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History Happy Birthday Larry Shinoda

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by Jive-Bomber, Apr 2, 2015.

  1. Jive-Bomber
    Joined: Aug 21, 2001
    Posts: 3,349


    Jive-Bomber submitted a new blog post:

    Happy Birthday Larry Shinoda


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  2. flamingokid
    Joined: Jan 5, 2005
    Posts: 2,200


    Warui o shiri
  3. 3wLarry
    Joined: Mar 11, 2005
    Posts: 12,804

    Member Emeritus
    from Owasso, Ok

    you hurt your what?
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  4. FritzTownFord
    Joined: Apr 7, 2007
    Posts: 1,020


    I had the great opportunity to visit a few days with Larry at a show. He was the real deal - total car guy. He told me some amazing stories from his work with Goodyear, Penske (he was not a fan), Ford and more. Not arrogant, but supremely self confident guy. But he did more than most guys will ever do in auto world.
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  5. Nobey
    Joined: May 28, 2011
    Posts: 1,171


    Nice tribute to Mr. Shinoda, Jive- Bomber. Didn't I read somewhere that
    he had Harvey Bott's 34 coupe in his collection?
  6. Hnstray
    Joined: Aug 23, 2009
    Posts: 11,656

    from Quincy, IL

    Thanks for the tribute. I only knew the man by virtue of his work featured in many venues.
    But, by all accounts, he was a very talented guy!

  7. Terry Buffum
    Joined: Mar 20, 2008
    Posts: 283

    Terry Buffum
    from Oregon

    In early 1961, he checked to see if there was employment for him at Go Power in Palo Alto, Calif! We made go kart engine parts and wheels, but were moving toward automotive parts and dynamometers. "Calif Bill" Fisher was the President.

    The conclusion was that even though he was willing to take a huge pay cut to come to a small "start up" but more fun working environment, it would probably not have worked over time. Too bad, as I think we'd have enjoyed his company!
  8. catdad49
    Joined: Sep 25, 2005
    Posts: 4,501


    Thanks Bomber! That pic of him and the roadster p/u says it all. Caption should read, "Wanna Race?"
  9. Bob K
    Joined: Mar 3, 2001
    Posts: 5,773

    Bob K
    Member Emeritus
    from Antigo Wi.

    I had the good fortune to know him and always enjoyed his stories. I have several "ARTIST PROOFS" of his Corvette drawings.

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  10. Jerry Rice
    Joined: Aug 25, 2010
    Posts: 54

    Jerry Rice

    I met Larry when he was hired by Hendrick Motorsports to do the graphics on Tim Richman's Folger's sponsered NASCAR racecar. I told him how much I admired him for designing the Corvette Stingray. He couldn't have been more humble and engaging. He casually mentioned that his former boss at GM Bunkie Knudsen hired him at Ford where he did design work on the Mustang GT of the late 60's and early 70's ad that he also did some contract work at Chrysler as well. He is a truly remarkable man and a very important contributor to American performance cars.
  11. seatex
    Joined: Oct 24, 2006
    Posts: 2,660


    Awesome post and video, JB. Thank you for passing it along
  12. 296ardun
    Joined: Feb 11, 2009
    Posts: 4,265


    Larry was an original, someone we can all remember with pride...he and I had something in common, we both are alumni of Pasadena City College (he way before me).....but he was miles ahead of most hot rodders in his ability to build, design, and retain his humility.....and he was one of many Japanese-Americans in SoCal to get into hot rodding...where they all got respect...during the war when many were either interned or went off to war (often in Italy), their Caucasian hot rod friends would often protect their cars, engines, and tools until the war was over (I say Caucasian because we were all Americans).
    Thanks for posting this, it is great for us to remember someone like Larry (and, by the way, the 3-window in the post later went to Don Montgomery who put fenders and a GMC (later a blown Chrysler) and raced it as a fuel coupe. It was later restored to the version that Larry raced).
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  13. KKrod
    Joined: Jun 20, 2010
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  14. Clevername
    Joined: Feb 18, 2011
    Posts: 316


    Wow! Cool!
    Joined: May 11, 2011
    Posts: 291


    Thanks Jay, that was awesome!
  16. Shouldn't that be 'the late' Larry Shinoda?
  17. flamingokid
    Joined: Jan 5, 2005
    Posts: 2,200


    Shinoda named the Boss 302 in honor of his boss,Bunkie Knudsen.Old school cool.....
  18. JeffreyJames
    Joined: Jun 13, 2007
    Posts: 16,612

    from SUGAR CITY

    Shinoda's Coupe is one of my favorite hot rods ever from what I think is my favorite time period in hot rodding. This thing seems simple enough but the details were so great!!


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