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gassercrazy41
06-17-2011, 08:40 PM
Let us know the famous custom, gasser, hot rod, ect. that made the biggest impression on you. i'll start with Stone,Woods, and Cook Swindler 2 Willys.

DirtyEd
06-17-2011, 08:48 PM
The James Dean merc.I have wanted a sled ever since.I now have my dream ride in progress some 25 years later.

gassercrazy41
06-17-2011, 08:52 PM
very cool...james dean merc was a NICE car! Congrats on you build

Deuces
06-17-2011, 08:58 PM
Let us know the famous custom, gasser, hot rod, ect. that made the biggest impression on you. i'll start with Stone,Woods, and Cook Swindler 2 Willys.
Yeah man!!!! :cool:

57ford/60thunderbird
06-17-2011, 09:01 PM
california kid and milners coupe and falfas 55

moonboots & sweatpants
06-17-2011, 09:01 PM
The Orange Crate, Dick Pages 32, Goerge Fields Austin and Bigfoot.
Reading my dads old mags, I liked anything Valley Customs did and can remember going to the KKOA events. So many beautiful cars ruined with mono paint or pastels back than.

PhatCaddy
06-17-2011, 09:02 PM
"scrape"

spoons
06-17-2011, 09:03 PM
The HiroHata merc for me...
Ohio George's Malco cars on the race side...

gassercrazy41
06-17-2011, 09:03 PM
I always heard KKOA had great shows. never made it to one though...

spoons
06-17-2011, 09:04 PM
"scrape"


I know Terry Cook...Impressed me as well...

gassercrazy41
06-17-2011, 09:05 PM
"Scrape" is a beautiful car as well

rusty76
06-17-2011, 09:07 PM
Kristine

90ssp
06-17-2011, 09:10 PM
maybe not famous to you guys but sure was to me. My grandfathers 63 1/2 ford galaxie w/390:). Man I loved that land boat!!

choppednslammed
06-17-2011, 09:10 PM
Milners "piss yellow" coupe without a doubt got me hooked....second would have to go to CADZILLA..and third would be the "blue max" funny car

roundvalley
06-17-2011, 09:10 PM
'29 Ford roadster with a see thru plexiglass hood top. Owned by Ken Furhman. About 1952. I was about 14 yrs. old and remember him dirt racing at Stewarts Dairy in Napa, Calif. He wanted to sell me a '32 roadster body for $75. I didn't have $75.

gassercrazy41
06-17-2011, 09:11 PM
maybe not famous to you guys but sure was to me. My grandfathers 63 1/2 ford galaxie w/390:). Man I loved that land boat!!

There's a few family cars that made a big impression on me as well such as my grandpa's 56 ford custom and my uncles 41 willys

luvzccr
06-17-2011, 09:13 PM
the Kopper Kart (spelling?), i got a barris book for my 8th birthday and i remember i became obsessed with that truck. then i was introduced to american graffitti.... every car in there was amazing. something about that mean black chevy with the arrogance of harrison fords character made me wish i was him.. and that impala too... ooh i loved that thing :)

luvzccr
06-17-2011, 09:15 PM
maybe not famous to you guys but sure was to me. My grandfathers 63 1/2 ford galaxie w/390:). Man I loved that land boat!!

if we had to go with NON famous movie cars or cars built by legends of the hot rod world, then my dad's 58 ford.... i was 5, went crusing in it with him every day. got dropped off in front of my kindegarden class. man. the day he sold it i cried.. luckily i got my own 58 now

gassercrazy41
06-17-2011, 09:15 PM
the Kopper Kart (spelling?), i got a barris book for my 8th birthday and i remember i became obsessed with that truck. then i was introduced to american graffitti.... every car in there was amazing. something about that mean black chevy with the arrogance of harrison fords character made me wish i was him.. and that impala too... ooh i loved that thing :)

that impala was pretty wicked too with that big rake on it and the white and red paint...probably my second or third favorite car in that movie!

gassercrazy41
06-17-2011, 09:17 PM
if we had to go with NON famous movie cars or cars built by legends of the hot rod world, then my dad's 58 ford.... i was 5, went crusing in it with him every day. got dropped off in front of my kindegarden class. man. the day he sold it i cried.. luckily i got my own 58 now

Congrats on getting your own...those cars that you grew up in have sentimental value after a while.

Dooley
06-17-2011, 09:21 PM
Bullitt mustang...I loved Mustangs as a kid.

I was at a local show today and saw this car, based on the scrape car...

badshifter
06-17-2011, 09:21 PM
There's a few family cars that made a big impression on me as well such as my grandpa's 56 ford custom and my uncles 41 willys

With influence like that...how in the world did you end up with a name of 1975CamaroLT? From the era of anemic Camaros?

Deuces
06-17-2011, 09:22 PM
I fell in love with these before I began to walk... :rolleyes:

gassercrazy41
06-17-2011, 09:24 PM
With influence like that...how in the world did you end up with a name of 1975CamaroLT? From the era of anemic Camaros?

my mom had a 1976 camaro as her high school car and i wanted one like it because my grandpa painted it black and pinstriped it...it was COOL. so we ran across a one owner one with 56,000 miles and snatched it up for a good price, not a hot rod but it'll be something cool.:cool:

King Karl
06-17-2011, 09:24 PM
Project X did it for me. Long before GM got a hold of it and F'd it up.

Cameo Carrier
06-17-2011, 09:25 PM
Kopper Kart and Hirohata merc for the custom in me, Milner coupe for my hotrod side. I think I'm more of a custom guy... Not by much though!

Bigcheese327
06-17-2011, 09:25 PM
http://www.jalopyjournal.com/jal_mu/18b4513f-979e-abcf.jpg

My earliest memory of a "name" hot rod is probably the Vic Edelbrock roadster in a c. 1992 Rod & Custom Deuce retrospective that my dad bought me. Up to that point I pretty much only liked stockers, but that issue made me realize that there was hot rodding before street rods and fired up an interest in traditional hot rods that endures to this day.

-Dave

reekie6
06-17-2011, 09:27 PM
The 41 Willy's in the movie Hot Rod

gassercrazy41
06-17-2011, 09:30 PM
The 41 Willies in the movie Hot Rod

I've always love 40-41 Willys....no matter if it is glass or steel, Pro street, a gasser, or stocker...love them all!:cool:

55 1ST SERIES
06-17-2011, 09:34 PM
http://www.jalopyjournal.com/jal_mu/63286558-0dd3-22a0.jpg
This is the one that did it for me. Well, the original did. Although I love the clone in the picture as well. I first seen this Nomad on a model kit my Dad had when I was a kid.

droplord49
06-17-2011, 09:40 PM
The only cool cars we had in the little town I grew up in where Lowriders and Streetrods, so naturally that is what I was into. Then one year when I was about ten years old, at the Houston Autorama I saw Jimmy Vaughn's 51 Fleetline and Mike Young's 60 Impala sitting side by side and I haven't been right since. In essence, you could say that Gary Howard saved me from a life of despair.

52Poncho
06-17-2011, 09:40 PM
Wild Willie Borsch (1930-1991) and the Winged Express
No-one drove with one hand like him! :cool:

http://s3.amazonaws.com/findagrave/photos/2001/222/borschwilliebio.jpg

Gone but never forgotten.

anthony myrick
06-17-2011, 09:40 PM
james dean merc ,the munster coach,anything westerguard

gassercrazy41
06-17-2011, 09:41 PM
Very cool guys! thanks for sharing! keep posting!!

whiplash1923T
06-17-2011, 09:43 PM
I too was taken with the starring Willy's in the movie "Hot Rod" and I can't remember how old I was then but even American Graffiti didn't stop me loving those Willy's.

LilMo 56
06-17-2011, 09:45 PM
Growing up time was mid/late 60's, so yeah SWC Swindler II and Ohio George's 33 for gassers. Custom 'show-biz' cars were big, so as a 8-9 year old I was nuts about all the wacky ones. Munster coach, Grandpa's rail, Monkee Mobile GTO, Roth's Mysterion. The best at the drags for me was 'Wild Willy' Borsch and the Winged Express AA Fuel Altered. That was crazy sh_t every pass. So is today's version with Mike Boyd.

Tom Compton
06-17-2011, 09:48 PM
Karol Miller's 56 Victoria. How many Bonneville records? 7?

gassercrazy41
06-17-2011, 09:56 PM
always have loved the fords!

Sinister
06-17-2011, 09:58 PM
This one

gassercrazy41
06-17-2011, 09:58 PM
Love the California Kid....

hamburger313
06-17-2011, 10:00 PM
goldenrod

luvzccr
06-17-2011, 10:00 PM
i should also mention that me being a 90's born kid, i grew up watching Home Improvement. I loved the baby blue roadster Tim Allen built on that show. from the frame up too. i always loved watching that show and seeing that. then he got that 46 coupe too

hamburger313
06-17-2011, 10:02 PM
Goldenrod

gassercrazy41
06-17-2011, 10:03 PM
i remember that Blue roadster...that was sweet!!!!

90ssp
06-17-2011, 10:07 PM
i should also mention that me being a 90's born kid, i grew up watching Home Improvement. I loved the baby blue roadster Tim Allen built on that show. from the frame up too. i always loved watching that show and seeing that. then he got that 46 coupe too


i was more partial to the nomad!!!

gassercrazy41
06-17-2011, 10:08 PM
that nomad was a nice car as well

luvzccr
06-17-2011, 10:11 PM
i was more partial to the nomad!!!

ooooooh forgot about that one :) ah i hated it when that beam dropped on it :( even though there was two nomads, still, ONE got ruined. but yes that too was a great car

gassercrazy41
06-17-2011, 10:18 PM
ooooooh forgot about that one :) ah i hated it when that beam dropped on it :( even though there was two nomads, still, ONE got ruined. but yes that too was a great car

was that the episode that he drove it to the construction site???

gassercrazy41
06-17-2011, 10:21 PM
man...wish i could have been at fremont or lions..for that matter...any drag strip in the 60's!

carcrazyjohn
06-17-2011, 10:22 PM
California kid and a 60,s white corvette with flames Red white and Blue

cactus1
06-17-2011, 10:23 PM
"Greased Lightnin'" and the ragtop Merc with the flame throwers ( also in "Grease") did it for me. I was born in '72 and that came out in '78 I believe. Honorable mention should also go to the "Smokey and the Bandit" T/A and the General Lee.

http://www.jalopyjournal.com/jal_mu/479eee3f-1ab8-55b9.jpg

gassercrazy41
06-17-2011, 10:25 PM
oh i loved that merc! that thing was BAD!

Harms Way
06-17-2011, 10:25 PM
Frank Mack's Track Roadster ( I had a intimate knowledge of about every square inch of that car) Frank was a very good friend, a Dutch Uncle,... and a Hot Rod mentor to me.
http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/cc76/HarmsWay1932/Frankie/14.jpg


But a car that still gives me chills when I see it,... The Gray/Rizzio Webber Cam special,... A solid contender for coolest Hot Rod of all time, in my book.
http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/cc76/HarmsWay1932/T%20S%20and%20K/zzzzzzzzBenRizzio-WeberCams34coupe.jpg

DocWatson
06-17-2011, 10:29 PM
Doane Spencer's 32.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v613/docwatson1938/doane-spencer-deuce-hot-rod-1.jpg


Then, if your an Aussy Shawry's T was famous and it truly inspired me

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v613/docwatson1938/IMG_4276.jpg


Doc.

EDIT:
I have to mention one car, not a hotrod as such but I think it gave me a good 'Driving Base' to work from. That is an ex-Chicago Patroll Black and White driven by two Brothers who also were the greatest influence in my musical tastes too!!
C'mon, I don't have to post a pic do I??

aircap
06-17-2011, 10:30 PM
When I was young, it was Starbird's "Lil Coffin" and Cushenberry's "Silhouette" from the first run of Hot Wheels. Later on it was the SWC Willys and the Pierson Brothers coupe.

Sinister
06-17-2011, 10:38 PM
...Ok, I couldn't live with myself if I didn't say this one, too.

Pics pirated from S.R. mag.

grits
06-17-2011, 10:46 PM
Well for me, I've seen a lot of beautiful cars both street and strip. My most fond memories at the age of 13-15 years old were the Sox and Martian cars, loved them but my favorite has to be a porsch 911.

Flame away

gassercrazy41
06-17-2011, 10:49 PM
sox and martian cars have always been neat. they have made quite an impression on many people.

Gotgas
06-17-2011, 10:58 PM
I was six when Christine came out (1983) and I never stopped loving the FL Mopars.

http://filmsmell.com/wp-content/uploads/fury-christine-4.jpg


Close second would be the cars in American Graffiti, third would be the yellow '73 Eleanor.

RJP
06-17-2011, 11:02 PM
77 Sunset Strip tbucket (formerly Norm's bucket).
40 ford two door sedan J-2 olds powered (guy rented from my parents)
32 ford full fendered pickup...chopped and channeled...chromed everything ... first candy paint job in the area. (neighbor)

lbcd
06-17-2011, 11:05 PM
:D

http://i52.tinypic.com/v4mog3.jpg

TurboT
06-17-2011, 11:07 PM
The Mach 5.

gassercrazy41
06-17-2011, 11:09 PM
very cool guys...thanks a lot for sharing....keep posting!

Ol Deuce
06-17-2011, 11:10 PM
:p Bill Burke and his Suite Sixteen Lakester ;)

Ol Deuce
06-17-2011, 11:19 PM
http://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=643&pictureid=186665

k9kohl
06-17-2011, 11:21 PM
I have 3 Milners coupe TV Batmobile and the Monkee Mobile

b-bob
06-17-2011, 11:25 PM
'29 Ford roadster with a see thru plexiglass hood top. Owned by Ken Furhman. About 1952. I was about 14 yrs. old and remember him dirt racing at Stewarts Dairy in Napa, Calif. He wanted to sell me a '32 roadster body for $75. I didn't have $75.


Isn't that the roadster with the chrome frame? And it is still around right?

GasserTodd
06-17-2011, 11:27 PM
Marcellus & Borsch Winged Express, and Danny Eichstedts Leg Show Tee.

One for show & one for go.

And the Munster car too.

Guess I just liked model Ts

300racr
06-17-2011, 11:28 PM
The 2 that have influenced me the most would have to be Bruce Sizemores H/MP maverick and his I/gas Pinto.Love them Inline 6's

Clik
06-17-2011, 11:35 PM
Robert Mitchum's 51 Ford in Thunder Road. I was born in 54 and that was probably my first recognition of fast cars in movies or TV.

Other memorable "famous" cars from my youth were Art Afron's Green Monster (I don't know which one of his Green Monsters was the first to catch my interest).

Later on the was the movie Bullit. Sorry 'stang dudes but I was rootin' for the black Charger.

Then there was Two Lane Black Top and the 55 Chevy.

I have to confess to tuning in The Munsters just to check out the family car and Grandpa's Dragula. Sure it's goofy now but hot rods on TV weren't very common back when there were only three clear stations on the rabbit ears and a test pattern broadcast much of the night.

I also liked the Color Me Gone AWB 65 Dodge.

Deuces
06-17-2011, 11:38 PM
This would have to do it for me... I built my first model of it when I was a kid...

hotrd32
06-17-2011, 11:44 PM
http://i614.photobucket.com/albums/tt223/hotrd32/HAMB%20Stuff/Joe-nitti-1932-ford-roadstercopy.jpg (http://s614.photobucket.com/albums/tt223/hotrd32/HAMB%20Stuff/?action=view&current=Joe-nitti-1932-ford-roadstercopy.jpg)

Deuce Roadster
06-17-2011, 11:44 PM
It may not be all that famous ... but this ROADSTER did it for me ...

http://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=1350059&d=1308368236

Met Gray in the late 80's and his personality just sealed the deal. :D

moparsled
06-17-2011, 11:45 PM
the Phantom Corsair

when I was about 8 I got a book with pictures of cars from Harrah's in Reno, and the Phantom Corsair was like NOTHING else I'd ever seen.

I couldn't put my finger on it until years later, but I lust after traditional customs. The styling cues, sleekness, the sinister vibe that the Phantom Corsair emanates, I'm drawn to.

THE_DUDE
06-17-2011, 11:52 PM
Isn't it on the bumper man?

jdanielshea
06-17-2011, 11:53 PM
To this day Ed Roth's Beatnik Bandit is the most memorable vehicle I ever saw. Looked at it in car mags in the 60s and built the model car. Much later on, during my first of many marriages, we were on a ski trip to Tahoe in '86. My ex-wife and I had time to kill in Reno before the flight home. Saw an ad for a car collection there in town. All kinds of 20s and 30s Caddys, Rolls and Duesenburgs. Then I walk around a corner and just start shouting, Oh Sh*t, Oh Sh*t, Oh Sh*t!!!!! There sat the Bandit. I still get goose bumps today. Ex said that was the most excited she'd ever seen me get over anything. And she was right. The Beatnik Bandit rules!

Rattleon
06-17-2011, 11:57 PM
For me it all started with building models, but as far as big screen cars go it would be Milners 5 window, '55 chev in two lane black top/American Graffiti (liked the two lane version better) and project X '57 chev, in Hollywood Knights...may it rest in peace.

wingnutz
06-17-2011, 11:58 PM
the Phantom Corsair

when I was about 8 I got a book with pictures of cars from Harrah's in Reno, and the Phantom Corsair was like NOTHING else I'd ever seen.

I couldn't put my finger on it until years later, but I lust after traditional customs. The styling cues, sleekness, the sinister vibe that the Phantom Corsair emanates, I'm drawn to.
I agree on the Phantom Corsair but I gravitated towards the Dragstrip and the first time I saw the "WINGED EXPRESS" I was sold on the Bad Ass Hot Rod Roadsters with an "In your face" tire ripping..., Wheel Standing... out of control type HORSEPOWER!!!!!!!!!!!

I love Customs but that little monster makes me smile everytime I think of it!!!:D

<iframe width="480" height="390" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/xOXDtYgPSfE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

123
06-17-2011, 11:59 PM
As a little kid running around local car shows it would have to be John Ramage's F100, Dick Page's 32 and Jim Babbitts 53 F100 (that was originally my dads and I ended up owning it for a while) and of course Ed Roth cars.

Now my favorite cars are Lanny Ericson's 56, "VooDoo" Larry Grobe's Voodoo Kreeper and pretty much anything build by Gene Winfield.

hotroddaddy
06-18-2011, 12:31 AM
I was a kid in the 80`s so even though its not too HAMB friendly the one that really got me was the zz top eliminator! Hot girls, hot rods and guitars!

used2b
06-18-2011, 12:36 AM
how's about the pair of stars from the movie 'the giant gila monser'. i fell for the sound of a built flathead while watching that movie at a theater! still dig that show, for the rods!

fbama73
06-18-2011, 12:46 AM
http://www.kustomrama.com/images/thumb/0/0b/Frank-gould-1958-chevrolet-impala-limelighter.jpg/400px-Frank-gould-1958-chevrolet-impala-limelighter.jpg

and

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_G3DjZetEqK8/ShrFr0rWkUI/AAAAAAAAE6A/t90jaEa1T4o/s320/hot-rod-8.jpg

mysteryman
06-18-2011, 04:40 AM
we were in atlanta at the varsity when i was little.across the interstate at a motel was a car on a trailer my dad drove us over it was (if i remember correctly)TOMMY IVO's dragster .just wanted to ad i should have a famous car.they filmed the new footloose movie here in atlanta last summer.came to my house borrowed my 64 malibu dirt track car(white #41)it should be used in the scene where the girl breaks the windshield out of the truck(sitting in back ground).there money in movies made $450.00 for that one scene

BeatnikPirate
06-18-2011, 04:43 AM
these two...

nailhead29A
06-18-2011, 05:09 AM
Grabowski's little 'Kookie T's the one for me.

scrapiron
06-18-2011, 06:45 AM
,,,back in the '50's Bonneville stuff in Hot Rod mag, Kenz & Leslie 777 and Karol Miller's Fords

retro rodder
06-18-2011, 06:51 AM
not hamb friendly but sox & martin

gassercrazy41
06-18-2011, 06:55 AM
i love reading all of these!

poncho62
06-18-2011, 07:09 AM
Looking at this thread, you can tell who the old guys are and who the younger guys are who were influenced by TV and movies....

For me, probably the Ala Kart, I know its ugly, but I remember it most as a kid......In my teen years, I read all about the Project X car in PHR

gassercrazy41
06-18-2011, 07:17 AM
i was born in the 90's but have been reading magazines from the late 60's and 70's and studied the gasser wars...customs and gassers are what really have interested me the most.

Bigcheese327
06-18-2011, 07:18 AM
http://www.jalopyjournal.com/jal_mu/18b4513f-979e-abcf.jpg

My earliest memory of a "name" hot rod is probably the Vic Edelbrock roadster in a c. 1992 Rod & Custom Deuce retrospective that my dad bought me. Up to that point I pretty much only liked stockers, but that issue made me realize that there was hot rodding before street rods and fired up an interest in traditional hot rods that endures to this day.

-Dave

isettajohn
06-18-2011, 07:26 AM
It would have to be Ed's Mysterian and the Corvette from "Hot Rods To Hell" with the teenage run amuck attitudes.

Fedcospeed
06-18-2011, 07:26 AM
Little Red Wagon and Hemi Under Glass,Hurst Hemi Oldsmobile.Take your pick.All ran when I was a kid at Niagara Dragstrip Niagara Falls NY

Larry T
06-18-2011, 07:37 AM
5 pages and I haven't seen it on here, so I'll post it.
Larry T

http://img593.imageshack.us/img593/3967/mcmullen32.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/593/mcmullen32.jpg/)

tommyd
06-18-2011, 07:57 AM
Chrismans' Comets did it for me. As a young kid I couldn't understand how they could stand inside the engine compartment and work on the car. Didn't understand engine set back ect. That car caused me to start buying hot rod mags to learn more.

MadJack68
06-18-2011, 08:09 AM
Doane Spencer's '32
http://i431.photobucket.com/albums/qq33/skywolf49/DoaneSpencer.jpg
Eastwood-Barakat sedan
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v208/straycat68/eastwood-barakat-gs_500.jpg

rixrex
06-18-2011, 08:30 AM
"Famous" to us I guess..before I was able to get a car together to take to the drags we were going as spectators, about 1965 Double Eagle Drag Raceway San Antonio..August "Hands" 56 Chevy sedan delivery, painted white with a black Schneider Cams cross on the door, lifting the front wheels a bit, flames licking the asphalt from fender-well headers. There was simply nothing cooler in the world at that point...

flatoutflyin
06-18-2011, 08:37 AM
Looking at this thread, you can tell who the old guys are and who the younger guys are who were influenced by TV and movies....

For me, probably the Ala Kart, I know its ugly, but I remember it most as a kid......In my teen years, I read all about the Project X car in PHR

Me too. I saw it on the cover of Hot Rod in the summer of '58 at the newly opened Wyoming Public Library. This was the first big car mag I'd ever seen, and Ala Kart just knocked me over - it was so radical. Over the years I became interested in '60's Mopars, and it took Ala Kart again to wake me up. 50 years later in the summer of 2008, there it was at Borders on the cover of TRJ. I had the same reaction - it stopped me in my tracks.

big-daddy-george
06-18-2011, 08:45 AM
Beatnik Bandit.

dragsta
06-18-2011, 08:48 AM
the 69 GTO Judge is my favorite car of all time. before that it was the 62, Polara. my uncle worked for dodge and he had one JUST like this. i remember 'helping' him wax it and riding in it when i was a kid.
http://hubcapgt.com/musclecarblog/wp-content/uploads/2007/11/1962-dodge413crossram-mip2001.jpg

JOHNPO
06-18-2011, 08:51 AM
this is mine my mom bought me the lp at the the 5&10 back in the day...and that was it love this car...

Bill Schickling
06-18-2011, 09:03 AM
This would have to do it for me... I built my first model of it when I was a kid...

Times 2

Francisco Plumbero
06-18-2011, 09:11 AM
The California Kid.

To be honest, I liked to Patrol car too.

Rolling Daddy
06-18-2011, 09:17 AM
Christine, Cobra, and a piss yellow ford coup

Todd553
06-18-2011, 09:17 AM
Stone Woods & Cook. Mooneyham and Sharpe 554.

Diana The Doc
06-18-2011, 09:23 AM
Swamp Rat 4 is definitely one of 'em...
http://www.dragracingunderground.com/index.php?view=image&format=raw&type=img&id=67&option=com_joomgallery&Itemid=49
It's one dandy sweet dastardly digger...

wrench409
06-18-2011, 09:24 AM
For me it was:

http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o83/leftynot/Proffit1.jpg

55chevr
06-18-2011, 09:25 AM
The Chrisman Brothers coupe.

sololobo
06-18-2011, 09:29 AM
Tommy Ivo four engine nailhead rail, Mickey Thompsons twin engine Toronado drag monster, Tony Nancys cars, Art Arfons Green Monster, Bean Bandits drag cars, Sam Barris Merc, Kopper Kart which was at Barris shop when I visited there, Larry Watsons rides especially The Grapevine. A lot of drag racing heros I know, but they were so great. ~sololobo~

1badnov
06-18-2011, 09:43 AM
Rick Dobertins 65 Nova SS

http://public.fotki.com/1badnov/rick-dobbertins-65/rickdobertins65/

http://images35.fotki.com/v1132/photos/1/1289829/5892527/IMG_0059-vi.jpg (http://public.fotki.com/1badnov/rick-dobbertins-65/rickdobertins65/img0059.html)

The Steve Bovan / Ed Carter 65

http://images32.fotki.com/v1089/photos/1/1289829/5870135/2a_steve_bovan_7-vi.jpg (http://public.fotki.com/1badnov/nova-drag-pics/62-65/novadragpics/2astevebovan7.html)

jaxx
06-18-2011, 09:53 AM
These two - hemi under glass and the dodge deora ( my avatar ) -- jaxx

scott 351 wins
06-18-2011, 10:15 AM
these 3 are pretty high on my list (born in 69) in order as i saw them as a kid, return to Macon County, American Graffiti and Christine.

jivin jer
06-18-2011, 10:27 AM
It was the Barris cars in general and Junior's Ford in particular.

riverrat
06-18-2011, 10:36 AM
legshow t.
riverrar

woody 29 dodge
06-18-2011, 10:40 AM
The California Kid , Milner's coupe, and the 55 in Two Lane Blacktop.

5w32
06-18-2011, 10:44 AM
the Hirohata Merc

hotrodharry2
06-18-2011, 10:51 AM
Milner's coupe and all the great cars featured in American Graffitti! Before that there was teenager in our small country village that had a '40 Ford 2 dr sedan baby blue with baby moons, Hooked on 40's forever! But love all street rods!

gassercrazy41
06-18-2011, 11:34 AM
thanks for sharing guys! i enjoy looking at all the pics and reading your guys' posts.

wrayeugene49
06-18-2011, 11:53 AM
The Markley Bros belly tank......Greer Black Prudhomme dragster.........El Matador custom ford....the Redhead bonneville streamliner....all pushed my buttons..

scrubba
06-18-2011, 11:58 AM
Now why did you have to make me go an make a desision ? Hell, I can't decide between the Darryl Starbird Futuresta or the Alaxander Brothers Deora . scrubba

rod rialto
06-18-2011, 12:01 PM
Hirohata Merc

wombat barf
06-18-2011, 12:05 PM
http://pandik.files.wordpress.com/2010/12/56-merc-jade-idol-via-johndagostinokustomkars-com.jpeg

the Jade Idol because it was clean and simple in an age of busy body lines and too much chrome. 50+ years later it still looks good.

Rebracer
06-18-2011, 12:20 PM
Every car on American Graffiti... but especially the 55. Years later the same car in Two Lane Blacktop with its rough mean persona kept me going.

RoadFarmer
06-18-2011, 12:22 PM
Big John Mazmanian's candy red Willys and Corvette

TexasHardcore
06-18-2011, 12:33 PM
Can you tell I grew up in the 80's?

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3484/3204943416_b240fae617.jpg

http://www.famouscars.de/images/a-team/a-team-van25.jpg

http://withfriendship.com/images/i/42136/Smokey-and-the-Bandit-pic.jpg

http://www.vinylrecords.ch/Z/ZZ_Top/Eliminator/zz-top-eliminator-71.jpg

http://www.seriouswheels.com/pics-1960-1969/1969-Dodge-Charger-General-Lee-DOH-Jump-Swamp-1024x768.jpg

carpok
06-18-2011, 12:36 PM
For me it was the 58 corvette on Route 66 and the Harley sportster on Than came Bronson. I was behind the wheel of my gray primed 55 at the drive-in, when James Taylor wheeled his 55 down the back roads. Have never quite got over them days. Ron

mrspeedyt
06-18-2011, 12:37 PM
ala kart made the biggest impression on me back when I was a kid. I know that my choice (and reason of my choice) might not be popular... but it is what it is... to me it was a 'crossing of the line' into less tasteful design. I like many of the older style customs... but ala kart stands out in my mind as one I don't care for. after that one the customs seemed to be more 'showie' (however that is spelled) and 'tackey'. maybe flashy might better describe it. (as if I could do better.) but that's my opinion.

gassercrazy41
06-18-2011, 01:48 PM
very cool!

Kan Kustom
06-18-2011, 08:00 PM
Ed Roth`s Mega Cycle

kiwijeff
06-18-2011, 08:21 PM
I started out with the "Lil coffin" kit, and then watched "hot rod" in black n white on our b n w tv, so the Willys was a biggy. After that, came Milners coupe. Its all been downhill from there, and i can't seem to shake the sickness.

RDR
06-18-2011, 08:56 PM
Ed Roths' "Outlaw"....I remember reading he built it for 500 bucks and it said to me, ....'If he can do it, you can do it' ....

gassercrazy41
06-18-2011, 09:04 PM
Ed Roth was a very interesting man....very talented..inspired me a lot in the aspect of the way i do my art...

big giant head
06-18-2011, 09:12 PM
Chris Tynans Rat Attack from the 80's/90's and Falfa's made me want a 55 Chebby.

Cecil
06-18-2011, 09:16 PM
So Many !!! The Golden Sahara - Kookie T - Tom McMullen Roadster - The Outlaw - Beatnic Bandit - Scritchfield Roadster - Lil Coffin - Tommy Ivo T - Lively Set Movie T - The Ghost - All Ivo's Dragsters & Trailers - Novel T - King T - California Kid - Griffiti Coupe and on & on !!! LOL

gassercrazy41
06-18-2011, 09:19 PM
for those of you who said the tom McMullen roadster, have you seen the danbury mint replica that is coming out? it is Spot -on with everything. very nice diecast replica

tiquer
06-18-2011, 09:28 PM
In 1959 the neighbor across the road in Glen Lake B.C. had a completely origanal and in mint shape 32 five window coupe he was driving to High school. I was seven at the time and will never forget that car.

Mickm
06-18-2011, 09:30 PM
The California Kid was my greatest influence. Followed by Milner's coupe and the ELiminator coupe.
Cheers!
Mickm

fuel10922
06-18-2011, 09:33 PM
Its got to be the Milner's deuce, then TLB 55, but close in the running is Project X....the Hollywood Knights version!

gassercrazy41
06-18-2011, 09:35 PM
i don't think there is a car someone has mentioned that i don't like...all of these are/were sick cars.....

Ralph Moore
06-18-2011, 09:54 PM
'Lil' John Buttera's 26 T. I still have a model of it from when I was 14 or so.

cfnutcase
06-18-2011, 10:17 PM
Gene Windfields Solar Scene was the one that did it for me, I had a small black and white pic of that car since I was about 6 years old and always loved the car, never even crossed my mind to try to clone the car or anything, I am smart enough to know that I dont need to try to compete with Gene's talent, I just really respected that car and that build, and knew I had to have a chopped merc in my life from then on. So I am building what I can how I can. I have cought little whispering roumors that Gene is building a clone of the Solar Scene since the original was lost......I am hoping and praying that is true, for me that would truely be a dream come true to be able to see that car in person and be able to take my photo infront of that car. Jim

mark 55
06-18-2011, 10:24 PM
The baddest 55 of it's time. Gary Kollofski's wicked, all black 210 sedan. I even built a model of that car. Maybe someone could post a picture for all us 55 freaks.

gassercrazy41
06-18-2011, 10:27 PM
that'd be great

lorodz
06-18-2011, 11:29 PM
id have to say
millners coupe
falfas 55
2 lane 55
bad news T (choppers of burbank)
rolling bones style 32's

Bowtie Coupe
06-18-2011, 11:40 PM
There were so many unknowns both local and in the little pages, but of the more notables it wud be Grabowski's Kookie T, Ivo's T, Ala Kart, Barris Merc, Cushenberry's El Matador, Alexander Bros' Golden Indian, Todd & Buzz driving along Rt 66 every week in the drop top Vette, Mazmanian's Vette & Willys, and the one that pushed me over the edge, Dean Lowe's RPU.

TraderJack
06-18-2011, 11:46 PM
Ok, the most impressive was in 1938 with Austion Chauncy Potters single seater. First rod I ever saw which had individual tubes for spark plug wires. Every wire was neatly in place and had big pipes out each side.
Second was Paul Schiefers 32 in same year, going across Kearny Mesa Road at 100 mph, with a nice 32 whistle as it came along. First one I saw with solid side panels on the hoods.
The Kromholz 39 Mercury Cpnvertible , Lowered, Carson Top, and dual pipes with Desoto bumbers.in 1939, Rear fender skirts with flipper hub caps.

they impressed me.

traderjack

hotrod1940
06-18-2011, 11:59 PM
1938?
Wow you have been here since the beginning and here you are posting on a hotrod board with your great history. I read your bio and at 85 you are still at it. I would love to sit down and have a coffee with you and talk about this hotrod business. At 71, I have been around for a while but you, sir have me beat. You grew up in the middle of it all.

rodncustomdreams
06-19-2011, 12:11 AM
these two...

These were the ones for me too.. :eek:
Great choices Beatnik!! :D

http://i818.photobucket.com/albums/zz104/rodncustomdreams/LBakan.jpg

http://i818.photobucket.com/albums/zz104/rodncustomdreams/NormiePoo.jpg

-Dave

billsill45
06-19-2011, 12:59 AM
The baddest 55 of it's time. Gary Kollofski's wicked, all black 210 sedan. I even built a model of that car. Maybe someone could post a picture for all us 55 freaks.

Here ya go....

Pictures were taken in 1977 - 78. The first picture was taken at the old North Star dragstrip in New Brighton, MN and the second was at Minnesota Dragways. I don't recall which show is in the third picture. Gary and I became friends when he was beginning the '55 build in '74 or 75 ... I spent more than a few hours on it also.

The '55 was featured in Popular Hot Rodding during that time and also appeared in Car Craft in the November '78 issue.

ARNIE
06-19-2011, 07:31 AM
I have to go with "Color Me Gone" &" Shake, Rattle & Roll!"

Rudebaker
06-19-2011, 07:31 AM
Mine isn't even a "real" car but a lot of you are familiar with it, the '40 Ford Coupe on the original AMT 3 In 1 kit's box art. That's the one that lit the fire for me way back in 1961. Also the first model I ever built, I found an original box in good condition awhile back in an "antique" (junk) store for $3. It was the find of a lifetime for me.

dirty4
06-19-2011, 07:47 AM
There were so many unknowns both local and in the little pages, but of the more notables it wud be Grabowski's Kookie T, Ivo's T, Ala Kart, Barris Merc, Cushenberry's El Matador, Alexander Bros' Golden Indian, Todd & Buzz driving along Rt 66 every week in the drop top Vette, Mazmanian's Vette & Willys, and the one that pushed me over the edge, Dean Lowe's RPU.





77 sunset strip!...that was the show that got it started for me....

gary terhaar
06-19-2011, 07:50 AM
'Lil' John Buttera's 26 T. I still have a model of it from when I was 14 or so.
I think it was 78 or 79 but i was 12 and i still remember riding my bicycle to the stationary store with enough money for a coke and a snickers as well as the latest Rod n custom mag with lil johns t on the cover.
I couldent put it down,I followed his car and bike prodjects all throughout the 80s and 90s.I loved the clean cleverness of his stuff.
A true craftsmen to say the least.
One great i wished i would have met.

evilkazeevil
06-19-2011, 07:54 AM
White graffiti 58

skidmarks
06-19-2011, 08:05 AM
Isky, Mack

V4F
06-19-2011, 08:24 AM
PURE HELL by a mile . most awesome AA/FA ever .............. steve

http://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=8704&pictureid=83996

Harms Way
06-19-2011, 08:38 AM
PURE HELL by a mile . most awesome AA/FA ever .............. steve

http://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=8704&pictureid=83996

You mean "quarter mile" don't you ???:D

tommy
06-19-2011, 08:45 AM
http://images54.fotki.com/v551/photos/2/223020/2379170/P7030034-vi.jpg

I was 14 when this thing hit the magazines. I sent away for my fist annual magazine because it was on the cover. And then I walked out of my front door in Maryland and it drove up my street! I had to pinch myself. Yes it was the real thing. I finally got to see it in person again at the Gettysburg show after it was restored.

I always wanted to build a custom but I like my old hotrods.

ol55
06-19-2011, 09:13 AM
The '55 was featured in Popular Hotrod during that time and also appeared in Car Craft in the November '78 issue.[/QUOTE]


I've been looking for these magazines for years....I thought it was "Hot Rod". If you still have the magazine is there a story in there about a '55 with a Hemi in it? What a '55!!!

Thanks,
Larry

yekoms
06-19-2011, 09:13 AM
Can't name just one. Lots of them on this thread. It's like "best friend". Many very good ones but for different reasons...

I have no pics of Jersey Suede. Lance please send me a pic.
Smokey

Chrome Streamliner
06-19-2011, 09:23 AM
[http://images54.fotki.com/v551/photos/2/223020/2379170/P7030034-vi.jpgooks

I was 14 when this thing hit the magazines. I sent away for my fist annual magazine because it was on the cover. And then I walked out of my front door in Maryland and it drove up my street! I had to pinch myself. Yes it was the real thing. I finally got to see it in person again at the Gettysburg show after it was restored.


Same here Tommy, I was 14 and in Love with all those California Kustoms in the Little books. Ons summer day, I walked over to Our local Shopping Center (Hillcrest Heights) and Wow! There sat the Aztec and several other Kool Kustons including John Pomeroys "Misty Pearl" ! I was in Heaven...I stayed until they all drove away! They were there to promote the Ram Rods show the upcoming weekend. I remember it like it was yesterday, glad Barry found it and restored it !

hotrod fozzie
06-19-2011, 09:46 AM
HOTRODS = Pete & Jakes- "Limefire" 32 roadster

PROSTREET = Trot Trepanier - 60 impalia "PROBOX"

CUSTOM = Billy Gibbons - "CADZILLA"

posters of all three graced my bedroom walls back in H.S :cool:

falconsprint63
06-19-2011, 11:05 AM
hirotaha, cadzilla, but more than anyting my dad's 35 ford coupe. spent my formative years rolling around the back floorboard of that car and learning to love hot rods.

Mark Hinds
06-19-2011, 11:23 AM
I had two cars that made the biggest impression on me.

The 15 OZ. fuel coupe, Les Hawkins lived up the street from me.
The other one was Dean Lowes 29 Ford Roadster Pick up, Deans brother Jack and me used to dream about the day we could have something like that roadster to drive

Ricky B
06-19-2011, 11:36 AM
Sam Hollingsworth '57 Nomad !!!!!!
I just had to put the clone photo on here.........:cool:

I'd have to say the Bellflower style influenced me......& my Dad's '59 Pontiac Star Chief, we used to do a lot of "boating" in that beast.

theHIGHLANDER
06-19-2011, 11:36 AM
I can't pick just 1. The R&C Dream Truck was a good one (1st version, hate the fins), Moonglow, of course most all of the Barris Mercs. Just about any Tom Hanna-bodied dragster, early altered WB fuel cpes, early floppers. The inimitable Ford GT-40 and several Deusenbergs play a part, but the 34 Packard Dietrich Stationary Cpe is right at the top of my list. I've seen 2 up close and personal and I can't explain what it does to me. Something on a 147" WB that looks low and sporty (!) as well as a dominating presence over anything it's near.

gassercrazy41
06-19-2011, 11:59 AM
awesome thanks guys!!

KK Hickey Designs
06-19-2011, 12:09 PM
Ron Aguirre's X-Sonic. I love all of the versions of the car but I think I like this one the best.

gassercrazy41
06-19-2011, 12:13 PM
Sam Hollingsworth '57 Nomad !!!!!!
I just had to put the clone photo on here.........:cool:

I'd have to say the Bellflower style influenced me......& my Dad's '59 Pontiac Star Chief, we used to do a lot of "boating" in that beast.

when did that model come out??

OahuEli
06-19-2011, 12:24 PM
Ohio George Montgomery's '33 Willys immediately came to mind. I've wanted a Cammer ever since. The Gassers and fuel altereds were my favorite cars while growing up.

xhotrodder
06-19-2011, 12:29 PM
Custom cars it would have to be the "Uncertain T". Drag cars, anything 48 Anglia or 33 Willys.

delaware1930
06-19-2011, 12:30 PM
Hands down for me it was scrape as a young man i watched this car being built not far from my home and now it inspired me to do what i love and build cars for a living and not a hobby. That car has also let me make a great friend in ram mosher of rams rod shop the orginal builder of scrape.

tubman
06-19-2011, 12:36 PM
For me, it was Bill Block's '36 Ford 3 Window coupe, "Brandy's Chariot". When I first saw it in it's original iteration in the late '50's, I fell in love with '36 3 Windows because of the inherent classic beauty of the factory design. I loved that car. About 1960, he completely redid it as a show custom with such things as quad headlights and a kitchen drawer pull grille, which for me at least, just ruined the car. I thought it was hideous, and could not believe that anyone would do that to such a inherently beautiful design.:eek:

skreemin
06-19-2011, 12:39 PM
Can you tell I grew up in the 80's?

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3484/3204943416_b240fae617.jpg

http://www.famouscars.de/images/a-team/a-team-van25.jpg

http://withfriendship.com/images/i/42136/Smokey-and-the-Bandit-pic.jpg

http://www.vinylrecords.ch/Z/ZZ_Top/Eliminator/zz-top-eliminator-71.jpg

http://www.seriouswheels.com/pics-1960-1969/1969-Dodge-Charger-General-Lee-DOH-Jump-Swamp-1024x768.jpg
Dude, we should hang out some time.

gassercrazy41
06-19-2011, 12:42 PM
these are all so cool...

Steve-Cook
06-19-2011, 03:35 PM
I do not know who owned the car and I can not remember if it was in street rodder magizine or hot rod or rod and custom but it was a red flamed 1940 ford deluxe coupe with halibrand wheels.

If anyone knows who owns it or has picture feel free to let me know

BOWTIE BROWN
06-19-2011, 04:06 PM
impression hell , made me hungry.
"and the bowtie rolls on"

Ricky B
06-19-2011, 04:17 PM
when did that model come out??
Not sure ?!?! I have an '85 reissue different box.
The R & C was a '67 mag....

billsill45
06-19-2011, 06:07 PM
This one. When Norm Grabowski's T was featured in a 1957 issue of Life Magazine ... my head hasn't been the same since. :p

billsill45
06-19-2011, 06:17 PM
The '55 was featured in Popular Hotrod during that time and also appeared in Car Craft in the November '78 issue.


I've been looking for these magazines for years....I thought it was "Hot Rod". If you still have the magazine is there a story in there about a '55 with a Hemi in it? What a '55!!!

Thanks,
Larry[/QUOTE]

You are correct, sir! The '55 also was pictured in the Oct. '78 issue of Hot Rod. Also, it was Popular Hot Rodding, not Popular Hotrod. I have the issue ... just don't remember where I put it!

harley rider
06-19-2011, 06:48 PM
I always heard KKOA had great shows. never made it to one though...
KKOA shows are the best .if you get a chance to make to the show in salina take it .the coolest car show ever. especialy with the friday night drag racing and kakkle fest at the old air strip its just like goin back in time.

harley rider
06-19-2011, 06:49 PM
the Califonia kid was the one for me .

The Hot Rod Grille
06-19-2011, 06:59 PM
I was "hooked" as a young boy when I built the "Black Widow" rpu and the "Ala Kart" plastic models.

Jim

studematt
06-19-2011, 07:52 PM
The Ala Kart.

gassercrazy41
06-19-2011, 10:33 PM
awesome guys

Tom Compton
06-19-2011, 10:52 PM
Back now and took time to look for a pic of Karol Miller's 56 Victoria.

Monday, July 9, 2007

Ford Success Stories: Karol Miller ... Bonneville Legend



http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_z6s3X4gR3HA/RpIvlNmt9UI/AAAAAAAAACg/onQvJJGjvFQ/s320/KarolMillerBonneville.JPG (http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_z6s3X4gR3HA/RpIvlNmt9UI/AAAAAAAAACg/onQvJJGjvFQ/s1600-h/KarolMillerBonneville.JPG)














Complete article here
http://yblock.blogspot.com/2007/07/ford-success-stories-karol-miller.html

Now ya know why my first was a 56 Victoria only didn't find one in orange and white in 1963 so settled for blue and white.

selfmadehell
06-20-2011, 07:36 AM
I suppose there were several cars that influenced me american graffiti, the batmobile... But the car that influenced me the most was definitely the 1950 merc. Coupe from cobra. I saw it on the big screen in '86 and it immediately influenced my future...http://www.jalopyjournal.com/jal_mu/a6cd8ef1-3ec6-f5b6.jpg

Von Rigg Fink
06-20-2011, 07:51 AM
porche 911:D..Grits you crack me up.

Well the list is long..I wont bore you with them all. first one wasnt "famous" except in my area

1st car that I fell in love with was a 57 Chevy that my neighbor had, Laced out, candy red and white , tilt front end and Gasser style..Big Block bad assed.

Than as I got older the Wing Cars Of Mopar..
and the B body 2 doors of Mopar, any of them.

Than as I got a bit older I slid into the pre-war Fords,

And one odd ball, that still sticks in my memory is the 33 Willys Model 77 that had the SOHC Cammer engine in it, cant remember who ran it,Think it was "Ohio George" Montgomery, it was a bad M-Fer. Built a Model Kit of it.

yep , here it is

gassercrazy41
06-20-2011, 09:06 AM
cool!

Pair-a-Dice Road
06-20-2011, 09:25 AM
I think it was 1962.
The Monogram "Green Hornet" & "Black Widow" hot rod model kits.
Something about the box art...that cute gal in the capris polishing the chrome headers while the two guys are coming over w/ the green T bucket body to set it down on the chrome chassis.
Just looked like 100% fun & total cool.
Wasn't until years later I discovered that the box art was actually based on a photo of a real rod.."The Grasshopper"..featured in Hot Rod magazine.
The box art for the companion "Black Widow" kit was cool too..the drive in waitress bringing the guy in the T pickup a slice of cake.
Both images made me want to know where this world existed & how soon could I get there.

wldtrout
06-20-2011, 09:26 AM
How about the "california kid " It did the job for me!

gassercrazy41
06-20-2011, 09:28 AM
awesome guys. thanks for sharing

wingman9
06-20-2011, 09:55 AM
The Eastwood & Barakat sedan and the Cal Kid coupe. On the racing side I always liked K S Pittman's '33 Willys gasser.

CADILLAC AL
06-20-2011, 10:06 AM
BIG AL Allison powered sedan, M.T.'s Challenger, the Parisienne by Barris hooked me on Caddies. Anything done by Ed Roth.
And the list goes on & on.
Al:cool:

gassercrazy41
06-20-2011, 10:08 AM
Cool...K.S. Pittman always had cool cars

nitrojoe
06-20-2011, 12:09 PM
everyone who had a car in a hotrod magazine in the early 60`s

DrJ
06-20-2011, 12:15 PM
It wasn't the biggest impression but what got me aware of cars was when I was around 5 years old my dad managed a service station in San Pedro and this guy kept his sprint car in one of the bays there.
It had the number 98 on it and "Troy Ruttman, driver" on the side.

It was "famous" but I didn't know it was at the time.

Then my big brother and I got a Murray dump truck pedal car from our folks so I learned to "drive" before I went to kindergarten.
Also, my dad used to sit me on his lap when I was pre-school and let me steer our '40 Pontiac all over San Pedro. Early awareness...

Then there was the old "redneck" guy on the next block, in the projects in Channel Heights where we lived, with this old Ford coupe with a box in the back where the rumble seat should have been,
and there was the almost new Chevy pickup with fancy hubcaps and whitewalls and their rear bumpers almost dragging the ground even when they weren't carrying a load a younger (than the "redneck" guy) Mexican guy drove...

Those weren't "famous" but they did add to my awareness of things done to cars that were different from most.

I don't remember how old I was when I started building plastic models but the first ones I think were a Chris Craft, the USS Missouri, the Santa Maria and Cutty Sark. along with various aircraft, like the Mustang and B-17.
I was also building mostly Scientific brand 1/2A U control flying model planes and flying them and all the Guillows 25 "stick & paper" rubber band powered WW-1 stuff.

Dad had me do a brake job on the rear axle of his '52 Mercury, in '58, I was ten.

Then the first model car I built was a AMT '58 T-bird and then a '59 Pontiac, both "customized" with the parts in the kits.
I liked this range of options possible with these kits. It was way different from just making sure the pins lined up with the holes in a fuselage!

I started looking at Rod & Custom and Hot Rod magazines at the grocery store but didn't buy them because it would cut into the allowance money I had to save for more kits and paint until the November '61 R&C came out and I just had to have it because I had a '40 Ford kit and was determined to build a copy of that Matador car on the cover. That's the first "famous" car that made a giant impression. It's also when I started mowing lawns for neighbors so I'd have more than just "allowance money" ;)

I was into the customs rather than the hotrods because I was the "chubby kid" in school and wasn't "competitive" even if I had wanted to be so I fully understood what we all later heard Burt Reynolds and Jim Nabors say in unison in "Stroker Ace" "Second place ain't shit" so it was a long time before I got into buying HotRod magazine.


Then my big brother bought a '53 BelAir two door sedan and our dad taught me to work a lead paddle on it. I still built the models some, but that's when I went on from 1/25th scale to 1/1 scale cars.

Haven't stopped messin' with cars since.

Deuces
06-20-2011, 12:35 PM
How about these 2 guys???.. :)

Von Rigg Fink
06-20-2011, 01:33 PM
How about these 2 guys???.. :)

Man i was Soooo in love with everything Mopar made from 1960 to 1969..

Still own one

BeatnikPirate
06-20-2011, 05:06 PM
Here's another one that totally knocked me out when I was a kid. Dropped front end, nerf bars, cool-ass flames...man, that's a hot rod!

photofink
06-20-2011, 05:46 PM
My two all time favorite Hot Wheels as a little kid were "Neet Streeter" and "Red Baron".
I never realized till I read this thread why I have a such an attraction to gassers and hot rods...and my older brother will be first to tell you, all my Hot Wheels ran very loud pipes haha

http://www.vettepiratemodelcars.ch/vc/SPECIAL/SPECIALS%20PICS/NEETS/9244a1.jpg

http://www.vettepiratemodelcars.ch/vc/VCRL/VCRLPICS/VCRL%201970/6400.jpg

1940Willys
06-20-2011, 06:06 PM
Roths Beatnik Bandit

Deuces
06-20-2011, 06:06 PM
Man i was Soooo in love with everything Mopar made from 1960 to 1969..

Still own one I always loved the '70-'74 'Cuda bodies including the many 'Cuda Funny Cars, Pro-Stockers and Super-Stockers that were running wild down the dragstrips...

Deuces
06-20-2011, 06:13 PM
porche 911:D..Grits you crack me up.

Well the list is long..I wont bore you with them all. first one wasnt "famous" except in my area

1st car that I fell in love with was a 57 Chevy that my neighbor had, Laced out, candy red and white , tilt front end and Gasser style..Big Block bad assed.

Than as I got older the Wing Cars Of Mopar..
and the B body 2 doors of Mopar, any of them.

Than as I got a bit older I slid into the pre-war Fords,

And one odd ball, that still sticks in my memory is the 33 Willys Model 77 that had the SOHC Cammer engine in it, cant remember who ran it,Think it was "Ohio George" Montgomery, it was a bad M-Fer. Built a Model Kit of it.

yep , here it is
I have that kit also.. Molded in color! But I'm missing the decal sheet.. :(

cleatus
06-20-2011, 06:52 PM
These are the 3 cars that initially got me hooked on customs:

LowKat
06-20-2011, 06:59 PM
when I was a kid
http://www.customclinic.com/fullcust/Stuckey/LIL_COFFIN2.JPG


today
http://www.mooneyes.com/news/0550/5window.jpg

Russ B
06-20-2011, 07:27 PM
several rods really did it for me: AMBR winner Krikorians's Emperor '29 roadster, Nancy's 22jr '29 roadster (the nailhead version on HRM cover), and Ivo's T bucket. ...and I was a fan of whatever Gene Winfield painted.

51 mercules
06-20-2011, 07:49 PM
The Pharoahs Merc in American Graffiti and James Dean Merc in Rebel Witout a Cause.

gassercrazy41
06-20-2011, 07:51 PM
cool, there is a lot of great cars out there....

Brewton
06-20-2011, 07:57 PM
The Milner coupe!


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gassercrazy41
06-20-2011, 07:59 PM
did you see the bare coupe in hot rod deluxe? i haven't yet, but someone started a thread about it on here.

AnimalAin
06-20-2011, 08:16 PM
My second issue of Hot Rod Magazine had an article on Hugh Tucker's killer AA/SR. The first time I ever got to go to the drags, I saw him match race Stone-Woods-Cook at Lions. I wasn't very old, but the images are still clear over forty five years later.

CANS01
06-20-2011, 08:31 PM
Cadzilla

Tony
06-20-2011, 08:38 PM
I'm boring, but being at a young age when i first saw American Graffiti and Hollywood Knights there were two car's (both typical) that left a heavy impression on me.
Milners coupe, and Project X.
And because of them i've owned a 57 Chevy for 22 years, and a steel 32 5 window for 10.
HUGE impression on me :)
For customs (mild anyway), i loved the Merc from Rebel Without a Cause too, but for some odd reason havn't built one like it.....yet anyway! haha

Tony

bskustoms
06-20-2011, 08:41 PM
I have to vote on the "JADE IDOL", modern car with the most dramatic customising of that era.

Von Rigg Fink
06-20-2011, 08:44 PM
I have that kit also.. Molded in color! But I'm missing the decal sheet.. :(


Bummer...but i bet that kit could be found

Mine was lost to a house fire..what a drag

On the Mopar subject..O/T that is..my next project is to get my 440 aztec gold 68 charger back on the road....3rd one ive owned:cool:.

think i may have to sell my 53 chevy to get it done after sinking time and money into this A

296ardun
06-20-2011, 08:52 PM
It may not be all that famous ... but this ROADSTER did it for me ...

http://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=1350059&d=1308368236

Met Gray in the late 80's and his personality just sealed the deal. :D
Yes, the Baskerville roadster...I built my second fuel dragster in a shop on North Lake in Pasadena, next to a gas station...Paul Hornung, who built it, worked there and I saw the car every weekend when I worked on my car (garage was right next to Gil Hayword's "Monkey Motion" altered shop)....Paul died in a motorcycle accident and the roadster went to Gray...

296ardun
06-20-2011, 08:54 PM
My second issue of Hot Rod Magazine had an article on Hugh Tucker's killer AA/SR. The first time I ever got to go to the drags, I saw him match race Stone-Woods-Cook at Lions. I wasn't very old, but the images are still clear over forty five years later.
I got a very close look at Tucker's roadster from the back, when he beat me at San Gabriel, '62...sad thing was that it was for little eliminator and I was driving a dragster, and he a "street" car...my plug wires blew off during the run so at least I had an excuse!...great car, glad it has been found and restored

Mike Britton
06-20-2011, 08:56 PM
Easy! The Greer-Black -Prudomme yellow car! That's a race car!!

gassercrazy41
06-20-2011, 08:59 PM
Easy! The Greer-Black -Prudomme yellow car! That's a race car!!

that is a very cool car!:cool:

TheTrailerGuy
06-20-2011, 09:03 PM
I know it's gay, but i was young... without a doubt... Batmobile.. original 1960's Batmobile. Blew my mind and helped me to spend a ton of money every year since on car goodies.

http://www.instablogsimages.com/images/2008/11/20/1966-batmobile-russ-martin_wbkG4_5965.jpg

hotrod1940
06-20-2011, 09:07 PM
Well here's my famous ones. Including the El Matador at the top, which I eventually owned, and the Beatnic Bandit that I featured in a show in 1961.

500LBGorilla
06-20-2011, 09:12 PM
I know it's gay, but i was young... without a doubt... Batmobile.. original 1960's Batmobile. Blew my mind and helped me to spend a ton of money every year since on car goodies.

http://www.instablogsimages.com/images/2008/11/20/1966-batmobile-russ-martin_wbkG4_5965.jpg

I'm right there with ya..
That and the Black beauty, and after my old man took me to see American Graffiti Falfa's 55

65standard
06-20-2011, 09:13 PM
The yellow '57 chevy in the movie Macon County.

bobwop
06-20-2011, 09:14 PM
I have no idea. maybe some old primer gray Willys in the movie Hot Rod?

Bomb
06-20-2011, 09:14 PM
These are some of my favorites as a kid growing up in the 60's that I still like to this day.
http://www.classictvhits.com/munsters/pics/16_MCarsPhoto.jpg
http://www.cars-on-line.com/newsletter/813/hannibal8-volo.JPG
http://michaelmanning.tv/blog/uploaded_images/67mkee2-707231.gif

gassercrazy41
06-20-2011, 09:18 PM
I know it's gay, but i was young... without a doubt... Batmobile.. original 1960's Batmobile. Blew my mind and helped me to spend a ton of money every year since on car goodies.

http://www.instablogsimages.com/images/2008/11/20/1966-batmobile-russ-martin_wbkG4_5965.jpg

there's a guy in Connecticut by the name of Mike Zimmerman who is building a replica of the 60's Batmobile. spot on too!

Bad Bob
06-20-2011, 09:20 PM
Without a doubt.....
James Deans Merc
Ed Roth's Beatnik Bandit

gassercrazy41
06-21-2011, 09:56 AM
beatnik bandit did it for me as well....

TerrorSwain
06-21-2011, 10:03 AM
I'm a young'n. So The Monster Garage 54 Chevy, introduced me to the world of sectioning, and the great builders! I am still convinced I will never have the balls to section a car....lol. And the cars from Happy Daze and American Graffiti really got me started along with my dad's car (23 t-bucket)

48bill
06-21-2011, 10:10 AM
There a a lot that made an impression from customs to hot rods. Bo Jone's modified is probably the current largest as I am building my version of this..

gassercrazy41
06-21-2011, 10:21 AM
cool.

froghawk
06-21-2011, 10:32 AM
Not an individual car, but it was the '57 Dodge line that created a life-long obsession with the cars of that era, later to include customs and hot rods.

I was not quite four years old when they were introduced on TV during the Lawrence Welk show (staple viewing in our house at the time.) The redeeming feature for me was that show with all its horrible music was sponsored by Dodge. When those ads came on I got as close to the screen as I could without getting yelled at. Those cars were so much more modern than our '54 Ford Customline Ranch Wagon!

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davidh73750
06-21-2011, 11:02 AM
I have to say most of the cars on American Graffiti as well. I wonder how much cheaper tri 5's would be today without that movie. LOL I can remember seeing that movie first around 79' and I was 7. I should've bought one of these back in the 80's when they were cheaper instead of a disco 79 camaro??:eek:

Pops1532
06-21-2011, 11:17 AM
What did it for me was a flamed black 40 Ford coupe I saw in Hot Rod magazine around '73 or '74.

Hoovs42
06-21-2011, 11:27 AM
Easy choices...a good start, but there's always more...:D

gassercrazy41
06-21-2011, 03:52 PM
thanks for posting the pics..very cool

dmikulec
06-21-2011, 03:56 PM
Going way back, the first one's would be the Barris Munster Coach and Dragula. :cool:

gassercrazy41
06-21-2011, 03:57 PM
Going way back, the first one's would be the Barris Munster Coach and Dragula. :cool:

He has built quite a number of cars that have made impressions on me as well....

Normbc9
06-21-2011, 11:12 PM
For me it was in 1956 at the Paradise Mesa Drag strip east of San Diego and the car that stunned the crowd was the roadster from Tucson called the Speed Spot Special. It was a beauty and also the top time of the day for three weeks in a row. That was very clean, nicely built and very fast Chrysler 331.

Normbc9
06-21-2011, 11:16 PM
Here is the Speed Sport Roadster which is now in the NHRA Wally Parks Museum in Pomona, CA.
Normbc9

91Bear
06-21-2011, 11:26 PM
Don't forget Rodger Dodger!

http://www.southtexasdiecast.com/hwguide/images/1976/1976_8259.jpg

My two all time favorite Hot Wheels as a little kid were "Neet Streeter" and "Red Baron".
I never realized till I read this thread why I have a such an attraction to gassers and hot rods...and my older brother will be first to tell you, all my Hot Wheels ran very loud pipes haha

http://www.vettepiratemodelcars.ch/vc/SPECIAL/SPECIALS%20PICS/NEETS/9244a1.jpg

http://www.vettepiratemodelcars.ch/vc/VCRL/VCRLPICS/VCRL%201970/6400.jpg

gassercrazy41
06-21-2011, 11:33 PM
Here is the Speed Sport Roadster which is now in the NHRA Wally Parks Museum in Pomona, CA.
Normbc9

love that car!!!:D

VonKool13
06-21-2011, 11:34 PM
Some of the newly "famous" hot rods: The Green Grenade, Verne from the Choppers 34', and Jimmy Shine's Pick em-Up. Then of course all the old Rad hot rods like, The California Kid, The Emperor, etc.....

bakes
06-21-2011, 11:46 PM
When I was young, it was Starbird's "Lil Coffin" and Cushenberry's "Silhouette" from the first run of Hot Wheels. Later on it was the SWC Willys and the Pierson Brothers coupe.

Those, and the Beatnik Bandit. I've been sketching cars ever since, primarily because of those three. Honorable mention to the Hot Wheels Sand Crab and Dick Dastardly's car on "The Wacky Races." :D

spuds
06-22-2011, 12:16 AM
Orange Crate and Outlawhttp://i412.photobucket.com/albums/pp201/spuds/harsinoutlaw.jpg

banditomerc
06-22-2011, 12:41 AM
My dads'51 Merc got my attention and the Hirohata mercury hooked me.

HotRod60F100
06-22-2011, 02:22 AM
I know its O/T but this thing hands down has and still does make the biggest impression on me. its my dream car too! http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a305/GreasedGremlin360/MADMAXRelated/MADMAX2TheRoadWarrior/lastv84004.jpg

sanfordsotherson
07-08-2011, 06:29 PM
[QUOTE=HotRod60F100;6678415]I know its O/T but this thing hands down has and still does make the biggest impression on me. its my dream car too! http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a305/GreasedGremlin360/MADMAXRelated/MADMAX2TheRoadWarrior/lastv84004.jpg
Makes a big impression on me too, but not a good one.
Why on earth is it your "dream car"??!!

ironpile
07-08-2011, 10:34 PM
Before finishing the question,Stone Woods and Cook came to mind.I had a one time chance to go to Lions and they were their,very impressive. So much so that I had to build my 55 Chevy to run in C gas.But a cute little split tail came along and taking care of her and shortly a family,:D my racing funds were dried up.