The article came out great and I'm stoked about that but here's something that can't be shown on printed paper: the hot rod in action. Turn up the volume and enjoy!
Oceanside as the last blue-collar town on the Pacific Coast south of Los Angeles. I've been there a couple of times and indeed there's a more down-to-earth, hardworking, honest-to-god feel over the town. Some people might complain Oceanside is a little more rough on the edges than most other beach cities with their bleached boulevards and polished residential areas. I call it character. And I also think Ryan Allen's mean looking model A coupe lives and breathes that Oceanside spirit. It's sinister looking but it'll never let you down.
W.A.R. Undead. So, if you're in the area don't miss it. More than just a car show it's rather a party among friends with some bitchin' cars and a lot of loud music.
Holy wow. Something must have happened last night. The LOWTECH FB page went past the 6000 likes mark. THANK YOU! The "Burbank Choppers" photo I posted yesterday was my most popular post ever with almost 300 likes, more than 500 shares and a total reach of over 78'000 people. Whatever that means. But it sounds like a lot.
In order to celebrate this I'm posting another group of 4 terrific hot rods. Hope y'all like it. Thanks again! And just like the picture below, it's from my book/mag LOWTECH – The California Issue #1.
Time for a commercial break. There are only a few copies left of my book/magazine LOWTECH – The California Issue #1. Sales have been strong so far and the great feedback I got makes me dream about an Issue #2. Well not now, or next week. But I got some ideas spinning in my head and I'd love to turn them into printed paper. So stay tuned. And in case you were wondering what Issue #1 is all about, here's the full table of contents. Dig it? Get your copy here.
– Throttlers Picnic Burbank 2012
– Jake's 1953 Chevrolet Kustom
– Hot Rod Reunion Bakersfield 2012
– San Clemente Stories: Chad's Shop
– ACES Poker Run 2012
– Mooneyes X-Mas 2012
– Grand National Roadster Show 2013
– Dustin's 1934 Ford Coupe
– The HOT ROD Homecoming Show 2013
– Garza Kustoms, Nipomo
– Mooneyes, Santa Fe Springs
– Centerfold: Jim Kimbrough's 1956 Nomad
– San Clemente Stories: Roy's Studebomber
– Panel Beaters Union Show 2013
– West Coast Cruisin' Nationals, Santa Maria 2013
– Garry Odbert, Arroyo Grande
– King Of The Clubs, Barona Dragstrip 2013
– Coco Shinomiya's 1927 Roadster
– Mercurys by the Beach
1960 is one of my favorite years in American automotive design. More than ever before or after, the cars looked like they had just escaped one of those glittery Motorama Shows. With their bubble tops and their tailfins turned by 90 degrees emphasizing the width of the cars even more, they were customs straight from the factory. This 1960 Ford Starliner, which I slightly improved stance-wise, is a perfect example. It would ideally complement the driveway of any midcentury modern house in Palm Springs but it still looks stunning even in this slightly more conservative setting. And yes, I'll be trying to post another factory custom the next Friday so stay tuned, Jetsons.