The Clean Gene Sadoian Photo Collection

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A photo of Blackie and Amos Torosian with Blackie's roadster taken in Fresno, California in 1947. Clean Gene Sadoian was 14 years old the first time he saw Blackie in his cut down black hot rod in 1948. " The driver was a scary looking guy with cut off t-shirt sleeves. He looked at me and smiled. I saw gold leaf letters on the side of car—"Blackie". He did a burn out for me, I was forever hooked." Photo courtesy of Clean Gene Sadoian.
A photo of Mel Lehman's 1940 Mercury and 1940 Ford Coupe taken around April of 1955. Mel was a friend of Gene and a fellow Blckie Hosses. Photo courtesy of Mel Lehman, provided by Clean Gene Sadoian.
Customizing by Cushenbery. Bill Cushenbery gave this business card to Gene "Clean Gene" Sadoian at the 1962 Winternationals. "He showed his El Matador, wild custom. Blackie also featured his car, that's how I met him." Photo courtesy of Clean Gene Sadoian.
T Plus II. Four of Clean Gene's Fresno buddies had won the prestigious America's Most Beautiful Roadster award when Don Lokey decided to go for the big one with his 1927 Ford Model T Roadster Pick Up. The car was already a show car, so he decided to hand it over to George Barris and let Barris Kustoms take over the final restyling. A wise investment as Don took home the AMBR with the car in 1966. Photo courtesy of Clean Gene Sadoian.


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