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  1. Jive-Bomber
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    Why the Bob McGee Roadster Won...

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  2. banjorear
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    Truly a timeless Deuce that set the bar for others to follow. Absolutely love everything about the car.
     
  3. 41 GMC K-18
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    That video is very cool, it really points out the subtle little details, that make this car so special !
     
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  4. One of my favorites and Bruce is a great person to talk to you about the car. When I found my Federal Moguel heads I called Bruce as they are the same as the roadster and he was a wealth of info.
     

  5. When I envision a Deuce Roadster the Bob McGee is imprinted on my brain, I know there are thousands of roadsters that are just as cool but this one just love, The hood is not my favorite design for a '32, I prefer the original 25 louver but to change the hood on the McGee roadster would be sacrilege. HRP
     
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  6. Mr48chev
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    That one has always been one of my Ideal 32 Fords but it is amazing that many of the mods he made aren't considered to be "traditional" by a lot of rodders.
     
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  7. That car is perfection. Ironically several of its features are things many folk today would call "street roddy"
     
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  8. My absolute favorite Roadster of all time. 14-Hotrods USPS stamps (1).jpg
     
  9. It was an honor to have my Roadster perched beneath the stamp image at the release ceremony at York NSRA in 2014. York 2014 Hot Rod stamps (2) (1).jpg
     
  10. guy1unico
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    BM pushed the envelope for its time and for today.
    I prefer the Baskerville because he left well enough pretty much alone.
     
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  11. 19Fordy
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    It doesn't get much better than that iconic historic hot rod.
     
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  12. Detroit Autorama..2020. thumbnail (27).jpg thumbnail (29).jpg
     
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  13. Among all the other stuff that gives it the "look" it has hot rod headlights mounted where they are supposed to be.
     
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  14. Here's the entire Historic Vehicle Association documentary about the Bob McGee Roadster [including interviews with (the late great :() Pat @pgan Ganahl, @Deuce Bruce Meyer, Dick @scritch Scritchfield, Ed Iskenderian, and Greg Sharp]:

     
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  15. DDDenny
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    I often wonder how many people look at this car and don't see the custom trunk lid.
    I'm guessing it's nearly the only one on the planet like it.
    At one time I lusted after the possibility of getting a trunk lid like this one built for my roadster, decided it was not worthy of carrying (one of) the coolest pieces on the most iconic deuce roadster of all time.
     
  16. banjorear
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    I've been wondering, when McGee had it, did he ever have a top for it? I know he more than likely didn't need it living in SoCal, but I believe it was his daily driver.
     
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  17. I know of a couple Ts done that way and maybe one other 32 I can think of? Feel free to chime in with examples?!
     
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  18. I had the pleasure of seeing this car in bare metal at So-Cal Speed Shop when they were restoring it. It's an amazing car.
     
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  19. Yep:

    McGee Deuce Roadster - front (by Robert E. Canaan).JPG
    McGee Deuce Roadster - side (by Robert E. Canaan).JPG
    The Bob McGee Deuce Roadster circa 1949
    images by Robert E. Canaan
     
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  20. ...I think it was so well done that even knowledgeable hot rodders have often walked past it and didn't notice.
     
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  21. panhead_pete
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    Thanks Joey for the post. Its a fantastic car with an amazing pedigree and its awesome its still with us. So many cool features!

    Now I know this is absolutely subjective and not a ctitisism of what looks to be an amazing resto and Im probably the only one that thinks this but all that red paint kills it for me. Was it 'streetrod red' ;) back in the day as the early pics it looks black?
     
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  23. 32Stoker
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    Great car worthy of winning Best of Class on its own merits, no doubt. But lets get real. Bruce Meyer packs some serious influence over the Monterey elites. I for one admire how he spends his money. Congratulations sir!
     
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  24. Bruce Myers is the main reason Hot Rod's & Custom's have finally got recognized by events like Pebble Beach. HRP
     
  25. Fogger
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    PastedGraphic-4 2.jpg This is a shot of the Dick Scritchfield version of the roadster. When Dick moved to Hawaii he sold the car to the LaBonge family. Dicks version was completely different than McGees. SBC, four speed, etc. 167 mph at Bonneville. Pete Eastwood would know how much of the original McGee car was found and utilized for the current iteration.
     
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  26. proartguy
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    It was red originally.
     
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  27. 32Stoker
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    Agree! And as Vice Chairman of the Petersen Museum, he wields a lot of power. Nuff said.
     
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