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In Memoriam

RIP Harold Bagdasarian

Posted  October 21, 2014  by  Rik Hoving

RIP HAROLD BAGDASARIAN Sacramento Autorama Car show promotor and Capitol City Auto Club Thunderbolts president Harold “Baggy” Bagdasarian has passed away. The Funeral Service for Harold “Baggie” Bagdasarian is Friday October 24th, 2014 11:00a.m. at East Lawn Cemetery, 4300 Folsom Blvd., Sacramento. The family has said to drive your hot rod or custom car if [...]

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Larry Watson 55 Fords

Posted  October 20, 2014  by  Rik Hoving

55 FORD CROWN VICTORIAS Two nearly identical, yet totally different Larry Watson painted ’55 Fords from late 1959, early 1960.   arry watson is known for picking just the right color combinations or paint designs for the right cars. Larry had the skills to create a custom look with nothing but paint. Most of the [...]

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Appleton Spotlight Restoration

Posted  October 10, 2014  by  Rik Hoving

SPOTLIGHT SECRETS The Appleton Spotlights have been used on countless 40’s and 50’s Custom Cars. They are not being produced anymore, so if you find a set they most likely need to be restored. Manual Reyes shows you how to!   By Manuel Reyes The last time I disassembled an Appleton Spotlight, I decided to document every step of [...]

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Custom Cars – Pride and Joy – Part 2

Posted  October 7, 2014  by  Rik Hoving

PRIDE AND JOY A collection of snapshots of Customized Cars with their owners or loved ones.   hile I was browsing my collection of old Custom Car photos I noticed that a lot of people back in the 1940’s and 50’s loved to take photos of their custom car with their beloved girlfriend, boyfriend, husband, [...]

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Wally Welch Mercury 02

Posted  September 30, 2014  by  Rik Hoving

THE BARRIS VERSION Wally’s 1950 Mercury was among the first customs based on this iconic Mercury model. Originally restyled by the Gil and Al Ayala, this milestone Custom was redone by the Barris Kustom Shop in 1952.     n part one of this story we ended when Wally’s girlfriend Jeannie Christman had expressed her dislike for [...]

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RIP Harold Bagdasarian

RIP HAROLD BAGDASARIAN Sacramento Autorama Car show promotor and Capitol City Auto Club Thunderbolts president Harold “Baggy” Bagdasarian has passed away. The Funeral Service for Harold “Baggie” Bagdasar...
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Larry Watson 55 Fords

55 FORD CROWN VICTORIAS Two nearly identical, yet totally different Larry Watson painted ’55 Fords from late 1959, early 1960.   arry watson is known for picking just the right color combinations or paint designs for...
by Rik Hoving
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1951 Barris Study Trip Part 3

GEORGE BARRIS 1951 EUROPE TRIP   In 1951 George Barris visited several European countries for his Barris Study Trip. Italy, Germany and France were visited. And young George was seriously inspired and immersed himself in t...
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1959 Car Show Movie

1959 CAR SHOW MOVIE This 1959 Car Show and Lions Drags and Hill Climbs movie with amazing footage of some late 1950’s Customs and Hot Rods was recently shared on facebook   The video shows a lot of very interesting w...
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Janich Ford Restoration Progress

RESTORATION PROGRESS Brothers Steve and George Mallory have been slowly working to finish the Paul “Snooky” Janich Barris-built 1941 Ford, after they debuted the car in primer at the Customs Then & Now exhibit ...
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Appleton Spotlight Restoration

SPOTLIGHT SECRETS The Appleton Spotlights have been used on countless 40’s and 50’s Custom Cars. They are not being produced anymore, so if you find a set they most likely need to be restored. Manual Reyes shows y...
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Memo Ortega Stories Part Fourteen

1970 and up We are now in 1970 with the Memo Ortega Stories. Memo is hitting the big shows in California with his 1937 Chevy four door sedan.     By Memo Ortega (Sometimes when Memo writes a new story for this seri...
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Custom Cars – Pride and Joy – Part 2

PRIDE AND JOY A collection of snapshots of Customized Cars with their owners or loved ones.   hile I was browsing my collection of old Custom Car photos I noticed that a lot of people back in the 1940’s and 50’s loved ...
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Jim Roten Custom Car Designs

JIM ROTEN DESIGNS Jim Roten was close friends with Riley Collins, who ran a Custom Body show in Chico Ca. This article shows some of Jim Roten’s amazing design sketches he made for Rileys Customs.   (Special thanks...
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Mercury’s by Larry Watson

MERCURYS BY WATSON Larry Watson painted an incredible amount of cars in his long career, however only very few Mercury’s made it to his shop.   n the Personal Collection of photos from Larry Watson there is only a ve...
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Celebrating the Life of Jack Stewart

JACK STEWART MEMORIAL Celebrating the Life of Jack Stewart Memorial party for friends of Jack Stewart.   Saturday November 1, 2014 The Holiday Inn La Mirada 14299 Firestone Blvd La Mirada, CA 91302 Time: 11-3 Luncheon &...
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