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Folks Of Interest George Barris...

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Ryan, Nov 5, 2015.

  1. brad2v
    Joined: Jun 29, 2009
    Posts: 1,648


    Bummer. He left an indelible mark on custom car history. RIP George
  2. Ebbsspeed
    Joined: Nov 11, 2005
    Posts: 5,238


  3. Squablow
    Joined: Apr 26, 2005
    Posts: 14,625


    This is really the truth. Say what you want about his style or claiming credit, ect, but his promotional work is way more important to the hobby than a lot of people realize, and he deserves a lot of credit for that.

    I met him at a car show as well and got his autograph, I'll always keep it.
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    Joined: Feb 24, 2013
    Posts: 171

    from England

    Just heard. Sad news. R.I.P George and thoughts to family.

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    George Barris
    November 20, 1925 - November 5, 2015
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  6. Broman
    Joined: Jan 31, 2002
    Posts: 1,484

    from The Island

    George made art out of cars and possibly cars out of art if you think about it....if nothing else he was able to live a hot rodders dream which, truth be told most of us lack the talent to do.

    If he ONLY built the Hirohata Merc it would have been good enough...but he didn't stop there. Enough said.

    Rest in Peace & cruise in the clouds....

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  7. flattandscruggs1
    Joined: Jul 15, 2013
    Posts: 412

    from alabama

    from brett barris on facebook
    Sorry to have to post that my father, legendary kustom car king George Barris, has moved to the bigger garage in the sky. He passed on peacefully in his sleep at 2:45 am. He was surrounded by his family in the comfort of his home. He lived his life they way he wanted til the end. He would want everyone celebrate the passion he had for life and for what he created for all to enjoy. Thank you all for the posts and calls, your love is deeply appreciated. Peace.

  8. srs1
    Joined: Mar 2, 2009
    Posts: 206


    So sorry to hear that. The older I get ...........RIP
  9. Sorry to hear.

    Another legend lost.
  10. Murphy32
    Joined: Oct 17, 2007
    Posts: 728

    from Minnesota

    Vaya con Dios GB.
  11. ronnieroadster
    Joined: Sep 9, 2004
    Posts: 788


    Another icon has gone but his legacy will live on forever. Godspeed George
  12. Finnrodder
    Joined: Oct 18, 2009
    Posts: 2,962

    from Finland

  13. greaser 35
    Joined: Feb 15, 2010
    Posts: 660

    greaser 35
    from FRANCE

  14. Aaron Kahan
    Joined: Apr 29, 2011
    Posts: 123

    Aaron Kahan

    Man what a sad day. George Barris did more for the custom/hot rod world then most people know. His work was broad from photography to TV work to custom cars. I can definitely say my world was influenced greatly by what he and Sam created and promoted. I'm so honored I was able to work on some projects with him and spend some time with him. My heart goes out to his family. He lived a long successful life for which he will always be known for all his influence. RIP "The King of Kustomizing"
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  15. Perhaps the greatest innovator, promoter, and entrepreneur the hot rod/custom car world will ever know. There's a reason the Barris logo contains a crown. He was "King of the Customizers." Condolences to his family, friends, associates, and admirers. RIP George.
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  16. Austinrod
    Joined: Jun 14, 2012
    Posts: 1,913

    from Austin

    The best of the best R.I.P George Barris
  17. Tony
    Joined: Dec 3, 2002
    Posts: 7,350


    Met him a couple times and was always a gent to us.
    Sad news indeed. My deepest condolences to all his family and many many friends.
    RIP George, im sure you will never be forgotten as you've left quite a mark.
  18. patmanta
    Joined: May 10, 2011
    Posts: 3,598

    from Woburn, MA

  19. Jalopy Joker
    Joined: Sep 3, 2006
    Posts: 25,484

    Jalopy Joker

    Winfield & Watson Gathering-Mojave 110 (Small).jpg Blackie Gejeian Roast - Nov 3, 2012 227 (Small).jpg
    Sincere sympathy goes out to his immediate Family, and his extended car world Family. Blackie Gejeian Roast - Nov 3, 2012 227 (Small).jpg pic of George next to Blackie Gejeian's famous roadster that George helped with. Other pic is with Larry Watson, another legend that is gone.
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  20. Daddyfink
    Joined: Jan 27, 2007
    Posts: 463


    Thanks for firing up my imagination as a kid. Kooky customs or not, they where fun.

    RIP Mr. Barris
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  21. RIP George-Deepest Condolences to all who knew and loved George and his work.
  22. gassa-garage
    Joined: Jul 4, 2010
    Posts: 720


    The Kustom world has lost a King , RIP George
  23. Mazooma1
    Joined: Jun 5, 2007
    Posts: 13,598


    I grew up reading about how the magazines would try to pit Barris with Roth and try to make some sort of competition between the two. There would be articles where both were interviewed and the magazines were always inventing some sort of false battle between Ed and George as to who is the biggest dog in the world of custom cars.
    Neither Roth or Barris took the bait and they both explained that their styles weren't something that were comparable.
    Both respected the other and went on their way to becoming legends.
    Some of the younger guys trying to play the big shot would always trash-talk George as "not being as talented and his brother, Sam". Well, that's bullshit and these young and ignorant snots proved how stupid they were by saying so.
    George was more than a custom car builder. He also mastered the art of "promotion".
    I got slammed by a guy a few years ago when I made the statement that the "Munster Coach" brought thousands and thousands of young kids into the hot rod and custom world by becoming fascinated with it and building model cars. I got kicked over the "Munster Coach" "having bad welds", etc., etc. The guy completely missed my point. The kids went wild over the crazy "Munster Coach" just as they went nuts over Roth's "Beatnik Bandit". Kids don't look at the quality of welds.....sheeeeesh!
    George Barris deserves all the credit and respect of any person who pioneered their way in any craft.
    Period. It doesn't matter whether you liked his work or not.
    The fact remains there will never be anyone more quickly identified in the custom car world to the general public as was George Barris.
    As with the death of Ed Roth, George's passing leaves a huge hole in our hobby of choice.
    What an amazing life well lived.
    Thank You, Sir.
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  24. Atwater Mike
    Joined: May 31, 2002
    Posts: 10,295

    Atwater Mike

    Met George in '55, San Jose Autorama. Asked him some questions about chopping tops, he was just 'shining' me.
    Shirley turned around and gave him hell for being rude to a kid. He smiled, and said "Ask me anything."
    After that, he always remembered me ("the 13 yr old hot rod kid", he called me) For years he'd say that, never forgot. Only saw him every few months, but still? George met a lot o' guys!
    Godspeed, George.
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  25. The Legend is no more among us ...

    I was lucky enough to see several of his creations firsthand.

    You will be missed Sir ...

  26. belair
    Joined: Jul 10, 2006
    Posts: 8,574


    The world just got a little smaller and duller...RIP
  27. Merlin
    Joined: Apr 9, 2005
    Posts: 2,546

    from Inman, SC

  28. pitman
    Joined: May 14, 2006
    Posts: 5,013


    A great pic of him w/Blackie's car! ^^^
  29. SLAMIT
    Joined: Sep 9, 2002
    Posts: 930


    Well said!! R.I.P.
  30. falcongeorge
    Joined: Aug 26, 2010
    Posts: 18,341

    from BC

    RIP Mr Barris. I always really liked his photo shoots, he had a great eye for picking visually interesting locations.
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