Ultimate Custom Car Library




We often get the question here at the CCC what kind of Custom Car related books we recommend. Time to create a complete list of Custom Car related books, that make up for the Ultimate Custom Car Library, with special thanks to CCC-Member Bert Gustafsson.



If you grew up in the 1990 or earlier and you wanted to learn all about Custom Cars, you had to find the right magazines to stay in touch with what was happening around the world. There where magazines like Rod & Custom, Custom Rodder, Hot Rod magazine and many more, especially in the 1950’s and 60’s,  that devoted more or less pages to Custom Cars. If you wanted to find out even more, you could get some great books on the subject, and if you wanted even more you could try and find some old booklets from the 1950’s and 60’s. Today all you have to do it turn on your computer, your tablet or smart phone and go to your favorite Custom Car related Website, Facebook or any of the message boards to get your daily dose of Custom Car information.

As the editor on the Custom Car Chronicle I absolutely love to create articles on this site. I love to write about Custom Cars and I love to share my passion for them. But for my research on most of my articles I still relay on my collection of old magazines and books. Even though a lot of info can be found online, there is just nothing like browsing thru my old books and magazines, looking for that one bit of evidence needed for an historic article.

Custom Car Chronicle member Bert Gustafsson recently started an new thread on the CCC-Forum named: The ultimate library on traditional custom cars. in which he listed all the Custom Car (traditional Custom Car) related books he has in his collection. And Bert has quite a collection. Bert started to think what titles would be included in the Ultimate Complete Collection of books devoted, at least partly, to traditional custom cars?

Bert started the list and a few others added some more books, and most likely a few more will be added later as well. I was actually really surprised how long this list is, with books devoted to mostly Custom Cars… This list of books is the Ultimate List, and if you are into Custom Cars it is a really helpful list when you go out shopping for new books. Some books on the list are now nearly impossible to find, and when you do, they are quite expensive. But most others are still very much available from different sources. This list will help you find the right books. In time I will try to add pictures of all the covers from these books as well. If you have another Custom Car related book that is not listed here, send us an email, so that I can add it on this list.



CCC-ultimate-custom-car-library-01Just a few of the books on this rather long list of Custom Car related books.

The Dan Posts books:

  • Remodelers manual for restyling your car 1944, 1945, 1946
  • California custom car album 1947
  • Master custom restyling manual 1947
  • Blue book of custom restyling 1949
  • Blue book of custom restyling, enlarged super edition 1951
  • Blue book of custom restyling, revised edition 1952
  • Abc’s of Custom How 1954


Edgar Almquist:

  • Custom Styling Manual 1948
  • Speed and Mileage Manual 1947


The Trend books:

  • Trend Book 101 Custom cars
  • Trend Book 105 Restyle your car
  • Trend Book 107 Dream cars
  • Trend Book 109 Custom cars annual 1954
  • Trend Book 116 Custom cars annual 1955
  • Trend Book 122 Custom cars annual 1956
  • Trend Book 133 Custom cars annual 1957
  • Trend Book 143 Restyle your car
  • Trend Book 156 Custom cars annual 1958
  • Trend Book 175 Custom cars annual 1959
  • Trend Book 181 Custom show cars
  • Trend Book 189 Custom cars annual 1960
  • Trend Book 197 Custom cars annual 1961
  • Trend Book 205 Restyle your car
  • Trend Book 206 Custom cars annual 1962


Trend books by Justin Kudolla:

  • Trend Book 207 Custom cars annual 2009
  • Trend Book 208 Custom cars annual 2012


From Custom Rodder:

  • Custom handbook No.1 1961
  • Custom handbook No.2 1961
  • Custom handbook No.3 1962
  • Custom handbook No.4 1962
  • Custom handbook No.5 1962


Barris Spotlite: 

  • 20 top customs 1961
  • Custom car grilles 1961
  • Fins and taillights 1962
  • Scoops and sculpturing 1962
  • Custom painting 1962
  • Custom headlights and fenders 1963
  • Custom wheels and lowering
  • Custom dashboard and detailing
  • Custom Corvettes 1963
  • Custom Chevies 1963
  • Custom Fords 1964


From Hot Rod magazine custom library:

  • Custom Car yearbook No1. 1963
  • Custom Car yearbook No2. 1964


Consumers guide:

  • Grease machines 1979


From Hot Rod magazine:

  • Custom cars 1982
  • Custom cars 1983
  • Custom cars 1984


Tex Smith’s: 

  • How to build custom cars 1989
  • How to chop tops 1990
  • How to build shoebox Fords & Mercurys 1991
  • How to build Fat Fords 1991


Mike Key:

Lead sleds 1984
Wild lead sleds 1992


Timothy Remus:

  • Custom cars & lead sleds 1990



  • KKOA 1980-1992 1993


Andy Southard:

  • Custom cars of the fifties 1993
  • Hot rods and customs from the sixties 1997
  • Hot rods and customs from the seventies 1998
  • The Oakland roadster show 1998


Barris Kustoms:

  • How to Customize Cars and Rods, George Barris and Wayne Thoms 1963
  • Kustoms of the fifties 1994
  • Kustoms of the sixties 2002
  • Kustom techniques of the fifties Vol1. 1995
  • Kustom techniques of the fifties Vol2. 1996
  • Kustom techniques of the fifties Vol3. 1997
  • Kustom techniques of the fifties Vol4. 1997
  • Big book of Barris 2002
  • The Art of George Barris King of the Kustomizers (last Gasp) 2015


Gene Winfield:

  • The Legendary Custom Car and Hot Rods of Gene Winfield David Grant 2008

Pat Ganahl:

  • Hot rods and cool customs 1995
  • The American custom car 2001
  • Hot Rod Gallery 2013


Bo Bertilsson:

  • Classic customs and lead sleds 2001


Thom Taylor:

  • Hot rod and custom chronicle 2006
  • Kustomland 2008
  • Watson’s Custom Car Confessions, Thom Taylor and Larry Watson 2010


Mark S. Gustavson

  • The Sage of the Spencer Murray Dream Truck Mark S. Gustavson and Bill Aitchison, 2001


Strother MacMinn:

  • Hot Rods and Custom Cars 2009


Rik Hoving:

  • The Jack Stewart Ford 2012


Robert E. Larivee:

  • Show Car Dreams 2010


If you are into early Custom Cars, then I think that the Hot Rod books by Don Montgomery also should be part of your library. Although the majority of the books is about early Hot Rods, and Race Cars, each of them also have a nice number of early Custom Cars in them.

I think that Authentic Hot Rods and Hot Rod Memories are the best of them all with the most Custom Car content in them.

Don Montgomery

  • Hot Rods in the Forties, 1987
  • Hot Rods as they where, 1989
  • Hot Rod Memories, 1991
  • Authentic Hot Rods, 1994
  • Old Hot Rods Scrapbook, 2006




Kustoms Illustrated Award of Excellence 2015




The Kustoms Illustrated Magazine “Award of Excellence” is given out at selected custom car events across the United States. It is meant to honor and recognize the “best of the best” cars in the custom community.


Of course, this is not always easy as there are so many beautiful and well done customs at these high profile shows. When unable to make the pick personally, Luke Karosi typically has a well-known or involved member of the custom community make the pick on the magazine’s behalf. This award has become coveted and much anticipated by the entrants at these fine custom events.

At this year’s West Coast Kustom’s “Cruisin’ Nationals” show, Luke picked Wayne Bolon’s gorgeous 1952 Chevrolet Fleetline that he calls “Something Sweet.” Wayne’s Chevy is fresh on the scene and exudes that early traditional custom look that so many people strive for. His ’52 features many custom tricks such as, frenched headlights, 1956 Chevy rear wheel wells grafted in, Buick side trim, extra grille teeth and smooth body work covered by a stunning Lemon Drop Pearl and Cream paint job. Outstanding!




More recently, at the Custom Car Revival in Indianapolis, Indiana, Ron Hensley, on behalf of Kustoms Illustrated, picked Tom Culbertson’s radical chopped ’49 Ford coupe. Tom’s shoebox has been around a number of years and was built during the resurgence of custom cars back in the ‘80s. It is fresh out of 14 year storage and looks as good as ever!




Congratulations to both Wayne and Tom! Be sure and look for future Kustoms Illustrated “Award of Excellence” winners to be selected at “The Sit Down” in San Jose, California, on July 11th, 2015, Kustom Kemps of America’s “Lead Sled Spectacular” in Salina, Kansas, July 23-26th, 2015, “Lead East” in Parsipanny, New Jersey, Labor Day weekend, and “Customs by the Sea” in Wildwoods, New Jersey on October 3, 4th 2015.



Kevan Sledge RJ cover


A long lasting dream for many hot rodder and custom car guy is to make it onto the cover of the Rodder’s Journal. Kevan Sledge’s amazing 1940 Mercury is on the cover of issue #65, and nobody deserved it more than Kevan.

Kevan’s 1940 Mercury has been in the making for many years. Build by Kevan Sledge with the help of his good friends Rob Radcliff, Octavio Chavez and Vic Jimenez. The car has progressed over the years from having air-bags, mailbox size windshield with black primer to a piece of art, a study in Traditional Custom. Obviously influenced by the Barris Kustoms built Nick Matranga 1940 Merc, Kevan set out to built the ultimate 1940 Custom Car. The styling, detail and overall flow and looks are absolutely stunning.

Kevan and his friends worked hours, days, weeks on getting the chop on this Mercury as perfect as possible. As mentioned before, it was influenced by the Nick Matranga Mercury, but if you compare the two cars, especially when it comes to the chop, Kevan’s version is just absolutely perfect. The flow from the front to the rear is so nice, this really is a good sample of how these cars should have come from the factory.

I saw Kevan’s Mercury in person in 2009, when the car was invited to be part of the Sacramento Autorama Mercury Gathering. I spend many hours looking at that car that weekend, I could just not keep my eyes off the flowing lines of that chop. And back then, the car was far from finished. It was in fresh green primer, and a lot of details were still missing. In the following years, Kevan started his own body shop, Sledge Customs, in Auburn, California, and spend many hours after work finishing his own Mercury. Each time when Kevan showed new updates it became evident that this was THE 1940 mercury. When the car debuting in paint, at the 2014 West Coast Kustom, everybody was talking about this car. The color Kevan had picked for this car was the just like everything else, right on the money. And then it became evident, this car needed to be featured by the best magazine in the field. The Rodder’s Journal.

In the summer of 2014 Steve Coonan and Geoff Miles from the Rodder’s journal invited Kevan for a photo-shoot for a full magazine feature on the car. Another real Traditional Custom to be featured again in the magazine. The car was photographed on location, as well as in the RJ Studio. But it turned out that the dark green paint did not work well with the studio lighting and turned almost completely black. So those photos never ended up in the magazine. Issue #65 from the Rodder’s Journal is now printed and getting ready to be shipped to the distributor and subscribers all around the world. And the best thing, Kevan’s 1940 Mercury was used for one of the two Cover Photos… And it looks absolutely stunning.
Congratulations Kevan Sledge.

While at the Rodder’s Journal Studio for the photo-shoot, Kevan took several photos in the dark studio’s. The RJ Team was setting up reflection board and getting everything ready for the photo shoot. These snapshots Kevan took show that the car looked very dark, and the RJ professional camera apparently could not bring the brightness in the color either. So the photos that were taken were never used. But we have Kevan’s Snapshot to show, and it does show the amazing reflections on the perfectly restyled 1940 mercury.
CCC-kevan-sledge-rj-cover-01Overview of the studio with the Mercury in the overhead studio light, the reflection boards on the left and the Rodder’s Journal archives on the right.
CCC-kevan-sledge-rj-cover-02I think that is Geoff Miles walking with one of the refection boards.
CCC-kevan-sledge-rj-cover-05Low angle rear 3/4 view with the Lincoln Bumper Guard taillight turned on. What a great view.
CCC-kevan-sledge-rj-cover-03Getting ready for some engine detail shots.
CCC-kevan-sledge-rj-cover-06Openings spread of the article on Kevan’s Mercury. The article is written by Curt Iseli, and the photos taken by Steve Coonan. Photo of the advance copy of the Rodder’s Journal issue #65.




Kustoms Illustrated #42


Press Release: Issue #42 of Kustoms Illustrated Magazine is hot off the presses and will begin mailing early week 46!

Press Release from the Kustoms Illustrated Office
In Kustoms Illustrated issue #42, we have an incredible line-up of great looking customs and event coverage tailored specifically for the traditional custom car enthusiast. From the East Coast to the West Coast, from the Mid-West to Overseas, we’ve got it covered!
Our feature cars this issue include Rick Marvin’s glowing ’41 Ford coupe from Indiana. This beautiful custom features all kinds of neat tricks and fresh new ideas that you just have to see.
Next, we photographed “Angel Eyes” against the breath-taking backdrop of Mount Rainier in Portland, Oregon. Dave Spear’s ’52 Chevy is a perfect example of a classic 1950s custom. The modifications are endless, and they all flow seamlessly into one graceful package. Wait until you see the interior!

We traveled back east to shoot Fred Krol’s super-clean mild custom ’56 Chevrolet convertible against the Googie architecture of the Shriner’s building in Berlin, Connecticut. Fred’s ’56 shows the restraint and style that a true mild custom should be. This period-perfect drop-top looks like it could have been cruisin’ the streets of Anytown, USA in the mid to late ‘50s!

Clyde Wooten’s ’58 Pontiac has the perfect “California Rake.” This Portland, Oregon, cruiser has been causing quite a stir lately wherever it goes. Clyde nailed the late ‘50s street custom look with this seldom customized body style and the use of unique and original colors. Check it out in issue #42!

We have event coverage from two new shows as well as two old favorites. Rik Hoving takes us all the way to Sweden for the A-Bombers Old Style Weekend where he captured the amazing period-perfect customs in attendance. He also takes us on a special road trip along the west coast of Sweden where he rides “shotgun” with six traditional customs in a row. The coverage is wrapped up with some amazing shots of the 2nd Annual Custom Car Line-Up where eight select period customs gathered to be photographed as one; just as the legendary Marcia Campbell did in 1951 with a selection of Barris-built cars.

“Customs by the Sea” is a brand-new show in Wildwood, New Jersey, held in conjunction with the “Race of Gentleman.” Sondre Kvipt and his brother Olav of Oslo, Norway, organized and produced the event, and Kustoms Illustrated has coverage of this historic and up-and-coming traditional custom car show.

Our two old favorites include Lead East in Parsippany, New Jersey, and the KKOA “Leadsled Spectacular” in Salina, Kansas. Both shows are loaded with great kustoms and you can see them all here in the new issue!

Subscribe today! And remember; only subscribers receive the glossy full-color 4 X 6” collector’s post card inserted in each mailed issue!


2014 Lead-East Award of Excellence Winner


Leading Custom Car magazine Kustoms Illustrated announces the 2014 Lead-East winner of their Award of Excellence.


In late August 2014 Don “The Egyptian” Boeke’s 1955 Lincoln won the Kustoms Illustrated “Award of Excellence” at the world famous Lead East Show.Congratulations to Don for winning this prestigious award presented by the leading Custom Car magazine in the world. The 32nd Annual LEAD EAST World’s Biggest 50’s Party was held from Wednesday, Aug. 27 thru Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014 in Parsippany NJ.

Don’s 1955 Lincoln has a well balanced chop top and tasteful customizing throughout, making it a very elegant custom. The pearl yellow paint with candy dark yellow fogged highlights add to the gracefulness and elegance of this fine traditional custom. The interior was upholstered in a period correct pattern in white and dark yellow. The dash and window garnish molding were painted the same color dark yellow to blend the inside and outside perfectly. Congratulations winning this great award Don!




CCC-kustoms-illustrated-award-le-2014-03The top of Don’s Lincoln was done in pearl very light yellow with darker yellow fogged in edges and gob webbing for the perfect late 1950’s feel.
CCC-kustoms-illustrated-award-le-2014-06Scalloped and pin-striped spotlights and amazing attention to detail everywhere you look.
CCC-kustoms-illustrated-award-le-2014-04Don named his Lincoln “Nadine”


Kevan Sledge wins KI Award


the Kustoms Illustrated Award of Excellence goes to Kevan Sledge’s ’40 Mercury at The Sit Down show.

From the Kustoms Illustrated Facebook page
It was an honor to bestow the Kustoms Illustrated “Award of Excellence” to Kevan Sledge’s period perfect 1940 Mercury at this year’s Gambino Kustoms THE SIT DOWN. Kevan’s Merc is truly one of the finest early customs built in modern times. The fit and finish was astounding and the overall execution capture the true essence of a traditional early custom car.
Congratulations Kevan!





The one-and-only 100% Kustom Car Magazine Kustoms Illustrated is celebrating its ten year anniversary with introduction of the Kustoms Illustrated Award of Excellence. A few times a year the magazine editor Luke Karosi will be awarding the best-of-the-best Custom Car with this new prestigious award. The award will be given out at a few designated Custom Car Shows a year, including the West Coast Kustoms Santa Maria show, and the Gambino Sit Down. From time to time well know Custom Car people will help with the judging of the award winner.
Besides winning the Aluminum plaque trophy the winning Custom will also get a full feature in Kustoms Illustrated magazine as part of this Award of Excellence.



This years Gambino The Sit Down show was possibly the best ever with a huge amount of really amazing Custom Cars, making winning the award even more special. Below are two photos showing just a small selection of the great cars at the show.CCC-kevan-sledge-ki-award-2014-02



CCC-kevan-sledge-ki-award-2014-05From the Custom Car Chronicle team
Congratulations winning the Award of Excellence Kevan Sledge.



Rodder’s Journal No. 59


This issue has a really nice mix of Hot Rod’s, Race Cars and Custom Cars. Something that has not always been the case with the Rodder’s Journal magazine. Especially for the Custom Car enthusiast the content of the issue number 59 is really nice.

No less than 36.5% of the magazine is devoted to Custom Cars a percentage we have not seen for a while. Congratulations to the RJ team for a very nice balance in this issue.


About the articles in this issue.
Issue Number 59 has an wonderful article on mostly custom cars and a few Hot Rods at a mid 1950’s Ford Custom car show set up inside the famous and wonderful Rotunda building. An article that gives a good look at some of the trends on the east coats in the mid 1950’s

Wonderful photography by Steve Coonan and inspiring writing by Pat Ganahl on Mark Skipper’s 1951 Ford Victoria. An amazing period perfect very well brand new build custom. A Hard top shoebox with very blanched proportions. The only thing that is missing from this issue is that one of the cover images could have been this “Royal Victoria”

Geoff Miles photographed the bare metal Jack Stewart 1941 Ford in the Rodder’s Journal studio, and Pat Ganahl wrote an in depth article about the history of this historical important Ayala/Barris custom car. The car was brought over from Denmark were the current owner, Palle Johansen and his team, restored the car and decided it would be best to show it in bare metal at the GNRS. The car is now back in Denmark where the team will finish the restoration. And who know the all finished car will once again graze the pages of the Rodder’s Journal.

The Race of Gentlemen invades the beaches of New Jersey is a very nice article with wonderful photos by several photographers. The text and photos show the fun these contenders and spectators must have had.

Both the Indy-Inspired roadster and the AMBR articles are as good as they can get in the RJ. Both articles have wonderful photos by Steve Coonan and Geoff Miles taken both in the studio and outdoors. And the level of details on both cars is equality impressive and is show excellent both in photos as well as in words.

The article on the rather unknown Cars and Clubs magazine is very welcome as well. The magazine was published and spread in the Upper Midwest of the US and are quite hard to find these days. So the material shown in the article, mostly scanned or photographed from the printed magazines is very welcome. And its really great for the people involved in the magazine back then that they finally get some recognition with this article. We need more articles like this.



There are a total of 160 pages in this issue. 126 pages are devoted to real content which we can divide in the four main groups:

Hot Rods: 47 pages = 37.3%
Custom Cars: 46 pages = 36.5%
General: 17 pages = 13.5%
Race Cars: 16 pages = 12.7%



    • More than meets the eye, Indy Inspired Deuce Roadster
      Hot Rods (by Ken Gross)
    • North of the Border, About Western Canada’s Drag Racing
      Race Cars (by Curt Iseli)
    • Peeling Back the Layers, The Jack Stewart Ford in bare metal
      Custom Cars (by Pat Ganahl)
    • Ride the Wild Surf, Early style Hot Rods racing on the beaches of New Jersey
      Hot Rods (by Curt Iseli)
    • America’s Most Beautiful Roadster, John Mumford’s AMBR winning ’27 Ford Track Roadster
      Hot Rods (by Curt Iseli)
    • Factory Customs, Ford’s Mid 1950’s Custom Car and Hot Rod Show at the Rotunda
      Mostly Custom Cars (by Curt Iseli)
    • The Royal Victorian, Kelly and Mark Skipper’s 1951 Ford Victoria Custom
      Custom Cars (by Pat Ganahl)
    • The Midwest Connection, Cars and Clubs magazine
      General (by Curt Iseli)

The Custom Car content in this issue is very well worth buying this issue if you don’t have a subscription.
The Hot Rod content is always excellent in the Rodder’s journal, so if you are into quality hot rods, then there really is no excuse not to buy a copy or get a subscription.
The Race Car content is a little low in this issue, but what is there is very well worth buying the magazine. There are a series of really great historical images with great drag cars.



 The two covers







Kustoms Illustrated No.37


The only strictly custom car content magazine Kustoms illustrated has produced another fine magazine with Issue #37.

Kustoms Illustrated magazine contains 64 pages and is formatted just like the old 1950’s little magazine. The perfect format to bring it with you every where you go.


This issue has Mark & Kelley Skippers Royal Victoria on the cover and as collectors card (for subscribers only). The photo above shows the openings spreads of the main chapters.

Inside you can enjoy the following content.

  • John D’Agostino’s latest, 1940 Cadillac “Sophia”
  • Kustom News from around the world
  • Santa Maria’s Cruising Nationals 2013
  • Daniel Montgomery’s 1953 Ford F-100 “Bleu Ambition”
  • The Skipper’s 1951 Ford “Royal Victoria”
  • 1940’s Era Custom Car Revival
  • Tim’s 1939 Mercury Coupe “The Kirkegaard Merc”
  • 2013 Detroit Autorama




If you do not subscribe to Kustoms Illustrated check out your local car show for dealers, or contact Luke Karosi for a subscription.




The Book that gives Old Car Nuts A Voice


Here at CCC we give loads of attention to the people ‘behind the cars’. The ideas, lives, and adventures of the builders and owners, are food for amazing stories. Anyone who appreciates good stories is in for a treat. David Dickinson has compiled stories from old car guys across America in The Old Car Nut Book, available in print as a paperback book or eBook very soon.

It has been David Dickinson passion to bring this book to readers, sharing stories from old car nuts from across America. As you read the stories, he’ll guarantees that “you’ll laugh and you’ll cry”. Dickinson’s promises us, that we will step right into the past with each story told. And that’s what I’m looking forward to. Like many of CCC members, I always press for the stories behind the cars. This book consists of the stories written by men and women who are passionate about their car(s). They tell us their experiences, from the time that cars first caught their eye, up to their latest project. It reveals the people, and the events that made an impact on them.




According to Dickinson: “Old Car Nuts are a curious sort. At car shows, they wander around looking at the old iron and quite often see people talking and telling stories about their colored and varied pasts. As they do, they can’t help but wonder what is being said. What are those unique tales being told, revealed to only a handful of guys in lawn chairs behind the bumper of a car or occasionally in the quiet and intimate confines of a shop or garage? Many of the storytellers would love to share, but they don’t have their own personal stage and microphone to connect with a broader audience. The Old Car Nut Book was conceived with the idea that EVERYONE in the old car hobby has a story or two to tell and provides a place to share those personal short stories as contributors and readers.”



With a few exceptions, most of the contributors are living out of the spotlight. They have been involved with cars for most of their lives as a hobby, or professionally, but not in the public eye. The Old Car Nut Book has asked people to dig deep into their memories and old photos, and tell their unique stories from their own perspective and in their own words. Dickinson states that this book is a unique concept. Most books or magazines feature articles written about the individuals who are in the spotlight. The Old Car Nut Book gives voice to those we would otherwise not hear from.



Or, as Dickinson says it: “You, or someone close to you, have probably spent a lifetime of buying, selling, and admiring old cars… and if it weren’t for Old Car Nuts like you, the rubber, glass, and steel wouldn’t have the value that it does. You bring value to the cars and the cars bring extra value to you. Millions of Americans are obsessed with old cars of one variety or another and feel that the newer cars have no soul. There are no memories in a car that just rolled off the showroom last week or last year and for many, the fondness for old cars has more to do with the memories of days past and fun adventures with friends than the up to date quality or reliability of a new car. Many old car nuts are attracted to the older cars because they have class and style and don’t look like they were carved out of a bar of soap with four wheels attached. The mechanically inclined appreciate that cars were basic back then and didn’t require a degree in both Mechanical and Electrical Engineering to fix. For some, it’s more than likely a hereditary disease.”



There will be stories about rescuing jalopies rotting away in open fields, the first ride in a hot rod, the first time driving, and double dates in old beater cars available to young and nearly penniless teenagers many years ago and how some of those old beaters are now priceless classics that sell for big bucks. We’ll read about how a mother’s vacuum cleaner doubled as a car-painting-device. There will be stories of racing, joyous drives, historical gatherings, and being part of building iconic cars. Of course several stories are about “I wish I still had that car!” All of the stories involve emotions, decisions, and adventures with friends and cars.



The Old Car Nut Book is David Dickinson’s way of sharing the dream with other Old Car Nuts. He is also reaching out to younger car nuts, who aer beginning their journeys, hoping to fulfill their dreams. He is planning to release 3-4 volumes of The Old Car Nut Book. If you visit his website, you can see “How To Submit” your own story for a future book or pre order the book on CreateSpace.




Excerpts from The Old Car Nut Book

Excerpt from “Lessons in Stupidity” Gary M. Hughes:
My wife said, “You paid how much for what? What are you, president of the Stupid Club?” I guess I have yet to learn my lesson. Maybe my dad was right!

Excerpt from “Pandora” by Chris Kimball:
She had heard me coming from a block away and watched with amusement as I tried to extract myself from the Pantera. As I clumsily attempted to exit the car, my foot caught on the seat and I almost landed on my keister in front of the whole neighborhood!  Vicki chuckled and said, wryly, “Any cool factor you may have by owning that car will immediately be obliterated when they see you trying to get out of it!”

Excerpt from “A Ride To Remember” by Jim Muchenfuhs:
I put my foot to the floor and unleashed its full explosive power. It kicked the car into a hard fishtail to the right, which is exactly what I wanted. I held my foot to the floor while looking out the right side of the windshield. I could kinda hear my passenger screaming something, but didn’t care. I slammed it into second gear and the force caused the rubber dash pad that covered the entire length of the dash to fly off into John’s lap. (Damn, I kept forgetting to replace those clips). The pad had also fallen into the steering wheel, but I was too focused to stop now. Fishtailing to the left now, the screaming was getting much louder but I still couldn’t make it out clearly. I slammed it into third, revving between gears enough to go sideways one more time before shifting to fourth and coasting.

Excerpt from “Good Job Kid” by Tom Glide:
I’d slide behind the huge steering wheel, peer out the tiny windows, and dream that I was driving it. Of course, in my dreams it was pristine, rather than the rusting hulk sitting in the briars on two flat tires that it really was. Someday, I’m gonna have one of these, I’d tell myself.

Excerpt from “Telltale Skirts” by Domenic Tringali:
Resigning myself to saying goodbye, I bent and gave her a final kiss on the hood and walked away. I was so upset that I forgot to even take any pictures. Walking away, I didn’t look back and I’ve never seen her again, but I keep going back to the New England Summer Nationals every year.

Excerpt from “Go Karting in the Fast Lane” by Captain Jack McClure:
I raced with some of the biggest names in Stock Car Racing, like Ralph Earnhart, Gale Yarborough, David Pearson, and Lee Petty. I remember a young Dale Earnhart hanging around with all of us drivers at the track when he was just a little boy.

Excerpt from “Drag Racing’s Good Ol’ Days” by Ky Michaelson:
When I attended junior high, all that I could think and talk about was being a racecar driver. I would draw streamlined cars, close my eyes and imagine what it would feel like to go over 200 mph.

Excerpt from “The Race That Never Happened” by David Dickinson:
Again, he revved his engine to demonstrate the deep throaty sound of the old glass pack mufflers as he rocked back and forth in his seat, anxiety about to get the best of him. I was sure he was going to jump the light early. I revved back.

Excerpt from”Bonneville Bob” by Ron Shincke:
He was awe struck, to say the least, and didn’t speak for a few minutes. He was just taking it all in. This was an extremely “special” moment for us both and one I will carry for with me forever.







Advertorial: Kustoms Illustrated


In March 2004 Luke Karosi from Ashford, Connecticut debuted with the first issue of Kustoms Illustrated. Luke had chosen to give his new all custom car magazine an old vibe by using the same small magazine size as that was used back in the 1950’s. Kustom Illustrated concentrates on the Custom Cars from the 1940’s till present day

Kustom Illustrated is on-topic, it’s strictly car and occasional model cars. It’s filled with well written stories and images. There are very little tattoos and models (okay…sometimes there are some girlfriends next to a photographed car and sometimes they have tattoos). Luke became interested in custom cars when he was only ten years old. His older brother had bought a huge stack of old Hot Rod, R&C, Custom Rodder and other magazines home in 1978. Luke spend weeks, month even reading all those magazines cover to cover, absorbing all he could. He knew he was stuck for live to custom cars.

Before starting his own Kustoms Illustrated magazine he “practiced” as a free lance writer and photographer for independent magazines like Rolls & Pleats and Mag-neto. At first Luke had a full time job and worked on Kustoms Illustrated magazine in his spare time. Especially the first couple of issues were hard, since this was all new to him. But after a while Luke was starting to generate a work flow and each issue became easier to produce.


At the 2011 GNRS Kustoms Illustrated was one of the main sponsors in the prestigious Customs Then & Now exhibit.

A few years ago Luke moved from Connecticut to California where he now works on the magazine part time. His new Californian location allows him to visit all the major West Coast car shows and custom builders which all get a fair share in his now world wide known magazine. While at the same time he maintains close contacts with his friends and free lance photographers and writers back East, to ensure cross country coverage of whats going on in custom car world.
One of Luke’s ambitions is to have people in forty or so years still have their collection of Kustoms Illustrated magazines and hang on and love it they same way as he cherish his collection of early Hop Up, Rod & Customs, Custom Cars, etc magazines.

Kustoms Illustrated has become the standard full custom car magazine for the world. It is not only shipped to all corners of the world, there are also contributors working for the magazines from many other countries than just the US. As we write this Luke has just finished issue # 37 of Kustoms Illustrated, a number of issues he did not even dare dreaming about when he first started.


The Kustoms Illustrated award is just one of the many way’s Luke uses to promote custom cars.

It is always a pleasure to get a new copy of the quarterly Kustoms Illustrated in the mail. Browsing thru the paper magazine with similar dimensions as the old 1950’s magazine still give us at the Custom Car Chronicle a special feeling. If you have found your way into the pages of the Custom Car Chronicle and enjoy what you see then we can highly recommend you to start reading Kustoms Illustrated. Check it out and subscribe to Kustoms Illustrated