Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Ol Skool Rodz-Issue 64-July 2014

The new issue of Ol Skool Rodz has hit the newsstands and its got some great coverage of The Grand National Roadster Show with Rodz Deluxe Gals Carrie Holt & Neva Moore.

Get a peek at the Gambino Sit Down, the Dead Mans Curve Show, Born Free, the Heavy Rebel Weekender, UKs Pistons & Props and the Funny Car Reunion Drags too.

If that aint enough to keep ya interested, then check out the Pires-Scardina 1940 Hudson,  Bonnie Honea's 37 Plymouth PU, Sean Murray's "Early Grave" Triumph, the Prowlers CC or this month's pinup models.

See Damien Evans / Miles Masa built custom in our "Lolipop" feature, a "Wicked" Henry J gasser belonging to Mike Allison, and a super sweet 1948 Ford Pilot owned by Richard "English Rick" Green.  We got the baddest cars in the world in our pages....

Meanwhile, "Bad News is Good" especially when its Mike Emond's '33 Ford Coupe (our Rodz Deluxe winner for Best Hot Rod at the 2013 GNRS event).  It is this months cover car with bodacious Coral Macias as its hood ornament. Drool and Rod on....

Monday, March 24, 2014

Factory Documentation for Chevelles, Novas & Camaros

Photo courtesy of Hemmings Motor News

While plenty of Sixties and Seventies car enthusiasts have long had access to their cars’ complete documentation records, either through the manufacturer or through third-party sources, owners of muscle car era Chevrolets built in the United States haven’t been so lucky. That will change when the National Corvette Restorers Society (NCRS) begins offering shipment data to Chevelle, Nova, and Camaro owners.
The unavailability of build records for Chevrolet cars has long been a sore point o for restorers, researchers and owners. While rival brands offer researchers access to detailed VIN-based information on build history and ordered options, such information has long been unavailable to Chevrolet owners because the data no longer exists or can’t be located, not because the manufacturer wants to restrict access to production data.

Shipping records, however – which includes dealer code, dealer name, dealer address and build date – can provide significant documentation to car owners trying to prove or disprove a car’s history. Sometimes, this can pay big dividends. As for the year range of 1965-1972 for the three models, Lincoln admits it’s a matter of popularity, and that these years are the most often requested by Corvette owners. Corvairs are excluded for now, simply because their relative population is small compared to that of the Chevelle, Nova, and Camaro. This population is significantly larger than the equivalent range of Corvettes, which explains why the NCRS is being so cautious over the rollout of shipment data reports. Lincoln estimates that between 1965 and 1972, roughly 350,000 Corvettes were built; during the same time period, more than 7 million Chevelles, Novas and Camaros were built, meaning that the NCRS has a very real fear of being overwhelmed with shipment report requests when the program goes live.

Converting the data from microfiche to digital form was no easy task, and the NCRS is currently in the midst of completing this step. Though the data is mostly complete, some of the microfiche records may not be readable or may be damaged. In such cases, the NCRS will refund the customer’s money.
General Motors still retains dealer invoice data for Chevrolet models built after 1977; Cadillac models built after 1980; GMC models built after 1976; Oldsmobile models built after 1977; Saturn models built after 1994; and Pontiac models built after 1987, and this data is available for purchase directly from the GM Media Archive.  Build records for 1962 to 1986 Pontiac models are available from the Pontiac Historical Society, while the SLoan Museum and Buick Gallery can provide information on 1970 and 1972-’76 Buick models. Finally, GM of Canada Vintage Vehicle Services maintains an extensive archive of data on all GM models built in Canada from 1964 to present.

Cost to provide documentation for a vehicle will be $50. NCRS representatives said that the service should be available sometime in the next three months; an official date has yet to be released.
For additional information on shipment data reports for Chevelle, Nova and Camaro models, visit For shipment data reports on Corvette models, or for other Corvette-specific services such as document validation or car award confirmation (all of which require membership in the NCRS), visit

See also:  GM of Canada Vintage Vehicle Services for cars bought & sold in Canada.

See also: Chrysler Historical for a fee of $45 and proof of ownership along with the car’s VIN. The address is Chrysler Historical Services, 12501 Chrysler Freeway, CIMS 410-11-21, Detroit, MI 48288 Attention: Historical Information. 

See also: GM Heritage Center. Email: Website:

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Bad Cop-No Donut

If you're gonna pull a gal over you should have a good reason for it. Perhaps it was to get a better look at Jon Bateman's bike. Mostly likely it was to scope out both the girl (Tiger Dixon) and the ride. If not ...then "Bad Cop-No Donut." Meanwhile feast your eyes on this....(photos: Anna Marco)

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Copper Penny Cadillac

We've seen some wild cars but this one is thought provoking. This 1949 Cadillac is completely covered with 38,295 pennies.  Pennies were adhered one by one using silicone glue. They added over 200 pounds to the overall vehicle weight and the project took 6 weeks. The car is named "Penny" of course. All the pennies are American currency and include an 1817 ''Big Cent'', Two Error Pennies And Four 1943 Steel Pennies. Thats a total of $382.95 of pennies instead of paint. Sounds like a deal.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Tom Medley Tribute

Tom Medley, creator of "Stroker McGurk" Hotrod cartoon series was one of the first employees at Petersen Publishing's automotive magazine empire with a career that spanned for decades from 1948 to 1984.  Medley was 93 years old when he passed away this week. He is survived by his son Gary and grand daughter Sarah. Koolhouse Publishing extends our condolences to his family, peers and friends.

Medley had a prolific career and is considered an icon in the hot rodding industry. His professional highlights include: creation of  the beloved cartoon character Stroker McGurk,  early cutaway illustrations and cartoons for HOT ROD, features photographer for both HOT ROD and Rod & Custom, Advertising Manager for HOT ROD, early publisher for Rod & Custom Magazine and served as Editor/Publisher of Street Rod Quarterly. Additionally, he spearheaded the Street Rod Nationals in Peoria, Illinois, in 1970 and  the National Street Rod Association [NSRA], also in ’70 [and created the logo], and he coined the term “Street Is Neat.”    He covered every aspect of racing from Bonneville to El Mirage and more. He was a crack go-kart racer, car builder, upholsterer, political cartoonist, and in many ways the face of modern hot rodding today. To say he was woven into hot rod culture is an understatement.  Tom Medley was a beloved friend to hotrodder's worldwide  and will always be remembered for that. Long Live Stroker McGurk!

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Sunday, March 2, 2014

Women in Motorsports

International Women's Day 2014 Theme: INSPIRING CHANGE
March 8, 2014

Each year International Women's Day (IWD) is celebrated on March 8. The first International Women's Day was held in 1911. Thousands of events occur to mark the economic, political and social achievements of women. Organizations, governments, charities, educational institutions, women's groups, corporations and the media celebrate the day. Women's equality has made positive gains but the world is still unequal. International Women's Day celebrates the social, political and economic achievements of women while focusing world attention on areas requiring further action.

Inspiring Change is the 2014 theme for the global hub and encourages advocacy for women's advancement everywhere in every way. It calls for challenging the status quo for women's equality and vigilance inspiring positive change.

Here’s a list of women whose contributions and achievements in Motorsports
deserve recognition. Congratulations Ladies and thanks for being great role models!! (Photo order by name below)

Mary Barra- EVP GM, Global Products, Engineer
Barbara Parks-NHRA & Hot Rod Magazine Secretary
Margie Petersen-Petersen Publishing Foundation
Shirley Muldowney-Drag Racing legend
Linda Vaughn-First Lady of Motorsports
Paula Murphy-Land speed record holder, Funny car driver
Eily Stafford-Nostalgia drag racer
Delma Reath-cofounder of Reath Automotive
Alexis DeJora- Funny car driver. Fuel class
Camee Edelbrock-VP Advertising, Edelbrock Corp.
Veda Orr- first woman member SCTA
Peggy Hart- founder Santa Ana Dragstrip
Judy Thompson-Lions Dragstrip Manager
Penny Pichette-cofounder West Coast Kustoms Crusin Nationals, Hall of Fame inductee
Debbie Baker-founder Cruise for a Cure
Drag Racing Assn of Women-a non-profit organization that provides financial and emotional support to qualified individuals involved in drag racing accidents at a track.
Dusty Brandel-President & Executive Director, AARWBA, Journalist-
American Auto Racing Writers & Broadcasters Association, Inc.
Ashley, Courtney, Brittany & Adria Force- John Force Racing