Richard Parks

Gone Racin’


“My Big Fat Greek Hot Rod” is the name of this AMBR contestant. A ’29 Ford Phaeton.

Entry 908, owned by Bill Neumann, from Camarillo, California, was a ’32 Ford Roadster, painted Candy Red, with a Kugel suspension, and a ’96 BMW V12, 5.4 Litre engine. The hood and engine compartment were lengthened to house the engine. It had a gray leather interior and a landspeed racing car look to it. Entry 909, owned by Ken Reister, from Littleton, Colorado, was a ’36 Ford Phantom, painted gold, and was designed and built by Chip Foose. It had a Flatisphere LS1 engine, and cream colored two-toned leather interior. Entry 910, owned by Tommy Otis, from Sherman Oaks, California, was a ’29 Ford Phaeton, called My Big Fat Greek Hot Rod. It was designed by Tommy Otis and Steve Stanford and built by Rick Cresse. The paint was a purplish blue with white two-toned leather interior and carpet. Entry 911, owned by Gil Losi, from Upland, California, was a ’33 Ford Boydster by Boyd Coddington. Called the Ratster, it was a dark gray matte color and had a red leather interior. It was powered by a Chevy LS6 350 c.i. engine. The name and gray primered dull finish implied a link to the rat rod element, but it was exquisitely designed, painted and detailed. Entry 912, owned by James Hunt, from Moreno Valley, California, was a ’29 Ford Roadster, painted standard Henry Ford black, with a 350 c.i. Chevy engine. It had a Brookville body and gray leather interior.

John D’Agostino, Candy Clark and Bo Hopkins were on hand to sign autographs. They are always crowd favorites for their easy manner and approachability. D’Agostino brought his signature series wire wheels to show, and the Elvis car, which drew crowds of fans. Bo Hopkins told his fans, “everyone still wants to be a Pharaoh.” Who can forget Bo and Candy Clark in American Graffitti, probably the best hot rod movie, and one of the all-time greatest movies ever produced by Hollywood. Candy is worth the price of admission all by herself. “This is the prettiest show I’ve seen in a long time,” she said. “D’Agostino builds the most beautiful cars,” Clark went on while gazing at the Elvis car, “and he will debut a special car here in 2008, and I gave him the idea for it.” John added, “I’m going to debut a new car here every 2 years and it will be a STAR car.” Candy, whom the fans could not get enough of, added, “it will be a negative/positive car, a highly controversial car, but it won’t be a Madonna car.” I drifted over to the model car show run by Rusty Price. He said that any one can enter their home made models. “It’s very easy, all you have to do is bring your car, sign in, and we will judge it in one of 15 categories,” Price said. Trophies will be handed out on Sunday. One of the General Lee cars from the Dukes of Hazard show was on display. Next to them was Mimi and Bebe, twin sisters who own All Seasons Promotions and who told me that John Buck has put new life back into the show. Jan Schield from the Edelbrock Museum stopped by and told us that their Museum in Torrance was putting in new display cases. The museum is open for tours and is one of the most interesting museums for car culture in California.

I had to take another walk through the motorcycle exhibit. The GNRS just has to give these bikers a WHOLE building in 2007. All the bikes were fabulous. There was the Chip Foose Foosecycle. US Marine Larry Horwedel from Amarillo, Texas designed the Grunster. Dana Perri, from Placentia, California, exhibited his ’77 Yamaha TT 540cc Flat Tracker, racing bike. The Hippy Killer Tri-cycle was on display. Steve and Kari Daheb displayed the Wicked Way. Mike and Paula Stafford, of MGS Custom Bikes, in Lancaster, California, showed off their creation, Radical Simplicity, and it was a beautifully designed bike. They were vying for the America’s Most Beautiful Motorcycle (AMBM) award. A second trip back to the Suede Palace to see the “ratty” cars, including Rat-u-la, by Brett Barris, which is similar to the Munster’s TV show car, the Drag-u-la. Full Throttle Video’s, owned by Jeff Grubert had some interesting hot rod videos, some of which are modern and produced by his friend, Brooks Ferrell, through his production company, Gold Mine Film Co. The Edelbrock Company brought a massive display of their products and became a sponsor of the GNRS. It seems Vic Edelbrock Jr and John Buck are fellow Trojans, from the University of Southern California. They had a crew there to answer your question on high performance parts for heads, cams, manifolds, water pumps, carburetors, valve covers and much more. They will even sell parts to Bruin fans. Brookville cars and bodies brought in their truck. They have been selling steel bodies since the 1970’s, and complete sets since the ‘80’s.

Jack Stewart and Mort Smith were manning the L.A. Roadster’s booth, and getting the word out to the public to come to the L.A. Roadster show on Father’s day, June 18, 2006, at the Los Angeles County Fairplex, in Pomona, California. Scrub “Reverend” Hansen stopped by to let us know that there were 350 cars, 100 bikes, 50 rat rods and 30 race cars on display at the GNRS, with another 350 roadsters expected for the Saturday outdoor cruise-in show. The Reverend was one of the judges and had been furiously trying to catch up on the record number of entries.

A brand new line of clothing was on display by first time exhibitor Danisha Smith. It is called Cherry Lane, and it is a family affair. Danisha is a car show fan who felt that there isn’t much in the way of clothing for the ladies. With her husband’s support, Danisha and her daughters and friends began to design their own clothing styles and the brand name they came up with, Cherry Lane, reflects the look of the 1940’s and 50’s. She told Christopher, her husband, “there’s very little here at these shows for women, and it isn’t very appealing.” She thought that Cherry Lane “is a really nice hot rod name.” This is her first big show. She has the look down pat and a great product. You heard it here first. John Buck added a car show for the weekend. The price that you pay is less than parking and general admission and you can park your car right next to the buildings. This cruise will be a very popular addition and save a lot of shoe leather. Buck is committed to making this show even more popular than it has been in the past. He is looking to bring in the kids, and is not turned off by their ideas and values, as other shows have been. He realizes the need to bring in a younger market. He even made overtures to attract the boat racers; after all, they use the same engines, only without wheels. Next year he promises to add a Hall of Famers Banquet and exhibit to honor all the previous winners of the GNRS. The AMBR winner this year was Ken Reister, from Littleton, Colorado, with his Chip Foose designed ’36 Ford Roadster called Impression, and it sure did make an impression on the judges. The AMBM Award winner was Mike and Paula Stafford for their motorcycle Radical Simplicity.


Dave Cutler’s “High Noon”, ’32 Ford Roadster powered by a fuel injected with nitrous, 12 cylinder Jaguar!


John and Shirley Azevedo’s ’48 Chevy pickup “Impression” won “Custom Roadster Pickup” and the show’s most “Outstanding Truck”!! Great job!






Built in 1962 by the owner Mox Miller this blown dual quad 348 powered ’58 Chevy Impala has come out of 8 years of storage to be at this show. It won “The Von Dutch Pinstripping Award” the stripper was Dennis Rickless and took second in “Conservative Early Hardtop




“Impression” – Yes this 1936 Ford Roadster made one at the 57th Grand National Show. Ken Reister of Littleton, Colorado owns the 2006 “America’s Most
Beautiful Roadster”. Foose designed and fabricated a work of art










Foose designed custom teardrop headlights to create the illusion of a Ford V8 insignia.




Foose used ’35 Chevy gauges and made a steering wheel that looked like an airplane propeller. Over 4,000 handcrafted parts went into “Impression


“Blackie” Gejeian and “Chip” Foose




Matt Tachdjian’s AMBR contestant “Muroc 1” from Orange, CA. This injected LS1 Chevy powered ’32 Ford Roadster has a Marcel’s built body and Mangus interior.






This is a 1934, 4 door convertible, Stugotti, owned by Rick Strain of Arbuckle, CA. The Stugotti was a joint venture between Studebaker and Bugotti, the association would wither to the winds of war.




View of half of building #4, (the main building). Over 500 contestants entered the Grand National. Over 160 vendors were there for you. 275 Hot Rods drove-in on Saturday!! Awards – 400+ winners!!


View of building #5


Building 8 before the fans come in.


“Lavender Illusion” WOW!! Look what Wayne Dickey did with his ’66 Chevy Impala!


Rick & Retha Clutter of Escondido brought “F This”. Their 540 cubic inch injected big block Chevy powered ’56 Ford Pickup. They took home the awards for “Radical Conservative Custom Pickup” and the “Sweepstakes Award for Trucks”.


Mike Van Zetten brought his ’31 Ford Pickup from El Cajon, CA.

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