Old School Customs: Top Traditional Custom Car Builders

Old School Customs: Top Traditional Custom Car Builders

by Alan Mayes


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Old School Customs: Top Traditional Custom Car Builders by Alan Mayes

In the late 1930s, as roadster- and coupe-driving hot rodders started families, they suddenly needed reliable cars that could transport more than two people. Thus, custom cars were born—passenger automobiles turned into one-of-a-kind art pieces reflecting the aesthetic sensibilities of their owners and builders. Today, the mild-to-wild styles and techniques that grew out of the custom car movement might seem like they’ve been around forever. Fortunately, a number of top-notch builders are keeping these classic elements alive.

This book profiles the work of some of the men who keep making custom car history, and features dozens of chopped, sectioned, shaved, decked, flamed, frenched, nosed, lowered, scalloped, striped, and slammed Caddies, Mercs, Buicks, shoebox Fords, Chevys, and Oldsmobiles that exemplify traditional custom car design.  Author Alan Mayes includes profiles of top builders from across the country—John D’Agostino, Bill Hines, Richard Zocchi, Darryl Starbird, Bo Huff, and Rick Murray, among others—each illustrated with color photography profiling the builder’ work. In addition, Mayes features archival images detailing earlier work of these history-making custom builders of today.

List of Builders:

The Pioneers 
Gene Winfield               Modesto, CA
Bill Hines                      Long Beach, CA
Alexander Brothers       Detroit, MI
Joe Bailon                    Auburn, CA
Darryl Starbird             Tulsa, OK

The Lifers
Tom Culbertson            Indianapolis, IN
Bo Huff                        Dragerton, UT
Mark Wojcik               Howell, NJ
Dave Kinnaman            Alexandria, IN
Murphy & the Striper   Palm Beach, FL
Dave Pareso                 Colorado Springs, CO
Gary "Chopit" Fioto      New Smyrna Beach, FL

The Pacesetters
Gary Brown                 Indianapolis, IN
Brad Masterson            Paramount, CA
Voodoo Larry Grobe   Schaumberg, IL
Rick Murray                 Moab, UT

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780760334577
Publisher: Motorbooks
Publication date: 07/10/2009
Edition description: First
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 9.30(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Alan Mayes is the managing editor of Ol’ Skool Rodz and Car Kulture DeLuxe, as well as the author of Old School Hot Rods, Old School Customs, and Old School Choppers. He lives in Tennessee.

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