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Old 08-27-2009, 07:51 AM   #1
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Default California's Big Wheels (Who's Who for 1952)...



In the early 1950s, the Hot Rod movement was growing rapidly, if not exploding. The SCTA had established racing at Muroc, El Mirage, and Bonneville for years, and the aftermarket parts for Flatheads and the new OHV motors kept expanding. 1927 - 1934 ...

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Old 08-27-2009, 09:04 AM   #2
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Kenny Bigelow.... great story.....tragic and sad......
very cool Jay
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Old 08-27-2009, 09:06 AM   #3
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Gary Howard is the very first name that comes to my head...
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Old 08-27-2009, 09:44 AM   #4
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Gary Howard is a good one and I feel like OZ has proven himself time and time again. I also think that if Steve Sellers is given time to really dip into his potential, and he stays with it he will be a name that will be around for years to come.
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Old 08-27-2009, 10:09 AM   #5
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I'm throwing Frank Kurtis into the mix for his killer designs. 1949-1955..Love those midgets. Hot Rodders and Kurtis are like kissing cousins who married.
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Old 08-27-2009, 10:17 AM   #6
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Any of the Chrismans......a family with a long legacy.
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Old 08-27-2009, 10:22 AM   #7
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Are we talking future legends??? Because I'm under the impression that Frank Kurtis and people like Chrismans are already there. I was thinking this was focused towards people who's names will certainly be remembered in the Hot Rod history books but who are also very much in their prime or reaching towards it.
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Old 08-27-2009, 10:27 AM   #8
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I dunno Jeffyjames....I feel that the mighty Ed isky has been there in the forefront since day 1.
so many crossovers....drylakes,dragracing,midget etc.etc.
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Old 08-27-2009, 10:34 AM   #9
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Rudy Rodriguez would be my vote. Classic style, perfect balance, low production
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Old 08-27-2009, 11:09 AM   #10
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I dunno Jeffyjames....I feel that the mighty Ed isky has been there in the forefront since day 1.
so many crossovers....drylakes,dragracing,midget etc.etc.
And still havin' at it!!!! I am convinced he's a machine.
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Old 08-27-2009, 11:38 AM   #11
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Default Re: California's Big Wheels (Who's Who for 1952)...

The article left out Ed Iskenderian, Doane Spencer, Alex Xydias, Sam Barris, among others...

For new folks, I would add Steve Moal, Cole Foster, Tardels and more...
All of these guys are so low-profile about their talent too. Its that 'let your work speak for you' thing I was eluding to...
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Old 08-27-2009, 11:42 AM   #12
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Default Re: California's Big Wheels (Who's Who for 1952)...

What about Dan Webb?? His metal work has to be up with the greats.
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Default Re: California's Big Wheels (Who's Who for 1952)...

If you're talking about the "newer" generations;
Roy Brizio, Lil John Buterra, Craig Naff, Dave Lane, Scott Sullivan, Pete Aardema, Pete Chapouris, Jimmy Shine, Steve Davis, Dan Fink, Marcel (and Sons), the Ionia Crowd and let the flaming begin - Boyd Coddington

And don't forget some of the older crew as well;
Bruce Crower, all the Vesco Boys, Gary Hooker, Kenny Duttweiler, Sig Erson, Sandy Belond

this could go on and On
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Ayala Bros!!!! By far my favorite early customizing crew.
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Old 08-27-2009, 12:47 PM   #15
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Exactly!! Its that 'let your work speak for you' thing I was eluding to...

For new folks, I would add Steve Moal, Cole Foster, Tardels and more...
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Old 08-27-2009, 12:48 PM   #16
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Not going anywhere Jeffrey, the best has yet to come, Jay VERY VERY nice!!
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Old 08-27-2009, 01:47 PM   #17
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Default Re: California's Big Wheels (Who's Who for 1952)...

Cole Foster, Jimmy White, OZ, Jimmy Shine.....theres more that I can't remember right now...
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Default Re: California's Big Wheels (Who's Who for 1952)...

Brian Bass, Steve Sellers, Jimmy White, Jimmy Shine, Ryan Cochran, Cole Foster & Matt Seret
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Default Re: California's Big Wheels (Who's Who for 1952)...

flirting with danger as I normally avoid these 'potential' popularity contests, but...... quiet achivers as viewed from this side of the planet....Bass, Jimmy White, Oz, Norwell, Sean (Fat Lucky's).

We have a few individuals here in OZ who do great stuff, but the above are the few who I think will have the exposure (and much justified) to be tomorrows legends.

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