Friday, November 20, 2015

Automotive Legend: George Barris 1925-2015

George Barris is a legend in automotive circles for his innovations, marketing prowess and cutting edge ideas, basically he thought outside the box when it came to vehicle design and he was an unstoppable force of Public Relations for custom show cars. He is considered the Patron Saint of Kustom Cars and a Founding Father of Kustom Kulture.

 His contributions to the automotive industry created an avenue for the custom car world to have mainstream recognition  and led the way for custom car fabricators to have top notch recognition for their craft. Goerge was tireless promoter as a Goodwill Ambassador for the custom car and hot rod scene and always seen at car shows with a smile.   We once asked him what his favorite car was and he told us they were all his babies but that he had a special place in his heart for his Golden Sahara.  

George was also responsible not only for the Batmobile, Batphone and Bat Bike, but model car kits, celebrity TV cars and for the "Custom Query" column in our magazines.  You can refer to our back issues for coverage on his in-depth interview where we scooped his just released book (2015), his "Back To The Fifties" Culver City car shows, the Nordskog Vette and Mike Garner's Triton. Our condolences to his friends and family and to the industry that has lost a true icon. We loved George and he will deeply missed. (Photo by Anna Marco/Art by Caitlin Shea)

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Ol Skool Rodz #73

Got some great coverage in the new Ol Skool Rodz Magazine.

Issue #73 has some cool tech tips, the Bo Huff memorial, classic customs and hotrods, international and domestic car show coverage, an art feature of Weld Porn artist Josh Welton, a profile on The Hoods CC and some rat racing with Roger Jetter and so much more. You're gonna have get one and read it for yourself. Dont miss it. The RodzDeluxe girls are pretty hot too!

Friday, September 11, 2015

2015 Ventura Nationals

This year’s car show had a great lineup of bands with tunes from Swing to Rock.  The pedal car/stroller cruise is an ongoing tradition; It’s the perfect way to entertain kids who get involved in event festivities and learn about automotive culture. Dedicated vendors offer an array of cool swag, while numerous car clubs display their finest automobiles making The Ventura Nationals a big party in the park. Kudos to the event staff for another great show.

Affordable Fun
This 3-day event actually starts on Friday night with an art show in downtown Ventura. On Saturday, the Ventura Fairgrounds host the main event from 9 am to 5 pm with a sleek sled raffled off by The Lost Angels Childrens Project.  On Sunday, Noble Fabrication hosts a BBQ and Reliability Run. Nearby lodging offers the opportunity to explore the local bowling alley, wineries and breweries. A visit to Mission San Buenaventura, the Olivas Adobe, Ventura Botanical Gardens or the Ventura Art Museum is a nice side trip. Sand, surf and sun are found nearby on local beaches or the Ventura Pier and Promenade.  Surrounding bike trails or water activities channel your inner athlete and best of all you can shop and dine locally after hours. Ventura on Labor Day weekend is the place to be.

See: Ventura Nationals, 
PO BOX 667
La Habra CA 90633. Phone: 805-626-0164

Monday, August 31, 2015

Kustom Vertigo: The PIZZ

Lowbrow Artist THE PIZZ graced the first cover of Koolhouse Publishing's revamped CAR KULTURE DELUXE MAGAZINE (#13) and included an 11 page art spread with centerfold. It set the tone for a successful title that is now 72 issues and still going strong.  THE PIZZ was a talented individual with a unique vernacular and cool style all his own. A longtime member of the BEATNIKS CC, THE PIZZ was always dressed in purple, accented with a black car coat and groomed  goatee he called "Iibbity Bibbity."  He was seen driving one two very cool custom cars-  either a flamed wagon or his Aqua '58 and its the flamed wagon that was shot for our cover at the now defunct City Chevrolet lot in Long Beach, CA with fetish model Emily Marilyn.

THE PIZZ had a distinguished art career that parodied all aspects of the kustom kulture lifestyle, he was a staple at local So Cal cars shows and Japan as well.  He was known as the purveyor of "cartoon expressionism", did album covers for Sympathy for the Record Industry, worked with Robert Williams, and was mentor to artist Candy. His Beatnik Babe pinups were the epitome of pouty and petulant and his Gremlin was the wicked anti hero of all things cool. His "Dizzy Dictionary" delved into kustom kulture via the alphabet (C is for Chopped) and is one our most favorite Pizz  projects. He will be deeply and sincerely missed.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Car Kulture Deluxe #72 is HOT

Check out the new Car Kulture Deluxe issue #72. Full of the koolest customs and the hottest Rodz: with show coverage galore, kustom kulture,   Evapo-Rust  tech tips, lowbrow art and bodacious babes. On stands now!  You cant miss it with perfectly posed Christina Michelle on the cover! "oooga-oooga"

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Bo Huff, 1943-2015

Its no exaggeration when we say custom car builder Bo Huff was loved by those who knew him.  Not only did he create beautiful, award winning customs but he helped to unify car culture through Rockabilly music. His passing leaves a large empty parking spot here in our Koolhouse garage. May he rest in peace. Our sincere condolences to all his family and friends.  Watch for in upcoming tribute to him in the pages of our magazine.----Koolhouse Staff
Photo (c) Anna Marco

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

2015 Montrose Car Show

The 14th Annual Montrose’s Hot Rod & Classic Car Show hosted by the Early Rodders car club and NHRA announcer/MC Dave McClellan attracts hundreds of area residents as well as automobile aficionados from all over Los Angeles to the Montrose Shopping Park.

 More than 50 Classic Cars, 200 Customs &  Hot Rods and their owners attend this July gathering located in a picturesque mountain suburb North of Glendale/Los Angeles.  Classic Cars and Hot Rods display in the 2200-2400 Blocks of Honolulu from Verdugo Road as far west as Las Palmas Ave. and are judged for trophies.  Exotics and nostalgia ‘cackle cars’ burping Nitro are seen on Ocean View Boulevard.

The event has a block party vibe and Montrose Shopping Park merchants invite the community to shop, eat and attend a local farmers market too. Several stores offer special items and discounts at the semi-annual Montrose Sidewalk Sale! This show is a good one, the food is great, the cars are cool and it’s a perfect for the entire family. Don’t miss it next year! See: (photos: Anna Marco)

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Before & After: Phil Lacy's 1957 Lincoln

We gearheads at Koolhouse Publishing, Ol Skool Rodz and Car Culture Deluxe Magazines support and honor those who preserve vintage American steel. Phil Lacy’s 1957 Lincoln (Ground Level CC) is a perfect example of Detroit iron resurrected.  

The before and after photos seen here prove that with a little TLC you can own a beautiful heavy duty custom unlike the mass produced fiberglass fleas currently on the market. This vehicle has a gold and white two-tone paint job, new black interior, quad headlights and whitewalls. New mechanicals and chrome make for a smooth yet flashy mover and unique touches such as the original steering wheel, bullet accents, finned taillights, and period correct dash components give added interest. Actress Jayne Mansfield owned one of these vehicles only hers was pink meanwhile our lovely model Alyssa Allure matches this one perfectly. Next time youre in the market for a car, buy old American steel and drive it. Cruise on! (photos: Anna Marco. Wardrobe: Glamour Vixen Clothing;  Accessories: Dottie Deville. Special Thanks: West Coast Kustoms) 

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Art of Jeff Meyers, Modern Artifacts

Modern-Artifacts Builds Unique Interactive Neon Sculptures for 
World of Speed Museum.

Portland, OR. — Modern-Artifacts, creators of industrial, three-dimensional sculptures is excited to announce the inclusion of three of its “Pop-Art” pieces in the new World of Speed museum, Wilsonville, Oregon.

“We’re thrilled to have World of Speed open in our own back yard.” Said Modern-Artifacts founder Jeff Meyers. “Especially as it gives us the opportunity to showcase both our one-off commissioned work and a limited edition piece.”

Handcrafted in Portland, these sculptures have a labored patina of rusty steel, bronze, hand-formed neon, programmed LEDs, motorized elements and even audio components. 

For World of Speed, Modern-Artifacts was commissioned to build two unique pieces: The first was a tribute to Craig Breedlove’s Spirit of America land speed record holder that went 526.277 mph in 1964. The 3D interactive display features lights, neon, the authentic sound of the car’s jet engine and an amazing crackle tube that illustrates the effects of the car’s jet exhaust—something that kids love.

The second commissioned piece, an interactive robot called Ignito, was designed to be educational and enjoyed by kids of all ages. This hand-cranked display illustrates how a four-cycle gasoline engine works: Basically, it’s suck, squish, bang, push. Kids can also press the “start” button and watch the gauges work and lights flash as Ignito talks.

The third piece, celebrating 100 years of racing at Bonneville, is one of Modern-Artifacts limited-edition pieces. Measuring 30w x 28h inches, this tribute to the Salt Flats would be cool in any garage, man cave, restaurant, bar or even home.

“Having our artwork on display at World of Speed is a great endorsement.” Said Meyers. “It proves that neon is alive and well and has a special place in the heart of Americans.”

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Painted Pinups: The Art of Kirt Pettey

From his comic book inspired beginnings, artist Kirt Pettey has turned himself into a master illusionist of the pinup genre. A self taught artist, his mind is like a 3D compositing computer and he is a master photoshop artist who blends photography, modern technology and visual craftsmanship in a fanstasy world full of beautful women. Our  Car Kulture Deluxe Magazine article titled "Painted Pinups: The Art of Kirt Pettey" will include a centerspread poster of his work. Dont miss it!

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Stranger In The Black Sedan, Ol Skool Rodz July 2015

Want to know who the "stranger in the black sedan" is in the July 2015 issue of Ol Skool Rodz Magazine?  It might not be as obvious as you think. Although Ginger Lee Wicked is a beautiful redhead, its not her but the answer is equally stunning...Contributor Butch Pate reveals the truth about the 1928 Ford built by Rick Brown and owned by Dustin Morgan. Check out pages 26-28 and find out for yourself. Hint: its the heart of the beast.

Monday, March 23, 2015


"Wild" Bill Carter painted some of the most beautiful vehicles in motorsports from custom cars to drag racing and also drove for many top teams, including TV's Dan Haggerty (of  TVs “Grizzly Adams” fame.) 

Bill began his career as a youngster painting a 1956 Buick  that he striped in a garage and would eventually paint everything from Airplanes to Wheelstanders. He later became the protégé of Larry Watson and is the only person known to have the secret formulas to iconic Watson paint jobs memorized.  It was Larry Watson who coined the nickname "Wild Bill" because Bill would not only paint dragsters but race them. 

Today, Wild Bill Carter is sought out for striping, overlays, pearl bases, candy overlays and  color arrangements which are is key factors on custom paint job and he is the go to guy for wild 60s paint schemes. Recently his retro Lavendar paint job for Brent Rogers custom motorcycle aced top awards in the USA and Japan. 

Ol Skool Rodz Magazine featured a career retrospective of Wild Bill in the pages of our publication and we are proud to show you two recent helmets he created for our staff (if you're lucky enough to collect and acquire Wild Bill items then you've totally scored!).  Bill Carter originally painted the famed “Snake” theme for legendary drag racer Don Prudomme is currently slated to paint another project for him in the coming months. Watch for it here. Zoom! (photos courtesy of Anna Marco)