In 2001 Pat Ganahl published his book The American Custom Car. In this book on page 59 there is this small photo of the Nick Matranga Barris built 1940 Mercury. Ever since I saw this photo in this book I have been fascinated by it. Not only because of the Matranga Mercury with the trophies in front of it, but perhaps even more because of what happens on the wall behind it. This photo was taken at the 1951 Oakland Roadster Show. The Mercury was shown on the outside ring of the building, and Barris used the back wall to display some more Barris created Customs - thus creating a small booth. The photo in Pat's book was printed unfortunately rather small, and it was a bit hard to see the 11 photos that where displayed on the wall behind the Merc. When I visited Pat Ganahl in 2010 on the Jack Stewart research trip, Pat showed me some of the photos in his collection, including this photos. This was the first time I was able to get a really good look at the photos on the wall. Unfortunately we where short on time, and I did not have the chance to ask if I could copy the photo, or at least the back ground. But recently I got my hands on a large somewhat better copy of this photo taken in 1951. And I figured it was time to start identifying the cars on the photos on the wall. Is this anything important.. nah not really, but its just good fun to do. And interesting to know which cars George Barris thought where good promoting his business in 1951. Here are two more photos of the Matranga Merc taken at the 1951 Oakland Roadster show. Photo provided by Jimmy B and scanned by George Zaft from his collection Below is a larger version of the photo, not a very good copy/scan, but at least the photo's in the back round are a lot better to see than in Pats book. I have name the photos "A" thru "K" Recently I wrote a story about Marcia Campbell for the Rodder's Journal (issue #51) and I knew that Marcia took a lot of photos of Barris Customs in during this time. And I also know that Marcia always handed out large prints to the cars owners, and to George to hang in the shop. So most likely it was also Marcia Campbell who supplied the photos for this small photo exhibition. If you look at the photos on the wall you can see that 3 of the 11 photos have different dimensions C,D and F. These photos where most likely taken by another photographer.. All the other photos are all neatly positioned with the same amount of white, most likely developed by Marcia in here own dark room with here own negatives. Photos A, E and H where taken at the same day in a famous Marcia Campbell photo shoot at a LA school. Many photos of this shoot, including the famous line up photo where taken that day.