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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Trace Edwards, Jul 6, 2011.

  1. Trace Edwards
    Joined: Mar 20, 2011
    Posts: 41

    Trace Edwards
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    [FONT=&quot]This thread will serve as the platform to keep the H.A.M.B. community informed on all the different aspects that are coming together to make the second annual Long Beach Motorama even more historically compelling then our first. Over the past year, I have formed a board of advisers that includes senior members-Art Himsl and Junior Conway and combined them with a couple of junior members-Piero DeLuca and Tim Sutton; all with a high level of knowledge and shared vision to assist in creating a balanced show. [/FONT]

    [FONT=&quot]Since last year over 30 people have started and are completing traditional kustoms-hot rods-restos and coachwork craftsman built cars to debut on the arena floor; builders like Oz Welch-John D’Agostino-Rick Dore- Zane Cullen to name a few. [/FONT]

    [FONT=&quot]This year the arena floor will be sprinkled with the finest examples of hand crafted automobiles to a beyond restoration vehicle from legendary builder Hershel “Junior” Conway. Last year’s America’s Kustom D’Elegance winning car; a 1953 Cadillac built by Rick Dore will be featured on the white carpet turntable, at the end of red carpeted "Avenue of Dreams" that splits the entire arena floor. Again this year we will import and distribute 7 tons of pure white salt rock to surround the outer placed kustoms and traditional hot rods.[/FONT]

    [FONT=&quot]Taking place in the Historical lobby a uniquely special collection at this year’s Motorama will pay tribute to the pioneering horsepower godfathers. This is the first time in car show history that three of the biggest names in horsepower; Edelbrock-Iskenderian and Hilborn, will be shown side by side with 2 of these living legends in attendance as well.
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    [FONT=&quot]The Motorama will be the car show debut of the original race roadster of Vic Edelbrock Sr. which has not been seen by the public for 57 years (Pictures to follow soon). Alongside the Edelbrock roadster will sit Ed “Isky” Iskenderian’ s roadster and Isky himself, next is the Hilborn lakester (clone) and Stu Hilborn himself, sitting with the 63 year old ORIGINAL injector that Stu created in 1948.
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    [FONT=&quot]Other cars that are part of this salute to horsepower are the [/FONT][FONT=&quot]Ralph Whitmore owned-[/FONT][FONT=&quot]Tom Cobb roadster (I will go into greater length on this car in a later post, as this is a very large display with a lot of great stuff!) The SoCal belly tanker graciously lent to us from Bruce Meyer and the NHRA Museum.
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    [FONT=&quot]The Motorama will also host the debut of the Frank Lockhart-Stutz Blackhawk Speedster (clone) being completed by Jeb’s Metal Works utilizing the original motor. (I will go into greater length on this car and driver legacy in a later post, as this is a very long story with a lot of great stuff!)
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    [FONT=&quot]The one-off Timbs special will again be seen for the second time in 50 years; but this time we have recreated the house from the 1947 Motor Trends cover that featured the car; as a back drop. Additionally, you will be able to view the streamliner from an elevated platform which brings the silhouette to life![/FONT]

    [FONT=&quot]This year we have expanded on the diorama car display concept and have recreated a couple of Southern California’s historic Kustom shops and one very legendary drag strip. The first one we have completed is the Atlantic Blvd.-Lynwood, Ca-1959 Barris Kustom City shop. The steel facade is 60’ wide by 12’ tall, the back wall of the 12’ deep display is a full length backdrop showing the shop and grounds. We plan on staging three original Barris built cars in the “parking lot” of the Kustom City shop. [/FONT][FONT=&quot]The first to confirm is “The Emperor”, owned by Blackie Gejian, this is the roadster that won the 1960 AMBR. Stay tuned for announcements on the other two cars confirmed.[/FONT]

    [FONT=&quot]The second shop to be recreated is Ed “Big Daddy” Roth’s Crazy Painters shop. We couldn’t think of a better platform to showcase the wild show cars of the late 50’s-early 60’s. Von Franco will be on hand air-brushing tees and sweat shirts in front of the shop all weekend long on the arena floor. Stay tuned for announcements on the cars confirmed.[/FONT]

    [FONT=&quot]Partnering with NHRA Museum, we have created a 24’ wide by 80’ long starting line of the most famous drag strip in the West-Lions Drag Strip. See 8 cars on the asphalt strip complete with metal guard rail-hanging starting light with recorded 1968 introduction of Don “the Snake” Prudnomme over the track speakers. See vintage photos and videos of Lions Drag Strip racing on the starting line wall.[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Rattler-AA/FD— Yeakel Plymouth Special-AA/FD[/FONT]​
    [FONT=&quot]Magic Muffler Fiat-AA/FA— Winged Express-AA/FA[/FONT]​
    [FONT=&quot]Antique Doll-50’s front engine Flathead— McCloskey/Jordan-60’s front engine Flathead[/FONT]​
    [FONT=&quot]Stone-Woods and Cook Willys 60’s Gasser—Greer-Black and Prudnomme AA/FD[/FONT]​

    [FONT=&quot]We have continued to expand the Wall of Legends tribute of America’s first generation of Hot Rodders and Kustomizers. This year 14 men will join last year’s 11 inductees in the Historical Lobby area of the show. Minus our fallen heroes, all of the Legends will be on hand for conversation and signings throughout the weekend. We make each inductee a half page post card of their wall plaque for signing; so be sure to get one from each of them.[/FONT]

    [FONT=&quot]Mike “Blackie” Gejian[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Ed “Isky” Iskenderian[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Stuart Hilborn[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Jesse Lopez[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Dick Bertilucci[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Art Himsl[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Bill Reasoner[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Mike Alexander[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Larry Alexander (passed)[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Daryl Starbird[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Chuck Miller[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Harold Murphy[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Spencer Murray[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Tom Kelly[/FONT]
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    [FONT=&quot]2010 Inductees:[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]George Barris[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Sam Barris (passed)[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Hershel “Junior” Conway[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Gene Winfield[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Bill Hines[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Dean Jeffries[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Sam Foose[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Frank DeRosa Sr.[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Dick Jackson[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Larry Watson (passed)[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Joe Bailon[/FONT]
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    [/FONT]

    [FONT=&quot]I will be posting updates from here on as they are confirmed. Thank you for your interest and support.
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  2. Deu55
    Joined: May 31, 2009
    Posts: 758

    Deu55
    Member

    Went to last years show and it is by far the best show that I've been too,this show is also shaping up to be a killer show .. All the best with the planning ...Rod..
     
  3. notrod13
    Joined: Dec 13, 2005
    Posts: 988

    notrod13
    Member
    from long beach

    should shape up to be an awesome weekend in the LB!! Last year was about the best show and this year is going to kill that one ...
     
  4. FASI
    Joined: May 11, 2001
    Posts: 1,130

    FASI
    Member

    How about some dates so planning to attend can take place? Sounds like a fabulous concept for your show.
     

  5. Jalopy Joker
    Joined: Sep 3, 2006
    Posts: 26,032

    Jalopy Joker
    Member

    Wow, really liked the set up of the main floor last year-this year sure sounds even better. Thanks for update
     
  6. Trace Edwards
    Joined: Mar 20, 2011
    Posts: 41

    Trace Edwards
    Member

    Sept. 30, Oct. 1-2. My flash that I didn't include the dates.
     
  7. sean72
    Joined: Dec 20, 2004
    Posts: 452

    sean72
    Member

    My Dad and I went last year and WOW!!! Great show, loved the layout and vibe. The plaques where fantastic. Looking forward to going again this year.
     
  8. mr37buickstreetrod
    Joined: Apr 15, 2009
    Posts: 14

    mr37buickstreetrod
    Member

    Went last year and it was a great show!! Plan on going again this year, can't wait.
     
  9. Maybe I can get my Merc over the power cables this year,hahaha! Wouldn't miss this show for anything! Just like the shows when I was a kid...
     
  10. Soooo Stoked!!! unfortunately my car wont be there in finished condition, as my engine went out and the time and money that would have gone into paint and body are going into getting the car back on the road with some other upgrades along the way. either way we'll be there all weekend and striping away until my fingers fall off.

    looking forward to this as much as i did last year. maybe more!
     
  11. Chevy54
    Joined: Sep 27, 2009
    Posts: 1,413

    Chevy54
    Member
    from Orange, CA

    Moved to SoCal from the northeast just after this show last year...fully been looking forward to it all year!!
     
  12. Trace Edwards
    Joined: Mar 20, 2011
    Posts: 41

    Trace Edwards
    Member

    This year we have added a new recognition award titled "Legend of Motorsport". The criteria for this award is based on a persons contribution to the show car sport; of having cars built and showing cars for a minimum of a continuous 30 years. Weather this is through restoring or acquiring and preserving historical vehicles. This year's inaugural award will go to two men that have done just this and way more, Jack Walker from Missouri and Joe & Phylis Moreno of California. Jack Walker will be showing his 1941 Buick for the first time on the West Coast,[​IMG]

    and Joe & Phylis Moreno will have their Bill Reasoner built 1941 Ford on display.[​IMG]

    Both vehicles will have freestanding story displays explaining just what these people have given in effort of continuing this tradition.

    The trophy head was designed by myself and metal craftsman Mickey Galloway and is hand created by him and his skilled staff. The topper will be mounted to a walnut base of the same diameter with a naming plate and the recipients names. The individual will receive a smaller version to take home and display proudly.

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  13. D_Lazaris
    Joined: Apr 19, 2010
    Posts: 848

    D_Lazaris
    Member
    from So. Cal

    Thank you! It is such an honor to be put with all the historical race cars at the Lions Drag Strip homage!

    We are VERY excited to attend this event again! If we can help in any way let us know.
     
  14. Evel
    Joined: Jun 25, 2002
    Posts: 9,036

    Evel
    Member
    1. 60s Show Rods

    Isky
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    Hilborn
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    Edelbrok
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  15. Trace Edwards
    Joined: Mar 20, 2011
    Posts: 41

    Trace Edwards
    Member

    So I received an email today from the individual who is restoring the original Edelbrock Special roadster, raced by Bill Likes. In it was a bunch of photos of the car at Bonneville and El Mirage. Enjoy!!

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    Of Note: Its the 1950-53' Bonneville B-Roadster record holder, and ran C-Roadster with a Merc. motor.


    On the cover.
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    Towed by one of it's own.
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    Livin' the Dream.
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  16. Evel
    Joined: Jun 25, 2002
    Posts: 9,036

    Evel
    Member
    1. 60s Show Rods

    Wow those kick ass!!!
     
  17. Evel
    Joined: Jun 25, 2002
    Posts: 9,036

    Evel
    Member
    1. 60s Show Rods

    You should defiantly come Kevin you will have a good time :D
     
  18. Obsessedwithchop
    Joined: Apr 4, 2009
    Posts: 103

    Obsessedwithchop
    Member

    Thinking about making the trip from Florida sounds too sweet to miss!
     
  19. scrubba
    Joined: Jul 20, 2010
    Posts: 938

    scrubba
    Member

    I wish Larry Alaxander hadn't had to leave us . scrubba
     
  20. Evel
    Joined: Jun 25, 2002
    Posts: 9,036

    Evel
    Member
    1. 60s Show Rods

    Yeah I was just thinking about him the other day.. I was going through some business cards in a drawer and found one from him and Mike that they gave me when I interviewed them in 2005.. Sad.. He would of loved what Trace is doing..
     
  21. kaui
    Joined: Mar 14, 2006
    Posts: 187

    kaui
    Member
    from SJC calif

    Looking forward to the show:)
     
  22. U.K.ROADSTER
    Joined: Aug 23, 2010
    Posts: 186

    U.K.ROADSTER
    Member
    from Birmingham

    Dick Bertolucci

    Darryl Starbird

    Just wanted to help out on the proper spelling since you're honoring these people. :rolleyes:
     
  23. big creep
    Joined: Feb 5, 2008
    Posts: 2,945

    big creep
    Member

    cant wait! last show was off the charts good!
     
  24. coolstuff
    Joined: Oct 14, 2006
    Posts: 3,686

    coolstuff
    Member
    from Bettendorf

    cool that you are honoring Jack Walker - that guy is amazing -one of the nicest with some of the coolest cars of all time
     
  25. 1oldtimer
    Joined: Aug 21, 2003
    Posts: 7,845

    1oldtimer
    ALLIANCE MEMBER

    I can't wait either, last year was great............I loved the smell of the cars that were out front.
     
  26. Trace Edwards
    Joined: Mar 20, 2011
    Posts: 41

    Trace Edwards
    Member

    [​IMG]
    Hosted by the Legendary-Jack Stewart​

    Taking place Friday through Sunday; join 20 Nationally selected Pin-Stripers along with auctioneer Richard Westlake and East Coast Artie for this charity auction to benefit the Rich Pichette Alzheimer¬ís Project. Be there to witness the panels come to life in the arena before they go up on the auction block throughout the 3 days. The Stripers will also stripe anything you want for a fee so buy your favorite souvenir and get it kustomized at the show!​

    Fri. Auction 7pm Sat. Auction 1pm, 4pm & 7pm Sun. Auction 1pm & 4pm​

    100% of the Proceeds Will Benefit the Selected Charity!
     
  27. Obsessedwithchop
    Joined: Apr 4, 2009
    Posts: 103

    Obsessedwithchop
    Member

    hey Trace when will the list of stripers start being announced?
     
  28. Trace Edwards
    Joined: Mar 20, 2011
    Posts: 41

    Trace Edwards
    Member

    East Coast Artie and Jack Stewart are getting them put together now.
    Stay tuned!
     
  29. Trace Edwards
    Joined: Mar 20, 2011
    Posts: 41

    Trace Edwards
    Member

    "Time Traveler"

    So I got a call today from a friend of mine named Gordy Brown. He lives out in Utah and has been building kustoms since the mid fifties.

    He called to discuss a car that he has owned since he was 17, a 1954 Ford Skyliner-Glastop.
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    The car was a repossessed car sitting at the local Ford car lot when he got it, it cost him $38 a month. Well Gordy started off immediately kustomizing it into a mild kustom. Upon painting and finishing the car 30 days later the car got hit by a guy turning left in front of the him. Mind you this is just 3-4 months into ownership. So Gordy then thought, what the hell lets cut the top-and the top was chopped. The car was driven for 6yrs. after the completion of the chop and the repair from the accident. And that is where the cars life left off and has sat ever since.
    Till Now!


    Gordy has been committed to finish the vehicle to debut at this years Motorama competing for America's Kustom D'Elegance on Ave. of Dreams.


    Note: the car pictured above is Gordys other Glastop he still owns. You'll have to be at the show to see just what he has done this time around.
     
  30. Evel
    Joined: Jun 25, 2002
    Posts: 9,036

    Evel
    Member
    1. 60s Show Rods

    September is right around the corner!! this show is gonna RULE!!
     

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