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Jack Crabbs' 1948 Buick Roadmaster of Bettendorf, Iowa. Known as the "Black Flame", ack's intent was to build and market a low scale production custom car for wealthy people, like the Kurtis Cad and the Muntz of the same time. The build was started in 1953 and completed in 1956. It was restyled by Dunshee's Body Shop.
Russ Neely bought Gil Ayala's 1951 GMC Truck after Bruce Geisler had restyled the car.
Ed Biggs' 1959 Chevrolet El Camino of Davenport, Iowa. Ed was a member of the Idlers of Davenport car club and he ran Biggs Automotive Service with his father. In the Summer of 1959, Ed decided to turn a brand new El Camino into a shop truck and rolling advertisement. He wanted to give it a custom paint job, so he ordered the car and had it delivered to a Gardena, California dealer so Joe Andersen of Joe Andersen's Custom Shop could pick it up and give it a panel paint job. Ed joined the US Air Force in September of 1959. He was stationed at the Ramstein Air Base in Germany, and decided to have his custom shipped with him to Europe.
The program for the 4th annual International Motor Sports Show held in Des Moines, Iowa in 1958. The Rod & Custom Magazine’s Dream Truck was featured on the cover, and the truck was one of the main attractions that year. Unfortunatel it never made it to the show as it was wrecked on the way over to the show.

Hot Rods of Iowa

Jim Bloome's 1929 Ford Roadster


Custom Cars of Iowa

Jack Crabbs' 1948 Buick Roadmaster - The Black Flame
Bruce Geisler's 1951 GMC Truck
Bob Martin's 1952 Chevrolet Convertible
Gene Meeks' 1952 Packard Patrician
Gene Swanson's 1954 Ford
John Taylor's 1956 Oldsmobile
Ed Biggs' 1959 Chevrolet El Camino


Sport Customs of Iowa

1950 Saturn - The Bob Hope Special


Custom, Body and Paint Shops of Iowa

Lowe's Auto Body


Car Clubs of Iowa

The Road Gents
Davenport Idlers
DeWitt Roamans
Iowa Sinners


Hot Rod and Custom Car Shows of Iowa

International Motor Sports Show


Citizens of Iowa

Bob Martin
Ed Biggs
Gene Meeks
Gene Swanson
Jack Crabbs
Jim Bloome
John Taylor
Lloyd Templeton
Russ Neely




 

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