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October 14, 2014

1959 Car Show Movie

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Written by: Rik Hoving
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This 1959 Car Show and Lions Drags and Hill Climbs movie with amazing footage of some late 1950’s Customs and Hot Rods was recently shared on facebook


The video shows a lot of very interesting well known and not so well known Custom Cars and Hot Rods. A lot of Watson painted cars that we have seen before and some cars I had never seen before. There is a 1950 Ford Coupe with a Watson Outline paint job that I have seen in the Personal Photo Collection of Larry Watson, but only when this paint job had been sanded down for a new paint job. I had never seen anything from this car when it had Larry’s outline paint job finished. This is really great material. Then there is the later version of the Dave Bugarin Mercury with the quad headlights, and Dave Cunningham’s sectioned 1940 Ford with the front end changes in fresh primer. There so are many neat cars in the footage, and even in the back ground. Possibly the Car show footage was recorded at the South Gate Car show on Tweedy Blvd.

The drag race and hill climb footage is very neat as well.

I will be adding some more info to this article in the near future. Until then, enjoy the movie shared by Bob Goggle on Youtube.

Sadly there is no sound with the movie.






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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)



  1. awesome , lions in the early days whan it opend, cut outs if i remember right were out of long beach ca, was an awesome car club there club allways wore white shirts an white pants looked real neat back then, the hill climb i think was the one on beach blvd an rosecranse that lasted for a long time ieverybody having a lot of fun there right on the outskirs of buena park ca,

  2. Lions Drag Srip was in Wilmington, CA the city next over from San Pedro, Ca. Going to Lion was just a thing all of us did in the day. You can still see where Lions is in Wilmington a well remember glost. the Dave Bugarin Merc was from San Pedro too. Great stuff Rik.

  3. the paneled shoebox is very nice !

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