Monday, February 24, 2014

Odd Rods

Odd Rods was a group of non sports trading card/sticker series created by the Donruss company beginning in 1969. The original series, entitled Odd Rods, introduced the theme of the series in 44 stickers: Monsters in cars. Done by cartoonist/illustrator/writer B.K. Taylor in a style clearly influenced by the work of ED "Big Daddy" Roth, the series proved very popular with schoolchildren of the time, resulting in a string of sequel series:
Odder Odd Rods (1970 - 66 stickers)
Oddest Odd Rods (1970 - 66 stickers, numbered 67-132)
Odd Rod All Stars (1971 - 66 stickers reprinted from the previous 3 series)
Fabulous Odd Rods (1973 - a reprint of Odder Odd Rods)
Fantastic Odd Rods series 1 (1973 - a reprint of Oddest Odd Rods, retaining the 67-132 numbering)

Fantastic Odd Rods series 2 (66 new stickers numbered 1-66).
A related sticker series put out by Donruss in this era was Silly Cycles (66 stickers) with monsters on motorcycles. Another series was Fiends and Machines (66 stickers) which had a mix-and-match theme: 33 cards with monsters on top, and 33 with cars on the bottom, allowing the collector to put the 33 monsters on any of the 33 cars.
In 1980, Topps made a series similar to Odd Rods titled Weird Wheels.
In 2006, the Odd Rods trademark and artwork was acquired and the mark registered with the US Trademark Office. The official Odd Rods website is now active. You can buy these cards now on eBay.

Meanwhile, here’s a selection of unusual hot rods to get your attention proving the automobile is a creative canvas and beauty is in the eye of the beholder…Happy Rodding!

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Rodz Deluxe Gal: Dottie DeVille

We love Dottie DeVille, burlesque dancer and comedienne extraordinaire. She has graced our pages and acted at an event model for Koolhouse at various shows. In celebration of her recent betrothal, we are posting sexy shots of her. Take a good last look you hound dogs, 'cause shes getting married and will be off the market soon.  Bet you'd love her see her with nothing on but that new 3-carat diamond ring she got,  wouldn't you? Tsk Tsk shame on you.  (Photo: Anna Marco & BelgiumLion /MUAH: Rosetta Garcia). See: or

Saturday, February 15, 2014

CKD Cover Model: Sabina Kelley & WalMart

This is for all you Gearheads who keep complaining that you cant find our titles in the store because they are all sold out:  We are coming to WalMart with April 2014 issue of Car Kulture Deluxe!
In anticipation of our new distribution status, Sabina Kelley will grace the cover and as an added extra bonus, we will present her in a pull out centerfold spread. Hows that for garage art?  Dont miss it!

Friday, February 14, 2014

2014 NHRA Winternationals recap

The 2014 NHRA Winternationals at Pomona, sponsored by Circle K, Auto Club and Mello Yello was an ear splitting and bone shaking event. Attendees saw cars run over 320 mph with Alexis de Jora breaking the 4-second mark in her new car.  The championship event tours the USA with a 24 -event season. On scene: Antron Brown, Matt Hagen. Cruz Pedregon and Ron Capps. A contingent of Junior Rodders and legends such as John Force and TV Tommy Ivo were also seen. Highlight of the event was a display of nostalgia cars parked in the midway. The only downsides are that ticket and food prices are too high, they need more nostalgia, more freebies and more of a half time show. Zoom!

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Oldest Motor Vehicle trivia

The oldest running motor vehicle still runs and was sold at auction for $4.2 million to an unnamed buyer. Two bidder chased the price up in a 3-minute bidding war at RM Auctions.

The Dos-a-Dos (Back to BAck) Steam Runabout was built in 1884 by George Bouton & Charles Armand Trepardoux for French entrepreneur Count de Dion who named it "La Marquise" after his mother. It was built one year before Karl Benz and Gottlieb Daimler invented the internal combustion engine.

In 1887 with Count Dion at the tiller, it won the worlds first ever motor race covering 32 km from Paris to Versailles and back in one hour and 14 minutes at an average of 25.9 km/h and reaching speeds of 60 km/h on the straights. The car had only four owners remaining in one family for 81 years and has been restored twice. It has participated in four London to Brighton runs and won a double gold at the 1997 Pebble Beach d'Elegance in California. And that is todays automotive trivia tidbit.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Rodz Deluxe Gal: Stephanie Howard, grand daughter of Von Dutch

Todays Kool is Rodz Deluxe Gal Stephanie Howard, grand daughter of Kenny "von Dutch" Howard.
Her eyes are as beautiful as her grandpa's artwork but unfortunately she is wearing sunglasses in this shot. Notice the t-shirt? We were priviledged to have an exclusive shot of her for Ol Skool Rodz Magazine.  You catch her on Facebook....The legend lives on....

Monday, February 3, 2014

Vintage Cool-LA Drag Racing 1950s

Todays Kool: (Los Angeles, CA)-We found some  old photos of drag racing in the Los Angeles River in the 1950s proving hot rodders will figure out a way to do it without race tracks if need be, therefore  Support Your Local Drag Strips. Its nicer than a river bed and it is off the street isnt it? Meanwhile drag racing is NOT street racing and Fontana Raceway is up and running again thanks to the Auto Club of Southern California who footed the bill for the new sound wall.  The Antique Drags will be held on June 29, 2014--See you there!