One of the koolest things about heading down this hot rod/kustom kar photography road has been the people that I’ve met and become friends with. Saturday I got to hang with 3 of these great guys AND I got to drive my 63 Galaxie a couple hundred miles, it was a truly great day!
A slight detour takes me over to McPherson to pick up some parts for a Stray Kat parts relay. Parts in hand I point the ol Galaxie south on the interstate to test out her new mpg with the AOD at highway speed. The next 2 hours were nice and almost smooth (still fighting a vibration issue in the car).
Upon arriving at Jeff’s Premier Body & Paint (620-441-0820) I see Jeff’s killer Stude Truck and Hot Rod sitting out front, here’s a shot of them with my Galaxie in front. I completely spaced off taking pics of Mick’s Merc that he and Krobe rolled up from Dewey in. Sorry Mick!
Here’s the Galaxie looking kinda homely around all of the kool kustom that happens at Premier.
Here’s a shot of Mick’s new tunes in his Merc.
Inside Jeff’s working on a few projects (always seems to be the case) including Roy’s 41 Ford
The new frame is looking good, so we rolled it outside for some photos.
That’s it for part 1, I’ll post up part 2 soon though. See ya at at a show.
First off, if you don’t know about Vintage Torque Fest, where have ya been? It’s only one of the coolest shows ever. and I mean like forever ever, it’s that cool, and it’s happening April 29-30, 2011!
The schedule is chock full of kickass goodness. The Maquoketa, IA show kicks off Friday at noon, then at 3pm there’s a cruise over to Maquoketa Caves. At 4:45pm the bands start up, and it’s a great list of bands! Add is some good old fashioned dirt track racing and a drive-in movie and now there’s just too much coolness for one night to contain. Click the first sentence of this paragraph to see the full rundown of the weekend’s schedule.
There’s so much that kicks so much butt about this show that it’s hard for me to describe it. The show goes to benefit a great cause, Helping Hannah’s Heart. The guy that puts it on is a buddy of mine and an all around fantastic dude. The cars that showed up to the first VTF last year were great. Getting cars out on a dirt track is wicked cool. Loud rock n roll music…enough said! Drive in movies, tons of great folks… I could just go on and on. Oh and don’t forget Wayne Hancock is performing!
Instead, here’s some pics from last year’s show. Click on any photo to go to the gallery and see the entire 555 photo set. Remember every picture that you buy as a print or download helps me get to another show and provide more coverage for you!
First off, thanks to Jay and his family for hosting this every year, this was my 2nd time attending and I had an absolute blast. A trip under the hood of my Galaxie lead to me not taking her on Saturday so I not only had to slum it in my daily but I missed the breakfast and Eisenhower Museum.
After hanging out with some folk in the parking lot as they came out of the museum we headed out to Jay’s for some delicious BBQ and hanging out with some of the H.A.M.B. bretheren. I wasn’t the only one slumming in a daily ride so I didn’t feel so bad. The food was great, the conversations were both entertaining and educational, I tried to keep my trap shut and just listen to the more vintage amongst the group, there’s always something new to be learned.
Anyways enough of my jabbering, you folks want to see pics more than read my long winded stories…
Duane checking out Jay’s Speedster
The Coupe was hanging out in the garage, something about milkshakes…
Jeff made me feel bad for having a Honda for my daily (hey it was cheap)
Just in case we forgot where we were, Jay had a sign to remind us
Here’s the bike that came with Kerry and left with Nate
Then it was off to Kuntz’s Drive In for some ice cream 🙂
Then back to Jay’s for some more hanging out and some movies on the barn.
See the full 1423 image gallery here, or click on any of the photos in the story.
For a couple of years I’d heard of the Lonestar Roundup in Austin, it always sounded like a great time, so this year I figured why not check it out? Damn I’m glad that I did! A bunch of my hotrod/kustom friends were going from all over the U.S. this was shaping up to be a great time….it was!
I finally got rolling out of central KS around 1pm on Thursday, figuring that leaving after the day job would get me in at 3:45am again, I took a half day of vacation. What a difference it made, I was comfy in my hotel room at 10:30, well until I checked facebook and see that some of the usual suspects were on Congress Street already. A few minutes later I had the late model parked on a side street (so nobody saw me get out of a Honda) and I was hanging out at the Continental Club with my buddies from Dewey, OK. Mickey and the crew had made the trip down early just so that they could catch Southern Culture On The Skids at the midnight show, great idea! Upstairs was another band and some friends from Omaha were up there, out in the street were hotrods and customs mixed in with the late model cars, the world was pretty chill and that was a good thing.
You know you’re at the right joint when you’re listening to a great band like Southern Culture and you look up and see Mercury Charlie and Gene Winfield standing a couple of feet away. What a strange dichotomy my life is to go from my KS desk job to 12 hours later being surrounded with cool people at a killer show in the heart of Austin.
Friday morning I met up with a ton of H.A.M.B.’ers for the Friday Garage Crawl. I heard people throwing around numbers of 100 folks on the crawl. I didn’t count, but that’s sure a feasible number, there were a ton of people! I skipped a stop to get ahead of the crowd and was rewarded with some extra time to talk to some of the Donut Gang and check out their rides.
After a couple more stops on the Garage Crawl it was off to the show for me. The folks with cool cars were stopping at a children’s hospital but I figured a stock Accord wouldn’t brighten anyone’s day so I skipped it.
I arrived to what was already a busy show, the parking lot was pretty full, the show looked like it had a great selection of hot rods & kustoms, I was like a kid on Christmas morning! The vendor area was packed with cool people selling cool stuff, I bought some shirts for Dad, my nephews and myself. Armed with an empty memory card I set out in search of some pictures, and I found some. Over 1400 shots made it into the coverage gallery, maybe a bit excessive but everywhere I looked I found something I wanted to capture.
The rest of the weekend went pretty much the same, killer cars, awesome people and some fantastic live music. Saturday night I got to catch some of Jimmie Vaughan’s set at the show and then headed to Doc’s on Congress to watch Pushrod perform. The crowd on Congress was amazing, the locals have caught on to this cool event and almost make it not worth it to try to move around on the street….almost. I regrettably missed the Jesse Dayton performance Saturday night and had to bail on the weekend before Mercury Charlie’s party on Sunday. That was a real bummer as Junior Brown was the first performer on the schedule for Sunday.
The Kontinentals put on a great show in the Lonestar Roundup, my first trip to LSR will not be my last! For anyone making the trip from the north I highly recommend getting off of I35 in the south part of Oklahoma and taking Highway 77, the drive through the Turner Falls area is well worth the extra time it’ll take. A great road trip home to end my first Lonestar Roundup trip was the perfect finishing touch.
Earlier this year it was suggested that I make this whole Royboy Productions thing about more than just the cars. I mean, I love the cars, but there’s more interesting stories in the car owners, artists, car show promoters, bands etc that need to be told. So the idea was hatched to use this blog to tell some of those stories. Rather than mangle someone else’s story this first feature will be about me, I’m my own guinea pig. In future articles I’ll cover a few of my hotrod/kustom friends so use the RSS feed to stay up to date on the newest stories and show coverage.
My name is Travis, I like to take pictures….
What the hell is a Royboy Productions why not just call yourself Travis??? Because I like to be difficult, I guess. The name comes from a time when I was doing audio engineering in the studio and live. I was planning on starting a business that specialized in live recordings. Figuring that nobody else would have used “royboy” as a name for their business, I ran with it, a few months later I built a website to advertise the business.
Just for fun I added the photos that I’d been taking at car shows to the site, and I quickly saw that those pictures got a ton more attention than my recording services. Figuring why not use that to an advantage, the idea of a custom car calendar was born, put the website on it and people will see the url every day of the year! Give all of the proceeds to a charity and give yourself a good feeling…. Hey this could be cool (kool as straykatkustoms would say). Slowly website morphed into what it is now, over 14,000 car show photos all 100% free to view. It’s has been fun, and although I haven’t had studio time besides the annual Bluesmasters At The Crossroads event in a couple of years, I haven’t regretted a bit of this current adventure. See a small gallery of the 2010 Bluesmasters here.
Publisher, we don’t need no stinking publisher!
In 2008 I created the first Royboy Productions Calendar For Charity, with 100% of the proceeds going to Victory Junction Gang Camp for Kids. Looking at the traditional calendar I thought why do we have to do it the way that everyone else does? Why not have 2 photos, with the calendar superimposed above the bottom photo? I hope that this still sets my calendars apart, but they are a work in progress, since the 2010 Calendar they’ve all been printed and bound by me, to keep the overhead as low as possible to raise as much money as possible for the charities. It means 100’s of hours by the time it’s all said and done but the feeling you get when you can donate a bunch of money to a good cause makes it all worthwhile.
2009 brought about the idea of a photobook, like every aspiring photographer. A hardbound book was created, again self published/printed, that book covered 2006-2009. I never sold many of them, but that wasn’t the point, the point was making something. Again straying away from what I’d seen others do (whether that’s good or bad, eh I don’t know) and used a single image as the background for each page with some photos cropped to the shape of the cars, mostly experimenting for the fun of it.
People ask why I travel to all of the shows that I do, what drives me to do all of this basically for free? Passion. I have a passion for kool! Kool cars, music, people, there is something…. something often intangible that just makes me exclaim “kool!” I didn’t start this adventure with this end in mind, but it’s the path I am on now. I’m doing my best to document what the shows are like, so that people who miss them can feel like they are there, and the people that are there can look back and see what they might have missed. Maybe, just maybe in 50 years when people look back to see what we were building now, some of these photos will still be around for someone to exclaim “kool!”
2010 tripped the odometer at 7,500 miles traveling to car shows not including a flight to and from Vegas, 2011 looks to double that if gas prices allow. Hopefully I’ll be hitting 20-25 shows in 2011!
A while back my buddy Jack asked if I would come down and shoot some photos of his cars, good timing as I was just about to ask him if I could. So we decided we’d gather up his collection and take some photos next to an old barn near his house. He called up some of the other local hoodlums and had them bring their rides over too.
I had the pleasure of meeting Jack back in November when a couple of us met up at his house on our way down to the Stray Kat Cookout. I immediately had a new friend, as I’m sure just about anyone who meets Jack has the first time they meet him.
Anyways after putting in some time at the day job on the morning of March 12, 2011 I rushed down to the Wichita area to Jack’s place. When I showed up he had his collection out, plus a couple more cars that friends had brought over.
Thanks to Jack for setting up this shindig and for inviting some cool people, I had a blast and am ready for the next one!
There’s 385 shots total in the gallery now, click any of the shots to see the gallery.
Look for some feature articles starting soon, photos and words with/from some of the people in my corner of the hotrod/custom car world. Artists, videographers, car owners, show promoters and most importantly friends of mine.
The first one will be on me, so you know who’s behind all of this madness!
It’s rare that a 2nd year show has a big turnout in this area, lots of shows go years and years before building up a following. Not so with The Chill in the Wichita, KS area.
In it’s second year The Chill has gone from a very bike heavy show with some cars here and there to a really great car/bike show.
Held at the Kansas Pavillion in the Wichita suburb of Park City, KS this show had something for everyone. The first building you enter was all about bikes; from new Indians to stretched out rockets to old board track racers, every type of bike build you can imagine was on display.
Two other buildings on site were filled with cars with some nice surprises thrown in that I hadn’t seen at other shows in the area, there was even a new to me vendor selling custom coffins with one that was scaled down version of a kustom Merc. Going through the enclosed corridor from building #1 to #2, one of the first cars I saw was a bright yellow Ferrari, within a 100ft was an over the top “art car” with all manner of craziness bolted/welded on. Neither of those two are really in my wheelhouse so I cautiously made my way into building #2.
The caution was quickly replaced by a big smile when I ran into some old friends and some favorite familiar rides. The McGregor Boy Hot Rod Shop had a killer display setup with the hoodless moredoor Caddy, unibody Ford pickup, radical rat and some sick bikes. After geeking out over their twin engined Triumph drag bike, I made my way over to building #3.
Open the door and BANG there’s a face full of funny cars, Connie Kalitta’s Bounty Hunter Mustang and Jungle Jim’s fliptop Camaro were beautifully detailed and just plain cool to check out. Around the corner and it’s Ron Pinkston’s jaw dropping flamed out Merc with the killer paint extending into the engine compartment, and under the car. Suicide doors, front flip hood, frenched headlight, perfect chop, this car has all of the cool tricks.
The rest of the room was full of kool too, Zombie Speed Shop’s sweet International Pickup, Redhouse Custom Paint’s booth with a very cool hood mural being airbrushed, and a whole bunch of 1/4 milers made me walk in circles for the better part of the afternoon. I can’t wait to see what the 3rd installment of The Chill has in store for us.
Just got home from the Kansas City Carquest World of Wheels at Bartle Hall. I’m not in a very eloquent state of mind so don’t expect “On The Road” here 🙂
I met some new friends, hung out with some old ones and had a great time. Jack Walker’s Phoenix and Blue Danube are worth the ticket price alone. The Barris built 41 was fantastic as was a new-to-me coupe that I geeked out over and shot way too many pics.
Here’s a couple of crappy phone pics to hold you over until I get the full gallery uploaded on Sunday.
This weekend in Bartle Hall in Kansas City, MO is the 2011 Carquest World of Wheels show. It’s cold in KS this winter with over a foot of snow blanketing most of the state. Thankfully Bartle Hall is heated and will keep us from the elements. The show features an eclectic mix of rides from lowriders to imports, with a large portion of the building being devoted to the Ol’ Skool and traditional rod flavors. Muscle cars and 4×4’s are also on hand so there’s something for everyone to look at.
Here’s a look at last year’s show.
Enjoy last year’s shots and be on the lookout early next week for this year’s!
Those that know me in the real world know that the other overwhelming passion in my life has been music since I was a kid. About 11 years ago I started working at Blue Heaven Studios in Salina, KS on the side. Blue Heaven is a recording studio built into what was originally the First Christian Church in Salina. Check out the link above for more info on this beautiful studio.
Fast forward to today, I’m enjoying some Pandora radio at my desk at the day job, when a familiar voice starts playing in my ears. Both in 2009 and in 2010 we at Blue Heaven had the pleasure to record an Austin artist named Dan Dyer. Both times the sessions were captured Direct To Disk, meaning that we recorded him and his band, straight from the mics, through the console, mixed live and recorded onto the cutting lathe. In layman’s terms we’re making an actual record (there are a couple more steps but I’m trying to be brief!), this is different from the typical over-production that goes on in today’s music world. Gone are the artifacts of recording into one medium, overdubbing, editing, possibly mixing to another medium (going through the console again), etc etc etc, all of which add noise to the music, noise that takes away from the recording. Direct to Disk recording is not used very much, hasn’t been used much in the last 30 or so years, but we do it because it’s how to get the best, cleanest possible recordings.
This video is NOT from the Blue Heaven sessions but shows off some of Dyer’s amazing music.
If you go to Dyer’s bandcamp site you can buy the music as a download, paying what you want to pay, it can also be found on Amazon as well. Check out Dan Dyer, I think you’ll be glad that you did.
There are currently 13 of our D2D recordings available on the Acoustic Sounds website, most of them are blues based, if you have a turntable and want to hear the best possible sound quality, these are the way to get it!
In the 60’s there was a short time where Chicago area racers were racing indoors! Apparently this went down in the International Amphitheater in Chicago, the same place as the Democratic National Convention.
Have you seen the Royboy Productions Zazzle store? There are t-shirts, coffee mugs, mouse pads, etc. there featuring a few selected photos from the RBP photo collection. New designs will be coming soon!
Help me get to the next show by buying a shirt or a mouse pad, or by buying a photo from the RBP galleries! By July the RBP odometer for 2011 will be around 6000 miles, with gas prices going up I’ll need all the help that I can get!
Well the first show of my 2011 season in under my belt. I’m sitting in the parking lot of the Wichita Starbird show as i type this. The car count was down, the attendance seemed down, but the overall quality of the show felt way up.
I have a couple of cell phone teaser shots for ya, check back tomorrow at http://royboyproductions.smugmug.com for the full set.
Just in time for the forecasted higher gas prices, my 63 Galaxie is getting a beefed up AOD trans and adapter to mate it to my 390.
The trans and adapter are from Bendsten’s Transmissions, they were very helpful, shipped very fast and gave me a discount too.
The trans will go in next week as well as an updated stock type distributor, upgraded coil and plug wires. I’ll do a mpg test before and after, hopefully jumping my current average 12mpg to 17 or so based on what others have reported.
http://www.darrylstarbird.com/showtime.htmThe chill of winter notwithstanding, it’s about to get hot in Wichita. Jan. 14-15, 2011 will mark the 54th Annual Darryl Starbird’s Rod & Custom show in Wichita, KS at the Century II Convention Center. The show is limited to 400 entries and always draws a great stable. There is a $2000 “Go For The Gold” cash award to the best/most outstanding vehicle shown for the first time in Wichita, which should help bring out some new blood too. I’m looking forward to the new show season starting up, keep an eye here to keep up with all that is going on in the Royboy world.
Of course the first place I’ll send you for your Christmas shopping is to my site. You can buy Calendars (which all of the profits go to charity), or books featuring shows that I’ve shot over the last couple of years. New Car Show Pics Books are on the way soon, each one is hand numbered and limited edition, a great keepsake of each show.
After over 1200 miles round trip I’m home. Took over 450 shots but only using about 425 of them. The Hot Rod Revolution was a killer show, from the town to the venue to the amazing rides that showed up, just a great time all around!
So as I edit and upload the shots I’m listening to a little Social Distortion. Yeah that’s an amazon link, yes I get paid if you buy something after clicking on that, it costs me money to go to these shows and shoot these pictures to show you all for free (over $300 this trip plus 18+ hours on the road), so help me out by buying something!
The shots will be going up all night as they are huge but they are looking much better than the rough edits from the laptop. Check the shots out here.
If you like the kind of cars that this show featured, you should check out The Jalopy Journal, the owner of the site is the show promoter and this show was what the site is all about. Very cool rides built the traditional way.
Probably the coolest part of the day for me was looking behind me and seeing Jimmie Vaughan pulling in! That’s one way to make a cool show even cooler.
The first batch of the 450 total that were taken are up now, and they are roughly edited, but at least it’s a start!
The rest of the rough edits should go up tonight/tomorrow morning. The final edits will be up this week. All shots are available for purchase as download or print, just click on the slideshow to go to the Smugmug page.
Left my garage at 6:15pm and checked into my hotel at 3:35am. It’s foggy in Austin but should burn off soon. I imagine that the view from my room is more impressive when the pool is filled with beauties and the sun is hot and high in the sky.
The show starts in 5 minutes so it’s time to grub and hit the streets. Here’s a map to where we are in case you’re wondering where in Austin there would be such a cool show.
I’ll post some phone pics up here today from the show, but the real camera shots will have to wait until I get home.