Kustomrama Photo Archive

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In the Kustomrama Photo Archive you will find traditional hot rod and custom related photos dug out from albums and treasure chests all over the world. So far the archive contains photos from the collections of Brad Masterson, Bill Boren, Bud Unger, Börje "Böcka" Linderström, George Contaoi, Howard Gribble, Dave Jenkins, Fred Austin, Jim Arkin, Jim Papworth, John Bozio, Richard "Korky" Korkes, Joe Crisafulli, Marty McDonough, Mickey Ellis, Ron Dragoo, Bengt Wennergren, Håkan Lindell, Per Arne Knudsen, Joe Brienza, Chuck Quesnel, Joanna Quesnel, Gordy Brown, Jim Kierstead, Ola Hegseth, The Swanx Car Club, The Cut Outs car club, Sondre Kvipt and Vern LaCoursiere. If YOU have any photos to share, mail us at mail@kustomrama.com.


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The Vern LaCoursiere Photo Collection
Vern LaCoursiere is a member of the legendary Tacoma Toppers car club of Tacoma, Washington. Vern rode the bus to school during high school, and he couldn't wait to buy his first car after graduation so he could join the Toppers. 19 years old, in 1957, he bought his first car, a 1949 Ford that he restyled himself. Tom Tufte has scanned and shared some of Vern's old photos with the Kustomrama Photo Archive.
Click here to check out the Vern LaCoursiere Photo Collection



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The Jim Papworth Photo Collection
Jim Papworth was a member of the Culver City Screwdrivers. He joined the club in 1948, and was active until late 1950. Jim's first car was a 1932 Ford roadster that he bought in 1947. After the roadster followed a row of early Fords that Jim raced on the dry lakes. Luckily for us Jim took a lot of photos that he has shared with the Kustomrama Photo Archive.
Click here to check out The Jim Papworth Photo Collection



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The Bud Unger Photo Collection
Herbert "Bud" Unger of Hancock, Maryland is a legendary East Coast custom car builder. Bud started working on cars at age 15 in 1936. During WWII he learned to shape and form aluminum in the Air Force. He returned from the Air Force in 1946 and started building custom cars shortly thereafter. Bud had an eye for design, and built some very tasteful West Coast styled cars.
Click here to check out The Bud Unger Photo Collection



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The Chuck and Joanna Quesnel Photo Collection
Chuck and Joanna Quesnel were early dry lakes racers. Chuck was a member of the Culver City Screwdrivers. Joanna was a part of the club, but not considered a member as she was a girl. Chuck and Joanna went separate ways later on, and Joanna remarried and got a son named Douglas. Douglas has shared these photos and some memories and stories about Chuck and Joanna with the Kustomrama Photo Archive. Click here to check out the Chuck and Joanna Quesnel Photo Collection



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The Joe Brienza Photo Collection
Joe Brienza of Bay Shore, New York is an active East Coast hot rodder, customizer and upholsterer. Born in West Islip, New York, Joe has built countless cars during the years, including a 1934 Ford Convertible that landed the cover of Hot Rod Magazine August 1959 as The Brienza Special. Joe has a huge collection of photos showing the cars he has owned and restyled that he has shared with Kustomrama.
Click here to check out The Joe Brienza Photo Collection



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The Richard Korkes Photo Collection
Richard "Korky" Korkes is a legendary East Coast cusotmizer born in Whippany, New York. Korky customized his first car at age 17 in 1952. He started a car club called the Free Wheelers of Whippany before he opened up his own custom shop called Korky's Kustom Shop. Korky has shared some photos from his personal collection that we will share in this archive.
Click here to check out The Richard Korkes Photo Collection




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The Börje "Böcka" Linderström Photo Collection
Börje "Böcka" Linderström of Sweden was very active in the Swedish hot rod and custom scene in the 1960s. Being a talented builder and painter, Linderström had his hands on many of the creations we all know from the legendary Hot Rod Shows in Marmorhallarna in Stockholm. Unfportunately "Böcka" has passed away, but his son Sonny has scanned and shared his father's photo collection with Kustomrama.
Click here to check out The Börje "Böcka" Linderström Photo Collection



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The Bill Boren Photo Collection
Bill Boren was an active member of the Culver City Screwdrivers in the 1940s and the 1950s. He and Jerry Keldrauk were a regular sight at the dry lakes with their track nosed 1932 Ford Sedan. Unfortunately Bill passed away in September of 2014, but his memory lives on on Kustomrama as his daughter Karen has scanned and shared his old albums with us.
Click here to check out The Bill Boren Photo Collection



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The Håkan Lindell Photo Collection
Håkan Lindell, was born in Stockholm, Sweden in 1948. Around 1956/1957 he moved to Ventura, California with his mother. He lived there for some years, before moving back to Sweden In June of 1964. Håkan was 16 years old at the time, and he moved in next door to Hans Broberg in Enskedefältet in Stockholm. Hans was an active hot rodder at the time, and he introduced Håkan to many Swedish hot rodders and custom car builders.Click here to check out The Håkan LindellPhoto Collection



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The Per Arne Knudsen Photo Collection
Per Arne Knudsen is a Norwegian hot rod pioneer. Per Arne's glowing interest for hot rods was sparked when he found an American hot rod magazine at a newsstand at Koppang station in Østerdalen of Norway in the early 1960s. Per Arne has been kind enough to share some of his old photos and stories with Kustomrama.
Click here to check out the Per Arne Knudsen Photo Collection



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The Mickey Ellis Photo Collection
The Ogden, Utah area had a strong car scene in the 1950s and 1960s, and cruising Washington Blvd, the main street of Ogden, was the thing to do every night. Mickey Ellis was one of the local kids that spent much of his time cruising up and down the main street. Mickey was a member of the Stags of Ogden car club, and luckily for us he took some great photos back in the days that he has decided to share with Kustomrama. Click here to check out The Mickey Ellis Photo Collection



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The Joe Kizis Photo Collection
Joe Kizis was an East Coast car show promoter from Milford, Connecticut. In 1951 he held an indoor car show in Hartford, Connecticut that he promoted as the Hartford Autorama. The show went on to be one of the biggest indoor hot rod and custom car shows on the East Coast scene. Thanks to the crew at New England Speed & Custom Joe Kizis' photo collection has been scanned and saved with Kustomrama.
The Joe Kizis Photo Collection



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The Brian Frederick Photo Collection
Brian Frederick of Rockville, Connecticut is one out of five founding members of the Ty-Rods of Rockville auto club. The club was established in a small garage in 1959, and it is still active today. Brian took a lot of photos of hot rods and customs in the 1950s and 1960s, and thanks to the fine crew at New England Speed & Custom this collection has now been digitalized and shared with Kustomrama.
The Brian Frederick Photo Collection



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The Bengt Wennergren Photo Collection
Bengt Wennergren is an early Swedish hot rodder, customizer and a drag racing pioneer. Bengt has been into hot rods and customs since the late 1950s. He has been around the world, and he brought his camera along on the journey. Bengt has an extensive collection of old photos that he has shared with Kustomrama.
Click here to check out The Bengt Wennergren Photo Collection



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The Joe Crisafulli Scratchbook and Photo Collection
Joe Crisafulli of San Jose, California is a founding member of the legendary San Jose Rod and Wheelers car club. Joe is also a multitalented customizer, painter, pinstriper and artist, and in addition to his photos, Joe has also scanned and shared his old scratchbook with Kustomrama.
Click here to check out The Joe Crisafulli Scratchbook and Photo Collection



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The Marty McDonough Photo Collection
Marty McDonough of Pathrump, Nevada was actively involved in drag racing in the 1957 - 1962 era, before it became too expensive. Marty knew how to use his camera, and his collection spans from the mid 1950s up until today.
The Marty McDonough Photo Collection



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The Howard Gribble Photo Collection
Howard Gribble is a well known photographer and lowrider and custom car historian from Torrance, California. Having an interest for photography and a lack of magazines covering the early lowrider and 1960s custom scene, Howard took his camera to the shows and photographed the cars for his own personal enjoyment. Howard has his own Flickrpage filled with old photos, but he is also sharing his favorite shots on Kustomrama. Click here to check out The Howard Gribble Photo Collection



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The Jim Arkin Photo Collection
Jim Arkin of Los Angeles, California. Jim grew up in Sun Valley, in the east part of San Fernando Valley. During high school he was a member of the San Fernando Valley Tyrants car club, and he drove a 1956 Ford Victoria. After high school he attended Valley Jr. College where he meet some guys involved with "lowriders". They decided to start the San Fernando Valley Illusions car club.
Click here to check out The Jim Arkin Photo Collection



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The Kustomrama Photo Collection
The Kustomrama Photo Collection contains photos from the private collection of Sondre Kvipt. These photos comes from all over the world, and they are bought and collected from various sources. Sondre started buying what he could afford and find on eBay back in the 2000s. He has also visited flea markets and vintage shops all over the world hunting for hidden treasures, and the collection has grown over time. Click here to check out The Kustomrama Photo Collection



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The Dave Jenkins Photo Collection
Dave Jenkins of Ypsilanti, Michigan is a founding member of the Ann Arbor Timing Association. Dave and his friends drove some good looking cars, and Dave took some very nice photos back in the late 1950s and 1960s, or as he said it: "All i had was a 35mm slide camera and sometimes i got lucky." Lucky for us, Dave has shared his all color photo collection with Kustomrama.
Click here to check out The Dave Jenkins Photo Collection



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The George Contaoi Photo Collection
George Contaoi of the San Bernardino Krankers was born in 1934. In 1949, he graduated from San Bernardino with a custom 1941 Ford Tudor. He later owned several custom cars, and is still active in the car scene. During the late 1940s and up to the late 1950s, he was quite active playing with the camera. George has shared his entire collection with Kustomrama, so keep tuned to see the upcoming photos. Click here to check out The George Contaoi Photo Collection



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The Trend Books Photo Collection
In 2008 Justin Kudolla brought the popular Trend Book back to life. Born in 1975, Justin is a custom car enthusiast from Casper, Wyoming. After researching trademarks & finding the old Trend Books trademark from the 1950s and 1960s available, he registered it under his name and began working on a new edition, the first Custom Cars Annual published since 1962..
Click here to check out the Trend Books Photo Collection



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The Jerry Drake Photo Collection
Jerry Drake of Lansing, Michigan is a legendary pinstriper known as "Spider the Crazy Painter." Among some of Jerry's highlights was scalloping Carl Casper's 1951 Chevrolet, "The Exotic Empress," that went on to win the Nationals in 1961, and David Cassidy's Touring "T", that Carl Casper built for Screen Gems. Jerry was also a Show Director for Carl Casper for over 12 years.
Click here to check out the Jerry Drake Photo Collection



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The Ron Aguirre Photo Collection
Ron Aguirre of Rialto, California was a pioneer in the field of hydraulic lifted cars, and in the late 1950s he built a custom Corvette, known as the X-Sonic. The X-Sonic was for many year acknowledged as the first car ever using hydraulics to raise and lower the front suspension. The X-Sonic was also the first show car featuring a bubble top plastic roof.
Click here to check out the Ron Aguirre Photo Collection



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The Ola Hegseth Photo Collection
If you are from Norway, and you are into old Ford's, chances are that you have heard about Ola Hegseth. Ola is a prominent figure in the classic Ford scene in Norway, and he has been the Chairman of the Early Ford V8 Club chapter of Norway for almost as long as I have been a member. What very few people know about Ola, is that he has his roots back to the hot rod scene of Oslo in the 1960s. Click here to check out The Ola Hegseth Photo Collection



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The Fred Austin Photo Collection
Fred Austin was a member of the Chancellors of Van Nuys car club. The club was originally founded in the mid 1950s. Fred became a member of the club around 1961. By then the club had a club house and a dragster, and it consisted of about 30 members. The Chancellors of Van Nuys put on some big car shoe at Devonshire Downs in the San Fernando Valley, something that really helped build up the clubs name and reputation. Click here to check out The Fred Austin Photo Collection



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The P.A. Flink Photo Collection
In 1967 P.A. Flink attended his first Hot Rod Show in Stockholm. Not only did he attend it, he also exhibited a moped at the show named "The Peacock". During the late 1960s and 1970s P.A. became a regular visitor at the shows, bringing his camera to immortalize the Swedish hot rod and custom scene.
The P.A. Flink Photo Collection



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The Cut Outs of Long Beach Photo Collection
The Cut Outs was a car club out of Long Beach, California. The club was organized April 16, 1941, and it is one of the oldest car clubs in the Long Beach area. Long time member Dick Gonzales has provided Kustomrama scans from the Cut-Outs scrapbook that will now be available on Kustomrama.
The Cut Outs of Long Beach Photo Collection



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The John Bozio Photo Collection
John Bozio is an East Coast customizer from East Hartford, Connecticut. John bought his first car, a 1939 Buick Century, at age 15 in 1951. The Buick was John's first custom attempt. Several customs followed, mostly Buicks, and luckily for us, John took photos of them all.
Click here to check out the John Bozio Photo Collection



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The Swanx Photo Collection
The Swanx of Oakland car club was founded by Ted Lundquist and Johnny Johnson in 1952. In 1998 the Swanx of Vallejo chapter was reformed with the blessing of the original members of the club. Rick Holcomb, Vice President of the Swanx of Vallejo car club has shared some photos from the Swanx archive with Kustomrama.
The Swanx Photo Collection



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The Gordy Brown Photo Collection
Gordy Brown is a well known Salt Lake City, Utah customizer. He has been into hot rods and customs for the most of his life, and started out customizing cars at age 14 in the mid 1950s. In the early 1960s Gordy moved to San Fernando in Southern California, where he opened up his own shop House of Customs.
Click here to check out the Gordy Brown Photo Collection



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The Junior Conway Photo Collection
While Olav Kvipt lived in California, he was able to become friends with Junior Conway of Junior's House of Color in Bell. Junior has been in the trade since he began working for Barris Kustoms in 1955, and is currently operating one of the best, high end body shops in the world. Junior shared his photo collection with Kustomrama. A collection were the majority of photos are from 1953 to the late 1960s.
Click here to check out the Junior Conway Photo Collection



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The Clifford Ambrose Photo Collection
Clifford Ambrose of Santa Clara, California was a member of the San Jose Igniters car club. Cliff was very active back in the late 1950s building and racing hot rods. Lucky for us he brought a camera and documented some of the action. Unfortunately, Cliff passed away in 1998, but his son Matt has shared his dad's old photos with Kustomrama. The photos were taken circa 1958 - 1959.
Click here to check out the Clifford Ambrose Photo Collection



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The Ron Dragoo Photo Collection
In the mid 1950s Ron Dragoo of Long Beach, California spotted Dick Jackson's 1954 Mercury Monterey on the street! He fell in love with the Merc, and decided that he just had to have it. Bill Layman did the same thing, and in 2005 he completed a 1954 Mercury custom inspired by the Jackson/Dragoo Merc. After reading about Bill's Merc in The Rodder's Journal, Ron decided to share his photo collection with Bill.
Click here to check out the Ron Dragoo Photo Collection



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The Jim Kierstead Photo Collection
Jim Kierstead of Inglewood, California got involved with cars at an early age. He was born in 1923, and grew up in Los Angeles when hot rodding and custom just began to be hot. During WWII he met Sam Barris in the Navy. They became good friends, and when he was discharged in 1945, he bought a 1939 Mercury that the duo restyled. Unfortunately, Jim died in a car crash with the Mercury in 1947, T-boned by a Duesenberg. His family has decided to share Jim's photos with Kustomrama, so the legacy will go on. Click here to check out The Jim Kierstead Photo Collection



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The Long Beach Cavaliers Photo Collection
The Long Beach Cavaliers car club was formed in 1948 at Poly High School in Long Beach. At the time the club had about 25 members. The existence of the club is divided into three generations, 1948 - 1955, 1956 - 1965 and 1998 to present. Photos from all three generations will now be available on Kustomrama.
The Long Beach Cavaliers Photo Collection



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The Brad Masterson Photo Collection
When Brad Masterson worked for George Barris before he went working for Bill Hines, George had a major clean-up at the North Hollywood shop, where he threw out tons of material. Luckily, Brad jumped in the dumpster and saved what he could. Now that a part of Kustomrama is working in his shop, we have access to all the photographs and documents.
Click here to check out The Brad Masterson Photo Collection



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The Kustomrama Photo Collection - The Fageol Supersonic
This weeks' featured photo in the Kustomrama Photo Archive is another rare photo of the Fageol Supersonic, a streamlined dream-car built by Louis Fageol of Kent, Ohio in 1949. The build was originally started by Joel Thorne and Art Sparks at Thorne Engineering Racing Shop in Burbank, California in 1938 as a Land Speed racing car. They abandoned the project, and sold the uncompleted build to Louis Fageol.
Click here to check out the Kustomrama Photo Collection


Customs by the Sea is a traditional custom car show in Wildwood, New Jersey. Presented by Kustomrama, the show is open for pre 1952 automobiles, restyled in a pre 1952 style. Click here for more info...


 

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