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Memo Ortega Stories part 19

Posted  January 25, 2015  by  Rik Hoving

PART 19 THE MERCS Back in the late 1980’s Memo owned two Mercury’s, one from 1950, the other one from 1951, for both he had customizing plans…     Flashback, one day Car Show I remember one back in the 80’s I got a call from Rich Pichette president of West Coast Kustoms…. can you belive that!  “Memo, this […]

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Customs at the 2015 GNRS

Posted  January 23, 2015  by  Rik Hoving

CUSTOMS AT THE 2015 GNRS The first month of the year is always an exciting time for the Hot Rod and Custom Car enthusiast all over the world. Its the month the Historic Grand National Roadster show is held in Pomona, California. Visitors from all over are posting photos taken at the GNRS on their […]

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2007 Barris Exhibit NHRA

Posted  January 21, 2015  by  Rik Hoving

2007 BARRIS EXHIBIT In the summer of 2007 the NHRA Wally Parks Museum in Pomona organized an exhibition about the history of the Barris Kustom Chop titled; A Salute to George Barris, The King of the Kustomizers   When I was working on an magazine article I needed some info that good friend Rob Radcliffe […]

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Glen Hooker 1939 Mercury

Posted  January 15, 2015  by  Rik Hoving

THE CARIBBEAN One of the most beautiful Customs created by the Valley Custom Shop is this 1939 Mercury convertible restyled for Glen Hooker of Burbank, California, in the early 1950’s.   Special thanks to Gordy Brown for the help on this article. The Valley Custom Shop is known for their fine Custom Car designs and finely crafted […]

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2015 Pebble Beach Mercurys

Posted  January 7, 2015  by  Rik Hoving

2015 PEBBLE BEACH MERCURYS The Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance is planning a class of historic 1949-51 Mercury Customs for Sunday, August 16, 2015   Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance Once each year in August about 200 of the most prized collector cars and motorcycles in the world roll onto the fairway of what is often called […]

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Memo Ortega Stories part 19

PART 19 THE MERCS Back in the late 1980’s Memo owned two Mercury’s, one from 1950, the other one from 1951, for both he had customizing plans…     Flashback, one day Car Show I remember one back in...
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Customs at the 2015 GNRS

CUSTOMS AT THE 2015 GNRS The first month of the year is always an exciting time for the Hot Rod and Custom Car enthusiast all over the world. Its the month the Historic Grand National Roadster show is held in Pomona, California...
by Rik Hoving
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2007 Barris Exhibit NHRA

2007 BARRIS EXHIBIT In the summer of 2007 the NHRA Wally Parks Museum in Pomona organized an exhibition about the history of the Barris Kustom Chop titled; A Salute to George Barris, The King of the Kustomizers   When I wa...
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Something About A Mercury

SOMETHING ABOUT A MERCURY Frenchy’s Mercury was a rare Monterey, these were the deluxe models of the voluptuous 1949-51 Mercury’s rolling off the line. He bought it in 1956 and almost immediately he began to restyle his...
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The Oriental Buick to be restored

THE ORIENTAL BUICK UPDATED: I have always like the wonderfully restyled 1955 Buick of  Wes Gaunce, so it was really great news to hear the car was “found” and is going to be restored to its former glory   Cous...
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Glen Hooker 1939 Mercury

THE CARIBBEAN One of the most beautiful Customs created by the Valley Custom Shop is this 1939 Mercury convertible restyled for Glen Hooker of Burbank, California, in the early 1950’s.   Special thanks to Gordy Bro...
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Unforgettable 1947 Chevy

UNFORGETTABLE 1947 CHEVY One of the first chopped custom coupes that I saw as a young kid in Everett during the mid-fifties was this custom ’47 Chev.   By Tom Nielsen One of the first chopped custom coupes that I saw as...
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57 Chevy Hint of Mint

57 CHEVY HINT OF MINT Originally customized in the early 1960, this 1957 Chevy Bel Air became famous in the mid 1960’s when it was redone as a show car named “Hint of Mint”    By Roger Jetter THE HISTORY...
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2015 Pebble Beach Mercurys

2015 PEBBLE BEACH MERCURYS The Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance is planning a class of historic 1949-51 Mercury Customs for Sunday, August 16, 2015   Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance Once each year in August about ...
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47 Chevy Purple Burp

REQUIEM FOR PURPLE BURP The Purple Burp, a story about Jack Bushmaker’s chopped ’47 Chevy coupe, done in 1956, and sadly destroyed in a collision with a tree just a couple of years later.   By Larry Pointer the...
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Golden Sahara Recreation

GOLDEN SAHARA RECREATION Lawrence W Grobe aka Voodoo Larry is recreating the Iconic Custom Car the Golden Sahara, and giving it his own twist.   The Golden Sahara was originally build by the Barris Kustom Shop for owner ...
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Customs by the Sea 2

CUSTOMS BY THE SEA 2 Pre 1952 styled custom cars at the 2nd annual Customs by the Sea in wonderful Wildwood in October of 2015.   Press Release by Kustomrama Attending this years Race of Gentlemen was the closest thing I ...
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Ron Zimmerman 1954 Ford

ZIMMERMAN 1954 FORD Ron Zimmerman’s 1954 Ford Skyliner restyled by Ray Orput from the Jim Roten Photo Collection.   In another CCC-Article we highlighted a 1948 Mercury convertible customs owned by Ron Zimmerman. Tha...
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