Monday, June 9, 2014

Stanley Mouse-Hot Rod Artist

As a kid growing up in the Detroit area during the sixties, you really had to be a recluse to not know who Stanley Mouse was. 

Mouse's artistic impact on the latter half of the 20th Century's cultural landscape cannot be denied. His visual influence in the context of Post WWII youth culture is immeasurable, and has now settled into mythic status. In the realm of Kustom Kuture, he is a founding titan. He literally put a face on Rock and Roll, and in the world of marketing and merchandising, he recognized very early on that people would wear alternative imagery on the fronts of their shirts, the ultimate Post Modern canvas. 

Unfortunately for Mouse, it was those who came after him that seemed to get all of the glory. Household names like Ed "Big Daddy" Roth in the hot rod genre or his dear friend, Rick Griffin, who took the concert poster aesthetic that Mouse and his creative partner, Alton Kelly pioneered- to new heights, seemed over time to have taken the wind out Mouse’s seminal importance. Undaunted by this fact, we at CAR KULTURE DELUXE MAGAZINE  honored Stanley Mouse with an art feature reminding everyone that  this Mouse was the most important Mouse of all. As creator of Grateful Dead posters, he is the Mouse that roars!

To hell with Rat Fink, Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Mighty Mouse and Mouseketeers, its Stanley Mouse that truly Rocks! (and rolls).  ZOOM! ©2014 all artwork by Stanley Mouse. No reprint without permission. See:

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Collector Car Appreciation Day- July 11

Drive your hot rod, custom car, lowrider, street rod, antique car, muscle car or classic car on July 11th, 2014. Do it, do it, do it!
Intended to celebrate the classics of the past and the future, Collector Car Appreciation Day events can be as simple as encouraging staff members to drive their special ride to work.

               Collector Car Appreciation Day (CCAD) will return for its fifth commemoration, July 11, and individuals &  companies are encouraged to recognize this annual celebration by hosting their own events. At the request of the SEMA ACTION NETWORK  this “holiday” has been marked each year since 2010 by a U.S. Senate Resolution.

Intended to celebrate the classics of the past and the future, these events can be as simple as encouraging staff members to drive their special ride to work. Other ideas include hosting a community car show, staging an open house or promoting a “holiday sale” in honor of CCAD. Members can partner with local car clubs, community groups and other automotive businesses. Invite your local legislators, car clubs and museums to participate as well.   Meanwhile those of us at OL SKOOL RODZ and CAR KULTURE DELUXE MAGAZINES celebrate collector cars everyday--many of our own staff members have hot rods that are daily drivers thus proving gearheads run these publications. ZOOM!

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Hotrod Book Reviews: Sex, Travel & Vestiges of Metallic Fragments

We at Ol Skool Rodz & Car Kuture Deluxe Magazine are voracious readers of automotive everything and love all things hot rod...

Author Cole Coonce is a gifted stylized writer and his literary prowess keeps you on the edge of the page. Born in 1961, he is a working author and journalist who started writing for automotive and drag-racing magazines in the 1990s, with a series of "new journalism"-type features published by Super Stock & Drag Illustrated, Full Throttle News, Popular Hot Rodding, Gearhead, and Hot Rod Magazine. During that period, he penned the non-fiction novel "Infinity Over Zero," a history of the land speed record that is the only non-partisan account of how Andy Green and the Thrust SSC jet car broke the sound barrier while setting the only supersonic Land Speed Record. The publication of "Infinity Over Zero" solidified Coonce's reputation as hot rodding's definitive gonzo-type journalist. In 2001, the Goodguys Rod & Custom Association honored him for "Outstanding Journalistic Vision."

In 2009, KeroseneBomb Publishing released his anthology of drag strip essays, “Top Fuel Wormhole” and in 2010 released a collection of his essays on modern culture, Sex & Travel &; Vestiges of Metallic Fragments.”  "Infinity Over Zero" is another fabulous book. Within all his drag racing tomes, Top fuel dragsters howl in pursuit of Nirvana via the underground level of drag racing, which Coonce claims “is underreported…its not corporate racing…its nostalgia fuel car stories of today.” 

The book title of “Top Fuel Wormhole” was taken from Cole’s Swinging Sammy Hale Champion Speed Shop story, where the protagonists terrorize the top fuel scene with a Chevy motor.  It also covers top teams and drag racing exploits in the 1960- 90s including Land Speed Racing and Bonneville as well as drag racing. Cole quips, “It’s the Age of No Rules in my land speed racing stories. The term Wormhole is meant to converge the past and future in the book.”    In his essay “ Bury My Heart at Edwards Air Force Base” the first reunion of Muroc is an exploration of “building cars out of swing sets with wheels and Allison motors; testing the ingenuity of rodders.”   Additionally there is an interview with Wally Parks (SCTA, HR Magazine, NHRA fame) that Cole recalls “ personally impressed him with the pure spirit on the dry lakes— it’s from the heart. There is a sense of sorrow for things past, because now there’s too many rules—but go we forward anyway. The next direction for nostalgia is…to make noise.”

When asked why he was compelled to cover this subject matter from an underground viewpoint Coonce replied, “It was not reported, not enough documentation i.e. Brotherhood Raceway (referring to Big Willy and Terminal Island race track) is like trying to explain chocolate on LSD—you had to be there so I wrote about it.  It was a peaceful co existence with a disparity of ethnicity that worked.  Someone stole a toolbox and Big Willy shut the track down until it was returned and it was. He ruled with an iron fist. You don’t get that in Bakersfield.  It was a real run what you brung scene…once a mini dragster with a  Kawasaki MC motor was paired against top fuel dragster—Big Willy knew the track had whoop-dee-doos in it and obviously the fueler broke traction at that very spot and so the mini dragster won.  It was all done on donuts and hotdog bets. It was like being in Oz and Willy was the wizard. That’s the beauty of true underground racing.” 

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You wont be able to put these books down. Artist Jeff DeGrandis loved them so much he made a cartoon about it. We bought several book copies and gave them to everyone who loves hotrodding. Get yours today! ZOOM!

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Vintage Station Wagons Are Kool

What is it about vintage station wagons that always capture our attention? Is it the fact that they can haul enough lumber, paint and hardware to build a small house? Or that they can carry nine passengers in relative comfort over vast distances of Interstate? Perhaps they are the original SUV...

With a few modifications to a V-8 beneath the hood, they can haul far more than passengers and cargo. We love them for all the above reasons… add Rally wheels, redline tires and Flowmaster exhaust to a powered rear window option and we gear heads at Ol Skool Rodz and Car Kulture Deluxe Magazines would call such modifications tasteful.

Mike Boyles, a 59-year old veteran drag racer from King, North Carolina, owns a Super Stock race car:  a big, brown 1957 ChevrOl't Bel Air wagon. That's right, a station wagon and it's one that Boyles has been racing every season for the past 34 years. That station wagon has taken Boyles to 22 IHRA national event wins, eight IHRA Super Stock World Champions and more than 50 IHRA Pro Am wins. Boyles was the IHRA Super Stock World Champion in 1978, 1980, 1982, 1985, 1990, 1991 and 1992 and was the IHRA Formula Stock World Champion in 1975. Known as “Good Ol Charlie Brown,” this wagon is a fixture at drag strips. 
Meanwhile, here are some  very cool custom/vintage wagons for your enjoyment.  It’s the kind of stuff we love.  Watch for them in the pages of our mags.  Zoom!