OUTDOOR CAR SHOWS 2
Part two in the series of Ina Mae Overman’s mid-late 1950’s outdoor car shows. More photos from the High-School sport-fields.
This is the second article in the out-door car show series of photos taken by Ina Mae Overman. Most of these photos Ina Mae took were taken before the public was allowed in the show. Which is nice so we can see the cars in the foreground and even in the back ground really well. We can see the car owners or sometimes even whole “teams” getting the cars in the best possible shape for the show. And make sure the owner returns home with yet another trophy. Most of these photos were taken at South Gate High School on Firestone Blvd. in South Gate. (thanks to Billie Kennish for identifying the location)
South Gate, CA 90280
Special thanks to Marry Ellen Marcy for providing the scans of her mothers slides.
Dick Gonzales from Long Beach brought his 1955 Studebaker mild custom to the show. The car has a 1954 Chevy grille set in a modified opening. The body was shaved and smoothed before it was painted Oldsmobile Rose Mist. The low stance looks great with the 1956 Chrysler hubcaps and white wall tires. Dick would later take his Studebaker to Larry Watson were it would get the famous candy yellow with white outline paint job. In the back ground on the left side we can see Kermit Hanson 1957 Buick with Larry Watson flames.
Ed Cousin 1932 Ford Pickup restyled by Dick’s Body Shop. Ed, dressed in all white cloth – typical for the era – smoking a cigarette in a long holder is cleaning the engine before the public is allowed to enter the high school sports field. The truck has a mild chop, 1937 DeSoto bumpers, and full paint detailed three bar custom hubcaps on wide white wall tires. The trophies in the front show it was very much liked. Ed Roth’s F-100 is parked behind the pick up.
Paul Richards 1950 Ford convertible was another mildy custom that was looking really great. The combination of modifications worked really well on this car. The scooped and frenched headlights, rounded hood corners, 1956 DeSoto grille and 1955 Buick side trim give the car a whole new feel. Paul used 1957 Chrysler Imperial components combined with 1953 Olds taillights to create a much more modern look at the back.
Scotty’s Muffler Service ’23 T roadster with the body taken off. Cub Barnett and his brother Bud drove the car. The team is working hard to get everything polished before the public is allowed on the field.(thanks to Curt Iseli for this info).
This wonderful sports car roadster was built by Dick Kraft with a body done by Art Ingles. The roadster had a state of the art truss-tubular chrome-moly frame contructed by Dick. The Barris Custom Shop did the paintwork on the Roadster. The wire wheel were created by cutting down four sets of Rudge wire wheels to 15 inches before they were chrome plated.
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