’56 Sacramento Autorama SHOW PHOTOS
Jim Roten from Chico California took a lot of photos of the custom car around him in the mid 1950’s. He also brought his camera to the 1956 Sacramento Autorama show and took dozens of snapshots at Set Up Day.
Jim Roten worked for Riley Collins Body Shop in Chico, California. He owned a wonderful mild 1952 Ford convertible custom, which we will highlight in a separate article in the near future. This car was also the work of his friend Riley Collins. We are very fortunately that Jim loved to take photos. And took many photos of the cars that were created in Riley’s shop, the cars his friends owned. And like we can see in this article the cars he photographed at some of the car shows he visited back in the mid 1950’s. This two part article will cover the photos Jim took at the 1956 Sacramento Autorama Show. Mostly Custom Cars, but Jim also took some photos of the Hot Rods he liked.
So, sit back and enjoy the show!
[box_light]Check out part two of the Jim Roten 1956 Sacramento Autorama Show article.[/box_light]
Ed Rincon’s 1951 Mercury started by Harry Westergard and finished by Dick Bertolucci. On the left we can see another Westergard custom. Most likely Butler Rugard’s 1946 Chevy. The cars are being polished and prepared for the show during Set Up Day.
Chuck DeWitt’s Barris-built shoebox convertible. Interesting to see it in two tone, with white below the side trim. 1953 Cadillac hubcaps have replaced the wire wheel hubcaps the car used in its original version.
[box_light]More on the Jim Roten Collection can be seen in the other articles we have created on the Custom Car Chronicle.
Check out part two of the Jim Roten 1956 Sacramento Autorama Show article.[/box_light]
More info and resources
- The Oakland Roadster Show, Book by Andy Southard, Jr and Dain Gingerelli
- Hot Rods of the 1950s, Book by Andy Southard, Jr
Contact Rob Radcliffe at King Kustoms for more info on these T-Shirts Email Rob