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Watson Jerry Preston 59 El Camino

  JERRY PRESTON 59 EL CAMINO Besides having one of Larry Watson’s first panel job on his 1954 Ford, Jerry Preston also owned a 1959 Chevy El-Camino that he had customized by Bill...
by Rik Hoving
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Baroque Custom Dreams

BAROQUE CUSTOM DREAMS On a recent cruise in Europe I attended an art history lecture. The presenter started going through all the different periods of artwork and artistic styles. I perked ...
by Tom Nielsen
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Jim Roten – 57 Mercury photos

JIM ROTEN – 57 MERCURY PHOTOS Chico California had some very interesting Custom Cars in the later part of the 1950’s. Fortunately Jim Roten took photos of them, including these ...
by Rik Hoving
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Watsons Dave Robertson 58 Chevy

DAVE ROBERTSON 58 CHEVY Larry Watson painted many 1958 Chevies in his career, some made it into the magazines, including this Cherry Burgundy Bel Air for Dave Robertson.   When Roger O...
by Rik Hoving
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Riley Collins 55 Chevy Cameo

RILEY COLLINS 55 CHEVY In the later part of the 1950’s Riley Collins Custom Shop in Chico California created some outstanding Custom Cars. Jim Roten designed many of them, including ...
by Rik Hoving
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Larry Watson painted Jaguar XK

  PEARL WHITE AND PINK ROADSTER   In the late 1950’s and 1960’s Larry Watson was known for his amazing paint jobs on Custom Cars, in the 1970’s more and more Spo...
by Rik Hoving
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The first chopped 49-50 Mercury?

  FIRST CHOPPED 49-50 MERCURY   Who was the first one to chop the top of the 1949-1951 Mercury, the quintessential Custom Car? This is a question that has been on the minds of a l...
by Rik Hoving
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Frank Sandoval 36 Ford

SANDOVAL 36 FORD Howard Gribble shared these photos of Frank Sandoval’s 1936 Ford coupe from the mid 1940’s. A trip back in time.   When I see photos like these of Frank Sa...
by Rik Hoving
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Bartlett Collection

  BARTLETT COLLECTION   Bruce Bartlett is a member of the Ramblers Car Club formed in 1950. He is currently working on digitally restoration the old Ramblers Club Photo Album tha...
by Rik Hoving
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Jim Roten Custom Car Designs

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

  MERCURYS BY WATSON   Larry Watson painted an incredible amount of cars in his long career, however only very few Mercury’s made it to his shop. n the Personal Collection o...
by Rik Hoving
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Wally Welch Mercury 02

  THE BARRIS VERSION   Wally’s 1950 Mercury was among the first customs based on this iconic Mercury model. Originally restyled by the Gil and Al Ayala, this milestone Custom ...
by Rik Hoving
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Wally Welch Mercury 01

  THE AYALA VERSION   Wally Welch’s 1950 Mercury was among the first Customs based on this iconic Mercury model. Gil and Al Ayala of Gil’s Auto Body Works, created this Milest...
by Rik Hoving
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Dick Gonzales 55 Studebaker

DICK GONZALES 55 STUDEBAKER Larry Watson painted Dick Gonzales his 1955 Studebaker Candy yellow and Pearl White. The car became world wide know after it was on the cover of the Dec. 1959 is...
by Rik Hoving
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BuSonic at Watsons

  BUSONIC AT WATSONS   In 1959 Roy Abendroth started planning his dream custom based on his 1955 Buick Century. In 1963 the car was finished, Roy named it the BuSonic. oy Abendrot...
by Rik Hoving
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40s NorCal Hot Rod Photos part 3

40s NORCAL RACE TRACK PHOTOS Ed Jensen’s Collection shows an series of unique Custom Car and Hot Rod photos from the ’40’s Nor-Cal scene in his collection. This is part 3...
by Rik Hoving
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Golden Sahara at Watson’s

GOLDEN SAHARA AT WATSONS In late 1959 Jim Skonzakes, owner of the Golden Sahara has Bill DeCarr customize and Larry Watson paint his 1958 Ford Truck, which will be used for transporting th...
by Rik Hoving
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