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California's Big Wheels (Who's Who for 1952)...

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  1. Jive-Bomber
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  2. Jeff Norwell
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    Kenny Bigelow.... great story.....tragic and sad......
    very cool Jay
     
  3. Ryan
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    Gary Howard is the very first name that comes to my head...
     
  4. JeffreyJames
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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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  5. 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.
     
  6. Jeff Norwell
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    Any of the Chrismans......a family with a long legacy.
     
  7. JeffreyJames
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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.
     
  8. Jeff Norwell
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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.
     
  9. Rudy Rodriguez would be my vote. Classic style, perfect balance, low production
     
  10. JeffreyJames
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    And still havin' at it!!!! I am convinced he's a machine.:D:D
     
  11. Jive-Bomber
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    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...
     
  12. JeffreyJames
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    What about Dan Webb?? His metal work has to be up with the greats.
     
  13. hotroddon
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    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
     
  14. JeffreyJames
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    Ayala Bros!!!! By far my favorite early customizing crew.
     
  15. Sellers Equipped
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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...
    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...[/QUOTE]
     
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    Not going anywhere Jeffrey, the best has yet to come, Jay VERY VERY nice!!
     
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    Cole Foster, Jimmy White, OZ, Jimmy Shine.....theres more that I can't remember right now...
     
  19. Brian Bass, Steve Sellers, Jimmy White, Jimmy Shine, Ryan Cochran, Cole Foster & Matt Seret
     
  20. Drewfus
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    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.

    Cheers,

    Drewfus
     
  21. Von Franco
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    Louie Jambroni, Pasqulie Joe ,Richard Goesinya aka Dick, and my favorite
    Von Duck Dong..........................
     
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    Pete Chapouris,Howard Johansen,Vic Edelbrock....the list is endess.Barris,Coddington......I don't know too many "names" that I don't like,but that's how these guys got their reps.
     
  24. Jive-Bomber
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    Keep in mind that Vic and Wally made the list in the article I posted...

    I was looking for the unsung hot rod builders and innovators of today.
     
  25. Scott B
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    Hey! Look at me! I'm RAD!
     
  26. Jive-Bomber
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    HA HA!

    Glad you liked that Scott-- You know the guys I'm talking about!
     
  27. autobilly
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    An Aussie who "actually does amazing stuff and will be remembered in 10, 20 or 57 years from now" is Rod Hadfield. Apart from building a long list of remarkable(if not traditional) and innovative Hot Rods including a bitchin V12 Hot Rod Lincoln, his cool chopped and BBC equipped EK Holden van/delivery, a twin Roots blown Boss 429 powered tall "T" and his mind blowing street legal V16 Rolls Royce Merlin (from a P-51 Mustang fighter plane) powered '55 Chev, he was the first man to achieve 200MPH at Lake Gairdner with a totally self built motor. If you don't have the wherewithal to make it yourself but need an adaptor kit to mate just about anything with anything, Rod's shop the Castlemain Rod Shop is the place to go! Check these links:
    http://www.rarespareslegend.com.au/Legends/Rod-Hadfield.htm
    http://www.hotrodhotline.com/feature/richardscorner/05hadfield/
     
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  28. Scott B
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    No, really, I am rad.
     
  29. bonesy
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    I agree with the above - I think Tardel should be on the new list as well.
     
  30. Jive-Bomber
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    New book coming out-- Some familiar names from the 1952 article:

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