Friday, October 24, 2014

How to Build Hot Rods Mystery Roadster Identified.

On the cover of Fawcett book 156 'How to Build Hot Rods' there is a track nose '30 Ford roadster. Hot rodding pioneer Lou Baney with assistance of a club member &/or the roadsters owner is seen dropping in a Flathead v8. For a long time I have wondered who's roadster it was, finally I was able to identify the owner of the roadster thanks to the 5th Hot Rod and Motor Sports show organised by Russetta Timing Assoc for which Lou Baney was once President (Bill Likes being the President during 1952).

Now the owner of the '30 roadster was Tommy Zoriki, who was Tommy Zoriki? Was he a R.T.A. member? The roadster is quite unique due to the fact it is a less desirable '30/'31 roadster, when you think about track nose A roadsters the names Niekamp, Flint, Dye jump out as being the outstanding examples. When a '30/'31 A roadster is channelled the style/proportions are improved immensely, add a track nose and a Duvall windscreen you get a down right beautiful hot rod. So why was this rod ignored by the likes of Hot Rod, Hop Up, Honk (Car Craft), R&C? If there is a feature please let me know.




Saturday, October 11, 2014

Hot Rods & Motorcyles Bonneville 1952


Gene Hewitt #230. Pacific Gunsight special behind 535 coupe.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Hilborn/Travers/Larsen Av8

Hilborn/Travers/Larsen Av8 @ Petersen Motorama early 1950s.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Monday, February 24, 2014

G for Gow.

So, along time since my last entry, so I thought I would post some of my earliest photos.
These two photos were taken on the streets of LA in the mid 30s. The gow job is based on a Model T chassis it has drop axle and buffalo wire wheels, possible z'ed rear, I can only guess the engine is a Model T hopped up with period go fast parts. Body appears to be front half of a Dodge touring. Enjoy the pictures.



Sunday, May 12, 2013

Evans Speed Shop Sponsored Hot Rods

Recently I was able to purchase these two great photos, the Carrillo/Betz Modified roadster & the Earl Evans Lakester photo.

Now the great thing is that these photos weren't taken at the Petersen Motorama or National Roadster Show but a Hot Rod show in Portland Oregon. The time the photos were taken would be late '51 to mid '52 I will try and find out exactly when this show was.



Saturday, April 27, 2013

Ralph Schenck Modified Photo

I recently purchased the negative for this photo. #57 Ralph Schenck's modified powered by a 1925 Chev 4 with Oldsmobile 3-port head. Last seen in 70s when Duane Steele owned it.

#20 Marinovich Bros. Modified.



Monday, March 25, 2013

Ralph Schenck Streamliner

With the Hot Rod Homecoming event this past weekend I thought I would post this image of the Ralph Schenck Streamliner which was in attendance.


Saturday, March 23, 2013

Phil Remington Modified Mystery.

So where did it go? According to the article in The Rodder's Journal it was taken from Phil's parents garage, the person said he had Phil's permission to run the car. So I was looking thru my copy of Hot Rod Handbook (Fawcett book 129) and imagine my surprise to see a close up of Phil's Modified at a Saugus. So start searching the barns and out houses in the area you may just find an icon.



Sunday, February 10, 2013

R.I.P. Phil Remington, 'Mr Fix It' has died age 92

Just read Phil Remington, 'Mr Fix It' died age 92. Phil's modified was one of the most beautiful well constructed cars to run the dry lakes post war and his work with Lance Reventlow, Carroll Shelby & Dan Gurney was legendary. R.I.P. Phil.


Thursday, February 7, 2013

Ray Bowles T


Bought new by Hi Halfhill, sold to Pommer, then went to Neal was raced on the dry lakes in the early 30s, Frank Pommer bought it back and had Frank Kurtis customise it, sold again, then in 1940 Chuck Schultz bought it. Ray Bowles bought it in the late 40s ran the '49 PRC Reliability Run and won best appearing car was on the January 1950 Hot Rod cover. Sold again in 1952 and appeared in Hop Up Jan 1953, sold again appeared in August '55 Car Craft owner Skip Hedrich sold it to an Airman and on his way north, the T caught fire and burnt to the ground the remains were scrapped. All because the airman did a shoddy job to repair a leaking fuel hose.

Friday, December 7, 2012

December 7, 1941, "A Date Which Will Live In Infamy"

71 years on, time heals old wounds but never forget the lessons learnt.

"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it" George Santayana 1863 - 1952




Thursday, November 22, 2012

Jot Horne Ranger powered T roadster

Jot Horne was well known for his line of Horne speed equipment, But he was most famous for designing the Cragar S/S mag wheel. But this isn't the reason for this post, Jot was quite an innovator when it came to his cars in 1948 Jot stuffed a Duesenberg DOHC straight 8 under the hood of his '32 roadster. Later on Jot replaced the '32 body with a '27 Model T roadster body, his speeds jumped from 130mph to 143mph. Competing at the first Bonneville Nationals in 1949 Jot set the "D" Roadster class record with a speed of 127.565mph. In 1951 Jot bought a P.T. 19 Trainer at Hawthorne Airport for $100, he and a buddy took the wings off & loaded the wingless plane into a pickup. So this leads us to the article below which has some fantastic info on Jot's Airoadster. Jot sadly passed away April 14, 2012, at the age of 87. 

Friday, October 26, 2012

Butler Brothers '26 T roadster. Bob Miller A roadster

#27 Butler Brothers A class modified roadster. Powered by a 176" '28 Chev 4 with Oldsmobile 3-port head.

#548 Bob Miller B class '28 model A roadster powered by a 286" '46 Mercury V8.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

R.I.P. Norm Grabowski. 1933-2012

Checking the daily subscribed email from the Jalopy Journal I was saddened to see Norm Grabowski has passed away. I have never met Norm but he was one person I would have really liked to have met. Norm was a man who crammed a lot into his life, Hot Rods, magazine covers, Film Actor, Artist extraordinaire carving the coolest, evilest wood shift knobs anywhere!

Norm's Lightning Bug was/is my favourite T-bucket of all time, it is perfect in black paint & whitewalls. The Chrome laden Cad V8 was no slouch dispatching the competition to the wayside. Norm would rebuild the car into what will forever be known as the Kookie Kar. The October 1955 Hot Rod featured Lightning Bug on the cover & it happens to be the first Hot Rod issue of 50s I owned. I bought it 8-9 years ago at Wintersun Nostalgia Festival, it was a taped together piece of crap but I was stoked to own it. That issue really ignited my passion to collect these old Hot Rod mags.

R.I.P. Norm, Thank You for all you did for Hot Rodding!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Carl Borgh GMC powered 1925 Chevrolet Roadster

I was looking at an image of Carl Borgh's ex-Spurgin/Giovanine roadster and noticed for the first time that the Chuck Spurgin built nose has some damage around the bottom of the grille where it appears to be pushed in, I wonder if this was the catalyst for the rebuild into the mid engine roadster?


Monday, October 8, 2012

Kurtis Sports Car, 1949

Kurtis
Frank Kurtis built Kurtis Sports Car 1949 Wally Parks was the wheel man.