1952 New York Show Photo

 

1952 NEW YORK SHOW Photo

 

A closer look at an birds eye view photo taken at the New York International Motor Sport Shop in 1952


Many years ago I came across two photos of an Custom restyled 1950 Ford Roadster on eBay. The photos shown in the eBay ad were rather small and a bit fuzzy, but I did recognize the Ford from the Trend Book Restyle Your Car publication from 1952 where it was listed as owned by Thomas Douglas from Miami Florida. The price for the photos was right, so I placed an offer and ended up with them. When they arrived a week or two later I was pleasantly surprised to see the birds eye view photo also including the famous Barris Kustoms restyled Larry Ernst 1951 Chevy HT¬† as well as another car I recognized from the Trend Book Restyle Your Car, Charles Eli’s 1951 Ford from Mamaroneck NY.

According the Restyle your Car booklet the photos of Charles Ford were taken at the first Annual International Motor Sports Show from 1952 held at the Grand Central Palace in New York. And the photos from the Thomas Douglas in the booklet were taken at the same show as well.

The birds eye view photo was the first one I saw on eBay, I recognized the car and really like the composition and the two other customs in the photo.


Close up up Thomas Douglas ‘ Ford roadster shows the home made v-ed windshield, the molded in hood and trunk, molded headlights, custom grille and converted to a two-seater. The doors do have the side window channel, but I have never seen the car with the windows rolled up, nor can I see how they would match the shape of the windshield frame.
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The Larry Ernst Chevy did not show to well in the high point of view photo, but I was very excited to see this Barris Kustoms Restyled Icon at the New York Show.
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The Charles Eli Ford looked very interesting with its ’50 Mercury rear window, the angled forward B-pillar and filled rear quarter windows.
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This is the second photo I found taken at the ’52 New York show, a better view of the Thomas Douglas with its all molded sectioned body and speed boat style windshield. On the far left side of the photo we can see a small portion of the Eli Ford.
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Thomas Douglas Ford from the 1952 Motor Trend Restyle your Car booklet. Very interesting car with a mix of Sports Custom and regular Custom restyling. The Larry Ernst Chevy sits behind the Ford. Thomas Douglas lived in Miami Florida, where the Doray Body Shop had created the car for him. Makes me wonder if he drove it all the way up to New York and back.
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The second photo from the Restyled your Car shows the rear 3/4 of the Douglas Ford. Bill Harris took the photos for Trend Publishing, and if you compare it with the lead photo you can see that he most likely took these photos when the building was close, no public, and he was able to take down the ropes for a better view.
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Not long before I had found the photos taken at the ’52 New York Show I came across this Motorsport magazine with the Douglas Ford in color on the cover… NICE!
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Charles Eli’s 1951 Ford uses just as the Douglas Ford an Oldsmobile grille. And it also looks like the same Olds gave up its windshield, and possibly roof for this car. The hood and front fenders were heavily reshaped with reduced in size wheel openings.
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Reshaped rear fenders and new taillights mounted on hand made pods, placed higher on the fenders. Flush fit skirts and a new top with filled quarter windows and ’50 Mercury rear window.
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Another photo I came across taken from the Eli Ford at the ’52 Show, with the Douglas Ford next to it.
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A better look at the Barris Kustoms Restyled Larry Ernst 1951 Chevy.
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Life Changing Volvo

LIFE CHANGING VOLVO

This pink Volvo Amazon Custom Convertible by Andy Saunders changed my life in 1983, let me tell you how.

 
[dropcap]I[/dropcap]n early 1983 we, my mother, father, two year older sister and me went on a day trip to the east of the Netherlands. I forgot what the trip was about, but one of the stops would be a car show that my father wanted to check out. It was an typical Dutch indoor car show with some roughly restored Europeana and American cars, plus a swap meet section up against the walls, where my father wanted to look for some books. I was already into cars, so I decided to go along on the trip, and brought my old Minolta camera with me… you never know. When we arrived in Enschede, I saw posters announcing the old-timer Car Show and part of the poster also announced an Custom Car show… Now I got really excited!

We went inside and I spotted where this Custom Car show was held, in the back was a small corner of the building reserved for some “Custom Cars” and “Hot Rods”. Absolutely not the typical US cars I had seen in the magazine, but my blood was still pumping fast. You have to realize that back then there was nearly nothing organized with Custom Cars and Hot Rods in the Netherlands. So when you stumble on to something like this is HUGE for a young kid like myself back then.

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One car jumped out to me.. a bright pink with scallops Volvo Amazon turned into a convertible leadsled. I was in awe… I¬†had never in my life seen¬†a car that was¬†so beautiful. I never liked pink, but it looked stunning on this car with its bright pearl white and lavender scallops. And it was a Volvo… so it was something I could have too… if I would turn 18 (in the Netherlands you had to be 18 years old to get your drivers license). I could see a lot of posibilities for me in the future. Get met one of those Volvo Amazon’s now and learn how to work on it and have it built into a beautiful Leadsled, just like this Pink one, well perhaps not pink. Thinking back I must have leaned against the metal fence, surrounding the cars, for a long time, day dreaming about all this. I absorbed every little detail on this perfect automobile. When we later left the car show to do other things I was quietly sitting in the back seat of my dad’s car… dreaming of driving¬†in my own white upholstered Volvo Custom.

Back in the early 1980’s when I started my passion for Custom Cars I only had very few magazines that showed some Custom Cars. Mostly US based, and as a kid I could dream about those, but realistic as I was back then I figured by the time I would be old enough to own one of those they¬†would cost¬†way to much money for me to get to the Netherlands. This Volvo Custom drastically changed my thoughts about this. A Volvo could be bought in the Netherlands, A Volvo was a realistic possibility for me to own and drive a Custom Car. Of course my dreams did not come true… I never bought this Volvo to customize, but the day dreams about it where fantastic.

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I only took a few photos at this show that day. I was young, did have a camera, but no money to buy film or have it developed, so taking pictures was cut back to the bare minimum. Since I did not have a try-pod or flashlight I did not want the chance of making to many photos that would end up blurry or to dark etc. Of all the photos I took, only this one of the Volvo came out decent. The rest of them were to dark to see anything.
So this photo of this Pink Leadsled is special to me, very special.

A year and a half later in late 1984, I bought a book named Street Machines by Andrew Morland. The main reason I bought the book was because if had four pages devoted to Andy Saunders UK built ’68 Volvo Amazon convertible. This was the first time I could find out a bit more about the car. I knew it was from the UK, but at the show I was unable to find the owner to ask about the car. It turned out that Andy was only 21 when he built this car. Based on a two door sedan, converted into a convertible with custom grille created from a ’57 Vauxhall bumper in custom opening with rounded hood corners and all. And the paint was done in pearl pink with white pearl and lavender pearl scallops. It had a stock but detailed with paint and chrome engine, and according the book it had a white Carson-style top. Later I found out that the car did not have a carson top, but rather an not to well fitting soft top. But you can imagine what all this information did to a kid back then.

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I still love Volvo Amazon’s till this very day… and most likely, they always will have a special place in my heart.

 
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1940s Hot Rod scrapbook

THE OLD MAN’S SCRAPBOOK

An amazing collection of 1940’s Hot Rod and Customs snapshots was shared to Harley Peters at an El Mirage event in 2014

 
[dropcap]H[/dropcap]arley Peters from the UK visited El Mirage during his holiday to California. While there he started to talk to an older guy. They talked about the history and how much Harley loved this old stuff, and how his visit to El Mirage was like a long last dream come true. The the older guy says “do you guy’s want to see my dads old album from here.”

We have already done an CCC-Article on the amazing Gil Ayala 1942-46 Ford from this Collection and now it is time to show some of the rest of this amazing album. Hot Rods, Bikes and a few people shots.

This is what Harley had to tell about his encounter with the older guy sharing his old man’s scrapbook.
He told Harley he remembered these photo’s from when he was a kid. They were always in a shoebox and after his father passed he put them in the photo album to show people who were interested.
When Harley opened the album he nearly had a heart attack. In there were some of the best photo’s he had ever seen, real street scenes, of 40’s bikes and street roadsters and a few¬†Customs!
Sadly there was no way to copy or scan the pictures down there at El Mirage, so all Harley could do was to photograph them with his cell-phone-camera. Hareley was so excited he even forgot to ask the guys name or even his father name. So we cannot give proper credit for these amazing photos. If you happen to know the owner of this album, please let us know so we can add a name to this collection.
The guys father must have had some great friends back then. Judging the photos that were taken over a period of time, he hung out with quite a few names in the business.

The photos taken with the cell phone are not the best quality… but they are still amazing to see. Thank you Harley for sharing this amazing Hot Rod scrapbook.
 
 
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The Barry Mazza Collection

BARRY MAZZA COLLECTION

The Custom Car Photo Archive started in 2004. The first collector who shared his photo collection with us was Barry Mazza. He loved what we did, and shared many of his photos and memories with us for everybody to enjoy.

[dropcap]B[/dropcap]arry Mazza, long time Custom Car enthusiast, collector and car builder, has collected photos, info and memorabilia for as long as he can remembers. He has always shared his knowledge and collection with other enthusiasts, and when he found out about the Custom Car Photo Archive he decided that it would be the perfect place to share his collection and knowledge with a much wider audience. Barry’s amazing photo collection¬†was and still is a huge hit on the the Custom Car Photo Archive. People from all over the world enjoy this¬†collection. Some people got inspired by Barry’s collection¬†and started to share their own photo collection with us,¬†while¬†other people decided to start similar sites to share their passion for Custom Cars.

When Barry started to share his personal collection with us, there was not much else out there on the internet. There was basically no other place¬†you would be able to see these¬†rarely seen snapshots and photos of custom cars from the golden era, at least not in the quantity and quality Barry was sharing. Most of the photos from Barry’s collection came with neat little¬†stories, and information nowhere else to be found.¬†Barry shared color photos of custom cars most of us had never seen in color, or versions of cars that had never been published before. Amazing material, from an amazing guy.

The Barry Mazza Collection on the Custom Car Photo Archive

This article shows only a very small selection of the Barry Mazza Collection. For the full experience please check out the Custom Car Photo Archive.
If you are not familiar with Barry Mazza. Barry Mazza is best known for restoring the Pisano/Barris built 1941 Buick for Herb Ogden. This car now belongs to the Kurt McCormick Collection. Barry also restored the Barris-built 1955 Chevy “The Aztec”. But he also built many other great custom cars or worked on cars from others.

Thank you Barry Mazza for sharing your collection with us custom car enthusiasts. 

 

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ccc-barry-mazza-collection-10-WJohnny Dragoo 1954 Mercury at an outdoor car show. The 1955 Chevy behind it was soon be transvered into the “Aztec” after this photo was taken.
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ccc-barry-mazza-collection-07-WRare color photo of the Hirohate Mercury at an early 1950’s outdoor car show.
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ccc-barry-mazza-collection-06-WLater the Hirohata Mercury was repainted in lime gold. Here we can see the car at another outdoor show with the new paint and rare three bar spinner hubcaps.
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ccc-barry-mazza-collection-05-WChuck deWitt’s 1950 Ford convertible built by the Barris Kustoms shop. Seen here at Bonneville in 1953.
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Do you want to see more of the amazing collection from Barry Mazza. Check out his section on the Custom Car Photo Archive.

 

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Do you know about a Photo Collection that needs to be saved and shared.
Please let us know Email Rik Hoving

 

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Dr Daves 80s Photo Collection

DR DAVES 80S PHOTO COLLECTION

David Aka “Dr. Dave” has started to share his 1980’s and 1990’s Custom Car Photo Collection on the Custom Car Photo Archive. This article shows a small collection.

David, (Aka Dr. Dave) has been into Custom Cars for as long as he remembers. Together with his father he has visited many custom car shows since the early 1980’s. The team always carried their trusty camera with them to capture the cars they liked the most. Recently Dave has started to scan his huge collection of photos and is going to share them with us on the Custom Car Photo Archive. This way everybody can enjoy these photos.
Photos from an important era in the history of Custom Cars. The Customs were just starting to come back for a long hibernation. And many cars captured by Dave and his father have caused quite a stir among young car lovers who first learned about Custom Cars in the 1980’s… including this author.

Dave’s photos take me back in time when I had a few US car magazines with some of these cars features or just small photos of some car show event features. A trip into memory lane, when hours were spend with the Mike Key lead Sleads book and Hot Rod Magazine’s Custom Cars studying all those photos of magical 80’s custom cars.

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CCC-KKOA-Arkansas-87-DrDave-12WJack Walker and Doug Thompson teamed up to recreate the Hirohata Mercury. Doug did an amazing job on the car and Jack took it to all the shows in the 80’s and 90’s to keep the people happy.

 

CCC-KKOA-Arkansas-87-DrDave-02WBob Johnson’s “Sweeter than Wine” 1940 Mercury convertible. Seen his without the bubble top skirts.

 

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CCC-KKOA-Arkansas-87-DrDave-14WRay Goulart’s 1950 Oldsmobile. I think the car was owned by Kurt McCormick when this photo was taken.

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CCC-KKOA-Arkansas-87-DrDave-08WTalented body-man, Gary Howard brought his 1952 Ford to the Arkansas show.

 

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CCC-KKOA-Arkansas-87-DrDave-07WThis 46-48 Ford I remember very clearly from the Mike Key “lead Sleds” book. It had a few photos of this car including one from the interior showing the swivel seats. The Lincoln taillights are a nice touch.

 

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Thank you David for sharing these and all the other photos from your Collection.

 

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Preserving Custom Car Photo Collections

10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY

The Custom Car Photo Archive started ten year ago, in the first quarter of 2004. It has grown to the worlds best known, and most extensive collection of Custom Car photos and related material, to be found on the internet.

Ten years ago, On March 25, 2004, Rik Hoving started the Custom Car Photo Archive. A photo-site to collect and share the beauty of custom cars. From the very beginning, our goal was to preserve the wonderful history of Custom Cars, Custom Car photos and memorabilia collections. In the near future we will pay some more attention to our first ten years in a few planned CCC-articles. However with this article we would like to pay some attention to the importance of saving, digitalizing and sharing the Custom Car Photo Collections. Collections that are of historic importance to those who were there, when it happened, but also for all those enthusiast who are learning from this history today, and in the future.

 

Preserving Custom Car Photo Collections

In the last couple of month we have heard several sad stories of wonderful Custom Car photos and even whole collections, that have been disposed, lost for ever. Not really on purpose, but found to be of no interest by the people who were asked to sort out belongings from passed away Custom Car enthusiasts. Material that had not been shared, or digitalized when it was still possible. Friends that might have known about the collections, but did not want to look to eager and “claiming” the collection so soon after their friend passed away. Now realizing there should have been copies or scans made to make sure historic photos would be saved for the future. With the early Custom Car builder and owners getting older and closer to leaving this world it really is time to save these old collections and the stories that go with them.
We would like to urge everybody who knows about collections, or just single photos, famous, or never before seen customs, car shows, or just random snapshot, and the great stories that are told by the photo owners. To try to duplicate the material, write down the stories, or tape them, and scan, copy the photos and other memorabilia… before it is too late.

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A few photos from the Jim Street Collection. Many photos of this amazing collection have been shared in the Jack Stewart Ford book (a product of the Custom Car Photo Archive)

The Hot Rod community has the American Hot Rod Foundation.

The AHRF is a foundation who is preserving the Hot Rod history, and sharing as many old Hot Rod photo collections as possible. They are doing an amazing job, and have been able to safe a lot of old collections, and share them with the world wide Hot Rod community.

The Custom Car community has the Custom Car Photo Archive.

Since 2004, the Custom Car Photo Archive, part of the Custom Car Chronicle, has been sharing photo collections from private collectors. Collectors that liked to share their collection that might have taken many decades to grow. Collectors that realized that those collections needed to be shared with those who would enjoy them. Enthusiasts who like to study this material, or get inspired for their next project. We at the Custom Car Photo Archive have always tried to save as many of these photo collections for the future generations. We encouraged people to scan their collection before something bad happened to them. We have great plans for the future of the Photo Archives, and hopefully in the near future we can start working on those, and be able to share these personal collections in an even better way than we do now.

CCC_Preserve-Collections-04A few samples of the Wally Welch Collection.

 

We at the Custom Car Chronicle and the Custom Car Photo Archive would of course love to share many more of the collections out there. Help us to save these collections and share them with the world. We would love to share them on the Custom Car Photo Archive and write detailed stories about them and the people who collected this material, on the Custom Car Chronicle. This way our Custom Car enthusiast audience from all over the world can enjoy them. However the most important things is that these collections get scanned, digitalized and saved online or on back up disk for future generations.

 

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We are very proud to already have taken part in sharing a wonderful selection of these amazing collections. Saving them for the future, and highlight sections of them with amazing stories on the Custom Car Chronicle, and in various world wide magazines and books. Collections from well know people as Larry Watson, Bill Gaylord, Marcia Campbell, George Barris, Barry Mazza, Jim Roten, Ina Mae Overman, just to name a few. And then many people who just were there at the time, and took photos just becuase they liked doing so. People who loved to share their stories with other enthusiast from around the globe. And found the Custom Car Photo Archive and the Custom Car Chronicle to be the right place to do so.

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CCC_Preserve-Collections-01 The Larry Watson Personal Photo Collection is the largest collection of custom car related photos we have at the Custom Car Photo Archive at this moment. We are extremely proud that Larry Watson decided to share his collection with us.

If you have any questions, or know about a Collection that needs to be saved and shared. Please let us know Email Rik Hoving

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