Custom Car Revival 2019

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Time to block the date for the Custom Car Revival, the All Traditional Custom Car Show in Indianapolis in your agenda. This year the registration only event will be held on Saturday June 8, 2019

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Mark your calendar for the 100% all traditional Custom Car Show. The 2019 event will start on Thursday June 6th in the evening, more cars coming on Friday, and on Saturday June 8th, the actual show will be held from 9am to 4pm at Edwards Drive-in 2126 S. Sherman Drive Indianapolis, IN.

More info about the show can be found on the Custom Car Revival website, Facebook page, or contact Kevin Anderson KevinatCCR@gmail.com or phone: 317 4327733

Below are a few photos from the previous show.

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Chuck DeWitt Ford Clone Debut

 

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 that the Chuck DeWitt 1950 Ford Convertible Custom Recreation would be at the 2017 show. Earlier today Walter Leeman shared the first photos of the car he took at the event, or actually at the day before the event. And the rumors started to spread fast. Some say the car is the original Barris Kustoms created Ford created for Chuck DeWitt in the early 1950’s. Other just know it is not and that the really beautiful car is actually a RECREATION, or as some call it a CLONE based on photos from the original Barris Custom.

I’m very excited to finally be able to see outdoor photos of the Recreation of the Chuck DeWitt Ford, which is one of my personal favorite Barris Customs. I think the owner Pat Orsillio did a really great job on recreating this Custom Car Icon, and sharing it with the public for everybody to enjoy. It would have been fantastic if this was indeed the original Barris Kustom, but the recreation is the second best thing. I personally am very happy that there are so many people into recreating the long lost Custom Car Icons in the last few decades.
Some more info and photos can be seen in THIS article we did on the Chuck DeWitt Ford on a trip to Bonneville in the early 1950’s. The Custom Car Photo Archive shows many more photos of the original Custom Car Icon.

So far I have only been able to find two photos of the DeWitt Recreation, but as soon as I find more I will update this article.

Barry Mazza took this photo many years ago of the Chuck DeWitt Convertible Recreation project.
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Front 3/4 view shows the custom made grille opening and grille. The grille itself was actually recreated by Barry Mazza some time ago for a different car, a Merc, and later found its way to the builder of the DeWitt Ford.
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Arriving at the Custom Car Revival, the first time out in the open at a public event for the car.
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What an amazing Line-Up, takes you right back to around 1954. The Chuck DeWitt 1950 Ford Convertible recreation, with the restored Barris Kustoms restyled Snooky Janich 1954 Ford, and the Sam Barris 1950 Buick.
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Comparing the Recreation with the Original Barris Kustoms created 1950 Ford.
Since there sadly is some controversy about this car being a Clone or the Original Barris Custom it is a good idea to share the differences of the two cars based on old Barris photos and new photos taken by Walter Leeman. Thanks to Rob Radcliffe to the images.

From this view we can clearly see the differences in the shape of the padded top, quarter windows. Position of the Appleton Spotlights, the location of the Barris crest, the position of the scoop teeth and vent windows. Hard to tell, but if you look careful you can see that the shape of the scoops in the rear quarter panels is different as well.
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In this photo from the front of the car we can see the differences in the grille opening, the sides of the molded in tubular shape is much more upright on the Barris creation. The grille is different as well since Barry, who created the grille actually for somebody else to be fitted to his Mercury, had to use different parking lights, The originals use Studebaker units, which have rounded corners on the outside. These photos also show the difference in scoop shape, and location of the scoop trim, and position of the Appleton Spotlights, and Barris crest compared to the side trim.
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ANNOUNCING Customs & Kustoms Show 2017

 

KUSTOMS SHOW 2017

 

The Second Annual Customs & Kustoms РA meet for you that have a traditional custom car that will be held at Ellos Park , Sweden July 14-15-2017.


You and your closest are welcome to the Second Annual Customs & Kustoms to celibrate traditional Custom Cars, Custom Art and Custom Craft!
The event will be held at Ellös Park on the West Coast of Sweden 14-15 July 2017. This is an all Custom Car based on American cars from 1935 to 1964 event, so there are no Hot Rods, Race Cars, Low Riders or Stock cars allowed. More information about the rules for this can be found on the Customs & Kustoms website listed at the end of this article.

The Event will be held in a park which include separate parking for your custom and large campsite for tent and trailers. There is also a parking for regular cars in case you want to stay at the campsite but do not have a Custom to enter the event.




Customs & Kustoms is a meet for you that have an American car made between 1935 and 1964 modified in the manner as custom cars were built in that era.

The name of the meet origin from the fact that George Barris coined the name Kustoms spelled customs with a ‚ÄúK‚ÄĚ therefore we see the era before 1949 as Customs & the one after 1949 as Kustoms.

  • 1935 to 1948
    One of the three periods in this golden days of Customs and Kustoms will be 1935 to 1948 as in early customs.
    This period will be cars and parts made in this era or repops(reproductions) of parts that was present in that era.
    Cars to be built in the way as the early customs were built!
  • 1949 to 1954
    Next period of Kustoms is 1949 to 1954 which will be cars from 1935 to 1954 and made by parts made in the same era or repops on parts that was present in that era.
  • 1955 to 1964
    The last era of Kustoms 1955 to 1964 which is cars made from 1935 to 1964 and made by parts made in the same era or repops on parts that was present in that era.








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Customs & Kustoms will be held at:
Ellösparken
Glimsåsvägen 11
474 32 Ellös
Sweden

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More impressions from the first Annual Customs & Kustoms event from 2016 can be seen on the Custom Car Chronicle website and forum


Addition and Contact Information can be found on the Customs & Kustoms WEBSITE





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GNRS 2017 Customs

 

GNRS 2017 CUSTOMS

 

The Grand National Roadster Show is now in its 68th year. Once known as the Oakland Roadster Show, it is the longest running indoor car show in the world! A collection of photos of the Custom Cars attending the 2017 Show.





At the end of January, early February of each year one of the most prestigious in-door car show is held. Formerly known as the Oakland Roadster show, first held in 1950, later renamed the Grand National Roadster Show. The car used to be held in a relatively small Exposition building in Oakland California. Today it is held, for the 14th time at the Pomona Fairplex were a number of buildings is devoted to the most stunning Hot Rods, Race Cars and Custom Cars in the world.

The set-up for the show always starts on Wednesday, and continues till Thursday evening. The show opens on Friday morning Jan 27, 2017 and will be open till Sunday afternoon Jan 29.
I have started to collect all the Custom Car related photos I have been able to find online, and gathered those on the CCC-Forum for everybody to enjoy. At the end of this article there is a link to the Forum Post. The post will grow in the next couple of days when more photos of more cars will come in.

I write this on Friday morning moments¬†before the show opens.¬†I have seen a great number of set-up day photos. It looks like¬†2017 is once again a¬†really great show. The AMBR consenters are all extremely nice this year, all real Hot Rods and even one full Custom Car! I’m also really pleased to see a great number of new full Customs at the show. Some cars that I had seen construction photos of, but also a good number of Customs that are completely new to me… very exciting. Below are a few samples of the great Customs at the 2016 GNRS in Pomona California. Enjoy.

The Mulholland Roadster designed by Eric Black and created by Hollywood Hot Rods. (AMBR Contender)
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1936 Ford Roadster (ex 5-window coupe) “Venus”, created by Altissimo.
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1938 La Salle from the creative mind of Keith Dean at South End Kustoms.
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1960 Cadillac by Squeek’s¬†Kustoms.
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John D’Agostino’s Packard “Rita” Restyled by Oz Welch.
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Late 50’s restyled chopped, sectioned and made into a Pick-Up 1950 Ford “The Capri” now owned by¬†Tony Gomes¬†and restored to bare metal by¬†David Hitchinson.
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A streamline ArtDeco completely hand made Coupe by Rick Dore and metal work by Marcel’s.
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Ted Leventhal’s clone of his famous 1951 Chevy Kustom convertible from the 50s.
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Trevor Robinson is the owner and builder of this super clean Ford Coupe “Surely”.
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Memo Ortega Stories Part 30

 

PASO ROBLES SHOW

 

Memo Ortega recently came across some more of the photos he took at the late 1980s Paso Robles West Coast Kustoms show.



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Memo’s Flashback

Cruising to East Los Angeles

Remembering some of my early cruising days back in 1951, ’52, with my old 37 Chevy. A car I¬†will never forget.¬†I did a lot of work on it to my liking, thats wats customizing is all about. When I¬†got the car I¬†was 14 going on 15, years old and I just wanted a kool kustom to kruze them wheels off… which I sure¬†did. I filled the door handles and truck-lid, and installed ’40 studebaker tail-lites on my rear fenders. I made me some plain side hood panels also, and installed some ’40¬†Ford headlites on my front fenders, and eventually painted it metallic green. An of course I¬†lowerd the heck out of it. It was so low that at one time I¬†got stuck on the railroad tracks.¬†Theres a lot more that I¬†did on this car, check it out in one of rik’s early Memo Ortega Stories.

I¬†grew up in La Verne, Ca where one of the older krusers told me about a kustom shop in East Los Angeles called the Ayala bros. He¬†mentioned that¬†maybe one of these days you might want to go over there, and check it out since you like our kustom cars…¬†¬†The older kruzers in my neighborhood¬†had some neat kustoms… those were the ones that gave me the kustom bug.¬†Well I¬†told one of my friends if he would like to kruze over to East LA with me on a Saturday to see if we could find that¬†Ayala’s Kustom Shop, since I¬†had never been there before. Yeah lets kruze there he had¬†never been to east LA either. So comes Saturday and we just took of to East LA,¬†even if we did not know where the place was, we had no address, no nothing.¬†When we got to East LA, we asked at this auto shop for directions. ¬†Turned out the guys in the shop knew about the Ayala’s¬†and¬†told us where it was.

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Well we met Gil¬†an his brother Al¬†an they really liked my ’37 Chevy. From that moment¬†on we went to that East LA shop¬†pretty often on Saturday afternoons.¬†We got to see kustoms there but we never bothered the workers in the shop,¬†mostly we talked to Gil, he was always nice and we became friends.¬†One other guy I¬†remember from the Ayala Shop was Johnny Rosier¬†he would later get a ’53 Mercury that was done at the Ayala shop. We got to know him a little better, he was kool, took time to talk with me an my friend, two young teen kids instrested in kustoms… he liked that. He allways asked us how come u guys come way out here to East LA, that’s real far from where you¬†guys come from. Because we like krusin¬†we always said! ¬†¬†His car merc so was kool just seeing him leave the Ayalas shop was a huge¬†plus for us…¬†Just one of my many great memories from the 50’s.

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Paso Robles WCK show

I recently came across some more photos we took at our 1980’s visits to Paso Robles how. This was such a great show, great memories. So back to Paso Robles Part 2.¬†I know the Paso¬†Robles West Coast Kustoms car shows are no more, but so many of us still remember them… awesome times we all had there. Never to be forgotten!¬†So many of us out there met and made so many new friends were made that we still talk to and together we remember those were neat times in Paso Robles.¬†¬†So many cars to look at. This show I went there with¬†my G.M.C.¬†chopped truck which I had just painted in two tone blues. The first time¬†I went¬†there it was in black paint (I see that one of the pictures I found was with the truck painted black). Now the truck lives¬†in japan with the Pharaohs Car Club with Junichi last time I¬†heard.

Later on the show was moved to Down Town Paso, where it was even better and the night kruzin was the thing to do.¬†On some of these photos you¬†can see one of my grandsons posing with¬†some cars, good memories from back in the 1980’ss. Nowadays the show continues in the town of Santa Maria, Ca,

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ccc-memo-ortega-30-car-shows2-12Ford Victoria in light blue primer with lots of work done on the front. It looked good.
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ccc-memo-ortega-30-car-shows2-11The “Mini Merc” ¬†first time I saw the Volvo Amazon based custom. Was really interesting to see, great custom, to bad its gone.
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ccc-memo-ortega-30-car-shows2-09Very slick looking chopped Chevy Hard-Top in metallic black with silver top and black tires.
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2016 CKOS Lead Sled Award

 

2016 CKOS LEAD SLED AWARD

 

Every year in the early summer the Customs Of Sweden (CKOS) organizes the Lead Parking show. At this event the best Swedish Custom is awarded with the prestigious Lead Sled of the year award.



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The 2016 LeadParking event was held on July 9 in Skultuna, Sweden. The weather was great soon the event location was filled with beautiful custom Cars from all over Scandinavia. The event is well known in Scandinavia and the main award given at the event, the CKOS (Custom Kemps of Sweden) Lead  Sled of the year award is one of the most desirable Custom Car awards of Scandinavia. The awards consist of  a beautiful casted and polished to a high luster sculptured 1940 Ford coupe tail-dragging custom.

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The¬†2016 CKOS Lead Sled Award went to¬†Johan T√∂rnqvist¬†just finished beautiful Candy Red late 1940’s styled 1940 Mercury coupe. Inspired by the famous Barris built Nick Matranga, Johnny Zarro/Al Andril Mercury’s combined with the more recently created Kirkegaard 1939 Mercury by Sledge Kustoms.
Congratulations to John for winning the 2016 award.

Johan created his own version based on a decently restored 1940 Mercury coupe. that was chopped perfectly with a wonderful flow of the rear of the top into the turret panels with a sharp edge. Most of the ’39-40 Merc coupes have a molded in and smoothed top to turret shape, so the sharp edge on Johans’s Merc was nice and refreshing. The B-pillars were angled forward and the center section thinned down. The whole side window channels were reshaped and smoothed to fit the new side window opening perfectly. The windshield was chopped less than the rest of the top and the top of the windshield raised up into the top. The gave the car a perfectly balanced top after the chop, plus it creates a much better forward vision when you drive the car. And Johan sure plans to drive his Merc a lot.

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The complete body was restored, bubble teardrop fender skirts created.¬†At the back a separate hand shaped splash pan was created for the 1946 Ford rear bumper. The rear bumper uses Lincoln Zephyr over riders. At the front a complete 1941¬†Lincoln Zephyr bumper was used. To give the car a more 1940’s custom look most of the trim and door handles were kept on the car, but the trunk lid was shaved of the handle with a cleaner look. The stock headlights and taillights were used on the car.


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In Progress…

Johan built his 1940 Mercury over a period of several years. And everything was done till perfection. The whole body was brought back to bare metal and completely metal finished before the fine gold base could be added. Johan had decided to paint his Mercury a deep Candy Red color. Perhaps not totally period perfect with the style of the car, but the end result is absolutely stunning. And for sure if Candy Apple would have been available in the in the late 1940’s the famous Custom Shops sure would have used it.

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2016 Customs and Kustoms Meet

 

2016 CUSTOMS and KUSTOMS meet

 

In early July 2016 the first Customs and Kustoms weekend meet was held in Ellos, Sweden. The weekend started rainy, but soon the sun came out and everybody had a great time.



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Customs and Kustoms is a meet for traditional custom cars only 1935 to 1964 that was held at the Folks-park in Ellös 1-2 July located on the west coast of Sweden . Ellös Park established in 1953 has long history of danceparty, old cars and sunny summer days but this weekend the weather was abit unstable, in spite of the weather and the fact it is a new started meet several enthusiasts with their custom cars from close by and far away showed up and made the meet to a celebration to the traditional custom cars . With the interest of traditional customs on the raise in Europe this type of meet is needed to collect the kustom art, lifestyle, cloths, model custom cars and music from the era, the 8 person team of Customs and Kustoms set out to create such meet and the result can be seen in the pictures !

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The Awards

The Customs & Kustoms, is not an traditional car show with a lot of trophies to win. It is an weekend gathering of people with Custom Cars from 1935 till 1964. Hanging out and enjoying the cars it the main goal. But the team did decide to hand out a best in class award picked by the organizing team. Three a clock Saturday afternoon the award ceremony was held, three prices for best customs in the three eras set up in the rules ahead of the meet: Early era customs 1935 Р1948, Mid era customs 1949 -1954 and Late era customs 1955 Р1964.


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Winner of the early era was a family from England Clark Devey,¬†who drove all the way with the youngest toddler in a lovely 1936 Ford 3window chopped top and all the era custom bits and bobs that belongs. The Mid era custom was whisked away by Andr√©as √Öberg with his beautiful New Panoramic Ford that layed down the law when it comes to all the era trimmings . The late era custom was won by Timo Herzi 1958 Ford Ranchero , already an icon in the late era with its Watson style paintjob “to die for” and the pointy Edsel taillights that mached the design beautiful .

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Despite the bad weather at the start of the event, which more than likely kept some of the cars and people home the event was everything the organizing team had hoped for. The location was great, with plenty of space to camp for the weekend, great facilities, and an amazing surrounding scenery for beautiful road trips during the weekend. Lets hope this first Customs & Kustoms event is the start of something that will last for a long time.

Want to see more photos from this event. Click below to visit the CCC-Forum Post about the event.


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Photos used in this article by:
Ulf Christiansson, Palle Johansen, Harry Bakker, Per Webb, Bo Bertilsson
and Raven Eliza Hector Vandenabeele.


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CCR 2016 Photo Report

 

CCR 2016 PHOTO REPORT

 

The 100% Traditional Custom Car event, the Custom Car Revival in Indianapolis was held on June 11, 2016. We have gathered a selection of photos from this amazing event on the CCC-Forum.

 

As with most of the Custom Car events across the world we try to share as many photos from the Custom Cars attending to these events. In several threads on the CCC-Forum we highlight the best cars and share most of the cars, people and other interesting things we come across on the social media. People from all over the world also share the photos they took at the event and combined this gives a pretty great report for those who could not attend the event…

The Custom Car Revival show held is Indianapolis is known as the only 100% Traditional Custom Car Event. And this years show held on SJune 9-11, 2016 was another amazing event with only Custom Cars in attendance. We, here at the Custom Car Chronicle, are very thrilled to see that such an event is such a great success, and seems to draw an amazing amount of really great Custom Cars from many states, and visitors from all over the US, and even from outside the US.

I have created a Thread on the CCC-Forum where I have gathered as many interesting photos of the event as I could find, and others have and will add to it in the next couple of days. In this introduction article I have added a few sample photos, but be sure to click the link at the end to see all the photos on the CCC-Forum-Thread.

Thanks to all the photographers who took these great photos this year, and to all who have contributed.

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These were just a few of the many, many photos from the 2016 Custom Car Revival show. To see a huge amount of photos for the best experience of this great all Custom Car event, click the BUTTON below.



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2016 Custom Car Revival

A MUST-GO SHOW

A Weekend Exclusively for Traditional Customs. No Hot Rods. No Street Rods. No Muscle Cars. No Rat Rods. No Rat Customs.

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The Midwest 2016 Custom Car Revival is a traditional custom car show.

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2016 Custom Car Revival
June 11, 2016 9am to 4pm
Edwards Drive-in 2126 S. Sherman Drive
Indianapolis, IN

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More info can be found on the Custom Car Revival Website or Facebook page.

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Below are some photo’s from the 2015 Custom Car Revival show. 

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More photos of the 2015 Custom Car Revival show can be seen HERE

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1982 LEADSLED Roadtrip Part 2

 

1982 LEADSLED ROADTRIP

 

In 1984 Mike Key created his famous LEADSLEDS book. It made a huge impact on me. Today, in 2016 Phil Waters makes us relive this 1984 book, with his photo collection and story.


By Rik Hoving with photos from the Phil Waters Collection

This is part TWO of the¬†Road trip to Des Moines:¬†Driving The Rebel to the KKOA Lead Sled Spectacular, 1982. If you have not read part ONE, then please read Phil’s STORY¬†first.¬†The photos in this article were taken by Phil in 1982, at the¬†KKOA Lead Sled Spectacular in Des Moines Iowa. A car show¬†this editor (Rik Hoving) know so well from the Mikey Key Leadsled book from the early 1980’s. This article is my story about the Mike Key book and how the photographer of the photos used in this article, Phil Waters lived my dream back in 1982.

In 1984 Mike Key published his LEADSLEDS Chopped and low – ’35 thru ’54 book. I bought a copy of the book¬†as soon as it came out, it was so fantastic. Filled from cover to cover with nothing but Custom Cars. I had never, ever seen anything like it before. Back in the early 1980’s I was a young guy 16-17 years old, and anything Custom Car related was nearly impossible to find in the Netherlands. So when the Mike Key book came out I was in Custom Car heaven. I have read the book at least thousand times, gone over every little detail on all the cars in the book. I had my favorite photos, like the Sam Barris Buick and the one of the Jack Stewart 1941 Ford (I had no idea it was the Ayala – Barris created Jack Stewart Ford for another couple of years). And there was one photo, or a mildly customized black 1950 Mercury. Nosed, decked, lowered and custom hubcaps. Not as spectacular as many other customs in the book, but the photo caption with that Black Mercury always intrigued me.

CCC-82-des-moines-kkoa-33-phil-watersMike Key’s 1984 published LEADSLEDS chopped and low- ’35 thru ’54 book with on the back cover Phil driving “The Rebel” 1950 Mercury with Kathy Ashby in the passenger seat.
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Mike Key mentioned the car was owned by Kathy Ashby, but that is was driven by an English guest of Ashby. I was “jealous”… I wanted to be this guest… But besides being “jealous”, it also made me think… that if this guy from England could go over to the US and drive a 1950 Mercury…. So could I… in perhaps a couple of years. Dreams!… I often wondered about this English guest, or better said myself in that Mercury, and what I would do if we would have arrived at the ’82 Lead Sled Spectacular¬†in Des Moines, where the mercury was going when Mike Key took that photo. I know I would have brought my camera and shot hundreds of photos of all those beautiful Customs. But sadly it was not me in that Mercury, it was that unknown guest from England.

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In April 2016 Phil Waters shared a photo on his Facebook Page, a photo of a young guy in a black Mercury. I recognized the Merc and the scene immediately. Phil mentioned that it was him, as a young guy back in 1982. Ok… so Phil Waters was this unknown guest from the 1984 Mike Key book black Mercury photo. WOW…

I checked out Phil’s other photos and sure there it was an Facebook album with around 50 photos taken at the 1982 Led Sled Spectacular in Des Moines. I contacted Phil and asked him if he would perhaps be interested in sharing his photos, and his story from the amazing 1982 show, with us here on the Custom Car Chronicle. He would love to do that he wrote back. Great!


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A couple of days later Phil had scanned over 200 photos he had taken back in 1982,¬†and I could use them all he said. I was in Custom Car heaven.. looking at those photos took me back to the mid 1980’s when I looked at the Mike Key book for hours… and dreamed about being at that show… and taking¬†exactly the photos that Phil had just shared with me. It is so great that after 32 years I finally know that the English guest in the Mike Key book is Phil Waters, and that he took exactly all the photos I always dreamed of taking if I had been there.

Phil Waters, thank you so much for sharing these 1982 photo with us now. They bring back wonderful memories.


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CCC-82-des-moines-kkoa-23-phil-watersJim Wilkens finished an old sectioned project vehicle and brought it to Des Moines where it pleases the crowd. The baby blue ’54 Ford “Crystal Blue Persuasion” built by Keith Steies,¬†and bright red 1952-54 Fords show that these cars look good done mild, or wild.
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Deep Candy Red chopped 49 Chevy with black wall tires, which sure made it stand out at the event. Lee Pratt’s primered sedan with Buick side trim, “Wild Child” Chopped gray with maroon scalloped Coupe and a rear view of¬†George Dorr’s maroon ’48 Chevy coupe with Plymouth bumpers.
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CCC-82-des-moines-kkoa-27-phil-watersRon Channel brought his chopped with ’50 Mercury rear window ’56 Chevy from Lebanon Illinois. It looked really great with the ’56 Packard taillights. The chopped and unfinished ’57 Chevy¬†shows these years chevy’s can make very nice Customs as well.
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CCC-82-des-moines-kkoa-29-phil-watersDoug Reed’s 1949 Oldsmobile in wonderful medium green with dark green and gold tipped scallops. A nicely chopped mid ’50’s Buick with a yellow chopped 1940 Ford sedan, a line up of customs and¬†Elden Titus’s 1950 Buick.
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CCC-82-des-moines-kkoa-30-phil-watersVery nicely done bright red mild restyled Hudson, chopped ’56 Pontiac Safari Station wagon in black with red and yellow flames. Very stylish chopped mid ’50’s Chevy pick-up in pale yellow and two more in progress custom pick up projects.
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CCC-82-des-moines-kkoa-31-phil-waters Super slick gloss black 1960 Chevy with yellow to red flames with reversed chrome wheels with narrow whites from Donnie Malinkovich, and later ended up in Japan. A very interesting in progress chopped 1957 Chevy custom project in brown primer. Kurt McCormick with his Sam Barris Buick in the late afternoon, and a flamed black with silver top 1950 Chevy Hard-Top.
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