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Neferteri Part Nine

Posted  June 23, 2017  by  Larry Pointer

  NEFERTERI Part Nine   In this, the next to last episode in the Neferteri saga, our Forrest Gump tackles the challenges of scaling down the full figured Cadillac of Trucks. Larry Pointer found himself a survivor of Y2K, retired, a widower, and a more or less empty nester.  He needed a project.  In this […]

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Barris Mystery Parked Car

Posted  June 20, 2017  by  Rik Hoving

  BARRIS MYSTERY PARKED CAR   In 1994 I saw a Mystery Car in the background of one photo taken at the Barris Shop. The shape of the top intrigued me, and I wanted to know more about it. 23 years later I have found several more photos of the car, but I still do […]

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Horizontal Custom Grilles

Posted  June 15, 2017  by  Rik Hoving

  HORIZONTAL CUSTOM GRILLES From early in the 1940s Custom Restylers started to experiment with new and wider grille designs. These wide custom grilles gave the cars a beautiful modern appearance. This is part two in our series on Custom Car grilles. In the first article we concentrated on the early style vertical grilles. In […]

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The Original Kustoms of America

Posted  June 14, 2017  by  David/Michelle

  ORIGINAL KUSTOMS of AMERICA   1954 the Custom Car business was booming Nation wide. Time for George Barris to take the Custom Car Club to a new level. Kustoms Of America was founded, and would attract members from all over the US. The Original Kustoms of America. by David E. Zivot     George […]

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Chuck DeWitt Ford Clone Debut

Posted  June 10, 2017  by  Rik Hoving

  CHUCK DEWITT FORD CLONE   At the 2017 Custom Car Revival show in Indianapolis the long awaited Chuck DeWitt Convertible Ford Clone made its public debut. Its debut has been rumored for several years, and a few weeks ago Kevin Anderson, on of the organizers of the Custom Car Revival car show in Indianapolis, announced […]

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Bob Giovanine 1939 Chevy Coupe

A HOT RODDERS CUSTOM CAR. Bob Giovanine is not a name normally associated with Custom cars but in 1939-40 he owned a cool Chevy custom. As a member of the Albata club Bob is widely known f...
by Jamie Barter
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Neferteri Part Seven

  NEFERTERI part Seven   Inspiration. Where does it come from? For our Forrest Gump, the pages of National Geographic became the siren song of Neferteri, his Queen of the byroads....
by Larry Pointer
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Identifying the early Roadster Show years

THE OAKLAND ROADSTER SHOW 1950-1955 The Oakland Roadster show is now called the Grand National Roadster show or perhaps better known as the GNRS “the big Daddy” and is the oldes...
by Rik Hoving
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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. Harrold Bagdasarian pa...
by Rik Hoving
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41 Ford Mid 40s Custom

41 FORD MID 40s CUSTOM In the early and mid 1940’s a lot of of simple, yet elegant Customs were created all over the US. Restyled cars for improved looks, not to to win points at car...
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Zaro ’41 Ford Color Slide

KUSTOM SLIDE An amazing and rare color slide of Johnny Zaro’s 1941 Ford, taken at set up day at one of the early 1950’s custom car shows. Color photos from the early 1950’...
by Rik Hoving
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Bill Verna 50 Mercury

  BILL VERNA 50 MERCURY   Carl Johnson operated a small body shop where he created several nice Customs and Hot Rods, this 1950 Mercury is one of three he did. David Wolk recently...
by Rik Hoving
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VJ Parade 41 Custom

  VJ PARADE 41 CUSTOM   August 14, 1945 VJ Parade on 4th Street in Los Angeles shows two mildly restyled 41 FOMOCO Convertible Customs. while browsing the internet searching for ...
by Rik Hoving
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Wally Welch 1941 Ford

  WALLY WELCH 1941 FORD   Wally Welch loved everything automotive, he loved his bikes, Hot Rods and his Custom Cars. One of the Custom Cars that meant a lot to him was this 1941 F...
by Rik Hoving
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3x Mercury Perfection

  3X MERCURY PERFECTION   Three 1949-1951 Mercurys Customs at the 2016 CCR show caught my eye, just a little more than other Custom Mercs at the event. 3x Mercury Perfection. Ther...
by Rik Hoving
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Memo Ortega Stories Part 27

  MEMOS SUNDAY KRUIZIN   Kruzin is what Memo and Terry do on Sundays. Vondolero As Memo named his 1953 Chevy kustom must get out and kruzzzze all over the LA and Harbor areas...
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Marcia Campbell 42 Ford

Marcia Campbell 1942 Ford

  CAMPBELL 1942 FORD “BABY BLUEY”   Perfectly styled 1942 Ford by the Barris Kustom shop, owned by Custom Car photographer Marcia Campbell.   Marcia Campbell’s vers...
by Rik Hoving
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The Original Kustoms of America

  ORIGINAL KUSTOMS of AMERICA   1954 the Custom Car business was booming Nation wide. Time for George Barris to take the Custom Car Club to a new level. Kustoms Of America was fou...
by David/Michelle
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50’s Custom Black Panther FOR SALE

BLACK PANTHER FOR SALE Built by Chuck Rogers in the mid 1950’s with a lot of European influences, this uniquely styled 1949 Chevy Coupe is now for sale, ready to be restored back to h...
by Rik Hoving
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Bill Ortega 1941 Mercury

  BILL DECARR 1941 MERCURY   The late Bill DeCarr built this perfectly styled, 1941 Mercury Coupe as his personal car, while he worked at the Barris Kustom shop in the late 1940&...
by Rik Hoving
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Jamie Barter 34 Ford

  34 FORD ROADSTER   Jamie Barter has shared a few more of his early photo collection with us. This time a series of photos of a customized 1934 Ford Roadster taken during WWII. J...
by Rik Hoving
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Neferteri Part Nine

  NEFERTERI Part Nine   In this, the next to last episode in the Neferteri saga, our Forrest Gump tackles the challenges of scaling down the full figured Cadillac of Trucks. Larry...
by Larry Pointer
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Burned down Hot Rod Shop

BURNED DOWN HOT ROD SHOP On Saturday October 25th Speedon CarWorks in the Netherlands burned down, destroying many cars as well as many dreams. Speedon CarWorks in Emmeloord, the Netherland...
by Rik Hoving
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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 ye...
by Larry Pointer
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The Art Of George Barris

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by Rik Hoving
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Larry Watson 1958 Pontiac

WATSON 1958 PONTIAC Brilliant off-white Pearl with ice blue outlines on a huge 1858 Pontiac Bonneville. A 1958 Pontiac Bonneville Sports Coupe is a huge car, people called cars like this a ...
by Rik Hoving
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Americas Most Beautiful Roadster 2017

  AMBR 2017   Americas Most Beautiful Roadster award for 2017 goes to 1936 Packard named The Mulholland Speedster owned by Bruce Wanta. Designed by Eric Black and wonderfully ha...
by Rik Hoving
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