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Kustoms Illustrated Award of Excellence 2015




The Kustoms Illustrated Magazine “Award of Excellence” is given out at selected custom car events across the United States. It is meant to honor and recognize the “best of the best” cars in the custom community.


Of course, this is not always easy as there are so many beautiful and well done customs at these high profile shows. When unable to make the pick personally, Luke Karosi typically has a well-known or involved member of the custom community make the pick on the magazine’s behalf. This award has become coveted and much anticipated by the entrants at these fine custom events.

At this year’s West Coast Kustom’s “Cruisin’ Nationals” show, Luke picked Wayne Bolon’s gorgeous 1952 Chevrolet Fleetline that he calls “Something Sweet.” Wayne’s Chevy is fresh on the scene and exudes that early traditional custom look that so many people strive for. His ’52 features many custom tricks such as, frenched headlights, 1956 Chevy rear wheel wells grafted in, Buick side trim, extra grille teeth and smooth body work covered by a stunning Lemon Drop Pearl and Cream paint job. Outstanding!




More recently, at the Custom Car Revival in Indianapolis, Indiana, Ron Hensley, on behalf of Kustoms Illustrated, picked Tom Culbertson’s radical chopped ’49 Ford coupe. Tom’s shoebox has been around a number of years and was built during the resurgence of custom cars back in the ‘80s. It is fresh out of 14 year storage and looks as good as ever!




Congratulations to both Wayne and Tom! Be sure and look for future Kustoms Illustrated “Award of Excellence” winners to be selected at “The Sit Down” in San Jose, California, on July 11th, 2015, Kustom Kemps of America’s “Lead Sled Spectacular” in Salina, Kansas, July 23-26th, 2015, “Lead East” in Parsipanny, New Jersey, Labor Day weekend, and “Customs by the Sea” in Wildwoods, New Jersey on October 3, 4th 2015.



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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