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04.11.2014 - Original Von Dutch and Dean Jeffries Collaboration Art Piece Discovered
Back in March of 2014 Kustomrama contributor Olav Kvipt bought an old 1955 Ford F-100 truck that Dick Richardson's Custom Shop and Barris Kustoms restyled for San Bernardino Krankers member George Contaoi in the 1950s. Von Dutch and Dean Jeffries painted a wonderful weirdo painting on the tailgate of this in 1956. One year later George sealed it shut, and it has been hidden all these years until now... Click here for more information and photos.


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09.11.2013 - Automodello's Timbs Streamliner
In 2010 we ran a featured story on the then newly restored Norman Timbs' Buick Special. Norman Timbs custom creation is these days coming alive as a hand built, resin cast 1:43 scale model by Automodello. It will be available in two versions, a standard Maroon version with a tan interior will be produced in up to 999 pieces, and a white Tribute Edition that will be produced in 148 pieces. The white version is a tribute to the second owner. Click here for more information and photos.


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08.11.2013 - Kustomrama Lynwood Division
Olav Kvipt of Kustomrama has settled down in the old Barris Shop, with Masterson Kustoms, at Atlantic Ave. in Lynwood. The historic building is now home of the Kustomrama Lynwood Division, so if you have stories and pictures to share, please stop by. Be sure to follow Olav's blog as well, to stay updated about his journey and adventures in California.
Click here to read more


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05.07.2013 - Dean Jeffries Dies at 80
May 5th, 2013 legendary custom painter, pinstriper and fabricator Dean Jeffries passed away at home. Dean began pinstriping cars with another legend, Von Dutch, in Lynwood, California in the early 1950s. He spent a lot of time around Von Dutch, and the pair became known as Von Dutch and "The Kid". Dean's talent evolved fast, and he went from pinstriping, to custom painting, to custom car fabrication.
Click here for more information on Dean Jeffries


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04.07.2013 - On the Salt: Kent Fuller's Last Car
Legendary chassis builder Kent Fuller is currently busy building his last car, a Streamliner capable of doing 300 mph on Bonneville! In order to help Kent finance his big dream, a Kikstarter campaign has been launched online. Trough this campaign you can back Kent and his dream, and become part of the history when he writes Land Speed Racing History with the Streamliner.
Click here for more information


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06.19.2012 - Custom Painter Joe Andersen Has Passed Away
June 18, 2012 legendary custom painter Joe Andersen passed away from diabetic complications. Joe started his striping business on Western Avenue in Los Angeles in the 1950s. He went on to buy his own shop on 1519 W. Florence Ave., Los Angeles that he purchased and turned into Custom Auto Painting by Joe Andersen. Many custom painted cars went through Joe's shop in the late 1950s and 1960s, and Joe quickly became one of the most recognized custom painters of that era.
Click here for more information on Joe Andersen


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06.06.2012 - Bastardized Volume 2
The Swedish punks behind the Bastardized DVD is back with their second movie! It's a long way from California to Sweden, but the distance seems shorter after watching this movie. As expected, Bastardized #2 is filled with Swedish customs, hot rods, choppers and punk rock! Money earned from the first DVD has been spent wisely on GoPro cameras, making Bastardized #2 even better than the first one!
Click here for more information and trailer


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01.08.2012 - Church 8
According to Coby Gewertz of Church Magazine, it is far more difficult to capture a great photo of something mundane than it is to take a mundane snapshot of something great. Church 8 is a living proof of Coby's saying. Add a great caption to each photo and you have winning formula named Church Magazine. The latest issue of Church was published in December of 2011, and if you haven't ordered a copy yet you better do it before they are all gone.
Click here for more information


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11.24.2011 - An Ode to the '36
"An Ode to the '36" is a celebration of the 1936 Ford in the form of a T-Shirt. Ever since its inception, the 1936 Ford has been one of the most popular pre-war cars to customize. Ray Giovannoni's 1936 Ford Roadster, restyled by east coast customizer Bud Unger, is one of Kustomrama's favorite 36's, so when a tribute shirt to the 1936 Ford should be made we used an old photo of Ray's Ford as inspiration.
Click here for more information


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10.03.2011 - Trend Book 208 Custom Cars 2012 Annual
Justin P. Kudolla of Trend Books is finally out with another awaited issue of Custom Cars Annual. Trend Book 208 Custom Cars 2012 Annual has 128 pages filled with some of the best custom cars of today. Being true to the original concept, Justin is trying to feature cars that are making a new statement and pushing the envelope a little further regardless if the whether the car is an early or late model or built in a traditional or more modern style.
Click here for more information


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09.12.2011 - Kustomrama Tailor Made T-Shirts for Kustom Styling
Check it out folks, Kustomrama finally has its own Spreadshirt T-Shirt store filled with tailor made t-shirts for hot rod and custom car enthusiasts. As we launch the new shop there are eight different shirts available for sale in the shop. They are all variations of the Kustomrama Crest logo by Keven Carter, but we have many more designs coming in the coming weeks.
Click here for more information


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07.29.2011 - Frank Kurtis' 1941 Buick to be Auctioned Away
September 1-4, 2011 the restored Kurtis Buick Special will be offered for sale at the upcoming Auburn Fall auction in Auburn, Indiana. The Kurtis Buick Special started life as a 1941 Buick Roadmaster. After being totaled in a car accident, legendary fabricator and metal shaper Frank Kurtis bought the remains, and turned the slab sided Buick in to a sleek and quite futuristic car for its time. The build was completed in 1948.
Click here for more information


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07.28.2011 - Truly Rare is up for Grabs
A unique piece of Illinois custom history is up for grabs as Gene Howard's 1950 Buick, also known as Truly Rare, will be auctioned away at the upcoming Auburn Fall auction in September. Gene, who ran Gene Howard's Body Shop in Bloomington, Illinois began transforming the Buick into a wild show car in the late 1950s. The first version was wild, but pretty modest compared to the version that graced the cover of Popular Customs Fall 1965.
Click here for more information


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06.07.2011 - Brad Masterson WeirdO Sweatshirts
Check this out folks, Brad Masterson of Masterson Kustom Automobiles, has just started to sell kustom made WeirdO Sweatshirts. These are made and sold under the same roof as Dean Jeffries made his famous shirts in the 1950s. If your not tough enough to wear one...you can frame it or hang it in the garage or living room.Special requests are sometimes granted. No two are the same, each one is different. Some may be less offensive than others.
Click here for more information


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05.30.2011 - Ron Aguirre Passed Away
After fighting bone cancer for a while, Ron Aguirre passed away Thursday, May 26th, 2011. Ron was an innovative craftsman that entered the history books around 1958/1959 when he installed hydraulics on his customized 1956 Chevrolet Corvette. The car, known as the X-Sonic, was one of the first, if not the first car ever to be raised and lowered using hydraulics. The X-Sonic was also the first Show Rod fit with a Bubble Top.
Click here to read more about Ron and the X-Sonic


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03.27.2011 - Build A Fiberglass Body At Home
Fritz Schenck is out with another DVD. This time he will show you how to build a wild fiberglass show car out of junk parts and and box steel. In the DVD Fritz takes you step by step as he builds his own creation from nothing. No expensive tools or a big fancy shop are used, it's just Fritz in his two car garage at home. The movie is out of the printer now, and Fritz is taking pre orders, so if you have a wet dream of creating your own Ed Roth inspired creation, start your build by watching this DVD.
Click here for more information



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02.08.2011 - Dropped and Chopped exhibit at California Auto Museum
"Dropped and Chopped: Early Hot Rods & Customs" is an exhibit which runs from January 22 through March 27, 2011 at The California Automobile Museum in Sacramento, California. The exhibit highlights the early days of hot rods and customs with a special focus on legendary Sacramento craftsmen whose designs had national impact. If you live in California or surrounding areas you can't miss this exhibition.
Click here for more information



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02.08.2011 - The Lowtech 2011 Calendar
Many of Marc Wöltinger's fabulous photos can be found all around Kustomrama. Marc has a great eye, and really knows how to capture a good photo. If you can't have enough of Marc's art you better run off and by his 2011 calendar. The calendar is filled with photos of traditional hot rods and kustoms from all over the globe. Marc still has a few calendars left, so you better hurry if you want to grab one!
Click here to order your calendar today!



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01.12.2011 - Jack Walker's Blue Danube Clone is Up for Grabs
While hunting for the real Blue Danube custom car, Jack Walker got in touch with the original owner Lyle Lake, who could tell him that the old custom was crushed a long time ago. So instead of locating the original car, Jack set off to build a recreation instead. The build was completed in 1998. Jack still owns the car, but has decided to sell it. Anyone interested in the car can mail Kustomrama and we will forward your mail to Jack.
Click here for more information



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12.30.2010 - The Old School Chevy is Up for Grabs
January 17 - 23, 2011 Jesse James' all-star built 1954 Chevrolet known as the The Old School Chevy will be up for grabs at the Barret-Jackson Scottsdale auction. The car was built on an episode of Monster Garage by a team of new and old school builders consisting of Bill Hines, Gene Winfield, Norm Grabowski, Dick Dean, Fat Jack, John Robinson Jr., Michael Hines, and Jesse James.
Click here for more information



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11.18.2010 - Stolen Car Alert: Bugs' 1935 Ford Coupe - The Ruby Deluxe
Bugs' 1935 Ford Custom, also known as the Ruby Deluxe was stolen last night from a residence in Burbank, California. The car who was built by Troy Ladd and his crew at Hollywood Hot Rods was loaded on a trailer to travel to the Goodguys show in Scottsdale to receive the "Kustom of the Year" award. I can't see why anybody would steal such an unique car, but keep your eyes open for a black Hallmark trailer with license plate 4GT8289.
Click here for more information



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11.02.2010 - The El Matador is Up for Grabs
After moving his business from Wichita, Kansas to Monterey, California, the El Matador was the first creation to roll out of Bill Cushenbery's shop. During the 1960s and 1970s, Promotions, Inc, AMT, and Carl Casper toured the El Matador all over the country. In the 1990s the car was totaled in a fire. Harold Murphy bought the remains and had the car restored. In January the car will be offered for sale at the Ft. Lauderdale Beach Collector Car Auction
Click here for more information


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10.12.2010 - How to Paint Your Motorcycle at Home
Fritz Schenck, the man who gave us the Roswell Rod, and who just recently restored Ed Roth's Mega Cycle to perfection is out with a brand new DVD where he shows us everything from making paint stands, body work, gold leafing, pinstriping, and custom paint tricks. The quality of the DVD is good, and after watching the two DVDs in the set, containing 3 1/2 hours of live footage, it feels like you have spent the evening in Fritz' garage!
Click here for more information


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09.25.2010 - R.I.P Joaquin Arnett
September 24, 2010 Joaquin passed away after battling alzheimer's and bouts with pneumonia. Joaquin, a Dry Lakes Racing Hall of Fame member, was born in 1927. He got interested in cars starting at an early age, around 12 or 13 and was a founding member of the Bean Bandits Club. Joaquin was the brainchild and mastermind of the Bean Bandits and he designed, built and drove cars that broke and set many records.
Read more about Joaquin Arnett


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09.25.2010 - Lost Hot Rods - Pat Ganahl's Latest Book
Pat Ganahl's latest book Lost Hot Rods is just around the corner. Pat's book tells the remarkable stories on how a handful of lost hot rods and customs were lost and rediscovered. In the book, which will be released in September, you can read all about how historic cars such as the X-Sonic, Jimmy Summers' 1940 Mercury, and Tom Pollard's 1929 Ford Model A Roadster were lost and found. If you're into old hot rods and customs, you better make room for yet another Pat Ganahl book.
Click here to pre-order the book from amazon.com


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09.19.2010 - Watson's Custom Car Confessions is Released
Watson's Custom Car Confessions is a brand new book by Thom Taylor and Larry Watson about custom paint legend Larry Watson's personal cars. The book was literally finished the night Larry Watson died and it is a great tribute to his life and legacy with the cars he displayed his unique talents through. An initial printing of 1000 copies just returned from the printer, so if you hurry up you may be able to secure yourself a copy.
Click here to buy the book from www.watsonswildest.com


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08.30.2010 - Church 7
Another issue of Church magazine is out. Hot off the press, the magazine is not available through the Church website yet, but if you become a fan of Church on Facebook Coby Gewertz has a special deal for you. They say you can't judge a book by looking at its cover, but after seeing the Coby's photo of Dean Jeffries' Mantaray gracefully spread over the cover of Church 7 I say fuck that saying. This book can be judged by its cover for sure.
Click here to become a fan on Faceook.


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08.27.2010 - "Customs ~ Then & Now" - A Historical Gathering @ GNRS !
This year's Grand National Roadster Show will contain an elite gathering of the most historically significant customs in the world. At least the ones that are still amongst us. 75 carefully hand picked beauties will be on display at building #9 at the Pomona Fairplex in Pomona, California January 28 - 30, 2011. So unless you have your own time machine, this is a once in a lifetime chance to experience how it was to attend the Oakland Roadster Show in the 1950s.
Click here for more information


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08.25.2010 - RIP Larry Alexander
Today we lost another legend as Larry Alexander of the Alexander Brothers duo in Detroit, Michigan passed away after being hospitalized after a mini stroke. Larry was the oldest of four brothers, and after studying body and fender work at the Wolverine Trade School, Larry and Mike Alexander opened up the Alexander Brothers Custom Shop on Northwestern Highway near Evergreen Road in Detroit in 1957.
Click here for more information on Larry Alexander


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08.10.2010 - Dick King's 1929 Ford Roadster up for Grabs
Dick King's 1929 Ford Model A Roadster, built in the late 1940s is currently for sale. Since its feature in Hot Rod Magazine January 1951 the car has been restored and slightly modified. The restored version of the car was owned by Barry Williams. After Barry passed away, Bob Campbell of 356 Services was asked to sell the Barry Williams Collection which consisted of the Dick King roadster and 5 other cars.
Click here to check it out


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07.09.2010 - Where They Raced
A new documentary on the history of auto racing in Los Angeles, and a tribute to America’s love affair with all things Auto is in the makings. With research based on a graduate dissertation turned into a book by Harold Osmer, and 15 years experience producing over 800 PBS shows for Huell Howser and KCET, a large collection of rare archival photos and footage, I really look forward to see this movie.
Click here to watch the trailer for Where They Raced


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06.29.2010 - Two Iconic Hot Rods Going Under the Hammer in August
August 14th, 2010 two iconic, historic and very different styled hot rods are offered for sale at the Mecum, Monterey auction. One of these two hot rods is Ed Roth's Tweedy Pie. The Tweedy Pie was originally built by Bob Johnston in the 1950s, But Ed Roth bought it in 1962 and gave it a restyling. The other one is Art and Lloyd Chrisman's 1930 Ford Bonneville Coupe. One for show, and one for go!
More info on the Tweedy Pie and the Chrisman Coupe


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06.15.2010 - Soup Up Magazine 15
A brand new issue of Soup Up Magazine just hit the cyberspace. In Soup Up Magazine No.15 you can read more about Texas Nostalgia Nationals that were held May 15th, 2010 at the Yello Belly Dragstrip. You will also find some awesome vintage photos from the Devils' Boll dated 1956, Jim Nibblet's 1933 Plymouth Coupe and much more.
Click here to read Soup Up Magazine 15


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06.08.2010 - Fritz Schenck's Latest Bubble Top Show Rod - The Baja Bandito
Legendary painter, show rod builder and restorer Fritz Schenck of Kansas City, Missouri has teamed up with illustrator Jimmy Smith, and is currently building a new fiberglass Bubble Top show rod called "The Baja Bandito". Based on Jimmy's drawings, the car is built upon a VW drive line with a super bell axle up front, a 1950 Mercury steering box, and a bunch of other cast off junkyard parts. Its being built in the timeless Ed Roth tradition of plaster spit wads & hand rolled fiberglass.
Click here to read more about Fritz Schenck's Baja Bandito


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06.03.2010 - Old Hot Rod Icon for Sale on eBay
Another Hot Rod icon is currently up for sale on eBay. Originally hot rodded in California in 1948, the car was sold to Seattle, Washington in 1956. After being restyled by Grinders member Jerry Sprague in 1956 the car went through several owners and versions before it was put in storage in 1974. It resurfaced in 2004, and has since then been restored back to its third known version.
Click here to read more about Jerry Sprague's 1932 Ford|


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04.23.2010 - Jack Stewart's 1941 Ford Coupe on eBay
When I started to write this newsflash, Jack Stewart's 1941 Ford was up for sale on eBay with a "buy it now" price of US $39,000.00. Before I managed to complete the story, the car was already sold. So what more is there to say? Somebody out there really got a fine piece of Kustom history for a very reasonable price.
Click here to read more about Jack Stewart's 1941 Ford


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04.18.2010 - Kustomrama on Facebook
After almost having 1 million page views on the Kustomrama main page, I decided it was about time to create a Kustomrama Facebook Page. So if you have a profile on Facebook, you can become a fan of Kustomrama in order to get your daily doze of traditional hot rods and kustoms material. I promise not to whine about sick kids and bad weather!
Click here to become a fan of Kustomrama on Facebook


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04.16.2010 - The Trendero is up for Grabs
A couple of weeks ago the well known Trendero was advertised for sale on the HAMB. The car was built by Dave Puhl and John Malik of Trend Automotive in Lyons, Illinois in 1960/1961. The car is currently located in Mound, Minnesota, and for $29,000 USD you can drive the old kustom home and park it in your garage.
Click here to see the ad on the HAMB


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03.24.2010 - Barris Kustom City Limited Edition Prints
The first sets of Limited Edition Prints are now available for pre-order over at the Barris Kustom City website. Only a 100 Prints of each image scanned directly from the Transparency from the Barris Archive is laid out for sale. The first set of photos includes cars such as the El Matador and Gerald Twamley's 1954 Chevrolet
Click here for more information


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03.22.2010 - Bob Marion's 1947 Ford Coupe on eBay
Bob Marion's 1947 Ford Coupe, also known as "The Titan" is currently up for sale on eBay. The car was originally restyled by [Ken Piepenbrink]] of Continental Customs for Bob Marion of Whitting, Indiana in the 1950s. After being sold to Brazil, the car is back in Indiana and is currently looking for a new caretaker.
Click here for more information


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03.17.2010 - Archie Moore's 1953 Nash-Healey Roadster for Sale on eBay
Barris Kustoms restyled three cars for light heavyweight world boxing champion Archie Moore. One of these cars, a 1953 Nash-Healey is currently offered for sale on eBay. The car, one of approximately 120 hand built cars built by Donald Healey in England, sports a body built in Italy by Pininfarina.
Click here for more information


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03.10.2010 - Gene Winfield on World Tour
Legendary car builder and painter Gene Winfield has currently been on a world tour. As far as I know he only visited Australia, but while he was there he laid one of his famous paint jobs on Mario Colalillo's 1959 Cadillac Custom. The car will make it's debut at the 2010 Sydney Hot Rod Show, so I guess we have to wait until July before we can see the finished car.
Click here for more information


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03.09.2010 - Bob McNutt's 1939 Ford For Sale
Bob McNutt's 1939 Ford Coupe is currently offered for sale on eBay and on www.nostalgiawhse.com. The asking price is $ 47,500.00. The car was originally restyled by Bob McNutt in the late 1950s, and was exhibited at the 1st annual Dallas Autorama. The car was packed away for many years until David Guymon bought it in 1994 and restored it in 31 days.
Click here for more information


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02.12.2010 - Plymouth Belmont Offered for Sale
In the early 1950s Charles Martz started a Sport Custom craze when he released his Build Your Own Custom Sports Car book. Many Sport Customs were built as a result of the book, but not so many succeeded with their creations. One of the best looking attempts was done by Chrysler Corporation in 1954 when they made their Plymouth Belmont. The car which has been privately owned for many years is now currently advertised for sale on Hemmings
Click here for more information on the Hemmings Auto Blog


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02.09.2010 - www.barriskustomcity.com
Last year Piero De Luca and Brett Barris gave us a peek into the George Barris photo archive by releasing the The Kustom Photography of George Barris DVD. Now they're back again with www.barriskustomcity.com where they will display and sell a lot of early Barris Kustoms Merchandise and photos. I'm really thrilled about this concept and look forward to see what they dig up from the archive.
Click here to visit www.barriskustomcity.com


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02.02.2010 - Benchrace Volume 12
Benchrace Speed E-Zine is just out with another online issue. It took 12 issues for me to discover the magazine, but from now one I will "subscribe" to this neat online magazine. Benchrace Volume 12 seems to be dedicated to flames, and contains amongst others a great story by and about Bob McCoy.
Click here to check out Benchrace Volume 12


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01.26.2010 - Troy Ladd Awarded "Builder of the Year"
The news is just out that Troy Ladd of Hollywood Hot Rods will be awarded the prestigious "Builder of the Year" award at the 61st annual Grand National Roadster Show this upcoming weekend. Troy is one of the youngest builders to receive this award, and Kustomrama would like to congratulate him with this great achievement.
Click here for more information


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01.13.2010 - The 1937 Kurtis Tommy Lee Special is Going Under the Hammer
The Cord inspired Frank Kurtis built 1937 Kurtis Tommy Lee Special is auctioned away at the Gooding & Company Scottsdale Auction January 22-23. The boattail masterpiece who was started by Frank in 1936 and completed in 1937 is estimated to sell between $250,000 - $350,000.
Click here for more information


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01.10.2010 - Vintage Torque DVD Hunnert Car Pile Up
John Wells is back with another Vintage Torque movie. This time John has created a 90 min movie covering the 2009 Hunnert Car Pile Up show hosted by the Chrome Czars Motor Club. The show is extremely popular and has grown a lot since it was first held in 2002. Thanks to John, all of us that didn't make it to the show now also has a chance to check out what the buzz is all bout.
Click here for more information


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01.09.2010 - Joe Pirronello's 1923 Dodge Up For Grabs
Have you seen the movie The Lively Set? If yes, you'll probably remember Joe's red roadster pickup that Doug McClure drove in the movie. The car is currently up for sale, and Daniel Strohl just posted the car as his "Hemmings Find of the Day" on the Hemmings Auto Blog.
Click here to see the listing at Hemmings.com


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01.08.2010 - Soup Up Magazine #13
Soup Up Magazine number 13 is finally out. In the online magazine covering the Texas tales of hot rods, racing and the good old days you can read more about the 17th annual Goodguys Lone Star Nationals, Green Valley Race City 1961, The Grasshopper Race Car, and Billie Hassel's 1932 Ford 3 Window Coupe.
Click here to read Soup Up Magazine 13 online


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01.01.2010 - Happy New Year
2010 is here! Be sure to visit the Kustomrama Event Calendar in order to keep track of all this years events. If you need a paper version, you should check out Laurent Bagnard's brand new 2010 photo calendar featuring cars from all over the world. If you are interested in buying a copy you should contact Laurent at: laurent@coolnout.com
Click here to download the preview version of the calendar


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12.22.2009 - Maybellene is Going Under the Hammer
January 20 - 24, 2010 Gene Winfield's personal drive-around custom is going to be auctioned away at the 2010 Russo and Steele Scottsdale Auction in Scottsdale, Arizona. Named after a famous Chuck Berry tune, Gene built Maybellene in 1999. Another legendary car that will be auctioned away at the same auction is Dan Woods' Milk Truck, Dan's first Show Rod.
Click here for more info at the Russe and Steele website


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12.08.2009 - Kustomra'mag available in Australia
Kustomra'mag has landed in Australia, and is sold over there by the cool guys at Kustom Lane Gallery. They have issue 3, 4, and 5 in stock, so if you miss any of these issues be sure to pay Kustom Lane Gallery a visit. In case some of you guys are wondering, Kustomra'mag 6 is just around the corner with some great coverage of Scandinavian Traditional Hot Rod and Kustom Cars!
Click here to visit Kustom Lane Gallery Online


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12.04.2009 - The Norman Timbs' Buick Special Streamliner is Soon Ready to Chase New Speed Records
As some of you may know the Norman Timbs' Buick Special Streamliner that was found in the hot California desert is currently being restored back to its former beauty by the guys at Custom Auto of Loveland. Photos showing the car coming back from the upholsterer was posted on the HAMB earlier today. By looking at the pictures it looks like the Norman Timbs' Buick Special will make a comeback to the scene prettier than it ever was!
Click here for more information on the HAMB


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11.27.2009 - Grant Langseth's 1956 Dodge Pickup for Sale on eBay
Another great kustom is currently for sale on eBay. This 1956 Dodge Pickup was originally built by Grant Langseth from Minot, North Dakota in 1959. After changing hands and being lost for many years the car was found on a used car lot in California. In 1991 Dick Dean restored the car, and gave it a new appearance known as the "Seet Pea".
Click here for more information


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11.24.2009 - Vintage Torque DVD 4
The Vintage Torque DVD 4 has been on the market for a while now, but it is definitively worth checking out. While it is not as fast paced as other traditional hot rod and kustom magazine movie concepts currently available, the Vintage Torque movies are just as entertaining to watch while having a vorspiel with the boys! I tested it last Saturday so I know for sure!
Click here for more information and a movie preview


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11.18.2009 - Gene Winfield's 1935 Ford Shoptruck Restoration Update
Progress are made on Gene Winfield's 1935 Ford Shoptruck. The guys at Hatfield Restorations have just sprayed the cab and bed of the car in gold, and they are now one step closer to its debut at the 61th annual Grand National Roadster Show in Pomona, Californaia January 29, 2010.
Click here for more information


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11.11.2009 - The Astra Coupe is going under the hammer
January 22nd, 2010 Jay Everett`s handbuilt fastback known as The Astra Coupe will be auctioned away by RM Auctions at the Automobiles of Arizona auction in Phoenix, Arizona. The car has gone through several iterations over the years, but is now restored back to the way it appeared after Barris Kustoms restyled it in the 1950s.
Click here for more information


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11.10.2009 - Sunday Slacker Magazine
Every town should have their own local car and culture magazine telling them about local shows, local talents and the towns automotive history. Thanks to Gabriel Garcia the citizens of Las Vegas have just that. The photography and layout of Sunday Slacker Magazine is smashing, and the concept even works for a car nut from Norway.
Click here for more information


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10.22.2009 - Kustoms Illustrated 23
Luke Karosi has recently published his 23rd issue of Kustoms Illustrated. In this issue you can read more about the restored Frank Balzano's 1956 Ford Victoria that was recently listed for sale on Ebay, and Keith Goettlich's wonderful 1937 Chevrolet.
Click here for more information


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10.22.2009 - Old East Coast Custom Offered for Sale on Ebay
The restored version of Frank Balzano's 1956 Ford Fairlane is currently up for sale on Ebay. The auction is ending today, so if you feel that you ain't got the skills or time to restore the Krimson Kart, maybe you should go for this one instead. A full feature on this car will follow soon here on Kustomrama.
Click here for more information


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10.22.2009 - The Krimson Kart Looking for a New Owner
The Krimson Kart, a custom survivor built by Emory Ashpaugh back in the days, and featured in Car Craft October 1963 is currently up for sale. The car is in need of a full restoration, and the current owner is asking $ 8,000 USD for its remains. I hope somebody buys and saves this cool kart!
Click here for more information


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10.20.2009 - Fuel Magazine 2
The traditional hot rod and kustom scene is alive and kicking in Australia! And thanks to Luke Ray, the man behind Fuel Magazine, we can all now enjoy some of it at least twice a year. Luke has just released his second coming of Fuel Magazine, and if you haven't bought it yet, you will after seeing some previews from the magazine.
Click here for more information


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10.07.2009 - Gene Winfield's 1935 Ford Shop Truck Restoration Progress
Hatfield Restorations seems to be doing a pretty good job restoring Gene Winfield's old shoptruck. New pictures were posted on the HAMB today showing the newly restored frame and engine as it currently sits.
Click here for more information


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09.25.2009 - Anne De Valle's 1942 Ford Club Coupe is Currently Being Restored
Another old Barris Kustoms creation is reported alive and kicking. Kustom enthusiats and historian Rik Hoving posted some photos on the HAMB today showing current pictures of Anne De Valle's 1942 Ford Club Coupe as it is undergoing a full restoration by its current owner "Iggy".
Click here for more information


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09.24.2009 - This page has been accessed 500,000 times
Since its relaunch as a Wikipedia in 2007 It took almost one year for Kustomrama to reach 100,000 pageviews on the main page. From there it took 3 more months to reach 200,000 pageviews on the same page. Today, a little more than 7 months later the mainpage has been accessed more than 500, 000 times!
Click here to read the Kustomrama Story


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09.21.2009 - The Restoration of the Mega Cycle is Finished
Fritz Schenck has recently completed the restoration of Ed Roth's Mega Cycle. After 7 months of intensive work the vehicle is now ready to be auctioned away at the Icons of Speed & Style auction that will take place Saturday September 26th at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, California.
Click here for more information


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09.19.2009 - Gene Winfield Paints the Jade Rival
Legendary kustom car builder and painter Gene Winfield was recently on a short visit to Canada, holding his popular metal working classes at the Top 10 Hot Rods Shop. During his stay Gene also had time to give John Foxley's 1952 Chevrolet - The Jade Rival one of his signature full candy paint style jobs.
Click here for more information


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09.12.2009 - Church 6
Coby Gewertz has just released his latest issue of Church. Church 6 contains 80 pages filled wit photos taken by Kirk Jones. As usual the book is printed in a limited edition of 3000 hand numbered copies. So if you hurry up you may still have the chance to get a low number issue.
Click here for more information


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08.21.2009 - The Kustom Photography of George Barris
Mad Fabricators Society are finally taking pre-orders for their latest movie "[[The Kustom Photography of George Barris". The movie is released on a 2 DVD disk set featuring the kustom photography of George Barris, and 75 minutes of still images. This is Traditional Hot Rod and Kustom history at its finest, and I look forward to see the result of this fine project.
Click here for more information


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07.28.2009 - Lanny Ericson's 1956 Chevrolet Under Restoration
Hatfield Restorations has been busy restoring Gene Winfield's 1935 Ford Shop Truck for the 2010 Grand National Roadster Show. In the middle of the process they have also been comissioned by Lanny Ericson to complete the restoration of his 1956 Chevrolet, originally customized by Gene Winfield in 1958. Both cars are planned to debute at the 2010 GNRS.
Click here for more information


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07.09.2009 - The Devil at Your Feet
Brian Darwas that gave us the movie The Road to Bonneville is out with a new DVD called The Devil at Your Feet. In the movie Brian travels over three thousands miles from East to West to get an inside look at two car clubs from opposite coasts that shares the same ideals and passions for traditional hot rods and customs. The featured clubs are the Burbank Choppers, and the Alter Boys.
Click here for trailer and more information


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06.15.2009 - Johnny Taylor's 1958 Ford Custom on eBay
If you want a great piece of American custom history, but you don't want to wait until the Icons of Speed & Style auction in September you can act fast and bid on Johnny Taylor's old 1958 Ford Custom. The car was restyled as soon as it left the showroom, and in 1963 it was featured on the cover of the May issue of Rod & Custom Magazine, wearing a purple paint by Larry Watson.
Click here to visit the auction


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06.10.2009 - Icons of Speed & Style Auction
September 26, 2009 a huge collection of custom cars and hot rods are auctioned away at the Petersen Automotive Museum. All the cars are offered without reserves. The lot includes cars such as Jim Khougaz' 1932 Ford Roadster, Ed Roth's Road Agent, Butler Rugard's 1940 Mercury, and Ralph Jilek's 1940 Ford Convertible.
Click here for more information


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06.05.2009 - Hopped-Up Out Now
David Biene's photographic book Hopped-Up about European Hot Rod Culture is right around the corner. The book will be published on the 13th of June, and contains 200 pages of hot rods, kustom cars and rockabilly from Spain to Norway.
Click here for more information


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06.02.2009 - The restoration of Gene Winfield's 1935 Ford Shoptruck has started
The guys over at Hatfield Restorations has currently started the process of restoring Gene Winfields 1935 Ford Shoptruck back to its first version. Pete Rose has kept us all updated on the process, and posted some new pictures on the HAMB yesterday.
Click here for more information


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04.30.2009 - Throttle Magazine: The Complete Collection Available for Pre-Sale
In 2007 we announced that the Rodders Journal were putting together a hard-bound book containing exact reprints of the original issues of Throttle Magazine. The book has finally been put in production, and the Rodders Journal have started the pre-sale of the book. The first 1100 copies sold will be signed and numbered editions, 1-1000, and 1900-1999. The book is expected to be published in the summer of 2009.
Click here for more information


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04.01.2009 - Mad Fabricators Society Volume 5.5
Piero De Luca has finally released the latest Mad Fabricators Society DVD. Volume 5.5 follows Piero and his crew as they create one of the most period correct sixties show cars to hit the pavement. In 90 minutes you will witness how the old Model A Coupe turns from rust to show!
Click here for more information


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03.29.2009 - Traditional Speed & Kustom 2009
I just got tipped about a brand new online magazine called Traditional Speed & Kustom. The concept for the magazine started 25 years ago in Jim Aust's notebook. Internet made his dream become reality, and the result is a very tastefully designed online magazine full of interesting features and articles.
Click here to vist Traditional Speed & Kustom


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03.23.2009 - Coupe Devils Rod & Kustom Bonanza 2009
23th of may 2009 the Coupe Devils Car Club of Norway will host their first annual Coupe Devils Rod & Kustom Bonanza at Bruvollen in Blaker 50 km north of Oslo. The show is open for everyone, but only traditional hot rods and kustoms pre '65, Ol' skool bikes, and classic american cars pre '55 will be allowed inside the area.
Click here for more information


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03.21.2009 - Hotrod Havoc 3
The third Hotrod Havoc movie is finally released. The movie contains 40 action packed minutes featuring footage from Choppers Car Club, Bottrop Kustom Kulture Show, Hot Rod Hayride, Rumbler Thunder, Michael Perrech's 1936 Ford Truck, and much more.
Click here for more information


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02.10.2009 - Dean Jeffries 50 Fabulous Years in Hot Rods, Racing and Film
A new book about legendary painter, pinstriper hot rod, custom and show car builder Dean Jeffries from Motorbooks is just around the corner. The book details the multiple careers Jeffries mastered at once, from custom painting and pinstriping to metal shaping and design.
Click here to buy the book from Amazon.com


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02.01.2009 - This page has been accessed 200,000 times
It took more than a year to pass the 100 000 mark, now Kustomrama has passed the 200 000 mark in just a little more then 3 months. With 200 000 page views on the main page so far, 500 000 is the next big goal. So thanks all for all the support so far!



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01.30.2009 - Dee Wescott Passed Away
Another hot rod pioneer has left us. Dee Wescott passed away peacefully on January 29, 2009. Born in Portland, Oregon in 1927, Dee is famed for his work in both steel and fiberglass. In the 1950s Dee experimented with fiberglass repair in order to work on Corvettes, an experiment that later evolved into a full time business.
Click here for more information about Dee Wescott


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12.20.2008 - Gene Winfield's 1935 Ford Shop Truck Found
After being stored away in a barn in Oregon for ages, Gene Winfield's second shop truck has finally been found. The car is currently located in Texas where the new owner will give it a complete, detailed, and historic restoration back to Gene Winfield's first version of the car.
Click here for more information about Gene Winfield's 1935 Ford Shop Truck


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12.09.2008 - The Car Craft Dream Rod - It's Painted
Today Mark Moriarity published some updated progress pictures of his Car Craft Dream Rod Project on the HAMB. As you can see, Mark has come a long way since he hauled the old Bill Cushenbery creation home in 2005, and we can't wait to follow the rest of the progress on this car.
Click here for more information about the Dream Rod


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12.09.2008 - Custom Cars 2009 Annual
While cruising by Rik Hoving's page this morning I couldn't believe my eyes, Rik presented a brand new Custom Cars Annual Trend Book! How cool was that! According to the site, Justin Kudolla had recently published the Custom Cars 2009 Annual book. Even though it don't seems to be an official Trend Books book, it still seems pretty cool!
Click here for previews and more information about the book



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12.06.2008 - Hot Rod Pinups - A Film by David Perry
For all of us living in the cold part of the world, David Perry and Gearhead Records has released movie to help us warm up the garage during winter time. Hot Rod Pinups - A Film by David Perry is a 60 minute sumptuous sampler of classic 50's style pin-up girls ala Vargas features hotties working in the garage, hanging out at the drag strip and cruisin' country roads.
Click here for trailer and more information


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12.04.2008 - New Shirt: Buster Litton's 1949 Ford T-shirt
Kustomrama is proud to present the second shirt in our Kustomrama Signature Clothing Serie. This t-shirt is our tribute to the Panoramic Ford and everyone that was involved in the build.
The Buster Litton 1949 Ford shirt is sold through zazzle.com, and is available in many different colors and styles.
Click here to buy this shirt


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12.03.2008 - Church 5 is Out Now
The fifth Church Magazine is finally out! Church Magazine number 5 is called "Lost and Found". All of the pictures in the magazine is taken by Coby Gewerts' dad at Fremont Drag Strip between late 1960 and early 1964. Order your copy today, and secure the Christmas reading.
Click here to go to the Church website


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11.30.2008 - New Shirt: Bob Hirohata's 1951 Mercury T-shirt
Kustomrama is proud to present the first shirt in our Kustomrama Signature Clothing Serie. This t-shirt is our tribute to the Hirohata Merc and everyone that was involved in the build.
The Hirohata Merc print is sold through zazzle.com, and is available in many different colors and styles.
Click here to buy this shirt


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11.30.2008 - Magneto 18 is Out Now
It's almost three years since the last Magneto Magazine was published. But after a long waiting Magneto 18 has finally been released. Magneto 18 features 36 black-and-white pages PLUS four full-color fold outs stuffed with New England history plus some more recent builds in the same tradition.
Click here to go to the Magneto website


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11.28.2008 - Bill Page's 1940 Ford on E-Bay
If you have a dirty dream about owning a true fifties survivor kustom, this is your chance, as Bill Page's 1940 Ford Convertible is currently up for grabs on E-Bay.
Click here to visit the auction
Click here for more information and pictures about Bill Page's 1940 Ford


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11.19.2008 - The 1950 Saturn Bob Hope Special
Built in 1950 by Lloyd Templeton and his two sons Don and Bob, the 1950 Saturn, also known as the Bob Hope Special is going under the hammer at the 2009 Arizona Biltmore Auction. The early hand built sport custom did actually win the "People’s Choice" award at the 1954 Motor World Fair in Miami.
Click here for more information and pictures
Click here to see a video clip of the car


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11.12.2008 - The latest one from Gambino Kustoms
Gambino Kustoms have done it again! Kirk Jones' 1960 Ford called the Starliner really opened my eyes when it comes to Alex Gambino and his crew at Gambino Kustoms. The latest kustom to leave the Gambino shop is his former employee Steve's 1956 Ford truck, and this ride really lives up to the expectations!
Click here for movies and pictures from the build
Click here to follow the build process at the HAMB


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11.08.2008 - The Atomic Punk is up for grabs
Yes, you read right! Aaron Grote of Cerro Gordo's latest creation is currently up for sale on E-bay. The Atomic Punk is without doubt one of the best looking Bubble Top Show Rods that is touring the scene right now, so if you have the dough, buy it! Give Aaron some money so he can make another wild creation.
Click here to visit the auction
Click here to read more about the Atmoic Punk


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10.20.2008 - This page has been accessed 100,000 times
The Kustomrama main page has been accessed 100,000 times! Since our relaunch as a Wikipedia in October 2007 the site has been growing steady every month. Today we passed 100,000 page views on our main page. This is a big day here at the Kustomrama headquarter, and I would like to thank all of our readers for the support and contributions so far! Thank you very much!




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08.20.2008 - Recommended Book: Cole Foster and Salinas Boyz Customs: Style. Substance.
A new book about legendary Hot Rod and Kustom car builder Cole Foster is just around the corner. The book that is published by Motorbooks, will offer an inside look at the genius behind the vehicles. The book will be out in stores October 1, 2008.

Click here to buy this book from Amazon.com




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08.20.2008 - The Orbitron Rides Again
The restoration of the Orbitron, Ed "Big Daddy" Roth's long lost creation is finally done. A secret pre viewing of the car found place at Galpin Auto Sports recently. According to Moldy Marvin there will be an Open house unveiling party for general public on October 18th at GAS.




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08.20.2008 - Deuce of Spades - The Movie
A new independent full feature Hot Rod movie called the Deuce of Spades is currently in productions. The movie is about a Hot Rod girl that finds a mysterious letter dating back to the fifties hidden in her roadster. Based on the letter she sets out to find the answers and retrace her deuce’s troubled past. The movie will be out in the spring of 2009, and from looking at the teasers it looks really promising!

Click here to watch the Deuce of Spades Teasers


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08.20.2008 - The Kustom Photography of Barris
The man that gave us the Mad Fabricators DVD's is currently working on a new movie about George Barris and his photography. A trailer has been released on YouTube, and we can't wait to see the finished product.

Click here to watch the trailer


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07.03.2008 - CKOS Lead Parkin' and Hangar Rockin' No.7
Summer is on, and there seems to be traditional rod & kustom related events going on all over the world. If you are currently near Västerås, Sweden, or St. Stephan, Switzerland you probably have your weekend filled up already, as you don't wanna miss the CKOS Lead Parkin' or Hangar Rockin' show!

Click here for more CKOS Lead Parkin' info and pictures.
Click here for more Hangar Rockin' info and pictures.

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06.27.2008 - Lowtech - Traditional Hot Rod & Kustom Blog From Switzerland
Are you one of those advanced hight tech greasers? If yes, add Marc's Lowtech blog to your RSS reader. Marc has the scene in Switzerland covered, and visiting his site before going home from work is always a treat.

Click here to visit the Lowtech blog



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06.27.2008 - The Loud Mufflers Hot Rod & Custom Car Show #6
This weekend it is time for the 6th Loud Mufflers Hot Rod & Custom Car Show in Paris, France. Keith Weesner and the legendary Trashmen will be there, what about you??

Click here for more info and pictures


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06.04.2008 - Jesus Valencia's 1949 Chevrolet Club Coupe on E-bay
One of the modern days most known and beloved Chevy kustoms is currently up for sale on E-bay. The Barris style kustom currently owned by Jesus Valencia is up for grabs until the 20th of June 2008, when the auction ends.... if I only had the money!

Click here to visit the auction


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06.04.2008 - SINS 3
SINS is back!! The dates for the biggest pre '63 traditional kustom, hot rod and bike show in Europe have finally been released. The show will take place the 25 - 26 th of April 2009 in Wieze, Belgium. The show that is hosted by the Scrapers car club of Belgium will also take place on a new location for the year.

Click here for more info

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05.30.2008 - Kustomland: The Custom Car Photography of James Potter, 1955-1959
If you are gonna read one book this summer, wait until June 15! On June 15 the book Kustomland, written by car designer Thom Taylor is finally released. The book features loads of color pictures of kustom cars taken by James Potter between 1955 and 1959. The car has a chapter dedicated to Larry Watson and features many kustom cars painted by legendary Larry Watson. So if you are planning a wild scallops or panel paint job on your car, this would be a great place to start.
Click here to buy this book from Amazon.com


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05.29.2008 - The Legendary Custom Cars And Hot Rods of Gene Winfield
Gene Winfield is definitively one of the coolest guys around. After 81 years, the guy is still going strong doing what he knows best, building smooth kustom cars and fast hot rods. David Grant has summarized the life of this legendary builder, and the result is a well written book full of old pictures from the Gene Winfield photo archive. This book is a must for everyone interested in the kustom kulture, and the guys that made it what it is today.

Click here to buy this book on Amazon.com


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05.29.2008 - Jokers Car Show 2008
One week to go for the Jokers Car Show in Tidaholm, Sweden!! I hope everyone has got their cars out from the winter sleep, and are ready to consume some beer in the woods of Sweden. Friday the 6th. of June it will kick loose with Dice Magazine & Jokers Bike Show! And remember all: Only Hot Rods, Kustoms & Motorcycles in 40 - 60's style are allowed at the show, no Originals.




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04.21.2008 - Church 4
Latest issue of Church is finally out! Coby Gewertz has brought his trusty pocket digital to the Speedweek and snapped some truly amazing photos. Latest issue does also include THEM Car Club photos in addition to traditional rod & kustom stuff! My favorite issue so far!! Church 4 can be pre-ordered directly from www.carsnotculture.com.

Click here for more info

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04.02.2008 - The Road To Bonneville
Hot rod builder and filmmaker Brian Darwas has made an epic cross country adventure that follows Ken Schmidt and Keith Cornell of The Rolling Bones as they travel from New York to Nevada in order to hit the salt for the Speed Week. The Road To Bonneville is a must for every Bonneville enthusiast, and can be ordered directly from www.atomichotrods.com.

Click here for more info

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03.29.2008 - Garage Party At Austin Speed Shop
The Lonestar Roundup in Austin, Texas is just around the corner, and if you are visiting the show, be sure to also visit the South Austin Speedshop on Saturday for their Garage Party!!!

Click here for more info


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03.26.2008 - Pistons Rumble IV 2008
The dates for this years Pistons Rumble in Finland are finally set. So if you are planing a trip to Finland this summer make sure to go around the 14th. of June.

Click here for more info


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02.28.2008 - New Magazine - Kustomra'mag # 1
Latest addition to the Kustomrama family is an online magazine called Kustomra'mag. Kustomra'mag.... short for Kustomrama Magazine is a photographic magazine dedicated to traditional rod & kustom cars. Each issue of Kustomra'mag is also available as a high quality limited edition soft cover book that could be bought from the Kustomra'mag online store. Each photo featured in Kustomra'mag is also available for sale in the same store.Hope you all like the necomer!

Click here to check out the premier issue of Kustomra'mag

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02.16.2008 - Soup Up Magazine No.5
Check out the latest online issue of Soup Up Magazine.
Soup Up Magazine No.5 features a great story from Waco, Texas in the 40's and 50's, and is well worth a look. It also has some coverage from Pistons And Paint, and the Day Of The Drags.

Click here to check out Soup Up Magazine No.5


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02.14.2008 - Hot Rod Hayride 2008
August is a fine month for taking your jalopy on a round trip around Europe. Start with the A-Bombers Old Style Weekend on the 1st - 2nd of August, and continue the following weekend with a trip to Surrey, UK for the Hot Rod Hayride.




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02.12.2008 - Brand New T-Shirt Design - The '40 Merc Shirt
Kustomrama proudly presents the "'40 Merc Shirt", a brand new design from Kustomrama. The shirt is basic and rude just like the old ads of Hot Rod Magazine. The design is available in many different colors and styles, and can also be ordered as a sweatshirt. Price starts at $19.95 so go get them...

Click here for more info about the "'40 Merc T-Shirt"


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02.12.2008 - Jokers Car Show 2008
The dates for this years Jokers Car Show in Tidaholm, Sweden are now finally confirmed. The event will take place on the 6th and 7th of June.

Click here to watch Kustomrama's a movie from last years Jokers Car Show




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01.25.2008 - The Dates For The A-Bombers Old Style Weekend 2008 Are Finally Confirmed
The dates for this years A-Bombers Old Style Weekend have finally been confirmed to be 1 - 2 of August. This is the ultimate Scandinavian traditional rod, kustom and authentic rockabilly happening, so I look forward to see you all in Uddevalla!
In the meantime, check out the A-Bombers Old Style Weekend 2007 Lomographic Gallery





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01.22.2008 - Bedrock Weekend 2008
The dates for this years Bedrock Weekend has been set. This year the show will take place June 20 - 22. The line up isn't set yet, but we will keep you all updated as soon as we know it.
In the meantime, check out the pictures from the Bedrock Weekend 2006






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01.17.2008 - More Pictures From The A-Bombers Old Style Weekend 2007
New lomographic pictures from the 2007 A-Bombers Old Style Weekend has now been added to our Featured Events Gallery
Visit the A-Bombers Old Style Weekend 2007 Lomographic Gallery






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01.17.2008 - More Pictures From The Jokers Car Show 2007
Kustomrama has just created a new gallery full of retro lomographic pictures from the 2007 Jokers Car Show, so fasten your seatbelts and prepare yourself to be FLABBERGASTED!
Visit the Jokers Car Show 2007 Lomographic Gallery






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01.06.2008 - Mad Fabricators Society Volume 5
The latest Mad Fabricators Society DVD was released just before christmas! With more than 3 hours car madness on 2 DVD's this movie is a must for every hot rodder!
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12.10.2007 - Riverside Crazy Car Hop
The date has been set for this years Crazy Car Hop in Balaguer, Spain. The free show hosted by the Razzlers Car Club will take place the 2,3 and 4th of May, 2008, and will include cool cars, raw music and hot girls! Don't miss this one.
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Throttle Magazine

11.18.2007 - Throttle Magazine
First released in January 1941, Throttle Magazine is known as the very first hot rod related magazine. After releasing 12 issues in 1941, the magazine had to close down after 1 year because of the WWII. Rodders Journal is currently putting together a hardbound book that will feature full reprints of all the original 1941 Throttle Magazines.
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10.26.2007 - The Car That Ate My Brain
From the team behind the Mad Fabricators Society DVD's comes a brand new movie about Norm Grabowski's famous model T, The Lightning Bug. Told by Von Franco, this is a great piece of Hot Rod history.
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