2015 Invasion! by Wide Whites Photography

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Thanks to Heath of Wide Whites Photography for covering the Invasion in Dallas last weekend!

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2015 Cheaterama by John Wells

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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I can’t be everywhere at once. So, lucky for me (and you) John Wells went to Cheaterama while I was at the H.A.M.B. Drags and he got some photos for us to enjoy. As you enjoy these photos remember that Iron Invasion October 3 in Woodstock IL is just 70 miles south of Milwaukee. You can find more info on Iron Invasion below.

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2015 Jalopy Jam Up

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Special weekend post from last week’s Jalopy Jam Up Frontier Ghost Town just outside of Durham, Ontario Canada. My good buddy Jeff Norwell is one of the folks behind the Jam Up and he sent me these photos to share with all of you.

The Jalopy Jam Up looks like a great time, it’s my kinda show, pre-64 traditionally styled cars are the feature of the show. I’ll let the photos that Jeff sent describe the show for you but if you want more information you can go to the official website here or the Facebook page here. I’m going to see if I can find a sponsor to get my butt up to Canada next year for it, I just hope that it doesn’t fall on the same weekend as the Hot Rod Hill Climb.

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2015 Miller Meet At The Milwaukee Mile by John Wells

Another event that John Wells attended this weekend was the 21st Annual Millers at Milwaukee Vintage Indy Car Event at the Milwaukee Mile. The event is for vintage race cars designed by Harry Miller, Mercer, Kurtis, Duesenberg, Alfa Romeo, and Bugatti to name a few.

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2015 Blue Ribbon Run By John Wells

This weekend while I was off galavanting in Colorado, John Wells went to the 2015 Blue Ribbon Run. Here are some photos from the event.

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2015 Texas Thaw Coverage by JD’s Collectibles

Once again I call on the help of a friend when I can’t be everywhere at once. This week JD from JD’s Collectibles was the lucky devil. He went to the 2015 Texas Thaw last week at the Northstar Dragway in Denton, TX and was kind enough to share his photos with me to share with you!

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2015 NSRA Southwestern Nationals : Coverage By Travis Miller

Unfortunately for  me, the weather didn’t work out for my trip down to Oklahoma City for the 2015 NSRA Southwestern Nationals. Lucky for me and you, Travis Miller of Two Tall Okie’s Signs And Such was there on Friday before the rain came and got some shots for everyone to enjoy. I did make it to OKC on Saturday but it was too late, the storms had hit town and there was nobody over at the show. So I went over to Shoebox Central to hang out with Chris there for a bit, I’ll share that story tomorrow and then on Wednesday share some photos of the progress that my buddy Jeff Myers is making on a killer 1957 Ford kustom that he’s building. Enjoy Travis Miller’s photos!

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Guest Post From Tin Lizzie Design : CARtoons Magazine – Comin’ at ya!

When I saw this post on Lizzie’s blog this week I just had to share it over here as well. Lucky for me Lizzie said it was cool. I was a huge fan of CARtoons when I was growing up, like most of you probably were as well. So enjoy the post, thanks Lizzie for letting me post your content here! Folks go over to Tin Lizzie Design and make sure you like her Facebook page and follow what she’s up to.

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Ask almost any kustom kulture artist these days who or what inspired them to draw they way they do, and you’re likely to hear it mentioned.  Packed full of work from George Trosley, Jim Willoughby, Russ Manning, Fred Boatman, Errol McCarthy, Shawn Kerri, and so many more, CARtoons Magazine combined all of the passion, dedication and constant learning involved in both art and building cars.  It tied them together, gave artists an outlet to show their work off to the hot rod community, and even now it continues to be a part of our culture.

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2015 Mama Tried By John Wells : 60 Photos of Awesome Bikes!

Obviously I (Royboy) can’t be everywhere all the time. So when John Wells of Vintage Torque said he was attending the 2015 Mama Tried show and asked if I wanted photos I said heck yeah! Thanks John for shooting the photos and sending them to me to share with everyone!

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2015 Milwaukee World Of Wheels Guest Post!

Awhile back I got an email from Christopher Stratman offering to help out with some coverage from the 2015 Milwaukee World of Wheels. Of course I’m always happy to show off another show in the midwest so I told him to shoot me some shots of the show and I’d gladly post them! I’m in Detroit for the Autorama this weekend, stay tuned tomorrow for photos from the Mama Tried bike show and then on Monday the Autorama coverage starts! All photos on this post by Christopher Stratman.

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Jonnie King Interviews Chuck Miller!

Time for another audio interview from Jonnie King! Jonnie is a long time broadcaster and kustom car fan and his site is a lot of fun featuring great audio interviews from all kinds of great folks in the kustom car world. He’s put together another post for us as a prep for this weekends Detroit Autorama. I’m actually traveling to Detroit right now so it was perfect timing to put up a new post from Jonnie!  Thanks for helping me out Jonnie! (to hear the interview, go to the bottom of this post and click the link to Jonnie’s site)
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Hi everybody !  Glad you could stop by Travis’ fantastic Site…cool cars, cool sounds, for sure ! This ya gotta give a listen to: 
    
YEP, IT’S DETROIT AUTORAMA TIME ONCE AGAIN !
March 6,7,8, 2015 are the dates, and, as usual, my friend CHUCK MILLER filled me in at our yearly Interview Session at the KKOA Lead Sled Spectacular in Salina, Kansas, on what he has planned for the Cavalcade Of Customs…PLUS, this year’s Special Display features a stunning, rare group of “Significant Corvettes of the Past” that you won’t want to miss !

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Carmen Lee Goes To The Symco Shakedown

From time to time when I cannot make it to a show I call on someone who could to bring you a look at the show. So I am in your shoes reading along wishing I was there too. So without further ado, I bring you the Symco Shakedown as seen by Carmen Lee

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Guest Post : 2014 Meltdown Drags

Guest Blog!
My buddy Dan Podobinski is a photographer based out of Indiana, he attends a lot of the same type of shows that I do.  Since I can’t be everywhere at once, Dan was nice enough to share some of his images from the 2014 Meltdown Drags with all of you through the blog here.  You may have seen some of his work recently in Car Kulture Deluxe Magazine, or on the HAMB. You need to go follow his page on Facebook here and buy some prints of his great photographs! And now on with the show!


 

In the five years since its first appearance, the Meltdown Drags has grown from a very small gathering of vintage drag race fans to an event of major proportions. This year drew over 500 race cars, some from as far as California, in addition to a nice little show ‘n shine area and a swap meet.

The organizers have managed to put together one hell of a show, at a cool old dragstrip…at a reasonable price. If you love vintage drag racing, the way it was in its heyday of the mid 60’s, then you absolutely must make plans to attend the 2015 Meltdown Drags in the quaint river town of Byron, Illinois. You will regret it if you don’t!

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Guest Post : The Curless 32 Ford : A Feature from Gears And Gals Magazine

From Gears And Gals Magazine:

Story by Donnie Adams – Pics by Steve Giangreco – Model is Maggie Mae

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Guest Post From Gears And Gals Magazine: So Fine Chevy

Royboy Note: From time to time you can find features on the site from my good friends at Gears And Gals MagazineGo here to see the review I did of Gears and Gals when I started subscribing.


 

In the Summer of 1959 at the Kansas City Drag Strip, a young eight year old boy eyes a bright red 1939 Chevy staging against its competitor.The snarling beast inches forward trying to unleash its wrath as the driver Bob Worley fights her back. The signal is given, the clutch releases and the red monster roars, breaking free from its confine! The slicks dig into the track! The front tires are sent into the air and are gaining altitude as the young boy intently stares on. With no desire of letting up, the red Chevy keeps digging in until she’s resting on her back bumper and light is shining under her rear slicks!

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Guest Post: Dan at Vintage Torque Fest

Guest Blog!
My buddy Dan Podobinski is a photographer based out of Indiana, he attends a lot of the same type of shows that I do.  Since I can’t be everywhere at once, Dan was nice enough to share some of his images from the 2014 Vintage Torque Fest with all of you through the blog here. Okay class now all together say “Thank You Dan!” You may have seen some of his work recently in Car Kulture Deluxe Magazine, or on the HAMB. You need to go follow his page on Facebook here and buy some prints of his great photographs!


 

When one thinks about hot beds of this lifestyle known as hot rodding, Dubuque, Iowa almost certainly does not come to mind.  However, this charming little city on the banks of the Mighty Mississippi has whole heartedly embraced Vintage Torque Fest and has truly made it a part of the city.  From the kickoff cruise night in historic downtown until the very last cars roll out of town and head for home, Dubuque has proven to be a great host.

The event, which benefits the Helping Hannah’s Heart foundation, attracted cars from all over the U.S.A. and even Canada!  Mother Nature was much more forgiving this year, serving up only a few random sprinkles on Friday and breaking out in full sunshine for Saturday, making for a jam packed scene.  The improved weather also allowed for plenty of action on the clay oval, with everything from vintage flat track motorcycles and sprints to everyday hot rods making hot laps to the delight of the throngs of spectators.  In between the action there was plenty to do and see.  Live music, a nice little swap meet, tons of great lifestyle vendors and last, but not least, the car show itself!

Mark your calendar for next year’s Vintage Torque Fest and do what you can to make it to Iowa and be a part of the action.  If you would like to learn more about the reason behind this event, visit www.HelpingHannahsHeart.com

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Guest Post: Quentin Brown At The SW MO Hot Rod Hundred

Usually I post a few days worth of coverage of an event from my camera, so when I was given the opportunity to post 2 days of coverage of the SW MO Hot Rod Hundred by two different people, I jumped at it! Thanks to Quentin Brown of artdirectorandhotrodder.com for these great photos of the Southwest Missouri Hot Rod Hundred!

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From Quentin’s site:

“Yesterday my father and I got out the roadster and attended the 1st Annual Hot Rod Hundred organized by Bret atStreetRodder.net and the CrossMembers Car Club that he is apart of.

I had attended the Route Scout for the Hot Rod Hundred with my co-worker Curtis Green back in October. The route we scouted took us up through Willard, the Stockton Lake area and a stop at the historic Rt.66 gas station in Spencer, Mo. We took the same route this time but ended the drive in Crane, Mo with a chili lunch that was provided by BenD and his family.

The whole Hot Rod Hundred event was an amazing time. I don’t think I would change one thing about the entire event. Overall we went 224.7 miles in the roadster and it ran like a sewing machine the entire way. ”

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This month’s prize is a DVD copy of “This Is Long Beach” TILB from Atomic Hot Rods,

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Guest Post: Cory McMahon at the SW MO Hot Rod Hundred

Last Friday I shared some photos from my buddy Cory McMahon from his trip to the Lonestar Roundup. Over the weekend he went on the Southwest Missouri version of the Hot Rod Hundred. I was bummed that I couldn’t go,  now that I see his photos I’m downright depressed! Cory has been gracious to share over 100 photos with us of his adventure on the Hot Rod Hundred. As a special bonus tomorrow we’ll have another look at the Hot Rod Hundred from another participant. Find Cory on Facebook here or on Instagram here.

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This past weekend was the southwest Missouri edition of the Hot Rod Hundred reliability run hosted by Bret Chrismer and the Crossmembers CC. This was the second of the 5 events held across the country and it was a huge success. Each event consists of the same idea, a 100-ish mile reliability run, yet each one is different.
The southwest Missouri run ended up being almost 150 miles. We started off leaving the legion hall in Springfield at 9 and made our way north to Lake Stockton for our first stop. Then we made our way around the lake and headed south. A couple stops later brought us to a section of old Route 66 for some awesome photo ops in front of a cool old gas station. We then got back on the highway and headed to Crane, MO, for chili and hot dogs. The event was fantastic and a huge success with over 70 cars in attendance from Iowa all the way down to Dallas. Big Ken from Dallas got the “Long Haul” award that I pinstriped up on one of Bret’s old Moon disc covers. Ken drove 1000 miles round trip in his 33 pickup. He’s awesome.
There’s still a few more Hot Rod Hundred’s you can attend this year. The north Texas and Oklahoma City run’s are on June 14 with the two runs meeting up for a joint picnic, and the St. Louis run is October 11. Do yourself a favor check out the Hot Rod Hundred on the H.A.M.B. and hit up one of these reliability runs if you’re in the area. They’re a blast. Congrats to Bret and the Crossmembers for hosting such a fine event.

Click on any of the photos to go see the entire gallery. Thanks for sharing your photos with us Cory! Folks to connect with Cory, the best place is to look him up on facebook here.

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This month’s prize is a DVD copy of “This Is Long Beach” TILB from Atomic Hot Rods,

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kkoa2013dvd 2 DVDs from Vintage Torque.

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Guest Post: Cory McMahon At The LSRU!

As if I didn’t post enough on the Lonestar Roundup last week… But Cory’s pics are just too cool to not share them with you! Cory took a fixed 35mm lens with a super low aperture which gave him the opportunity to get some fantastic photos from the weekend. While I was there to cover the show for you, Cory was there to just take some great photos, and he has done just that! Find Cory on Facebook here or on Instagram here.

Without any further ado, here are Cory’s awesome pics from the event. They are a reminder to me that I need to keep pushing my boundaries and pull my fixed lens back out of the bag every once in awhile! I’m experimenting with a new style of showing off photos here, CLICK ON THE IMAGE TO SEE IT FULL SIZE! If you are seeing this in your email go here to see the full post!

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Thank you Cory for sharing your images with all of us! Folks Cory is a very talented guy in not only photography, but sign painting, pinstriping, and just about everything I see him put his mind to and a truly good guy to hang out with. Follow him on social media linked at the top of the article and make sure you tell him how much you appreciate him sharing his work here.

See you at a show,

Royboy

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If you want to this blog in your email inbox each time the blog goes live, go on up to the top right hand corner of the website and enter your email address. The last day of each month I randomly pick 1 subscriber to win a prize package.

This month’s prize is a DVD copy of “This Is Long Beach” TILB from Atomic Hot Rods,

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kkoa2013dvd 2 DVDs from Vintage Torque.

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Guest Post: John Wells at the Donnie Smith Bike Show

Donnie Smith Bike Show has been going on for 27 years.  It is now an annual tradition – a staple to the people in the Minneapolis/St. Paul region.  It is typically a great time to see some new and old bikes as well as take advantage of the swap meet that takes place in the back hall.  This year something new was added…..

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There is a third level at the River Centre that was taken advantage of when the World of Wheels had their shows there a few years back, but this was the first time the Donnie Smith bike show took advantage of the upstairs level.  The added addition of the cars was a nice touch and will increase the spectator level in years to come.  It is always a great time to get out of the house, tell your buddies what you have (or haven’t) been doing in the garage, and see some rides.  Before you know it – we will be riding ourselves.

Seeya on the road.

John Wells

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Dragdaddy_April_Giveaway a print from artist Ben Dragdaddys and

kkoa2013dvd 2 DVDs from Vintage Torque.

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Guest Post: Matt Espy’s Ford by Steve Giangreco

**** Note: From time to time I want to feature pieces by some of my friends here. Last month I featured Gears And Gals Magazine (here), Steve Giangreco from Gears And Gals has been gracious to loan us this article for all of you out there. Enjoy!****

Matt Espy’s Ford

by Steve Giangreco

wespy I met Matt Espy one day while I was at Tallant’s hot rod shop. Dan Tallant thought I would want to see his car and he asked Matt to drive it into work.  Wow! I was so happy he did!

When I got to the shop, parked outside was this aggressive looking Model A Ford sitting low and mean.  I walked around the car just taking it in. Every detail of this car is right. There wasn’t anything I could pick out that I would have done different.

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The Model A was made available for sale to the public in December of 1927. It was the model that replaced the Model T. In the cars three year run, the Ford Motor Company produced over 3 million units. This made the Model A popular with hot rodders early on. They were lightweight, inexpensive, and plentiful. Over the decades not much has changed. The Ford Model A is still a favorite among hot rodders. While a Ford Model A hot rod is nothing new, they are not all created equal! Many things set them apart, build quality and aesthetics being the two most important. Some look good but can’t run, some run like hell but look like it too! Not Matt’s car. Matt’s car is right on in both categories.

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Matt told me that he bought the car at a swap meet in 2004. “I looked at it in the yard until 2008 until my boss Dan and I decided to start building it”, Matt said. They started by taking the car to Dan’s house and laying the body on the floor. They began to mock up the new frame they were going to build for it. He wanted it to sit as low as possible so airbags were a must. The motor and transmission were laid on the ground and they built the frame into the body. They only channeled it about an inch. Matt is 6’3” and needed all the headroom he could get.

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They used a 5″ dropped axle and some wishbones which they split from one of Dan’s old 48 Fords. A rear end out of a 55 Chevy was mounted with air ride technologies triangulated 4 link set up with bags. They made all the floors for the car and tranny tunnel. After that, the top was chopped 6 inches. It rolls on red steel wheels with wide white wall tires and cheater slicks in the rear. There are disc brakes up front for stopping power. The interior sports custom pin-striping , Moon gauges, and a Lokar shifter.

For the grille he wanted something that was a little different. He found one from a ’35 Ford on eBay that he liked. As soon as he got it, he cut about 8 inches off of the bottom and fabricated a new one out of round bar. He also made the hood and ornament from scratch.

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He frenched in 1959 Cadillac taillights in the rear and painted the car a Mercedes flat gray with silver scallops. Eric Campbell added the finishing touches by doing all the pin-striping.

All of this together makes for one bad ride. This is one Model A that does NOT get lost in the crowd.

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Guest Blog: Dan’s Hot Rod Photo goes to Vintage Torque Fest

Guest Blog! Dan’s Hot Rod Photo goes to Detroit!

Guest Blog!
My buddy Dan Podobinski is a photographer based out of Indiana, he attends a lot of the same type of shows that I do.  Since I can’t be everywhere at once, Dan was nice enough to share some of his images from the 2013 Vintage Torque Fest with all of you through the blog here. Okay class now all together say “Thank You Dan!” You may have seen some of his work recently in Car Kulture Deluxe Magazine, or on the HAMB. You need to go follow his page on Facebook here and buy some prints of his great photographs! And now on with the show!
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The modern “car show” has, in many ways, become stale.  The large, corporate run shows lack any real feel.  Power parking, lawn chairs and crybaby dolls have become the norm.

The independent, regional hot rod shows that have sprung up in the last decade or so turn that trend on its ear and Vintage Torque Fest is at the front of the pack.  Show creator and master promoter John Wells has managed to take what started as a vehicle to raise money for the charity organization that he and his wife Kim created (www.HelpingHannahsHeart.org) and turn it into a full blown festival of all things hot rod related.

There is more action packed into this two day event than one could ever expect to find at a large, corporate event.  Aside from hundreds of traditional hot rods and customs we find a near constant stream of live music from rockabilly, surf and garage bands.  There is, of course, the obligatory pinup contest, though this one is much classier than many I have seen.  Speed freaks can get their groove on watching vintage jalopies race around the dirt oval and hot rodders even have the opportunity to take their pride and joy out for a few hot laps. Unfortunately, heavy rains kept track action at bay this year save for a few folks who stuck around the day after the show to get some seat time.  This didn’t stop some guys however, as impromptu mini bike races sprung up on a far end of the fairgrounds, followed in short order by the big boys racing vintage flat track motorcycles around the makeshift circuit.  As I said, nonstop action!

The excitement reaches a fever pitch with the charity art auction.  Culture artists from around the world contribute themed pieces each year to be sold off to the highest bidder.  The work is stunning and is worthy of display in any gallery.  Besides the art in the auction, there are the numerous artists and vendors selling all types of hot rod and lifestyle merchandise.

If this sounds like it is right up your alley then I encourage you to first check out www.HelpingHannahsHeart.org  and see what this organization is all about.  Then, look up www.VintageTorqueFest.com and see what you are missing and, finally, make plans to be in Dubuque, Iowa this time next year and catch the nonstop action that is Vintage Torque Fest.

Guest Blog! Dan’s Hot Rod Photo goes to Detroit!

Guest Blog!
My buddy Dan Podobinski is a photographer based out of Indiana, he attends a lot of the same type of shows that I do.  Since I can’t be everywhere at once, Dan was nice enough to share some of his images from the 2013 Detroit Autorama with all of you through the blog here. Okay class now all together say “Thank You Dan!” You may have seen some of his work recently in Car Kulture Deluxe Magazine, or on the HAMB. You need to go follow his page on Facebook here and buy some prints of his great photographs! And now on with the show!
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’13 Detroit Autorama…
The Best of the Basement…

By Dan Podobinski

Detroit Autorama, the very words are enough to excite many a hot rodder, filling them with anticipation of what wondrous creations wait within the walls of Cobo Hall.  This is especially true when it comes to the Autorama Extreme, an area dedicated to traditionally styled hot rods and customs as well as the amazing art that is inspired by them.  It only seems appropriate that this part of the show is located in the lower level of Cobo Hall, away from the glitz and glamour of the indoor show circuit.  This is where the real, honest hot rods are.  Not that these cars are not nicely finished or held in high regard by their owners.  They are, but these cars are driven, often hard and without mercy.  With all of this in mind I present to you my very own “Best of the Basement” from the ’13 Detroit Autorama…

1. Larry Tucker’s 1934 Ford Pickup.  In typical Jason Graham style it is an exercise in extremes.  It’s delicate wire wheels and subtle brown paint stand in stark contrast to its 6-carbed, blown 454 Chevy.

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2. Brian Wisniewski’s 1950 Chevy coupe came from New Jersey to join the fray.  It’s fully dressed 6-cylinder , chrome reverse wheels and killer paint gave it the “look.”

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3. Gene Winfield’s old 1935 Ford shop truck, now beautifully restored and residing with Gary Hatfield in Canton, Texas is an obvious choice.

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4. Jim Richmond’s glorious tribute to the historic Pierson Bros. coupe is another obvious choice for inclusion on my list.

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5. Chad Folkema’s fantastic A coupe on ’32 rails has been a favorite of mine since I saw it in its unfinished state at the Relix Riot show a couple years back.  The flathead Lincoln V-12 and outstanding fit & finish make it a stunner.

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6. Dave Gray is the lucky owner of the newly finished “Chemical City Coupe” 1932 Ford five window.  With Buick Nailhead power and details galore, the Jokerr Fabrication built menace is pure evil on wheels.

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7. Everybody in the hobby knows the name George Poteet and his Bonneville inspired 3-window Ford is a thing of beauty…stance courtesy of the boys at the Rolling Bones shop.

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8. Jeff Watkin’s 1956 Buick Special is another looker.  The satin black is offset by the wild, 60’s style red flake with all kinds of neat tricks buried in it.

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9. Steve Gilmore’s 1963 Ford Unibody pickup is the kind of clean, simple daily driver we all dream of owning.

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10. Mark & Ryan Rogerson’s 1955 Chevy is as pure a 60’s style street bruiser as you will find.  A very stout, high winding small block backed by a Muncie 4-speed and a Pontiac rearend sporting 4:88 gears ensure that the stoplight to stoplight action will be a thrill!

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11. Kerry Sitar’s 331 Hemi powered A on ’32 rails is just mean, and that’s enough.

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12. My last pick, though not in the basement, would have fit right in.  This wild, 60’s show rod styled 1934 Ford 5-window coupe belongs to Beau Boeckmann of North Hills, California.   Take a moment to bask in what was the excess of 1960’s show rods!

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Thanks Dan! Folks remember to go over to Dan’s Hot Rod Photos and like the page to keep up to date with all that Dan is doing.

See you at a show,

Travis