Wheelie Mayhem “Hollywood” Wes Style

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Hollywood Wes Newman wheelie 2019 Byron Wheel Stand Championship

The Byron World Power Wheel Stand Championship is hands down one of the most exciting motorsports events out there. And it’s participants like Wes Newman that keep it that way. Wes Newman is the ultimate showman, he’s there to pull …

Relix Riot Rewind

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Relix Riot 2019 Gilmore Car Museum

There was quite a commotion up Kalamazoo way and hi ho Daddy – O, it was one heck of a hullabaloo. It was rockin’, rollin’ and right on.  It was the Relix Riot and it rolled through the Gilmore Car Museum …

51 Karat Gold Mercury

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1951 Karat Gold Mercury

We have another killer Custom up for a closer look. With the name “51 Karat Gold”, you know the ride might very well steal the show.  We came across this aurulent knockout at the KKOA Leadsled Spectacular in Salina, KS. The …

Kemps are Kool-KKOA Leadsled Spectacular

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39th KKOA Leadsled Spectacular

KKOA kept it Kool and the Kustoms kept it hot. The 39th annual KKOA Leadsled Spectacular brought out the best of the best. Established in 1980, Kustom Kemps Of America (KKOA) is the Nation’s oldest continually operating Kustom Car and …

Kustom Eye Candy Perfect Pontiac

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1953 Pontiac Custom Eye Candy KKOA Leadsled Spectacular

Does it get any better than Kustom eye candy? We don’t think so. We saw this ride rolling into the KKOA Leadsled Spectacular last weekend. It’s easy to say, this rolling eye candy upped the kool quotient in Salina, Kansas exponentially.  …

Goodguys Crowned Two New Kings

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Goodguys Street Machine of the Year 2109 Greening Auto Company 1971 Maverick

Two of the coveted Goodguys Top 12 awards were given out this weekend at the PPG Nationals.  On Saturday a new Street Machine and Street Rod of the Year was crowned.  The competition was stiff, the talent endless. The PPG …

Goodguys 28th Heartland Nationals

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Goodguys 28th Speedway Motors Heartland Nationals

If you host it they will come, especially if your name is Goodguys. And come they did, by the thousands to the Goodguys 28th Speedway Motors Heartland Nationals.  The weekend was perfect 10’s all the way around.  The rides, the …

Back from Oblivion 1955 Chevy “Krimson Kart”

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Krimson Kart 1955 Custom Chevy

The bounty of custom classics seemed never-ending at the Custom Car Revival. Case in point, the back from oblivion 1955 Custom Chevy “Krimson Kart”.  The “Krimson Kart” was the brainchild of Emory Ashpaugh.  Emory originally customized the ’55 Hardtop in …

Leadsled Lovely Custom ’55 Buick

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The Oriental 1955 Buick (8)

The Custom Car Revival was a throwback to the Golden Age of Customs. One ride after the next, a tribute to the “old school way” of Custom building. Some rides current interpretations, others restored originals. “The Oriental”, Wes Guance’s radically redesigned …

The Countess of Customs, Carl Casper’s Empress

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Carl Casper 1951 Chevy Custom The Empress

Add another award to “America’s All-Time Award Winning Historical Custom Car”.  The car is Carl Casper’s 1951 “Empress” and the award was the Detroit Autorama Preservation Award. The Crowned Head of Cool sat pretty at the 2019 Detroit Autorama looking …

Two Passions One Radical Tribute Rod

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Phil Erby 33 Ford Model-A Indian Motorcycle tribute car

It takes a true artist and craftsman to combine two passions seamlessly into one vision.   We saw this gem at the Grand Daddy Drive-In at the Grand National Roadster Show and in a show full of standouts, this ride stole …

This Emperor still reigns supreme

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Emperor 1929 Ford Model A Roadster

Who says the Emperor needs new clothes!  This Custom Cruiser is as relevant today as it was nearly 60 years ago. The genesis for the ’29 Ford Roadster dubbed the Emperor was quite simple. Chuck Krikorian was a gear head through …

The Supremely Cool Retro Metro “Snappy”

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Snap-on 1951 International Metro Snappy

We’re taking a break from the Great 8 to bring you a ride that’s just too cool for school.  This is a tribute truck like no other.  According to Domenic Valentino, the mastermind behind this build, he was “all Snap-on tools” …

Wild Willys Great 8 Finalist

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Great 8 Finalist Pro Street 41 Willys Quint Walberts

This wicked Pro Street pavement pounder sat pretty as a Great 8 Finalist at the Detroit Autorama. Quint Walberts is the owner and builder of the wild Pro Street ’41 Willys that earned the coveted spot on the list.  Walberts was …

Legacy ’32 Ford Great 8 Finalist

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Legacy 1932 Ford Victoria FastLane Rod Shop Great 8 Finalist

In a competition where custom is king, an all steel ’32 Ford Victoria really stood out.  Phil and Debbie Becker’s real deal Vicky “Legacy” has been in the family for the past 45 years.  After over four decades on the …

Great 8 Finalist “Anvil”

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Anvil Great 8 Finalist JF Kustoms

Think you’ve seen a ride like this before?  Think again.  Chevy II, nope.  Nova, nope.  This street beast is a Canadian built GM Pontiac Acadian and comes out of JF Launier’s shop JF Kustoms.  One look at this Radical Pro Street Custom …