Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Car Collectors: United We Stand

The Association of California Car Clubs (ACCC) forms the bridge between the automotive enthusiast and Calif. State elected officials to protect and preserve the collectible automobile hobby. Article 8.3, Section 5050. of the California Vehicle Code, authored by the ACCC, states:
"The legislature finds and declares that constructive leisure pursuits by California citizens is most important. This article is intended to encourage responsible participation in the hobby of collecting, preserving, restoring, and maintaining motor vehicles of historical and special interest, which hobby contributes to the enjoyment of the citizens and the preservation of California automotive memorabilia."
The ACCC are a volunteer organization with regional representatives supporting the interests of individual members and member car clubs across the state of California. The ACCC consists of thousands of automobile hobbyists throughout the state who are interested in California laws and policies regarding collector automobiles and contribute to the protection of the car hobby by staying informed of the latest legislative issues.  The ACCC Board of Directors, serve without pay and are elected from the pool of active auto enthusiasts in California.
The ACCC newsletter notifies items of interest to all car owners including links to important governmental agencies and current issues affecting the vintage car hobby. If you know of an issue that you feel car collectors should know about, please submit it to their ACCC webmaster for consideration for inclusion on their site at: 
Ol Skool Rodz & Car Kulture Deluxe Magazines encourages California hotrodders to join the ACCC to protect the collector car hobby for that State because we love and support the preservation of vintage vehicles worldwide. For more info see:

Meanwhile see our current feature on the Loco Banditos Car Club by Anna Marco in Ol 
Skool Rodz #68, March 2015.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

600 hp & Tats & Azz

Check out our Ol Skool Rodz & Car Kulture Deluxe photo galleries with over 94 pages and 2500+ cool hotrod related images in each one.  See cool customs, hot rods, tats, tatas, art and azz. Post your images today and you might end up on our blog!

This one is titled: “600 horsepower ‘27 T coupe + ‘35 International pick-up + full back piece and sleeve= It doesn’t get any better!”

(Cars by Darkside Performance/ Tats by Lance Norris). Meanwhile the model, Queen Krissy has a nice posi hookup doesn’t she? @

Thursday, October 23, 2014

2014 Race of Gentlemen

The Race of Gentlemen is a nostalgia event on the beaches of Wildwood, NJ founded by the Oilers CC. See, Heres a story from us...

Race of Gentlemen By Rick” CarFixer” Palagyi
With little time to make race date, this event was more than just your average “Race of Gentlemen.”
California Starting Line
It all started of when we were at the Bakersfield racetrack. Sammy Vildasola and I were sitting down talking. I'm downing my 3rd cup of coffee when Sammy tells me about this race that's on the beach in New Jersey. 
 We start talking about our ages and what we still want to accomplish in life and we agree “let's build a car for that.” Sammy will tow it and I'll fly out there and drive it. Oh, I forgot to mention this was one month before race date and we have no car and no parts.
Texas Midway
Monday morning is a quest to locate parts and start a roadster truck build. 
Oh, another thing, besides this car, we’re already building four others but suddenly this one is at the top of list with no room for it. Sammy goes to the Gearheads CC shop and borrows a spot for us for a few weeks. Now I’m working a real job and Sammy is running around, so we get all parts half assembled when I get a call to work in Texas.  Fortunately, Sammy has a shop in Texas so I told him I can help drive to offset gas costs and let's finish it there so off to Texas we go.
I finish my work assignments while Sammy locates more parts.  We got the truck painted, started and off we went to NJ from Texas. 
 On the way, we stopped at the Carlisle, PA. swap meet. 
 Then to NJ. Oh, we did not tow truck, we pulled the front end off and all the tires. We lifted the truck and fitted it to a 1/20 on a pick up. 
 We got to NJ that way then not knowing how to remove it we stopped at a little diner were hot rodders were hanging out. Mind you the whole town was nothing but hot rodders.   We go inside the diner and one guy comments “you guys did not drive from California to this event like that?” Our response, “yep.”
New Jersey or Bust
Now the whole restaurant has to go out and take a look.  People are shaking their heads and taking pics. We start talking to this guy that had a bunch of friends in the parking lot who said, “ come to our spot, we’ll get that truck out.” So off we went with 20 guys ready to help us. We put front end together and started it up and we're ready for race in the morning. While I was working on the truck a gentle man named Tom Sweeney  came by and said, “ You guys really come from California?” We say yes and he says, “Where are you staying?” We don't know so he says “Your staying at my house.”  Wow, three days at a four-story house on the beach!
On Saturday, we got 3 passes in and then blew a head gasket
. Sunday we drain the oil, mix a new batch, make one pass, parked it, put it up for sale. Two hours later, we sold it. 

Going Home
We dropped the truck off in Pennsylvania then went to Hershey swap meet. Got there early in morning but the place was a ghost town so we walked around for a bit then ran across this older guy, huffing and puffing. He had a 45-foot trailer full of stuff. I asked him if he need help and he said sure.  Four hours later we had him unloaded. I asked him if it would be cool if we found parts, if we could drop them off at his location and then pick them up in the evening. He agrees and we came back that night. He told us he rented a house and we're staying with him. It was a farmhouse built in 1700s. We had breakfast in the morning and steak at night while staying there.  We find our later, the man is Terry Cook, former editor of Hot Rod Magazine and a funny guy! What an awesome trip; it goes on and on. It’s called “livin' a dream...”  Thanks to everyone who helped make it possible and for all the donated car parts. Special Thanks: Anna Marco

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Bill Hines Family Legacy

Custom car builds are an art form and the best way to learn any trade is by apprenticeship. Several legendary fabricators such as Bill Hines, Sam Foose and Dick Dean were lucky enough to pass their genetic skill set and work ethics onto their sons and grandsons, namely Keith Dean, Chip Foose and Mitch Hines. As the future generation of automotive craftsmen that we admire, Ol Skool Rodz and Car Kulture Deluxe features much of their work in the pages of our magazines.

Currently we are covering "Lady Luck," a custom 1955 Studebaker build project under the direction of Bill "Leadslinger" Hines and his grandson Mitch. At age 93, Bill is still working in the garage alongside his grandson Mitch who is also co-owner (with John Oates) of his own shop, Kustom Automotive in Long Beach, CA.

The Lady Luck project is a tribute to Larry Watson and the good old days of cruising Bellflower Blvd.  The Hines Family is conducting installation of frenched headlights, customized 1949 Merc rings, shaved door handles and 1956 Packard taillights.  Watch for our upcoming tech features for that because customized Studebakers are few and far between and a challenge to work on too.  A big thanks to All Pro Glass, Painless Wiring, Mooneyes and Kool Rides for their sponsorship support.

Here's a sneak peek behind the scenes with Bill Hines Sr., Billy Jr. and Mitch. Stay tuned for a tech update in Ol Skool Rodz Magazine. Photos by Anna Marco (c) 2014.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Rusty Plastic: The Patina Art of Ace Rakes

Rusty Plastic: The Patina Art of Ace Rakes
By Anna “HotRod Doll”  Marco
Pix Courtesy of Ace Rakes

Transforming the plastic body of a remote control model car into the appearance of rusty metal is an art form.

Patina Artist
Ace Rakes is chip off the old block.  His father, William Rakes, surrounded his son with art and cars and their household was a giant creativity project. Ace, who has never attended art school, was always encouraged to be artistic and as a child, his school notebooks were filled with images of Spider Man, scary monsters and cars. Today, he has amassed a huge collection of vintage Marvel Comics and his model car artwork is sold to finance his real car builds (1951 Hudson Pacemaker).  He calls his little 1/6-scale creations, “patina art.”

Distorted Hobby
Several years ago Ace received two remote control cars as gifts. The ’41 Willy’s and ’54 Chevy sat unfinished until Ace watched the documentary “Back From The Dead” starring Ian Roussel who struggles to make a hot rod out of spare parts. Inspired by Ian’s unorthodox approach to auto fabrication, Ace redesigned his model projects by turning plastic into metal using only steel wool and spray paint to achieve “ a well-worn, perfectly seasoned old hot rod. It doesn’t get any prettier.”  The results are so realistic that everyone is shocked to discover these miniature vehicles aren’t really heaps of steel. 

Fauxtina Ford
Recently Ace was approached by Christeen Vertress to paint a 1964 Ford Thunderbird (with a faux patina paint job) for her daughter Laikyn’s College graduation present. The car was orange and black and they basically just wanted it a different color.  Being the artist that he is, Ace, wanted the car to really stand out, something you wouldn't ever see on the streets. So he started doing research on Ford racecars and found a picture of Dan Gurney's 63 Ford Galaxie (Holman Moody NASCAR). It was decided it would become the paint scheme for the T-bird. It took a month to finish the paint job and everyone that has seen the car in person thinks it's a true patina. Laikyn’s grandfather had been a professional painter/body man for 40 years.  Ace proudly recalls, “When he saw the car he said, "It couldn't have been done any better" which was the best thing I could've heard. The T-bird is actually her daily driver and it looks like a racecar but is still fully street legal. I plan on painting a few more early 60's Ford, Chevy's and Dodge's to look replicate NASCAR and take them up to our local circle track and race around. I already have a few more “fauxtina” jobs lined up.”

Future Fun
Ace is a member of the Cam Winders CC (Washington) and when he’s not building unique model cars, he is cranking Leon Redbone or Skrillex on the stereo or cruising around the Rebel Riot, Billetproof or Cam Winders A-Go-Go car shows.  Future plans include finishing his full-sized automotive projects and continuing to build 1/6-scale art that folks will appreciate and enjoy. Meanwhile, he dreams of owning either a 1951 Henry J or 1941 Plymouth Coupe but jokes, ““If you want it bad enough, you can make it.”  Contact:

Thursday, September 18, 2014

The Reactor by Gene Winfield

Fans of the TV sitcom "Bewitched" are celebrating the show's 50th anniversary this week, so  we are honoring Gene Winfield’s Reactor. Built in 1965, the aluminum show car is really as 1956 Citroen DS with a hydraulic liquid on air fully independent self leveling suspension that allowed the car to be raised from ground clearance of 4” up to 9 ½ inches.  A 425 hp flat 6 engine from a Corvair gave it that low engine, low hood look. The completely handbuilt car featured electronically operated doors, hood and flip top roof, a radar screen, and retractable fins. The first version was painted green over lime gold  metalflake, the second version copper orange.

The Reactor appeared in several television series. In 1967, it appeared as the Reactor Mach II in a Bewitched episode called "Supercar,” where Endora sees Darrin admiring an exotic car in a magazine, and proceeds to zap it into his driveway as a gift. He's thrilled, but it turns out she appropriated the wild ride from a car manufacturer's development lab. In that episode you can see how the Reactor rises off the ground when you start the engine, just like the DS. It was also featured in an episode of Star Trek as the "Jupiter 8", a two-seat sports car marketed to the inhabitants of the planet 892-IV. In 1968, it made an appearance in the Mission: Impossible episode "The Freeze." In Batman, it appeared as the "Catmobile", and it was driven by actress, Eartha Kitt. She picked up Cesar  Romero playing the Joker, in the car, and they drove away together.

The car still exists today and can be seen at Winfield’s shop in Mojave, CA. A similar car styled car named the XR-6 (August 1963 Cover of HotRod Magazine and an AMBR winner)  resides at the Petersen Automotive Museum. ZOOM!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Sandy's Can Cars are Kool

Sandy Sanderson, a talented crafter living in Hamilton, New Zealand, noticed that those empty beer cans don’t just have the fate throwing away. In an accidental opportunity, Sandy started to build up his incredible model car using dozens of recycled cans and tool kit. And he also added tons of details to his "Can Car"  like wheel nuts, suspension components, brake hoses, lights, and more, in order to achieve realistic effect. Fortunately, unselfish Sandy has posted an article to teach you how to make a can car.  They aren’t easy to make and you need to know how to read a blueprint. Of course, if you have no time to make them, you can also pick up your favorite one from Sandy’s  website.  Each can car is reasonably priced at $10 USD. Very KOOL! We give it 5 out of 5 stars. See:

Friday, September 5, 2014

G is for Gasser

We at Ol Skool Rodz Magazine appreciate the gasser style of hot rod and you will find our pedal car tribute to these awesome race cars in our Koolhouse booth at So Cal shows. Stop on by, take a closer look and get a discounted subscription rate on our magazine title at the same time.

Gasser History

A gasser was a type of hot rod originating on the dragstrips of the United States in the late 1950s and continued until the early 1970s. Gassers were based on production models from the 1930s to mid-1960s, which are stripped of extra weight and jacked up using a truck beam axle to provide better weight distribution on acceleration (beam axles are also lighter than an independent front suspension), although a raised stock front suspension is common as well (called a nosebleed stance). Common weight reduction techniques include fiberglass body panels, stripped interiors and plexiglass windows (sometimes color tinted).

Because gassers were primarily built for racing, cars typically had the engine swapped to a larger or more powerful one, or the existing stock engine modified (often heavily). Its very common to fit a supercharger and mechanical fuel injection such as one from Algon, Hilborn, or Crower.

With form being dictated by function, their appearance is often top heavy and ungainly, due to front ends being raised higher than stock specs, which assist in the weight transfer during rapid acceleration (racing). Having exhaust pipes exit through the front fender well is a common characteristic as is having bodies painted in flamboyant metalflake, pearl, and candy finishes complemented by lettering in wild fonts.

The name arose because these cars competed in a gasoline fueled drag race class, rather than one using methanol or nitroomethane. The gasser is the predecessor of the modern Funny Car and are experiencing a popular resurgence in nostalgia car clubs and car events such as the Eagle Field Drags, Mooneyes Xmas, Dragfest and the Meltdown Drags. Ed Big Daddy Roth created Weirdo decals in the Sixties depicting monsters driving gassers that are also very collectible. ZOOM.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Steve Stanford Sketchpad

Renowned automotive illustrator Steve Stanford knows how to make a common car look cool. Watch for an upcoming art feature of his work in Car Kulture Deluxe Magazine, meanwhile on August 23, 2014, he will be making an appearance at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, CA. We also heard famed custom car painter Wild Bill Carter will be there too! Don't miss it! Check out Steve's cool creations below or see him on facebook at Steve Stanford Designs. Enjoy!

Monday, August 4, 2014

Cool Celebrity Custom Cars

Most celebrities own exotic supercars but the smartest ones own one off custom cars. Those folks get our vote for bucking the trend and being a badass Hopefully we will be able to feature some of these in Ol Skool Rodz and Car Kulture Deluxe Magazines one day...

Cadzilla 1949 Cadillac. Celebrity Owner: Billy Gibbons, ZZ Top.  Created by late hot rod designer extraordinaire, Boyd Coddington and Cadillac designer Larry Erikson, the Cadzilla is one of the most coveted one-off customs and most popular selling hot rod poster of all time. Owner is  ZZ Top front man Billy Gibbons and the car has a 500 hp motor and a matching Harley called Hogzilla. An enterprising fan created a pedal car called Kidzilla in honor of the car.

1934 Lincoln Model 40 Special Speedster. Celebrity Owner: Edsel Ford (deceased).   Edsel Ford's personal (and very one-off) speedster was an absolute show-stopper back in its day. Designed by Ford's chief designer E.T. Gregorie, the model 40 was inspired by fighter jets and took over a year to complete. We only wish we could get some seat time in this beast.

Moal Roadster.  Celebrity Owner: Tim Allen, comedian.  Legendary coach-builder Steve Moal crafted this custom rod for funnyman Tim Allen in the late 90s. Everything - and we mean everything - was handcrafted in Moal's state-of-the-art California workshop.
Beatnik 1955 Ford Radical Custom.  Celebrity Owner: Barry Weiss, actor.  It's called the "BEATNIK" and was built by hot rod builder Gary Chopit. It started out as a 1955 Ford and then was transformed into the world's largest bubble top custom car.... much like the original Beatnik Bandit. It features a Cadillac front end, a futuristic interior and an exposed engine. The body is completely metal and the car took 3 years to build.
Custom Car Collection (Tank Car seen here). Celebrity Owner-Jay Leno, Comedian.  Jay owns everything and that makes him a badass plain and simple. Nothing more needs to be said. 200 cool cars of various styles is impressive no matter what they are.

Ford Hot Rods. Celebrity Owner-Jeff Beck, guitarist. Jeff Beck loves old Ford hot rods and we love him for that.

Custom Lowriders. Celebrity Owner-Snoop Dogg, Rap artist.
This rapper is a hardcore lowrider fan and also dabbles in custom bicycles. His car style is befitting of his image.

#1 Cool Guy. Steve McQueen, Actor/Racer
We love Steve McQueen no matter he drives. He had a collection of the best including a sleeper 1954 Hudson Wasp, a customized XKSS Jaguar, various Indian motorcycles and a fastback Mustang. McQueen is the man!

Enjoy The Ride