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

  1. Had the pleasure to meet the George in Sweden once at the Elmia "Custom Motor Show". Got the time to share a few words with him and receive a signed picture of the Munster Coach that is now hanging on my wall. Rest In Peace to a legend amongst legends.
  2. R.I.P. The King of the Customisers, thank you for all your contributions George. Condolences to the Barris family and friends.
  3. Sad news, another legend gone. His contributions will be around and remembered for a long time.
  4. raymay
    Joined: Mar 2, 2008
    Posts: 2,495


    Fond memories of my late Brother and I visiting the Barris shop in the 60's when we would stay at our Grand Mothers in North Hollywood.
    "Rest In Peace King of the Kustomizers"
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  5. Torchie
    Joined: Apr 17, 2011
    Posts: 1,091


    Pretty much my same experience. First time I met him was back in 77 at the Detroit Autorama. I had just come from work at the body shop and still had my work clothes on. It was slow at his booth as 1977 was not exactly prime time for Customs. We talked for about 30 mins and he had nothing but praise for all the Detroit area custom guys from back in the day. He told me that he and Sam watched what was being built in Detroit as much as the Detroit guys watched him and Sam. When he signed his pic for me he asked me my name. When I told him it was Karl with a K he smiled and said"We like the letter K".
    Here is my favorite pic of George and Sam P3060134-vi.jpg .
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  6. lodaddyo
    Joined: May 5, 2002
    Posts: 1,231


  7. drhotrodmd
    Joined: Nov 10, 2002
    Posts: 1,284


    Glad I met him years back in Milwaukee. RIP George
  8. RPL
    Joined: Mar 22, 2011
    Posts: 62


    RIP George. The industry lost an icon. Our condolences to his family. Words don't cover the loss.
  9. showrod
    Joined: Feb 8, 2007
    Posts: 771


    Sorry to hear, his creations inspired many of us at an early age!
    RIP George.
  10. BigDogSS
    Joined: Jan 8, 2009
    Posts: 972

    from SoCal

    I was able shake his hand several times...God bless you, George....
    BTW, the Munster Koach has always been #1 with me.
  11. cgc1958
    Joined: Aug 22, 2011
    Posts: 302

    Member Emeritus
    1. 1957-59 Ranchero's

    RIP George Barris. IMG_9150.PNG
  12. Just remember looking at all his creations as a kid and dreaming of building something one day!
    RIP and thanks for the inspiration. Guess I will move up in line.
  13. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 32,380


    A sad day in the custom car world. Like a lot of others I grew up reading what he wrote in the custom magazines and studying the photos he took of cars and read what he wrote about taking photos of cars. I got to meet him for a moment or two at a couple of car shows a few years ago and listen to a few of his tales in a group of car folks. Quite a moment for a guy who first read something the man wrote when I was 12 years old.
  14. F&J
    Joined: Apr 5, 2007
    Posts: 13,222


    I really respect, or envy, a very talented guy who worked with his own hands, but somehow had the time and talent to be a great self promoter. He, Mickey Thompson, and Frank Maratta are at the top IMO.

    I've enjoyed all those great old photos of George hamming it up.
  15. This is truly sad, sad news. Customizing would not be as we know it if it weren’t for George. A more obliging and interesting fellow you will not come across. R.I.P. Mr. Kustom…

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  16. J.B.
    Joined: Jan 7, 2005
    Posts: 1,246

    from Sweden


    Thank you for all your fantastic inspiration!
  17. So long George....almost the whole shops up there now...You will be missed down here
  18. Wow, what else can be said about the King of Kustoms that hasn't already been said here. Luckily I've had the privilege of meeting Mr. Barris and talking to him many times. He was a character, that's for sure.

    2015 has been a bad year for losing friends and family for me personally and I'm sure many others out there as well. Sad to add George to the list.

    Vaya con Dios, Mr. Barris, and thank you so much for all you did for us kustom people! E
  19. ,,,,if ever there were a legend,,,,,,,,,,,,he is at the top,,,,RIP
  20. seb fontana
    Joined: Sep 1, 2005
    Posts: 7,880

    seb fontana
    from ct

    Ya done good George, you had a good run, RIP..
  21. Ratatouille
    Joined: Sep 3, 2014
    Posts: 618

    from France

    Repose En Paix, merci pour ton oeuvre, tu restera à jamais le Monsieur Kustom à mon coeur.
  22. R.I.P George you will be greatly missed and our hobbie will never have another like you
  23. Hotrodmyk
    Joined: Jan 7, 2011
    Posts: 2,231

    1. Northwest HAMBers

    Tremendous loss, RIP Mr. Barris.
  24. Gotgas
    Joined: Jul 22, 2004
    Posts: 7,092

    from DFW USA

    My dad and I went to Barris Kustom a few days after they auctioned off the Batmobile. Man he was excited about that! The place was pretty much empty so we got to hang out and chat with everyone for a while. It was awesome to get to meet and chat with a real legend. He was such a cool guy and this was a great memory for me. I'm sorry to hear of his passing and my thoughts go out to his family and all of his friends. RIP George!

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    Joined: Apr 7, 2005
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  26. flattandscruggs1
    Joined: Jul 15, 2013
    Posts: 412

    from alabama

    this is what i wrote to george barris son on facebook
    good evening my friends here on facebook let me tell you my story i remember meeting george barris at a rod and kustom show in bloomingtonillinois along time ago called rock-n-rods when i talked to him he was a nice guy to talk to for a while talking to him about kustoms,the car business i always wanted to go and visit his shop in california. we will love him so much for what he did for shows,business withour you george we would not have the monsters car or any other never knew what george would come out next.

    thank you for your loving friendship and compansion all these years.

    your friend

    Allen Culver
  27. I just drove by his shop today on the way to lunch, then I heard about the news.

    Sad , RIP.
  28. Dave Rondou
    Joined: May 26, 2008
    Posts: 669

    Dave Rondou

    Sorry to hear this. RIP George
  29. Very sad news for all custom car addicts around the world. R.I.P. George
  30. deucetruck
    Joined: Jan 8, 2010
    Posts: 719

    from Missouri

    RIP George, the "King of Customizers". Many of his creations really influenced me as a kid in the 60's - Batmobile, Monkeemobile, Munsters cars. etc. He made cars COOL!

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