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November 5, 2015

RIP George Barris

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Written by: Rik Hoving
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RIP GEORGE BARRIS

 

George Barris the King of Kustom Cars has passed away on November 05 2015. RIP Mr George Barris

 
 

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I have feared this day would come for some time.

R.I.P Mr. George Barris.

 
 

Our deepest sympathies go out to the Barris family and those close to George.

 
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Thank you George for your wonderful contributions to the world.

You were an inspiration to a many, and you showed us the beauty of customizing.

 
 
 
 
 
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About the Author

Rik Hoving
Rik is the CCC editor in chief. As a custom car historian he is researching custom car history for many years. In 2004 he started the Custom Car Photo Archive that has become a place of joy for many custom car enthousiasts. Here at CCC Rik will bring you inspiring articles on the history of custom cars and builders. Like a true photo detective he will show us what's going on in all those amazing photos. He will write stories about everything you want to know in the realm of customizing. In daily life Rik is a Graphic Designer. He is married to the CCC webmaster and the father of a 10 year old son (they are both very happy with his excellent cooking skills)




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9 Comments


  1. A sad day indeed. RIP Mr. Barris.


  2. I met Mr Barris a few times at various time but the first time I met him was the best. Detroit Autorama back in 1977 or so. Not exactly a great time to be a custom guy. I went to the show right from work wearing my shop clothes and smelling like lacquer paint. There was George at his booth with no one around him so we started to talk. I think that he dug the fact that here was a young guy who loved customs and knew about them. He was full of praise for the Detroit area custom guys from back in the day and said that he and Sam paid a lot of attention to what was coming out of the Detroit custom shops. 30 minutes later when he was signing his pic for me he asked my name. When I told him that it was Karl with a K he smiled and said “We like the letter K”.
    RIP.
    Torchie
    Torchie


  3. This is truly sad, sad news. Customizing would not be as we know it if it weren’t for George. A more obliging and interesting fellow you will not come across. R.I.P. Mr. Kustom…

    Dave


  4. Wow, I am in shock right now.
    Several years ago George attended our club meeting (Burbank Road Kings) and gave a wonderful account of how life for the custom car guy was back in “the day”. As luck would have it, he sat next to me and I had a chance to talk to him one on one. He was very accommodating and signed some stuff for me and many other club members after the meeting.
    I feel for his family and all the custom car addicts around the world. We truly have lost one of the great ones who shares our love for custom cars.

    Clay


  5. George and Sam lit the torch. The flame burns eternal. Tender mercies.


  6. R.I.P. George …. My condolences to the Barris family.


  7. The King of Kustoms is dead , Rest in peace , my condolences to the family !
    George Barris has influenced and inspired me with incredible craft , ingenuity and legacy of Kustom Kar design , the flame will live on in all of us !
    Wolf


  8. Very sad day. We are certainly starting to see the end of an era and it is sad to see all these great men pass. RIP George!


  9. Geroge Barris you are every thing I admire , every thing I look up too , you guided me to follow my passion you were Harry Westergard’s apprentice you learnt from the best to become the best…….

    Every time I swing my hammer and bump my dolly and hear that sound only a car guy could love , I will remember who filled my soul with passion and you are the reason I love KUSTOM Cars…………..!!!

    LONG LIFE TO YOU GEORGE BARRIS FOR THERES NO OTHER
    WHO COULD TAKE YOUR PLACE
    THERE WILL NEVER BE ANOTHER…………….

    KUSTOMLAND SALINAS C.A



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