Salt Lake City
According to Gordy Brown, Salt Lake City was a custom car and hot rod mecca in the 1950s and 1960s. State Street, the main route thru Salt lake City, was a cruising boulevard on summer nights and weekends. The kids of Salt Lake could cruise from Don Carlos Drive-In to Fred and Kellys Drive-In and on to Murray Drive-In and the Sky Castle Drive-In. The Sky Castle got its name from a radio broadcasting booth on the roof. When you ordered food you could request a song to be played on the air.
Salt Lace City has a park named Liberty Park that is two city blocks wide and four city blocks long. In the 1950s and 1960s a road ran all the way around the inside of the park, and all the local car clubs, such as the Crusaders and the Saints had different spots in the park that they claimed for their meeting areas. A Sunday in the park was like a rolling car show. It was the style in Salt Lake City at the time to fly the plaques from the front bumper.
A-1 Auto Body was one of the major shops for custom work around Salt Lake City. The street of Salt Lake City were filled with extremely low cars. One of the interesting things about these cars was the suspensions. According to Salt Lake City customizer Gordy Brown, the front ends were mostly done with dropped or reversed spindles, or by stepping up the ends of the lower suspension arms. This technique was also known as "Shackeling". The rear was mostly done with de-arched rear springs along with lowering blocks. The rear frame was also C-notched, and the drive shaft tunnel was raised.
Hot Rods of Salt Lake City, Utah
Custom Cars of Salt Lake City, Utah
Allan Winward's 1936 Ford 5-Window Coupe - "Miss Scarlet"
Mike Hemingway's 1948 Plymouth Four Door Sedan
Keith Hunt's 1952 Ford Convertible
Ron Lerdahl's 1952 Ford Convertible
Ron Lerdahl's 1952 Ford Victoria
Dick DeCarver's 1953 Ford Hardtop
Dick and Doris Vanadrigham's 1954 Chevrolet
Duane Dietrick's 1954 Ford Victoria
Gordy Brown's Third 1954 Ford Skyliner - Deja Vu
Kent Lee's 1954 Mercury Four-Door - One Step Beyond
Don Brock's 1955 Chevrolet
Dave Jorgenson's 1955 Mercury Convertible
Larry DeLuca's 1956 Ford F-100
Ron Lerdahl's 1956 Lincoln
Gary Rasmussen's 1959 Chevrolet Impala
Ron Lerdahl's 1960 Cadillac Eldorado
Custom, Body and Paint Shops of Salt Lake City, Utah
Custom Car and Hot Rod Clubs of Salt Lake City, Utah
Citizens of Salt Lake City, Utah
Allan "Kipp" Winward
Did You Enjoy This Article?
Kustomrama is an online encyclopedia dedicated to traditional hot rod and custom cars. Our mission is to protect, preserve and share traditional hot rod custom car history from all over the world.
- Find out how you can become a contributor.
- Forward this article to a friend.
- Subscribe to our newsletter and receive updates on Salt Lake City and other subjects featured on Kustomrama.
Help Us Make This Article Better
If you have additional information, photos, feedback or corrections about Salt Lake City, please get in touch with Kustomrama at: email@example.com.