2015 Stray Kat Feed Part 1

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November 14, 2015 was a bit later than we normally got together for the Stray Kat Feed but it worked out pretty darn good. Adding to the hot dogs and chili and tons of great desserts that are on tap for the feed each year, this year TwoTall added a swap meet. Lots to do in the two blocks of Dewey, OK where the Feed is held. Enjoy the photos.

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2014 Stray Kat 500 Part 7

Final post!

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2014 Stray Kat 500 Part 6

Starting with some more of the pinup contest…

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After the Pinup contest it was time to surprise Dragdaddy with his truck. TwoTall had “borrowed” Dragdaddy’s truck about a year ago and taken it from a rusty pile of steel that was once a truck into a running driving machine. With a S10 frame, V8, and a bunch of other donated goodies, it was a whole new beast. (if the video below doesn’t appear, click here to see it.)


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2014 Stray Kat 500 Part 5

Saturday was a busy day, between over 600 cars, a pinup contest, a wedding and some special events throughout the afternoon.

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2014 Stray Kat 500 Part 4

Saturday was a busy day, between over 600 cars, a pinup contest, a wedding and some special events throughout the afternoon.

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2014 Stray Kat 500 Part 3

Continuing with the Saturday photos!

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2014 Stray Kat 500 Part 2

The photos from Saturday start here:

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2014 Stray Kat 500 Part 1

Thursday evening we rolled Southeast from the Salina, KS area headed for Bartlesville, OK. Our goal was to get to town for the Stray Kat 500! A couple of hours later I led the 3 car caravan into our hotel, some dinner and chatting with friends and it was time to crash out.

Friday Morning we went to the host hotel to check in and gather up for a cruise about 60 miles east over to Darryl Starbird’s Rod & Custom Museum near Afton, OK. Here are some photo the day.

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Fast AL’s Upholstery Shop Visit 2-3-13

I stopped by Aaron Lawrence’s Fast AL’s Upholstery in Dewey, OK for a visit on Sunday. Aaron is a fellow Stray Kat Kustoms brother & he’s doing some amazing upholstery work.

Aaron is working brother Jack’s 1951 Ford Tudor Sedan Kustom right now. Most of the work on the build was done by Jack himself, but Chris Carlson and crew at Chaotic Customs have done a boatload of work on this very kool kustom.

Fast AL’s next project is waiting it’s turn.




Lots of kool on the walls of Fast AL’s Upholstery

If you need kustom upholstery, Fast AL’s number is in the first photo, give Aaron a call and tell him Royboy sent ya!

See you at a show,

Travis

Last chance for the 2013 Calendar For Charity!

The 2013 Calendar for Charity has been a big success!

This is the first year that the calendars were professionally printed, a big investment up front but luckily the paper was donated this year so that printing was only major expense in getting the calendars off the ground. As last year these calendars are printed in the ginormous 11×17 size and each and every month features 2 kool car photos! Order at royboyproductions.com!

This year 6 copies were available (click on the thumbnails to see the entire calendar):
The Trucks, Hot Rods, and Kustom editions all were sold to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project.

The 3 Show specific editions went to individual causes.
The Stray Kat Kustoms Edition benefitted the Red Cross, as Mr. Stray Kat Kustoms himself (Mickey) said, they were here to help when we had a tornado, and they’re still there help folks like Joplin last year. For info on the Stray Kat Kustoms shows go to straykatkustoms.com  Order at royboyproductions.com!

The Greaserama Edition went to benefit the Punk Rod Todd Memorial Fund. The world suffered a loss last year when Todd passed, his vision and drive helped focus the Greaserama into the kool kulture event that it is today and he was one of the good guys. Thanks again for being a great guy Todd, we all miss ya, even those of us that barely knew ya. For info on the Greaserama go to greaserama.com Order at royboyproductions.com!

The Hannahs Heart Edition went to benefit the Helping Hannah’s Heart Foundation. Please take a minute and go check out this great cause. Hannah’s daddy John is a good friend and I’m glad to be able to do a very small part of helping out. Support Vintage Torque DVD’s, Torque Fest and Iron Invasion! Order at royboyproductions.com!

 

Total money raised this year for all 6 calendars has been over $1,100.00 so far! With less than a week left there are still 27 copies left. The Hannah’s Heart and the Stray Kat Kustoms editions are sold out but there are handfull left of the Greaserama, Kustoms, and Trucks Editions. As of the time of this writing there are only 2 copies of the Hot Rod Edition left!

To order go to royboyproductions.com These will pulled from sales on February 1, so if you want one, order today!!!

See you at a show,

Travis

Starbird-Devlin 2013 Coverage Part 3

Part 3!

 

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Mickey’s Merc

Johnny Hammann’s beautiful 58 Chevrolet again… I love it, so I will keep posting photos of it.

Clint Rowe pulling some lines to outline my new paint by Jeff Myers.
Clint Rowe striping the new Jeff Myers paint job on my Galaxie 500

Clint Rowe striping the new Jeff Myers paint job on my Galaxie 500

Corey Conyers is the man responsible for the insanely kool aluminum body on this slingshot dragster.

Kustom City

Check out issue #57 of Car Kulture Deluxe for a feature article on The Toad.

Rocky Burris’ Too Kool pickup

Vibrasonic!

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4

See you at a show,

Travis

Starbird-Devlin 2013 Coverage Part 2

Part 2!

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Another shot of the gorgeous 40 Chevrolet built by Big Creek Restorations in Ellis, Kansas.

Ridler winner

I don’t know that I’ve seen this truck before but I dig it.

John  Sinfellow’s 55 Barn Find Gasser.

Not my normal style wheel/tire combo but looks good on this El Camino

Big Fat Lip

That’s it for Part 2, part 3 tomorrow morning!

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See you at a show

Travis

2013 Starbird-Devlin Coverage Part 1

The 2013 Starbird-Devlin show is in the books!
Here are some of my favorite photos from the weekend. Thanks again to my kustom family for allowing my Galaxie to park with so many historic and beautiful rides.

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Johnny Hammann’s tried and true 58 Chevy Impala. It’s been basically unchanged since Jan. 1976.
Johnny Hammann's tried and true 58 Chevy Impala. It's been basically unchanged since Jan. 1976.

Mickey’s Merc (he washed it!) Once a 4 door, now a 2 door with a ton more kustom touches.

Distant cousins?

You don’t see these every day, and you don’t see many cars this clean and straight ever.

One of my favorite Mercs ever.

Mike’s 60 Olds fresh from a remodel… gorgeous!

Nice collection!

40 Chevy built by Big Creek Restoration with a band on stage behind it Friday evening.

The Big T

Corey Conyers is restoring a beautiful slingshot. I say it would almost be a shame to paint this body.

Larry James of Flyin Eye Kreations has been working hard to finish up his old Nova in new form

Rob Parker has been working on this Chevy Bobber Pickup Roadster for a few years, it’s pretty interesting to see all of the details that have gone into it.

That’s it for this time, click any of those photos to go to the entire gallery.

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See you at a show!

Travis

A Chance Encounter

September 2009
I was barely out of a 3 year long battle to get out of debt, in fact I was a week out of it. Still I didn’t have much money as the last of my dollars and cents went to pay off the last debt I’d had, but I knew there was a show that looked to be kool happening in Wichita. The Stray Kat Kustoms Starliner show is always the weekend after Labor Day. So that morning I had to decide if I could make it until the end of the month if I spent gas money driving to this show. I had been to the Stray Kat Kustoms Rocket show in Fort Scott, KS early in the year and I loved the cars that I’d seen, and I’d always wanted to go to the Stray Kat 500 but hadn’t made it yet.

Of course I went. Of course. I almost always go when there’s a chance to see some kool rides. Determined to go on the cheap I stopped along the way at a BBQ contest that some friends were competing in, free food! SCORE! So after a free beer or two and an insane amount of amazing BBQ, I headed to the Starliner show. What I found was a great collection of kool kustoms and hotrods parked amongst a bunch of retired aircraft.

 

 

So I took a lot of photos! Obviously a kool environment for a show. At this time I knew barely anyone in the crowd and unsure of the way this social circle worked, I slipped in, shot photos and split. I had no idea how many great people that I was missing out on being friends with. Total shyness won out.

April 2010
Early in 2010 I decided to head out to Viva Las Vegas. This is the only show that I’ve really attended outside of the midwest-ish area. So on April 1, 2010 I find myself sitting in Wichita’s Mid-Continent Airport waiting for a flight that was running late.

I grabbed the latest issue of Ol Skool Rodz out of my travel bag and started catching up on some reading, pretty heady reading! When I put the magazine down to grab a drink a kind lady across from me asked if I was into hot rods.

“Yes maam!”

“Are you going to Vegas for the car show?” How did she know about this car show, the target demo for VLV for sure wasn’t this lady. I nodded, full of curiousity.

“Us too!” It was then that I realized that the rest of her party were paying full attention. Were they sizing me up wondering who I was just as I was them? I think so.

Her husband and his white bearded friend talked to me a bit about cars and where I was from and “oh I was stationed in Salina back in the old days.” I found it like most conversations with old car guys, pretty damned interesting.

Before we knew it, the plane was pulling up to the gate and it was time for us to go. I was pretty happy to have met some kool old car folk (folks into old cars, not old and into cars), but the big picture was I was heading out to Vegas for a couple of shows!

Viva Las Vegas was an eye opening experience. I had never been to a show that was as much about a lifestyle as it was about the cars. It could be argued that it was less about the cars that year, I didn’t care, there was a parking lot full of kool iron and some beautiful women walking around. I did see my new friends there but only briefly and from a distance. I figured Wichita isn’t that big of a place, I’m bound to see them at a show sooner or later. Little did I know that I had already been shooting photos of their cars at shows for 4 years… remember that shy part earlier?

Another stranger then, friend now, Big Rich’s Caddy!
No dude I don’t know you, you were just a casualty of an opportunistic photographer.
Gambino’s F-You 54!
You get the idea, plenty of kool rides, and as you can tell a whole lot of people!
Okay, one more I couldn’t help myself.

On the Monday after the show, I find myself waiting at the Vegas airport waiting again for a late plane. As luck would have it, a few rows away I saw my new Wichita friends. I picked up my bags and went over after we made eye contact and they waved.

We talked about the show, it wasn’t what any of us were expecting. We talked about a lot of things, and honestly I don’t remember it all, but as the conversation went on I realized that these 2 men and their wives were not just your run of the mill car folk, they had been there, done that, and had been doing it for a very very long time.

Finally I got up the nerve to mention wanting to become a professional custom car and hot rod photographer, and that I was going to all of these shows to practice shooting in the worst environments I could so that I could learn as much as possible… yadda yadda. Oh, and here’s a book I  made…

The next 45 minutes the two men went through the book with their wives looking over their outside shoulders, turning the book around every page or so to point at a car and tell me who it belonged to, or a story about the car or a story about one like it. Never has any institution of higher learning taught so much as these folks were teaching me as we waited for a delayed plane. The loved the book, we all knew the work wasn’t stellar but they loved that I was taking the time to document them and their friends’ passion, and they heartily encouraged me to keep it up. We exchanged phone numbers when the announcement was made that the plane had arrived. I was going to take them up on the offer to come visit and listen to more stories.

May 2010
The first weekend of each May is the Stray Kat 500 in Dewey, OK. This was to be my first trip, my new friends were going to be there and I had been wanting to go for a couple of years. I knew of a few key folks due to the H.A.M.B. so this already had the makings of a bit of a different show for me instead of just shooting pics and splitting, I had people to talk to.

Somewhere in here I had the idea to produce some small books that were kind of like the little paged magazines of yesteryear. Each one was 60 pages and featured 1 show. I had created a few of them, designed them, filled them with images, printed them, bound them, the whole shebang. The entrepreneur in me decided that I was going to make money selling these books, the hardback that my friends and I had shared in the airport, and a few other items. I didn’t factor in that if I was sitting in a booth selling items then I couldn’t be out there shooting photos to make more of them! Thanks to my Dad and my Uncle Tom for booth sitting for me that day so I could take photos.

My first car show booth.

 
Don’s Beautiful Buick

As it would turn out my new friends had a lot of friends at the 500 that day. They came over and bought just about everything my meager booth had to sell. The came to talk to me, they sent their friends, they introduced me to tons of people and made sure people knew that I was to be supported, I was the only one paying attention to the passion of building kool kustoms and hotrods enough to not only take photos and put them online for the world to see but to make books and such from them. Monetarily this was a good weekend, the only good weekend I ever had with that meager booth. But relationally, it was a gold mine.

Hub & Gloria Harness and Steve & Carol Albers, thank you. Thank you for encouraging me when I wasn’t very good (I say that I’ve not improved much to this day), and for instantly welcoming me into your kustom family. When I still thought that this was about trying to make money with my passion for kool cars I was getting very discouraged. I was ready to quit. It was your welcoming smiles, your friendship, your generosity of time that made me realize that the treasure in this adventure would never live in my wallet but always in my heart. The friends that I’ve met since meeting the four of you have been amongst the greatest people I’ve ever been lucky enough to be around.

Stray Kat Starliner at the Kansas Aviation Museum
Stray Kat Starliner at the Kansas Aviation Museum
Hub & Gloria’s beautiful Buick Cinnamon

Stray Kat Starliner at the Kansas Aviation Museum
Steve & Carol’s 40 Ford with 250,000 miles on “this drivetrain” and a custom hand built trailer behind it so that Carol would travel with Steve out to Santa Maria, California instead of flying.

The point of this whole story is simple. Kustom folks are some of the best people on earth. Find some, make friends and if you’re lucky… the true riches of your life will multiply.

See you at a show,

Travis

New Kustom Paint, Old Kustom Flavor

I’ve had my 1963 Ford Galaxie 500 since 2004. When she first entered my life she looked like a 70’s cruiser. Stock body, dark tinted windows (80’s probably), Cragar S/S wheels and some fairly large raised white letter tires.

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