Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Taking a Wheel Stand

Lets face it, wheels are a basic element to the profile of your custom car, truck or bike. Fads come and go but we editors at Ol Skool Rodz and Car Kulture Deluxe Magazines seriously consider what rims you're running on your car if we are going to feature it in the pages of our magazines. It will make or break a decision.

We prefer the classic/custom look...check out the difference with these sample shots of oversized wheels (top)  vs. custom (bottom) wheels on cars/bikes and you will see why.  If your eye is going straight to the wheel, then its the wrong one for the vehicle.  Wheels are meant to accent or enhance the bodyline and overall styling of a vehicle, not detract from it. Compare the first Motorcycle (Orange) to the second one (Silver)--the second one retains an extreme rake, stretched frame and cropped seat. Visually the bike flows and the wheels dont detract, whereas the first bike (orange) is heavy in the front and looks hard to steer.

We all have our opinions of whats cool here at Koolhouse but we vote for tradional classic styling, safety and driveability when it comes to wheels and tires on any mode of transportation.  The next two photos depict a purple "donk" car with oversized wheels which make the vehicle look like an alien 4x4. The 50" wire rim is just unsafe and a waste of money--try getting cornering and stopping ability from that one.

The next two photos depict a traiditonal and balanced hot rod and the Deora, an extreme radical custom built in the Sixties. Notice that the wheels dont detract from the chopped bodylines of either car. Even actress Rita Hayworth ran traditional white walls on her custom Cadillac (last photo.)

Sorry folks,  but Big Wheels are for  kids toys.  Meanwhile, dont even get us started on blackwalls vs. whitewalls or steering wheels because thats a whole other rant....

Thursday, February 12, 2015

RodzDeluxe Gal: Kimmie

Todays red hot (as in corset) mama is Rodz Deluxe Gal, Kimmie. Happy Valentines Day to all you hot rodders. She is sitting on LIL BOY, Frank Bevacqua and Frank Ransford's custom 1930 Model T street bomb as seen in OL SKOOL RODZ MAGAZINE. We sure can pick them, cant we? ZOOM! (photo: Anna Marco)

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Woodward Dream Cruise & Berkeley CruiseFest

We were lucky enough to visit Detroit Motor City during the 2014 Woodward Dream Cruise & Berkeley Cruise Fest. About one million people attend each year. This event is about cars...mix in some cruising, showing off, partying, hanging out, entertainment, people watching and cars.

Everything from classics, customs, street rods, muscle cars, trucks, hot rods, collector and specialty vehicles are on the itinerary. Also bands and djs, music entertainment and a variety of things to see and do up and down the route.

Woodward Dream Cruise 2014 was fun! The weather was perfect and the cars were amazing.
The Cruise starts one mile north of Detroit in Ferndale, MI and goes up to Pontiac, MI, and back. About 10 miles each way, it has several high profile cruise areas, the three most popular are at 13 Mile & Woodward, 9 Mile & Woodward, and top of the loop in Pontiac.

There is no fee to drive in the Woodward Dream Cruise and no admission charge to watch it. Anyone can cruise but those not driving a classic car must stay out of the two right lanes (curb side). Woodward Ave is generally eight lanes wide, four lanes in each direction (north/south) divided by a median or turn lane.

Cool Facts: Woodward Avenue (M-1) was the first concrete roadway in the country. It is listed as an Automotive Heritage Trail (an All-American Road), plus a Michigan Heritage Route.
Woodward Dream Cruise Official Merchandise: www.shopwdc.com – online store has current and limited edition items. shirts, hats, hoodies, cups, pins, poster, more. If you a diehard hotrodder, this event needs to be on your "To Do List."

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Save The Station Wagons

We've seen some beautiful custom station wagons at Ol Skool Rodz Magazine  and we appreciate the personal touch owners give their cars, but folks, please do not rat rod your station wagon. Yes we  have heard "but its a 4-door" however thats no excuse. Early station wagons (Hello, 1962 Impala wagon!!)  are rare beasts and should not be butchered at your slaughter house of creativity.  Better to drive it bare bones unfinished and stock. Thats our opinion and what do you think?  Your comments are always appreciated...Save The Station Wagons!

Friday, February 6, 2015

Hot Rods Old Vail

Heres a cool destination place: Hot Rods Garage-Old Vail in Tucson AZ is a combination diner & full service hot rod shop all in one. While having a sandwich you can watch a build team  create a custom car or hot rod before your very eyes behind a floor to ceiling glass wall. Its the perfect place for a gearhead happenings as well, the staff allows cruise night and hot rod events in the parking lot too. Dont miss it. See: Hotrods Garage, 10500 E. Old Vail Rd, Tucson, AZ 85747, (520)202-0998 or check out their website at: www.hotrodsoldvail.com

space cars

VINTAGE SPACE AGE CARS are a favorite mid century modern design influence for customized vehicles and we think some of them such as the Buick Wildcat II could have given Chevy a run for its money, better yet the Dodge Storm Zeder would have kicked Corvette butt if it had been developed. Alas its not meant to be. Perhaps Dodge should reconsider and create it anyway.

Check out these fantastic vintage space-age concept cars below:

1964 Cadillac Cyclone XP-74
This 1964 XP-74 was designed by GM V.P. Bill Mitchell, and featured the familiar twin missle nose-cones and smaller rear tail-fins.

1955 Ghia Gilda Steamline X Coupe Turbine-Powered
The Ghia Streamline was built as a concept dreamcar for the 1955 auto show in Turin, Italy

1956 Buick Centurion Concept Car

1941 Chrysler LeBaron Thunderbolt
The Chrysler Thunderbolt was a limited edition model and this car is one of only four surviving examples.

1950 Buick Wildcat II Concept Car
The futuristic Wildcat II had flying-wing fenders, 220 hp V-8 engine and air-cooled 4-wheel disc brakes.

1958 GM Firebird III
The aero-dynamic General Motors Firebird III utilized streamlined aircraft styling and featured a drive-by-wire system for the accelerator, brakes and stick-controlled steering. Designed by Harley Earl.