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!
Read more about him at: www.rodandcustommagazin.com/thehistoryofTomMedley