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Customs By The Sea California




TROG (the Race of Gentlemen) is coming to the West Coast! The Customs by the Sea event is tagging along.

In early 2016 it was decided that the very popular Race of Gentlemen TROG event, would now also be held on the Westcoast. The Custom By the Sea event that is organized along side this event is tagging along and will now also be held in Sunny California, Pismo to be precise. This Custom Car event, organized by Kustomrama, will be something all historic Custom Car enthusiast will be looking forward to. The event will be organized to accept only Custom cars that could have been created pre 1952 Customs. Back in time with traditional styled customs cars, back to the beginning in California where it all begun.


The rules are the same as the last Customs by the sea organized in 2015! Early Customs Only! Pre 1952 Custom Cars. Pre 1952 Style. No visible parts after 1952! The Wildwood event will still also take place and will be be held in June, and the Pismo, California event will be held in October! More info and details about the event will be available at the Customs by the Sea Website.


Customs by the Sea is a traditional custom car show presented in cooperation with the Oilers car club, during the Race of Gentlemen, the Customs by the Sea is a celebration of the early custom car.


The rules are simple. Customs by the Sea is open for pre 1952 custom cars, restyled in a pre 1952 style. No parts newer than 1952. We have a limited number of spaces available so you have to pre-register if you want to be a part of the gathering. If you want to register your vehicle for the show, visit the Customs by the Sea website.


  • The 3rd annual Customs by the Sea – East will be held June 4-5, 2016 in Wildwood, New Jersey.
  • The 1st Customs by the Sea West be held October 14-15, 2016 in Pismo, California.

Visit for more information about the race, full schedule, driving directions and more.


The show organizers are looking for any traditional custom cars that use visible parts up to 1952. The rules are strict, and no exceptions are made to make sure this will be an event that looks and feels like it could have been held in 1952. We at the Custom Car Chronicle are really looking forward to see this show take place in California, the place where it all begun. Hopefully the show will feature many new period styled as well as original vintage restored and non restored Customs.


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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)

4 thoughts on “Customs By The Sea California

  • Awesome …!! I’ve always wanted to go to this event.. Hope I can make it….! Pismo is a great choice to have this event . Because Morro bay is right there also. Pismo , Morrow Bay , Lompoke, San Luis Obispo what a great place to hang out…!!!

  • Great to see this show expanding but it kind of throws a monkey wrench into my plans.
    My custom was pre – registered for the Jersey show that was originally planned for Oct. I don’t think that I will have it done by June though.
    Maybe a road trip to the west coast is in order…

  • Why 1952 as a cut-off year for styling? There are a lot of great ideas that came about as late as 1954 that would still carry the early ’50s kustom look…1955 and later is when things really shifted toward paint jobs and different restyling ideas. It’s wonderful to see the show reach the west coast and I am excited to see what Sondre and Olav have in store…but perhaps opening the horizons to a little bit later than 1952 would allow for more great cars.

  • gause that leaves a lot of us out and i mean lots of us, but its ok no problem they do there thing we do ours,

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