Monday, March 23, 2015

LEGENDARY CUSTOM PAINT ICON: WILD BILL CARTER


"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)



2 comments:

  1. Bill used to hang around Larry's shop in the mid 60's on Lakewood Blvd. Larry was his idol. Bill and his wife would come over to the shop and we would shoot the shit. Real good guy. Later in the mid 70's Bill painted my T-bucket in Candy Tangerine when he was at the Van Nuys shop. Wish I knew where his shop is, It would be a treat to talk again. Old memories.

    Tony Romeo

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