Custom “TikiBird” Thunderbird Reborn

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The TikiBird 1963 Thunderbird Needfulthingz Hot Rod Shop (23)

This is a tale of coveting thy neighbors T-Bird. For years Eric Foster lusted after his neighbors ride, a stunner of a 1963 Thunderbird. As with most unrequited love the object of his fancy moved on but the passion remained. …

The SEMA Show Packed a Punch

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SEMA Show 2019

It’s hard to believe the 2019 SEMA Show has come and gone.  And let me tell you, that show was firing on all 8 with a shot of nitrous. Live interviews with movers and shakers of the industry, demos, seminars, …

Top Honors As SEMA Ignites Vegas

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Ring Brothers Winner SEMA Battle of the Builders

It was a blistering night in Las Vegas as SEMA Ignited and a new King in the Battle of the Builders was crowned. It was an incredibly stiff competition and we all know there can only be one winner but in …

An Impressive Invasion of Iron

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Iron Invasion 2019

It ain’t over till the Iron Lady sings. Well, she belted it out to beat the band earlier this month. It was Iron Invasion and it was a hot rodding homer. Traditional Hot Rods, Kustoms and Cycles inundated the sleepy …

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 …