The George Contaoi Photo Collection

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A photo of Bob Webster's 1957 Chevrolet. Bob was a member of the San Bernardino Krankers car club, and his car was known as "El Tigere". Photo by George Contaoi.
Here's the fifth version of Duane Steck's Moonglow as it appeared at the 3rd annual Krankers Motor Revue 1959. Photo by George Contaoi.
The third version of Duane Steck's Moonglow, featuring a scallop paint job by legendary custom car painter Larry Watson. George took this photo at an indoor car show in 1958. Duane Steck, who restyled the car himself in his own backyard, was a member of the Renegades car club of Long Beach. Photo by George Contaoi.
Mandy Holder's 1951 Mercury at the 1957 Long Beach Renegades Car Club Renecade. The show was held Thursday, July 4 on the grounds of Bellflower High School. Mandy drove all the way from Springfield, Illinois to have Barris Kustoms do some work on his Mercury. The photo was developed in July of 1957. Photo by George Contaoi.
A photo of Ron Coleman's 1951 Ford hardtop of Covina, California. Developed in June of 1959, the photo was taken by George at an indoor car show. Photo by George Contaoi.
A photo of Carol Lewis' 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air taken outside of the Barris Kustoms Lynwood shop. Carol was Dean Jeffries High School Sweetheart, and her Chevrolet featured a licking flame paint job by Dean. Developed in June of 1957, the photo was taken before the tragic shop fire that took place December 7, 1957. Photo by George Contaoi.
A faded color photo of Long Beach Renegades member Jud Morgan's 1956 Ford at an outdoor car show. Known as the Rambler, Jud's truck was fit with a Nash grille and headlights. Photo by George Contaoi.
This photo of Dean Jeffries' 1947 Mercury is taken outside the Barris shop in the summer of 1957. Photo by George Contaoi.
Notice the crazy head Dean painted on the hood. Photo by George Contaoi.
The deck lid was also decorated with a crazy figure, pulling his guts out with its left hand, and shuving a nail in his ear with the right hand. Photo by George Contaoi.
Here you can spot the Barris Kustoms' 1949 Ford in the back. Photo by George Contaoi.
A close up on the hood. Photo by George Contaoi.
Photo by George Contaoi.
Here we have John W. Britton's 1949 Ford. The photo is taken during the summer of 1957.
This used to be George Contaoi's 1949 Oldsmobile Fastback. It was mildly customized and striped by Pat Eskibar of San Bernardino. The engine was hopped up by installing a set of experimental heads with larger valves that George acquired from the GM dealer. Photo courtesy of George Contaoi.
Dick Jackson's 1957 Ford at an outdoor car show. The photo might be taken at the Squires Charity Auto Show held May 5, 1957. The photo is developed in July of 1957. The banner behind the Studebaker is an ad for Paul Lehrbass' 1952 Pontiac that the club gave away Saturday, September 7, 1957. Photo courtesy of George Contaoi.

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George Contaoi of the San Bernardino Krankers, California 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 upcomming photos.





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