Stogy, I smiled at the photo you posted. Not because it's funny or because I think the flames are laid out all wrong. They're what I expect of the era. The thing is, as a kid born in 1950 who started buying car mags at the age of eight, it was probably years before I saw a flamed car on the street. Our town, for some reason, was a hotbed for cruising. Guys from bigger towns in the area came to our town and melded with our cruisers. Maybe it was the girls, maybe it was the pizza places or maybe it was just the slower pace of Lemont in the evenings. Anyway, we just didn't see a thousand flamed roadsters. There was pinstriping, mild scalloping and names on the quarter panels. Then metalflake hit big time around 1967. Flames were at the "Rod & Kustom" shows in Chicago. By the way, I dig the photo. If I'd been a ten year old standing on the street corner with my friends, and that coupe passed by, I probably would've gone nuts!.