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Ray Giovannoni's 1936 Ford Roadster of Washington, D.C. Ray's roadster was restyled by Bud Unger, and the build was completed around 1947/1948. Bud believes Ray sold the car to a fellow from North Carolina.
A second iteration of Pete Brock's 1946 Ford Convertible of Menlo Park, California. While studying as an automotive designer at the Art Center Design School of Los Angeles, Pete started sketching new ideas for the Ford. He brought the custom to Norm's Auto Body to have the ideas carried out in metal. According to Peter, "It’s interesting to note that Briggs Cunningham was the first to use these "racing stripes" which I added to my car in honor of his participation as an American at Le Mans. I later used those stripes in designing the livery for the Mustang GT350s we built at Shelby American starting in 1965." Known as the "Fordillac", this photo shows the car as it appeared when it was featured in Car Craft June 1956. Brock sold the car to Jimmy Burrell of North Carolina in 1956.
Stanley Bennett's 1950 Mercury of Oregon. In 1957, Stanley's ride was featured in "Out of the 48" section in Rod & Custom January 1957. Stan worked as a paratrooper in Ft. Bragg, North Carolina, and he built the car when he was stationed there. The car was known as The Scorpe.
Vartan Davidian's 1955 Ford F-100 of Smithfield, North Carolina. Vartan was a student at the University of North Carolina, and the truck was restyled by Steve Stevens. Once completed, it was featured in Custom Cars September 1957.
Jerry Dimeo's 1950 Chevrolet Club Coupe of Gastonia, North Carolina. Restyled in the 1950s, Jerry's Chevy was featured in Custom Rodder November 1959.
Tommy on tour! Saturday, July 16, 1960 Tommy made an appearance with his dual engine 170 m.p.h. car at the Concord Drag-O-Way in Concord, North Carolina. This is an old poster that Fred Thomas came across in a secondhand shop in North Carolina around 2000. He shared the poster with Tommy, who could confirm that it, in fact, was one of his old flyers.
Wayne Knudsen's 1932 Ford 3-Window Coupe of Toledo, Ohio. The chopped and channeled coupe is believed to have been built by Knudsen in the mid-late 1950s. It was later acquired by Warren Bookman, the organizer of the Toledo Auto Rama. Under Bookman's ownership, the car was prominently showcased at the Auto Rama, drawing significant attention and acclaim from attendees and automobile enthusiasts. Billy Coates of Charlotte, North Carolina, bought the old hot rod in 1997.
Taylor Kennedy's 1935 Ford 3-Window Coupe of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Taylor's dad, Wayne, originally hot rodded the coupe around 1957-58. Wayne parked the coupe in 1967, and it sat for the next 32 years before Taylor got it out and back on the road in 2009. Photo courtesy of Chris May.
Willie Kendig's 1932 Ford Roadster of Yettem, California was built after Willie came out of the service in 1948. In 2013 Willie's roadster was located in a private collection in North Carolina.
Walter Kristick's 1934 Ford 5-Window Coupe of Grensboro, North Carolina. Rumored to be a 1960s hot rod,the car can be traced back to a purchase in Tennesse around 2014. Before Kristick bought it, the previous owner had started and abandoned a restoration.
Ron Barbarino's 1941 Plymouth Business Coupe of Concord, North Carolina. The build was completed in September of 2014, and it made its first public appearance at the first Customs by the Sea car show in Wildwood, New Jersey in October of 2014.
Jeremy Minamyer's 1949 Mercury of Concord, North Carolina. A white primered version of Jeremy's Mercury made its first public appearance at the 2nd annual Customs by the Sea car show in Wildwood, New Jersey in 2015.
Woody Lee's 1924 Ford Model T Roadster of Oakland, California. The build was completed circa 1949-1950. In 2016 the car was owned by Ray Evernham of Mooresville, North Carolina.

Hot Rods of North Carolina

Woody Lee's 1924 Ford Model T Roadster
Matt Hurley's 1932 Ford Roadster
Wayne Knudsen's 1932 Ford 3-Window Coupe
Willie Kendig's 1932 Ford Roadster
Walter Kristick's 1934 Ford 5-Window Coupe
Wayne Kennedy's 1935 Ford 3-Window Coupe

Customs of North Carolina

Ron Barbarino's 1941 Plymouth Business Coupe
Peter Brock's 1946 Ford Convertible - The Fordillac
Jeremy Minamyer's 1949 Mercury
Jerry Dimeo's 1950 Chevrolet Club Coupe
Stanley Bennett's 1950 Mercury - The Scorpe
Vartan Davidian's 1955 Ford F-100

Traditional Hot Rod and Custom Car Clubs of North Carolina

Iron Lords

People of North Carolina

Billy Coates
Dean Micetich
Jeremy Minamyer
Jerry Dimeo
Jimmy Burrell
Ray Evernham
Ron Barbarino
Steve Stevens
Taylor Kennedy
Vartan Davidian
Walter Kristick
Wayne Kennedy


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