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Folks Of Interest Pete Chapouris

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Ryan, Jan 9, 2017.

  1. philly the greek
    Joined: Feb 15, 2009
    Posts: 1,865

    philly the greek
    from so . cal.

    Ryan , thanks for sharing that insight to your relationship with Pete . He was always a nice guy and a hot rodder to the core .
  2. chevydave1965
    Joined: May 2, 2010
    Posts: 370

    from Iowa

    I never had the pleasure of meeting him but always admired his talent & work in several of his cars including of course the famous flamed California Kid. True hot rodder. He will TRULY be missed ! God Speed Sir !
  3. deucetruck
    Joined: Jan 8, 2010
    Posts: 658

    from Missouri

    Like so many here, got to meet Mr. Chapouris at a So-Cal open house during GNRS. He welcomed us, asked if we wanted to see the back and away we went! Just a nice guy!
  4. Old-Soul
    Joined: Jun 16, 2007
    Posts: 3,612


    I met Pete once years ago when SoCal here in Alberta brought him up. Real down to earth guy, easy to talk to. Took a genuine interest in what us bums up here were doing and that sold me on him.

    Rest Easy, Pete.
  5. Headed for Springfield, Mo to Americruise in '92 or '93 in my primered 49 ford coupe and we stopped at Pete & Jakes in Peculiar, Mo. for their open house. Jerry Slover had already bought the bidness from Pete and Jake and the California Kid went with the business. Pete was there and was cruising the "Kid" around the grounds with a huge smile on his face and shades on....looked just like a Bell cartoon!
    I was stuffing a samich into my face with one hand and had a soft drink in the other when I walked through the side door and started into the alley just as Pete came cruising down the same alley at about 30 MPH! My brother grabbed my shirt and pulled me back into the shop just in time.....that's as close as I ever came to meeting Pete and yet I'm gonna miss him.
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  6. Cyclone Kevin
    Joined: Apr 15, 2002
    Posts: 4,080

    Cyclone Kevin
    Alliance Vendor

    This might have been right after that close call of introduction, this is right when we left Ruskin-Pete & Jakes Grandveiw
    IMG_8936.JPG Ladies and Gentlemen, PC3 has left the business, I'm glad the he together with some talented craftsmen left a legacy of Hot Rod builds behind and he'd be the 1st to say that it took a great team to make it all happen.
    Thanx for making me feel like part of the team.
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  7. The Anarkist
    Joined: Jul 11, 2004
    Posts: 82

    The Anarkist
    from Canada

    I saw the news on Hemmings. Real sad news. I'll have to watch The Cakifornia Kid and happy memories and the car that became the first one I WANTED!!

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