An amazing and rare color slide of Johnny Zaro’s 1941 Ford, taken at set up day at one of the early 1950’s custom car shows.
Color photos from the early 1950’s custom car scene are pretty rare. So when we come across one our heart is starting to pump a little faster. And this color slide is even nicer since it was most likely taken at set up day at one of the early 1950’s indoor car shows. Usually photos were taken at the show it self, or if the photographer was lucky before the show opened to the public. But rarely we see the owners getting their cars ready for the show, especially in color.
In the photo we can see on the right side a young George Barris polishing the bumper guard. Leaning on the drivers front fender is Jack Stewart, and polishing the hood is possibly Johnny Zaro himself. But its a bit hard to see with the quality of the scan of the slide. We have no idea who the guy on the far left is. If you recognize him, please let us know.
We are not really sure where this amazing slide was taken, possibly at the Oakland Roadster show in 1951, but it could also have been at and Los Angeles show. We are still trying to figure out more about the photo. And we are also trying to get a little better scan of this great slide.
We have tried to adjust the colors on the original scan a little. But the low res quality makes it hard to do. Hopefully in the near future we will have access to the original slide and be able to get a better scan.
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