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 2005 , 2004, 2003 & 2002 Seasons

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2005 Season

Art Center College of Design Car Classic 2005

 by Dennis Modica

Over 100 world-class vehicles filled the Art Center's beautiful grounds on Sunday July 17th for the Car Classic annual event. Over 2,500 guests were in attendance to commemorate the Art Center's 75th year of design influence in the automotive industry, including many noted Art Center alumni who are top designers in the industry today.

One of the Art Center's alum, Chip Foose (Foose Design), was on hand along with Hot Rod Designer and builder Steve Moal,  to speak in the morning feature "Meet the Designers."  Chip displayed his latest Ridler Award winner "Impression," based on a 1936 Ford Roadster, owned by Ken Reister, while Steve displayed the 2005 America's Most Beautiful Roadster winner "Sedueced," a 1932 Ford Roadster, owned by Paul Hansen. Many other noted car collectors, including Bruce Meyer and Jay Leno, were in attendance with cars on display.

Thank you Christine Hanson!


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Art Center College of Design Car Classic

NSRA Appreciation Day at California Car Cover

 by Dennis Modica

Once again over 400 Wild Rods arrived early Sunday morning April 10th for the annual NSRA Appreciation Day Car Show held at California Car Cover in Chatsworth, California owned by Jim DeFrank. Jim and his wife, Loraine, are super nice people and gracious hosts, opening their entire facility and providing a great complimentary lunch for the owners of participating vehicles. The National Street Rod Association reps were on hand to give away Appreciation Day hat pins and provide free safety inspections.

This year's special guest was Chip Foose, automotive designer / builder and star of TLC's hit series Overhaulin'. Chip signed autographs on limited edition Hot Wheels® die cast models of a car he designed based on a 1932 Ford Roadster.  This special car was named "0032"  because it was a '32 Roadster designed for the year 2000.  Chip just happened to bring along the real deal "0032" from the collection of Margie and Robert E. Petersen for the large crowd to check out. 

Well known local car guys and collectors like Jay Leno, Chris Titus and Bruce Meyer are regular attendees. This year Bruce drove one of his rare Ferraris to the show! California Car Cover NSRA Appreciation Day is always a great event to attend, and you never know who might show up with a famous or rare car.  Next years show  will be held on Sunday, May 7th,  2006. For more information you can visit their web site at www.calcarcover.com or call them at 800-423-5525.

Thanks Jim and Loraine!


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NSRA Appreciation Day at California Car Cover

Goodguys 5th Del Mar Rod and Custom Nationals

 by Dennis Modica

The Goodguys Rod and Custom Nationals is held annually at the Del Mar Fairgrounds located just North of San Diego, California.  For the past five years this beautiful seaside town has been the place to be on the first weekend of April to view streets filled with an amazing assortment of Wild Rods, Customs, Classics and Trucks (pre 1973) from across the United States and Canada.

The 2005 finalists for the prestigious Goodguys Street Rod d' Elegance Award were selected from the indoor car show participants. This years finalists included Paul and Erik Hansen, Pleasanton, CA, '32 Ford Roadster "Sedeuced", Mike Warn, Startup, WA, '48 Buick, Ralph Weaver, Huntington Beach, CA,'36 Ford, Bob Casper, Peoria, AZ, 39 Ford and the winner of the 2005 Goodguys Street Rod d' Elegance Award was Jim Morgan, Richmond, CA, 40 Ford.

 A very special thank you to Betsy Livingston and the Goodguys Rod and Custom Association!


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Goodguys 5th Del Mar Rod and Custom Nationals

Blackie's Fresno Autorama 2005

 by Dennis Modica

In the weeks preceding Blackie's 46th Annual Fresno Autorama a feeling of eager anticipation begins to build in those fortunate enough to have received an invitation to this famous event. Blackie's unique ability to pick 'em yielded a weekend that covered the full spectrum of unbelievable rods and customs.....again!

At the street rod end of the spectrum was the 2005 Ridler Award Winner, "Impression," Ken Reister's 1936 Ford Roadster designed and built by Chip Foose and his team at Foose Design, Inc., Huntington Beach, CA. With many handmade pieces including one-off Foose wheels and a hand-shaped body by Marcel's Custom Metal Shaping, Corona, CA. it's no wonder that it won the Street Rod Sweepstakes Award at this years Fresno Autorama. To truly appreciate the level of craftsmanship in this '36, one has to see it in person! This is Chip's third Ridler Award in the last four years! Congratulations Chip and Team Foose!

Traveling the spectrum to another galaxy was the futuristic bubble-top creation, "Beatnik,"  built by Chopit Kustoms in Florida. This handmade custom took three years to build and was shown here for the first time. Blackie told me this was the wildest custom he has ever seen! It took home the Custom Sweepstakes Award this year!

George Barris, creator of many famous TV cars including the original "Batmobile" was the honored recipient of the 2005 Builder of the Year Award.  George was on hand Sunday with his famous "Batmobile" to meet fans and sign autographs.

It's hard to believe that Steve Metz was able to match his Wild Rod named "Frantic Frog,"  (see Blackie's 2004 show) but he did. "Panic Parrot" is  Steve's 1950 Studebaker with a 1000 HP blown and injected motor, 3 inch diameter headers and the most awesome one-off calliope stack I have ever seen! Steve told me he started with the injectors from a drag boat!  Last year Steve gave me a card  with a cartoon drawing of "Panic Parrot" and I cannot believe how much the real life version looks like the cartoon drawing! This is another car that has to be seen to be believed!  So, Steve...what's next?

Our friends Rich, Paige and Hoochiemama Udell brought there killer 1934 Chevy Phantom Sedan "Instigator."  The incredible design and perfect detail has the Udell's bringing home awards everywhere they go with this bad to the bone street rod!

Brian Brennan, Editorial Director of "STREET RODDER" magazine, was at the show with his '29 Ford Roadster built by "Hot Rods By Dean." Nice roadster, Brian!

Thanks again Blackie!


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Blackie's Fresno Autorama

Grand National Roadster Show 2005

by Dennis Modica

"Sedeuced" was named "America's Most Beautiful Roadster" at The 56TH Grand National Roadster Show held for the second year at its new Southern California home, the Los Angeles County FairPlex in Pomona, California. The coveted award was presented to Paul and Erik Hansen of Pleasanton, CA for their Coach Built 1932 Roadster by builder Steve Moal.

Known as "The Grand Daddy of them all" five buildings at the Pomona FairPlex were devoted to this year's show. The 2005 GNRS also marked the introduction of the newly created and prestigious award, "America's Most Beautiful Motorcycle." For the first time at the GNRS a collection of world class, custom built bikes were judged. Competition was fierce to say the least!  But when the scores were finally tallied, Steve Daheb's "Wicked Way"  took the trophy home to Hillsborough, CA. To see this awesome winner and the complete assembly of bikes at this year's event.  Click here to view these Hog Wild Hogs.

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 Thank You Dan and Char Cyr, Jason Wilson, and the entire Dan Cyr Enterprises Team.


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Grand National Roadster Show Street Rods 2005

2004 Season

L. A. Roadsters Annual Father's Day Event 2004

 by Dennis Modica

Hundreds of pre-1937 open roadsters lined up early Father's Day to enter the FairPlex in Pamona, CA for a day of celebrating the 40th Annual L.A. Roadsters' Fathers Day Show.  Mild summer  weather, a world-famous swap meet, plenty of food and drink, a preferred parking area brimming with street rods and lots of friendly, familiar faces made this the place to be on Father's Day!  Mark your calendars now for Father's Day 2005 because this is one show you won't want to miss!

 Thanks again Jack!


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L.A.Roadsters Annual Father's Day Event 2004

NSRA Appreciation Day at California Car Cover

 by Dennis Modica

Jim DeFrank, owner of California Car Cover, and annual host of the NSRA Appreciation Day Car Show welcomed over 400 Wild Rods to his Chatsworth, California facility early Sunday morning May 16th for a perfect day that drew a large crowd.

On hand to sign autographs for the long line of Hot Wheels®  fans was chief designer, Larry Wood. For the past 35 years Larry has been "in the front seat" of almost every Hot Wheels® car Mattel has produced, adding his intuitive flare to each design.

While TLC's Rides covered the build of "Heavy Metal," Scott's Hot Rods n' Customs 1956 Chevy Roadster Pick Up and the rod fans in Chatsworth literally covered this hot and heavy piece of metal.....to the point where it was hard to get a picture. Fortunately, it was just one of the many Wild Rods featured at this year's event.

Thanks Jim and Loraine! A great show as always!


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NSRA Appreciation Day at California Car Cover

 

NSRA 28th Western Nationals 2004

 by Cindy Modica

No wonder the streets of Bakersfield California were packed full of street rods and trucks making their way to the Fairgrounds! The 28th NSRA Western Nationals drew 1,883 registered street rods, the largest participation ever for the annual event held on April 23, 24 &  25, 2004.

Known as the show for the entire family to enjoy, this year's fun began on Thursday evening at the Welcome Back Bar-B-Que held at Stramier Park followed by three days of perfect weather and awesome rods. Without a doubt perfect weather and beautiful cars made the NSRA Western Nationals the place to be!


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NSRA 28th Western Nationals

Goodguys 4th Del Mar Rod and Custom Nationals

 by Cindy and Dennis Modica

Del Marvelous! Was the Goodguys 4th Annual Del Mar Rod and Custom Nationals held on April 2-4 2004, at the beautiful Del Mar Fairgrounds located on the Pacific Coast in Southern California. Now open to all pre 1973 Rods and Customs.

This event has an indoor car show with some of the top Wild Rods in the country in competition for the Street Rod d'Elegance Award. As we entered we saw last years winner, Ron Whiteside’s 1934 Mercury Monarch, the 2003 Ridler Award winner designed and built by Chip Foose and the incredible craftsmen at Foose Design in Huntington Beach, California. This years winner is Caryn Burch's 1937 Ford "Scarlet Phantom."  This all steel three window coupe was originally designed by Chip Foose and built by Alan Johnson of Johnson's Hot Rod Shop. By the way, Caryn plans to drive this Wild Rod! Look for a feature on this car soon on WildRods.com.

The weather was great and the Del Mar Fairgrounds was the perfect place to showcase these incredible Street Rods and Customs. The inside paddock was the place to be on Sunday morning to view the Street Rod d'Elegance finalist. We really look forward to this event each year!

        Winners List: http://good-guys.com/awards/awardwinners.asp?eventID=DMN04

 A very special thank you to Betsy Livingston and the Goodguys Rod and Custom Association!


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Goodguys 4th Del Mar Rod and Custom Nationals

Blackie's Fresno Autorama 2004

 by Dennis Modica

It seems each year Blackie assembles a collection of cars that is nothing less than outstanding....until the next year when he manages to out-do himself, as he did once again at this year's 45th Annual Fresno Autorama. With several Ridler Award Contenders fresh from The Detroit Autorama on display, Blackie's 2004 invitational was just one more affirmation that the caliber of cars continues to climb.

Featured on TLC's Rides - Road to The Ridler, Paul and Erik Hansen's '32 Ford Roadster "Sedeuced" built by Steve Moal welcomed spectators as they entered this year's show. The Hansen father and son team drove home as this year’s winner of the prestigious 2004 Best Street Rod Award. See more of this car at www.sedeuced.com  (Click here to see our feature on the Hansen's ’37 Ford Convertible, Midnight Conspiracy.)

Blackie’s 2004 Best Custom Rod Award went to Jack and Sue White's 2010 Chrysler Air Flow. The Airflow was finished just four days before it's debut at the 2004 Grand National Roadster Show. Jack White also created a web site for his Wild Rod at www.airflow2010.com. This car truly held the crowd’s interest the entire weekend! Be sure to check out the cover shot and feature by Eric Geisert in the June 2004 issue of Street Rodder Magazine.

Tim Kerrigan’s Red Line Roadster was yet another outstanding car featured on the TLC Rides Special Road To The Ridler that captured the Fresno crowd’s attention. Such a car deserves a Feature and we look forward to getting together with Tim and shooting this car from top to bottom! Meanwhile, get ready for a frame-up Wild Rods Feature on Brent Schieder’s Orange Crush.”  We know you won’t want to miss seeing this ’39 Ford Convertible take shape, so keep your eyes peeled for this thirst quenching vehicle to appear on the Wild Rods page very soon!

At Wild Rods we’re all about flames, so when we caught a glimpse of the sculptured flames on the hood of Michael Meives ’34 Dodge, we just had to take a closer look! This rod has a ton of creativity in it!

Justin “Scott” Padfield, owner of Scott’s Hot Rods ‘n Customs had his Wild Truck "Heavy Metal " fresh from The Detroit Autorama where it won the Most Radical Truck Award! This truck went through an incredible make-over on TLC’s TV show Rides that transformed this ’56 Chevy truck into a radical roadster pick-up.

A great looking display with an elevated side ramp, the all steel 1933 Ford three window coupe called "Storm" shown by Fran and Judy Spear stood out as one of the most beautiful rods at the show!

Thanks again Blackie!


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Blackie's Fresno Autorama

Grand National Roadster Show 2004

 by Dennis Modica

The Grand National Roadster Show marked its 55th season by moving from the Bay Area to beautiful Southern California and a new home at the Los Angeles County FairPlex in Pomona. Famous for the coveted "America's Most Beautiful Roadster" (AMBR) Award, the show is also host to the prestigious Grand National Roadster Show Builder of the Year Award.

The recipient of the GNRS 2004 Builder of the Year Award is Barry White and his Street Rod Repair Company (SRRC). Barry had several high quality SRRC built street rods on display including Richard Berg’s 2001 AMBR, IMPACT, Bob Smiley’s WYLD ’32, Dennis Decamp’s Agent Orange, Don Carlile’s ’39 ILLUSION, and his latest creation Concept '36, a top contender for AMBR Award, owned by Kent and Lisa Matranga. Chris Brown of SRRC designed and fabricated the Custom Carbon Fiber body. Marcel’s Custom Metal handmade the hood and side trim while Mark Mahood shot the beautiful red paint and Gabe Lopez stitched the custom leather interior. Just one look at the cutting-edge design and handmade features throughout this incredible Wild Rod and you know that the bar has been officially raised!  We look forward to the direction Barry, Chris, and the talented craftsmen at SRRC are taking Street Rods!!  

America’s Most Beautiful Roadster Award went to Charlie Lambetecchio of Fresno, California and his '36 Ford Roadster built by Larry Ruth of Deadwood, South Dakota. This silver and yellow all steel car was a “Ridler Award” contender last year at the Detroit Autorama and winner of Blackie’s Fresno Autorama’s 2003 Best Street Rod Award (see our event feature on the 2003 Fresno Autorama). While shooting the GNRS I ran into my good friend Blackie Gejeian who filled me in on the new custom wrap around rosewood dash with matching rosewood steering wheel and console Charlie had installed since I last saw the car. It just goes to show the creativity in this industry is non-stop!

Thank You Dan and Char Cyr, Tim Holt, and the entire Dan Cyr Enterprises Team.


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Grand National Roadster Show 2004

2003 Season

NSRA 27th Western Nationals 2003

 by Dennis Modica

Once again the streets of Bakersfield, California were teaming with incredible street rods and trucks making their way to the fairgrounds for the 27th NSRA Western Nationals. As always this show draws a large local crowd, but you don't have to look too far or too hard to find street rods from as far away as Canada. The non-stop cruising and Sunday morning Winner's Circle are just two favorite traditions at the NSRA Western Nationals that continue to ensure we all are back in Bakersfield, year after year! Or is that decade after decade? No matter how you time it, this annual tradition is one that appears as a permanent event on the calendar.

Jim, thank you again for taking time out of your incredibly busy weekend to visit with us! We've got our calendar marked and look forward to next year!

A very Special Thank You to Jim Rowlett!


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NSRA 27th Western Nationals

Goodguys 3rd Del Mar Rod and Custom Nationals

 by Dennis Modica

We knew Ron Whiteside’s 1934 Mercury Monarch, the 2003 Ridler Award winner designed and built by Chip Foose and the incredible craftsmen at Foose Design in Huntington Beach, California, was going to be at the Indoor Show at the Goodguys 3rd Del Mar Nationals. So we arrived early, before the doors opened to the public, and found Ron’s ’34 next to last year’s Ridler Award winner and Goodguys Street Rod d’Elegance Award winner, Wes and Bob Rydell’s 1935 Chevrolet Grand Master, also designed by Chip. Ron’s ’34 took home this year’s Goodguys Street Rod d’Elegance Award (new to this event) and a Boyd Coddington Pro’s Pick. Check out Chip's new website at http://foosedesign.com/

Two Ridler and two Goodguys Street Rod d’Elegance Awards in a row! Congratulations Chip!

         Winners List: http://www.good-guys.com/awards/awardwinners.asp?eventID=DMN03

Just across from the pair of Ridler winners we saw Barry White and Don Carlile with Don’s beautiful tangerine ’39 Illusion fresh out of Barry White’s Street Rod Repair Company (SRRC) in Placentia, California. In this spot last year we shot Richard Berg’s 2001 AMBR winner, Impact, also built by Barry White. At that time we were talking with Barry and Don about the color Don was going to paint his car. We can see that he made a great choice with a Tangerine and Orange Pearl mix!  Meanwhile, at SRRC Chris Brown’s original concept was starting to take shape and his talents put to use in the reshaping of the Coast to Coast body, incorporating fender-mounted Headwind headlights and styling features of a ’38 Ford Cabriolet. Don won both a Boyd Coddington Pro’s Pick and an Eagle One Award at this year’s show. We’re sure you’ll be seeing a lot more of this award winner as Don plans to drive this beautiful car!  Check out the SRRC website at http://www.barrywhitesrrc.com/home.html  

Making our way through the Indoor Show we ran into our buddies Blackie Gejeian taking some photos of his own (we know what he’s up to) and L.A. Roadster, Jack Stewart.   

Friends, John Peelman and Charlie Lambetecchio of Fresno, California had their beautiful ’46 Convert and ’36 Ford Roadster inside and were among the Finalist for the coveted Street Rod d’Elegance Award with Charlie’s ’36 taking home a Boyd Coddington Pro’s Pick.

Steve Frisbie, of Steve’s Auto Restorations (SAR) in Portland, Oregon had on display an example of his recent endeavor with designer Chris Ito. The project known as the Double Dozen consists of 12 hand fabricated custom designed ’33 Hi-boy roadsters and 12 custom designed ’33 fendered roadsters.  These all steel ’33 concept roadsters will be sold as a rolling chassis and body combination, in bare metal, no engine, transmission, or interior. Each will have a certificate of authenticity and an engraved firewall ID plate numbered and signed by Steve and Chris. What an awesome project! For more information on these incredible all steel bodies, check out the SAR website at http://www.stevesautorestorations.com/   

After shooting all morning indoors it was nice to get out in the perfect Del Mar weather.  By this time the Fair Grounds had filled to capacity with street rods, customs, trucks and several very special groups of rods on display including the San Diego Woodie Club and a Magoo Reunion…and who better to be the Grand Marshal of this year’s show than the legendary Dick “Magoo” Megugorac!

A very special thank you to Betsy Livingston and the Goodguys Rod and Custom Association!


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Goodguys 3rd Del Mar Rod and Custom Nationals

Blackie's Fresno Autorama 2003

 by Dennis Modica

Once again Blackie filled the new Fresno Convention Center with an incredible selection of the finest street rods, customs and motorcycles. Having traveled the country in search of these wild rods, Blackie, well known for his attention to detail, places each car at the show in order to capitalize on its strongest features.

The weekend of rain didn't dampen the enthusiasm of the crowds that lined up outside for entry to the show and there were certainly no disappointments once inside with incredible rods at the show like Chip Foose's SpeedBird and Charlie Lambetecchio's 1936 Ford Roadster built by Larry Ruth of Ruth Engineering in Deadwood, South Dakota. Charlie's '36 won the Best Street Rod Award at this years show (inset below).

Look for upcoming shop tours and features on the incredible wild rods of Chip Foose and Larry Ruth in our Features section.

A very special thank you to Blackie!  


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Blackie's Fresno Autorama

Temecula Rod Run  2003

Photography by Dave Clarke

It was a beautiful day in
Temecula, California for a Rod Run and this year's annual event was nothing less than incredible. Rods and customs lined the streets and parking lots. This event gets bigger every year! Crowds of car enthusiasts enjoyed the rods, the weather, the food and the fun.

Dave Clarke sent in these great photos! Thank you, Dave!


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Temecula Rod Run 2003

Oakland Rod, Custom and Motorcycle Show 2003

 by Dennis Modica

Entering the Oakland Coliseum on the second level and looking down on the arena floor was a very impressive welcome to the 2003 Oakland Rod, Custom and Motorcycle Show. The presentation of color and craftsmanship was outstanding with rods, customs, classics and motorcycles displayed throughout the various levels of the coliseum.

The spotlights were focused on several of today’s most celebrated designers and builders including Rick Dore, Roy Brizio, and Chip Foose, recipient of the Oakland Rod, Custom and Motorcycle Show Trendsetter of the Year Award. Chip brought four incredible variations of his design talent for display in the main arena along side several of Roy’s world-famous hi-boys and two unbelievably vivid street cruisers debuted by Rick Dore. We are looking forward to see what next year will bring at the shows new location, the Cow Palace.

A very special thank you to Rick Perry and Michael Dobrin! 


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Oakland Rod, Custom and Motorcycle Show

2002 Season

Last year we traveled the west coast attending many of the best shows in this part of the country beginning in January with the 2002 Grand National Roadster Show held in San Mateo, California and finishing the year in Pleasanton, California with the 16th Goodguys West Coast Rod & Custom Nationals. Covering these incredible shows and sharing the wild rods  with you is our goal.  

Goodguys 16th West Coast Rod & Custom Nationals 2002

 by Dennis Modica

Beautiful summer weather in picturesque Pleasanton, California provided the perfect setting for hosting the Goodguys 16th  West Coast Rod & Custom Nationals. Acres of wild rods and customs in virtually every color of the imagination were on display with the highlight being the group of rods vying for the coveted America’s Most Beautiful Street Rod award. Contestants were lined up under the fairground’s dappled shade trees for thousands of spectators to enjoy and judges to scrutinize. With so many unique rods to choose from, the judges finally bestowed the honor of America’s Most Beautiful Street Rod to Mike and Linda Shiflett of Otis Orchards, Washington and their 1938 Lincoln Zephyr.

The 16th West Coast Rod & Custom Nationals was another great opportunity for us to catch up with many friends and familiar rods!

Once again, many thanks to John Drummond and the Goodguys Rod and Custom Association!


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Goodguys West Coast Nationals

L. A. Roadsters Annual Father's Day Event 2002

 by Dennis Modica

We met our good friend, L. A. Roadster member Jack Stewart, at the Roadster Entry Gate early Saturday morning to get our Press Pass for the 2002 L. A. Roadsters Father’s Day Event. Year after year the L. A. Roadsters produce an awesome event with row after row of beautiful roadsters lined up under the bright June sun. 

 Our Special Thanks to Jack Stewart!

Be sure to order Jack’s book co-authored with Dick Wells, L. A. Roadsters, A Retrospective.  Send a $30 Check or Money Order to Jack Stewart, 11734 Rives Avenue, Downey , CA 90241. Priority Mail shipping and handling are included.


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L. A. Roadsters Father’s Day

NSRA 26th Western Nationals 2002

 by Dennis Modica

Arriving in Bakersfield, California we headed straight for the NSRA Host Hotel to obtain our Press Pass and found an entire parking lot packed with incredible street rods and trucks. This was just a hint of what the three-day event at had to offer: all day (and night) cruising, 1,848 amazing street rods, friends, food and lots of fun!

Our Special Thanks to Jim Rowlett!


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NSRA 26th Western Nationals

Goodguys  2nd Del Mar Nationals 2002

 by Dennis Modica

Rain cleared the way for a beautiful spring weekend in Del Mar, California for the Goodguys Del Mar Nationals. Entering the first of two buildings that housed the Indoor Show of wild rods and customs we were greeted by several of the most incredible cars grouped together under one roof.  Leading the way was Wes Rydell’s Ridler Award and Goodguys Street Rod d’Elegance winner, Grand Master, Dave Hall’s Goodguys Custom Rod d’Elegance and 2001Custom Rod of the Year winner, NewMad, and Richard Berg’s America ’s Most Beautiful Roadster, Impact.  What a sight! And to top it off we met up with the three incredible builders, Chip Foose, Steve Frisbie and Barry White! Presented on the following pages are highlights from the show including Boyd’s Pro’s Pick and the 2002 Goodguys Del Mar Nationals Winners!

Our Special Thanks to John Drummond!


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Goodguys Del Mar Nationals

 

Blackie's Fresno Autorama 2002

 

 by Dennis Modica

Blackie Gejeian’s famous “invitation only” Fresno Autorama was in its 43rd season when we arrived early with invitation-in-hand to shoot the show. Blackie and his staff are known for traveling the country attending top car shows to personally invite the owners of the very best wild rods and customs to his prestigious event.  The beautiful Fresno Convention Center, with its terrific lighting, was the perfect setting to view the vast array of incredible rods and customs including Dave Hall’s New Mad and Wes Rydell’s Ridler Award Winner designed by Chip Foose. 

Checkout our feature on Blackie's show in the October 2002 issue of STREET RODDER magazine.

Our Special Thanks to Blackie!


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Blackie’s Fresno Autorama

Dan Cyr Enterprises, Inc.  2002

 by Dennis Modica

Pictured on these pages are roadsters, rods and customs on display at the 2002 Grand National Roadster Show, the Sacramento Autorama, the Portland Rod and Custom Show and the Seattle Roadster Show presented by Dan Cyr Enterprises, Inc.  As you scroll through these photographs of the roadsters and rods presented and debuting at these shows we know you will agree that they truly represent America ’s Best. We are pleased to present these four shows and wish to extend our special thanks to Dan and Char Cyr, Tim Holt, and the entire Dan Cyr Enterprises team for their gracious hospitality.


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Grand National Roadster Show


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Sacramento Autorama


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Portland Rod and Custom Show


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Seattle Roadster Show

 


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