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SF Rod, Custom and Motorcycle Show
February 20 - 22, 2009

 YOUNG ZANE CULLEN REACHES BACK TO
CREATE ELEGANT RODS FOR THE FUTURE

New perspectives from young designer-builders who will carry the torch forward

One of the challenges the hot rodding establishment has faced as the form enters its 80th  + year (don't forget those lakes guys who began kicking up the dust at places like Muroc, Rosamond and El Mirage in the late '20s and early '30s), is new perspectives from young designer-builders who will carry the torch forward.

If the future is in the hands, mind and spirit of young Zane Cullen and his Cotati Speed Shop in Santa Rosa, CA, then the future is bright.

The 30-ish conceptualist and builder continues to meld forms and functions from past racers and racing styles - everything pre-war Indy racers, Midwest dirt track chargers and sleek board track roadsters, even Euro grand prix machines - into modern road machines that by their unique styling and engineering embrace distinctive verve and design. 

He grew up around cars and picked up some early skills as a painter in his dad's auto body shop. Working in another shop, he expanded his proficiencies to include body work and final assembly operations.

Actually, the groundwork was set much earlier, when he used to read and re-read all kinds of automotive magazines.

 "There are so many little micro-cultures in the automotive world," he says in "Art of the Hot Rod," written by Ken Gross and on display in the Brizio display area during this event,"that anytime you find out about one you don't know, it's intriguing. . . When I look back I was always passionate about cars."

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Blue '32 Ford roadster built for Mike and Kelly Winrod.

He has a real bent for the styling of original racing roadsters. " . . . they were pushing the envelope," he says, "That raw, natural aesthetic of original hot rodding really appeals to me."

Much of the Cullen design and styling ethic is represented in the car on display in the show arena at the Cow Palace, a sleek, blue '32 Ford roadster built for Mike and Kelly Winrod.

One of his earlier creations, the Full Speed Ahead '32 Ford board track roadster, hemonopost (single seat) roadster melds elements of '32 Ford grille to boattail stern, lped establish the Cullen reputation. This gold monopost (single seat) roadster melds elements of '32 Ford grille to boattail stern, showcases a striking chromed exterior pitman arm, the base of

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which is housed within a streamlined nacelle a panel is machine turned. A chromed, locking filler cap sits behind the driver. The engine, reminiscent of 4-cylinder Cragar or Riley four port racing motor, is a modern unit, a Mazda PZEV 2.3-liter four-banger. ttached to the left body panel and the bold dash

Although his shops are in Santa Rosa, he's added the Cotati Speed Shop name in part to remind enthusiasts that Cotati has its own rich racing heritage, Cullen was 2003 Builder of the Year at the Grand National Roadster Show, and was named the Goodguys' Trendsetter of the Year in 2004. 

The San Francisco Rod, Custom & Motorcycle Show is sponsored by Toyota Trucks. Show hours are noon to 10 p.m. Friday, February 20; 9 a.m. - 10 p.m.

Saturday, February 21; and 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. Sunday, February 22.

RP Productions has announced new and attractive family admission for the event. Now, kids 8 and under will be admitted free. In previous years, the free admission for kids cut off at 5 years old. Adult admission (16 years and up) is $18 ($2 off with discount coupons from California Toyota dealers; $16 seniors (65+) and military; and $8 for kids 9 to 15.

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