putting together a hard-bound book containing exact reprints of the original issues of Throttle Magazine. The book has finally been put in production, and the Rodders Journal have started the pre-sale of the book. The first 1100 copies sold will be signed and numbered editions, 1-1000, and 1900-1999. The book is expected to be published in the summer of 2009.
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04.01.2009 - Mad Fabricators Society Volume 5.5
Piero De Luca has finally released the latest Mad Fabricators Society DVD. Volume 5.5 follows Piero and his crew as they create one of the most period correct sixties show cars to hit the pavement. In 90 minutes you will witness how the old Model A Coupe turns from rust to show!
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03.29.2009 - Traditional Speed & Kustom 2009
I just got tipped about a brand new online magazine called Traditional Speed & Kustom. The concept for the magazine started 25 years ago in Jim Aust's notebook. Internet made his dream become reality, and the result is a very tastefully designed online magazine full of interesting features and articles.
Click here to vist Traditional Speed & Kustom


03.23.2009 - Coupe Devils Rod & Kustom Bonanza 2009
23th of may 2009 the Coupe Devils Car Club of Norway will host their first annual Coupe Devils Rod & Kustom Bonanza at Bruvollen in Blaker 50 km north of Oslo. The show is open for everyone, but only traditional hot rods and kustoms pre '65, Ol' skool bikes, and classic american cars pre '55 will be allowed inside the area.
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03.21.2009 - Hotrod Havoc 3
The third Hotrod Havoc movie is finally released. The movie contains 40 action packed minutes featuring footage from Choppers Car Club, Bottrop Kustom Kulture Show, Hot Rod Hayride, Rumbler Thunder, Michael Perrech's 1936 Ford Truck, and much more.
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02.10.2009 - Dean Jeffries 50 Fabulous Years in Hot Rods, Racing and Film
A new book about legendary painter, pinstriper hot rod, custom and show car builder Dean Jeffries from Motorbooks is just around the corner. The book details the multiple careers Jeffries mastered at once, from custom painting and pinstriping to metal shaping and design.
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02.01.2009 - This page has been accessed 200,000 times
It took more than a year to pass the 100 000 mark, now Kustomrama has passed the 200 000 mark in just a little more then 3 months. With 200 000 page views on the main page so far, 500 000 is the next big goal. So thanks all for all the support so far!


01.30.2009 - Dee Wescott Passed Away
Another hot rod pioneer has left us. Dee Wescott passed away peacefully on January 29, 2009. Born in Portland, Oregon in 1927, Dee is famed for his work in both steel and fiberglass. In the 1950s Dee experimented with fiberglass repair in order to work on Corvettes, an experiment that later evolved into a full time business.
Click here for more information about Dee Wescott


12.20.2008 - Gene Winfield's 1935 Ford Shop Truck Found
After being stored away in a barn in Oregon for ages, Gene Winfield's second shop truck has finally been found. The car is currently located in Texas where the new owner will give it a complete, detailed, and historic restoration back to Gene Winfield's first version of the car.
Click here for more information about Gene Winfield's 1935 Ford Shop Truck


12.09.2008 - The Car Craft Dream Rod - It's Painted
Today Mark Moriarity published some updated progress pictures of his Car Craft Dream Rod Project on the HAMB. As you can see, Mark has come a long way since he hauled the old Bill Cushenbery creation home in 2005, and we can't wait to follow the rest of the progress on this car.
Click here for more information about the Dream Rod


12.09.2008 - Custom Cars 2009 Annual
While cruising by Rik Hoving's page this morning I couldn't believe my eyes, Rik presented a brand new Custom Cars Annual Trend Book! How cool was that! According to the site, Justin Kudolla had recently published the Custom Cars 2009 Annual book. Even though it don't seems to be an official Trend Books book, it still seems pretty cool!
Click here for previews and more information about the book


12.06.2008 - Hot Rod Pinups - A Film by David Perry
For all of us living in the cold part of the world, David Perry and Gearhead Records has released movie to help us warm up the garage during winter time. Hot Rod Pinups - A Film by David Perry is a 60 minute sumptuous sampler of classic 50's style pin-up girls ala Vargas features hotties working in the garage, hanging out at the drag strip and cruisin' country roads.
Click here for trailer and more information


12.04.2008 - New Shirt: Buster Litton's 1949 Ford T-shirt
Kustomrama is proud to present the second shirt in our Kustomrama Signature Clothing Serie. This t-shirt is our tribute to the Panoramic Ford and everyone that was involved in the build.
The Buster Litton 1949 Ford shirt is sold through, and is available in many different colors and styles.
Click here to buy this shirt


12.03.2008 - Church 5 is Out Now
The fifth Church Magazine is finally out! Church Magazine number 5 is called "Lost and Found". All of the pictures in the magazine is taken by Coby Gewerts' dad at Fremont Drag Strip between late 1960 and early 1964. Order your copy today, and secure the Christmas reading.
Click here to go to the Church website


11.30.2008 - New Shirt: Bob Hirohata's 1951 Mercury T-shirt
Kustomrama is proud to present the first shirt in our Kustomrama Signature Clothing Serie. This t-shirt is our tribute to the Hirohata Merc and everyone that was involved in the build.
The Hirohata Merc print is sold through, and is available in many different colors and styles.
Click here to buy this shirt


11.30.2008 - Magneto 18 is Out Now
It's almost three years since the last Magneto Magazine was published. But after a long waiting Magneto 18 has finally been released. Magneto 18 features 36 black-and-white pages PLUS four full-color fold outs stuffed with New England history plus some more recent builds in the same tradition.
Click here to go to the Magneto website


11.28.2008 - Bill Page's 1940 Ford on E-Bay
If you have a dirty dream about owning a true fifties survivor kustom, this is your chance, as Bill Page's 1940 Ford Convertible is currently up for grabs on E-Bay.
Click here to visit the auction
Click here for more information and pictures about Bill Page's 1940 Ford


11.19.2008 - The 1950 Saturn Bob Hope Special
Built in 1950 by Lloyd Templeton and his two sons Don and Bob, the 1950 Saturn, also known as the Bob Hope Special is going under the hammer at the 2009 Arizona Biltmore Auction. The early hand built sport custom did actually win the "People’s Choice" award at the 1954 Motor World Fair in Miami.
Click here for more information and pictures
Click here to see a video clip of the car


11.12.2008 - The latest one from Gambino Kustoms
Gambino Kustoms have done it again! Kirk Jones' 1960 Ford called the Starliner really opened my eyes when it comes to Alex Gambino and his crew at Gambino Kustoms. The latest kustom to leave the Gambino shop is his former employee Steve's 1956 Ford truck, and this ride really lives up to the expectations!
Click here for movies and pictures from the build
Click here to follow the build process at the HAMB


11.08.2008 - The Atomic Punk is up for grabs
Yes, you read right! Aaron Grote of Cerro Gordo's latest creation is currently up for sale on E-bay. The Atomic Punk is without doubt one of the best looking Bubble Top Show Rods that is touring the scene right now, so if you have the dough, buy it! Give Aaron some money so he can make another wild creation.
Click here to visit the auction
Click here to read more about the Atmoic Punk


10.20.2008 - This page has been accessed 100,000 times
The Kustomrama main page has been accessed 100,000 times! Since our relaunch as a Wikipedia in October 2007 the site has been growing steady every month. Today we passed 100,000 page views on our main page. This is a big day here at the Kustomrama headquarter, and I would like to thank all of our readers for the support and contributions so far! Thank you very much!


08.20.2008 - Recommended Book: Cole Foster and Salinas Boyz Customs: Style. Substance.
A new book about legendary Hot Rod and Kustom car builder Cole Foster is just around the corner. The book that is published by Motorbooks, will offer an inside look at the genius behind the vehicles. The book will be out in stores October 1, 2008.

Click here to buy this book from


08.20.2008 - The Orbitron Rides Again
The restoration of the Orbitron, Ed "Big Daddy" Roth's long lost creation is finally done. A secret pre viewing of the car found place at Galpin Auto Sports recently. According to Moldy Marvin there will be an Open house unveiling party for general public on October 18th at GAS.


08.20.2008 - Deuce of Spades - The Movie
A new independent full feature Hot Rod movie called the Deuce of Spades is currently in productions. The movie is about a Hot Rod girl that finds a mysterious letter dating back to the fifties hidden in her roadster. Based on the letter she sets out to find the answers and retrace her deuce’s troubled past. The movie will be out in the spring of 2009, and from looking at the teasers it looks really promising!

Click here to watch the Deuce of Spades Teasers


08.20.2008 - The Kustom Photography of Barris
The man that gave us the Mad Fabricators DVD's is currently working on a new movie about George Barris and his photography. A trailer has been released on YouTube, and we can't wait to see the finished product.

Click here to watch the trailer


07.03.2008 - CKOS Lead Parkin' and Hangar Rockin' No.7
Summer is on, and there seems to be traditional rod & kustom related events going on all over the world. If you are currently near Västerås, Sweden, or St. Stephan, Switzerland you probably have your weekend filled up already, as you don't wanna miss the CKOS Lead Parkin' or Hangar Rockin' show!

Click here for more CKOS Lead Parkin' info and pictures.
Click here for more Hangar Rockin' info and pictures.


06.27.2008 - Lowtech - Traditional Hot Rod & Kustom Blog From Switzerland
Are you one of those advanced hight tech greasers? If yes, add Marc's Lowtech blog to your RSS reader. Marc has the scene in Switzerland covered, and visiting his site before going home from work is always a treat.

Click here to visit the Lowtech blog


06.27.2008 - The Loud Mufflers Hot Rod & Custom Car Show #6
This weekend it is time for the 6th Loud Mufflers Hot Rod & Custom Car Show in Paris, France. Keith Weesner and the legendary Trashmen will be there, what about you??

Click here for more info and pictures


06.04.2008 - Jesus Valencia's 1949 Chevrolet Club Coupe on E-bay
One of the modern days most known and beloved Chevy kustoms is currently up for sale on E-bay. The Barris style kustom currently owned by Jesus Valencia is up for grabs until the 20th of June 2008, when the auction ends.... if I only had the money!

Click here to visit the auction


06.04.2008 - SINS 3
SINS is back!! The dates for the biggest pre '63 traditional kustom, hot rod and bike show in Europe have finally been released. The show will take place the 25 - 26 th of April 2009 in Wieze, Belgium. The show that is hosted by the Scrapers car club of Belgium will also take place on a new location for the year.

Click here for more info


05.30.2008 - Kustomland: The Custom Car Photography of James Potter, 1955-1959
If you are gonna read one book this summer, wait until June 15! On June 15 the book Kustomland, written by car designer Thom Taylor is finally released. The book features loads of color pictures of kustom cars taken by James Potter between 1955 and 1959. The car has a chapter dedicated to Larry Watson and features many kustom cars painted by legendary Larry Watson. So if you are planning a wild scallops or panel paint job on your car, this would be a great place to start.
Click here to buy this book from


05.29.2008 - The Legendary Custom Cars And Hot Rods of Gene Winfield
Gene Winfield is definitively one of the coolest guys around. After 81 years, the guy is still going strong doing what he knows best, building smooth kustom cars and fast hot rods. David Grant has summarized the life of this legendary builder, and the result is a well written book full of old pictures from the Gene Winfield photo archive. This book is a must for everyone interested in the kustom kulture, and the guys that made it what it is today.

Click here to buy this book on


05.29.2008 - Jokers Car Show 2008
One week to go for the Jokers Car Show in Tidaholm, Sweden!! I hope everyone has got their cars out from the winter sleep, and are ready to consume some beer in the woods of Sweden. Friday the 6th. of June it will kick loose with Dice Magazine & Jokers Bike Show! And remember all: Only Hot Rods, Kustoms & Motorcycles in 40 - 60's style are allowed at the show, no Originals.


04.21.2008 - Church 4
Latest issue of Church is finally out! Coby Gewertz has brought his trusty pocket digital to the Speedweek and snapped some truly amazing photos. Latest issue does also include THEM Car Club photos in addition to traditional rod & kustom stuff! My favorite issue so far!! Church 4 can be pre-ordered directly from

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04.02.2008 - The Road To Bonneville
Hot rod builder and filmmaker Brian Darwas has made an epic cross country adventure that follows Ken Schmidt and Keith Cornell of The Rolling Bones as they travel from New York to Nevada in order to hit the salt for the Speed Week. The Road To Bonneville is a must for every Bonneville enthusiast, and can be ordered directly from

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03.29.2008 - Garage Party At Austin Speed Shop
The Lonestar Roundup in Austin, Texas is just around the corner, and if you are visiting the show, be sure to also visit the South Austin Speedshop on Saturday for their Garage Party!!!

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03.26.2008 - Pistons Rumble IV 2008
The dates for this years Pistons Rumble in Finland are finally set. So if you are planing a trip to Finland this summer make sure to go around the 14th. of June.

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02.28.2008 - New Magazine - Kustomra'mag # 1
Latest addition to the Kustomrama family is an online magazine called Kustomra'mag. Kustomra'mag.... short for Kustomrama Magazine is a photographic magazine dedicated to traditional rod & kustom cars. Each issue of Kustomra'mag is also available as a high quality limited edition soft cover book that could be bought from the Kustomra'mag online store. Each photo featured in Kustomra'mag is also available for sale in the same store.Hope you all like the necomer!

Click here to check out the premier issue of Kustomra'mag


02.16.2008 - Soup Up Magazine No.5
Check out the latest online issue of Soup Up Magazine.
Soup Up Magazine No.5 features a great story from Waco, Texas in the 40's and 50's, and is well worth a look. It also has some coverage from Pistons And Paint, and the Day Of The Drags.

Click here to check out Soup Up Magazine No.5


02.14.2008 - Hot Rod Hayride 2008
August is a fine month for taking your jalopy on a round trip around Europe. Start with the A-Bombers Old Style Weekend on the 1st - 2nd of August, and continue the following weekend with a trip to Surrey, UK for the Hot Rod Hayride.


02.12.2008 - Brand New T-Shirt Design - The '40 Merc Shirt
Kustomrama proudly presents the "'40 Merc Shirt", a brand new design from Kustomrama. The shirt is basic and rude just like the old ads of Hot Rod Magazine. The design is available in many different colors and styles, and can also be ordered as a sweatshirt. Price starts at $19.95 so go get them...

Click here for more info about the "'40 Merc T-Shirt"


02.12.2008 - Jokers Car Show 2008
The dates for this years Jokers Car Show in Tidaholm, Sweden are now finally confirmed. The event will take place on the 6th and 7th of June.

Click here to watch Kustomrama's a movie from last years Jokers Car Show


01.25.2008 - The Dates For The A-Bombers Old Style Weekend 2008 Are Finally Confirmed
The dates for this years A-Bombers Old Style Weekend have finally been confirmed to be 1 - 2 of August. This is the ultimate Scandinavian traditional rod, kustom and authentic rockabilly happening, so I look forward to see you all in Uddevalla!
In the meantime, check out the A-Bombers Old Style Weekend 2007 Lomographic Gallery


01.22.2008 - Bedrock Weekend 2008
The dates for this years Bedrock Weekend has been set. This year the show will take place June 20 - 22. The line up isn't set yet, but we will keep you all updated as soon as we know it.
In the meantime, check out the pictures from the Bedrock Weekend 2006


01.17.2008 - More Pictures From The A-Bombers Old Style Weekend 2007
New lomographic pictures from the 2007 A-Bombers Old Style Weekend has now been added to our Featured Events Gallery
Visit the A-Bombers Old Style Weekend 2007 Lomographic Gallery


01.17.2008 - More Pictures From The Jokers Car Show 2007
Kustomrama has just created a new gallery full of retro lomographic pictures from the 2007 Jokers Car Show, so fasten your seatbelts and prepare yourself to be FLABBERGASTED!
Visit the Jokers Car Show 2007 Lomographic Gallery


01.06.2008 - Mad Fabricators Society Volume 5
The latest Mad Fabricators Society DVD was released just before christmas! With more than 3 hours car madness on 2 DVD's this movie is a must for every hot rodder!
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Riverside Crazy Car Hop

12.10.2007 - Riverside Crazy Car Hop
The date has been set for this years Crazy Car Hop in Balaguer, Spain. The free show hosted by the Razzlers Car Club will take place the 2,3 and 4th of May, 2008, and will include cool cars, raw music and hot girls! Don't miss this one.
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Throttle Magazine

11.18.2007 - Throttle Magazine
First released in January 1941, Throttle Magazine is known as the very first hot rod related magazine. After releasing 12 issues in 1941, the magazine had to close down after 1 year because of the WWII. Rodders Journal is currently putting together a hardbound book that will feature full reprints of all the original 1941 Throttle Magazines.
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10.26.2007 - The Car That Ate My Brain
From the team behind the Mad Fabricators Society DVD's comes a brand new movie about Norm Grabowski's famous model T, The Lightning Bug. Told by Von Franco, this is a great piece of Hot Rod history.
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