The bomb. The wife and I went to the Invasion yesterday. I had seen Ito's 49 on Them's Facebook page as a featured entrant. It looked really cool in the small pic. As we were walking, I happened to catch a glimpse of it and immediately headed in that direction. The closer I got, the more awestruck I became. Every line on the car flowed better in person than on the picture. The color is a deep but not metallic maroon with a top somewhere between white and creme. And that top, oh what a top it is. A 52 buick riviera hardtop grafted on the the Merc 'vert shell. If I tried to walk away from the car, I was eventually drawn back to it so as to check out more details. Eventually, I met Mr. Ito. Mr. Ito is the salt of the earth. He told me about some of the history, showed me some original 1953 build pics on his iPad and opened the trunk to reveal the seams where 3 different deck lids were welded together to form a beautiful rear end. We even crawled around on the ground to look at the Z'ed and BOLTED TOGETHER frame!!! Mr. Ito eventually had to take the car to a super secret location for a high-tech photo shoot. The car popped to life with that familiar mechanical grind that only a flathead can make, as it should for a 30k mile car. As I was talking to Mr. Ito I describe his car to him as "Looking into the eyes of Medusa, I just can't look away". Thanks Chris for bringing out such a beautiful kustom and thanks Them! for putting on a kickass show. I will definitely be back next year. Every man should leave his steel-toe boot print on the face of history.