In this installment of my Easter weekend spectacular we’ve moved on to Sunday. My uncle Paul (povertyflats) has a fun car and a couple of motorized bicycles and after dinner it was time for the real fun to begin.
In addition to the 41 Ford that’s undergoing some way kool work, there’s a VW Bug that’s being built for Jeff’s son, and McPhail’s 58 Apache truck that was referenced in the first post. Here’s some shots of the Apache.
Outside we assembled some of the koolest cars around, they all just happened to belong to Jeff 🙂 We needed to bring two of them back from the house so Mick (Straykatkustoms on the H.A.M.B.) drove Jeff’s way kool 57 Caddy. Now this car is one of the koolest kustoms ever so you can imagine Mick’s excitement/nervousness over the prospect of driving such a piece of art. God was smiling on him as he pulled the Cad into the Premier lot in one piece.
I’m not sure that Mick wanted to get out of the car though. Right about here I think the conversation was something like, “I can’t believe you let me drive your car!”
So now we have the 57 Caddy, 63 Galaxie, Stude Truck, Hot Rod and the 41 frame all set out front for some shots.
I think this picture is telling you to Stop at Premier Body & Paint (yes I’m a corny bastard I know).
Owning a 63 Galaxie myself I have a soft spot for them, but Jeff’s is just spot on fantastic.
Part 3 tomorrow
See you at a show,
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!
I headed out late morning for Arkansas City, KS to visit Jeff Myers at Premier Body & Paint, one of the 3 and one of the best kustomizers around. I’ve stopped by Jeff’s before, the first time on the way to Dewey, OK for the annual Stray Kat Kookout when I got to see a wonderful Shoebox chop that Jeff and Ian Berky had been working on. Here’s a link to the photos from that trip. And here is a link to the thread on the H.A.M.B. detailing the chop and work on the car. Then in February of this year Jeff was gracious enough to let me stop by again and check out the progress on McPhail’s killer Chevy Apache. Here’s the link to what I took that day and here is a thread on the H.A.M.B. about the truck build.
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!
Inside Jeff’s working on a few projects (always seems to be the case) including Roy’s 41 Ford
That’s it for part 1, I’ll post up part 2 soon though.
See ya at at a show.
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.
Then it was off to Kuntz’s Drive In for some ice cream 🙂
Jay made us a fire, it was getting chilly.
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.
See you at a show- Travis
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!
See you at a show,
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.
See you at a show,
Travis – Royboy Productions
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.
Finally here are some of my pictures!
Our first stop was at the McPherson College Auto Restoration Program
Here’s some of the crew hanging out with a historic old rod, who’s history escapes me right now (I’m getting old and forgetful).
See you at a show,
Photos from the 2010 Hot Rod Revolution in Austin, TX.
For more from this event go here