Early Days of Hot Rodding in Fresno
Gene "Clean Gene" Sadoian was a local Fresno teenager who in 1948 spent his weekly allowance of $.25 cents on a new monthly magazine called Hot Rod Magazine. "In the 7th grade we had one hour of study hall," he told Kustomrama in February of 2021. "I put the magazine inside of my books and read about Fran Hernandez, Barney Navarro, and Bill Burke, building and racing on the salt, dirt and oval tracks. Hot Rodders had a bad image, so we had to hide images just as porno is now considered. Wally Parks wrote articles about illegal street racing, encouraging legal dragstrips and working with the police." At age 14, while delivering Fresno Bee newspapers on his chromed up Schwinn bike, Gene heard a loud rumble. "Like I never heard before. I saw this cut down hot rod, black with two carburetors sitting so high they blocked the drivers view. The driver was a scary looking guy with cut off t-shirt sleeves. He looked at me and smiled. I saw gold leaf letters on the side of car—"Blackie". He did a burn out for me, I was forever hooked."
Hot Rods of Fresno, California
Blackie Gejeian's 1926 Ford Model T Roadster
Dick Noble's 1932 Ford Roadster
Gene "Clean Gene" Sadoian's 1934 Ford Four-Door Sedan
Custom Cars of Fresno, California
The Ala Kart
The Wild Kat
Tim Morton's 1940 Ford Pickup
Mel Lehman's 1940 Mercury 4-Door Sedan
Joe Urritta's 1941 Ford
Buddy Katlik's 1953 Plymouth 4-door
Martin Srabian and Morris Srabian's 1954 Ford Pickup - The Wild Kat
Clif Inman's 1957 Chrysler
Bob Huffman's 1965 Chevrolet Impala
Shops of Fresno, California
Bliss Custom Shop
Marty's Hot Rods
New Age Chrome
Seibert's Auto Repair
Hot Rod and Custom Car Clubs out of Fresno, California
Creepers of Fresno
Fresno Pan Draggers
Hot Rod and Custom Car Shows of Fresno, California
Citizens of Fresno, California
Gene "Clean Gene" Sadoian
- ↑ Gene "Clean Gene" Sadoian
- ↑ Gene Sadoian
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