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Thursday, July 7, 2016

Farmall Cub Tractorcycle

Farmall Cub Tractorcycle

Collectors Weekly (www.collectorsweekly.com) member Rustfarm restores old motorcycles for a living and simply felt this just had to be done. He built this between 2000 and 2005. It runs and drives and can be seen at vintage motorcycle and tractor shows in and around Ohio.

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Thursday, November 6, 2014

Project: Bomber '49

Project: Bomber '49

D.J. Mostert got the donor from a guy in Williams Lake, BC. The car, a 1949 Ford shoebox was toast. D.J. tells us that he's " wanted to do something like this for a long time, but wanted to do it differently".

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Monday, October 13, 2014

The Siren Of TI Chopper

The Siren Of TI Chopper

A two-part project by Metropolitan Choppers and metal sculptor Scott Cawood, The “Siren Of TI” Chopper is a 900 pound master piece constructed with nearly 250 pounds of scrap iron and steel  as a tribute to the beautiful Sirens of Treasure Island Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Hot Rods Forever Stamps launched by Post Office

Hot Rods Forever Stamps launched by Post Office

The U.S. Postal Service® celebrates Hot Rods, the fast, powerful vehicles that thrill-seeking enthusiasts have been modifying for nearly a century, with two eye-popping stamps. Hot rodding first took hold in the 1920s, when young men began modifying cars. Aficionados souped up engines, lowered chassis, chopped bodies, and cut excess weight, to create fierce machines unlike anything that had rolled off assembly lines.

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Thursday, June 5, 2014

OK Go - It's All In The Timing...

OK Go - It's All In The Timing...

This music video from OK Go was made in partnership with Chevrolet. OK Go set up over 1000 instruments over two miles of desert outside Los Angeles. A Chevy Sonic was outfitted with retractable pneumatic arms designed to play the instruments, and the band recorded this version of Needing/Getting, singing as they played the instrument array with the car.

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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Wes Smith's 1934 Ford Truck and Trailer

Wes Smith's 1934 Ford Truck and Trailer

Wes Smith has always been into cars. He's had a couple show cars in the past, but he grew tired of cleaning his toys every time he took them out. Then he discovered rat rods. He started looking for a Model A or 1930s pickup to purchase, but he was unable to find anything that was done the way he wanted it.

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Monday, November 25, 2013

The SEMA Show Award Winners - 2013

The SEMA Show Award Winners - 2013

The SEMA Award winners represent the models that industry experts — the SEMA Show exhibitors — most often feature in their booths as the hottest rides for the enthusiast market.

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Friday, June 21, 2013

Harold's Club Pigeon-Hole Parking Garage

Harold's Club Pigeon-Hole Parking Garage

The famous

Built in 1954, this is the famous "Pigeon-Hole Parking" Garage of Harold's Club in Reno, Nevada.

Built in 1954, this is the famous "Pigeon-Hole Parking" Garage of Harold's Club in Reno, Nevada. You'd simply drive in and a huge forklift-like mechanism would lift your car up two or three stories into a "pidgeon hole" for safe keeping till you came back to claim it.

This site now rests under a corner of the Eldorado - to see the location follow this Google map link: http://goo.gl/maps/u7oa. There's wonderful footage of it working in the 1955 movie "5 Against the House".

 

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The Harolds Club 1949 Silver Dollar Buick Wagon

The Harolds Club 1949 Silver Dollar Buick Wagon

The Reno Harold’s Club 1949 “Silver Dollar” Buick Woody Wagon

Photographer / Filmmaker Steve Ellison conceived of the idea to visually document the story of Harold's Club in early 2012.

Photographer / Filmmaker Steve Ellison conceived of the idea to visually document the story of Harold's Club in early 2012. Part of the project was to track down the Harold's Club '49 Buick. With a tip from Roadkill Customs, Steve located the car in perfect condition in the collection of the Martin Estate Winery in Napa Valley, California.

 

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Saturday, May 4, 2013

The Pinup Art of Bill Medcalf

The Pinup Art of Bill Medcalf

William "Bill" Medcalf:
Automotive Car and Truck Furniture

Born in Minneapolis, all of Bill's art education came from schools near his hometown. In 1940 and 1941, he worked in the art department of the United States Treasury's Bureau of Engraving and in 1942, he joined the Navy as a gunners mate. Bill painted more than twenty years of beautiful pinups for Brown & Bigelow from 1947 to 1967, handling all the special-project calendar commissions for their most important customers.




Born in Minneapolis, all of Bill's art education came from schools near his hometown. In 1940 and 1941, he worked in the art department of the United States Treasury's Bureau of Engraving and in 1942, he joined the Navy as a gunners mate. Bill painted more than twenty years of beautiful pinups for Brown & Bigelow from 1947 to 1967, handling all the special-project calendar commissions for their most important customers.

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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

The Dreise Steampunk Hot Rod

The Dreise Steampunk Hot Rod

The Dreise Steampunk Hot Rod ~ Recently finished after a year long build, this is a 1935 Chevy modified to fit onto a custom built frame with hand built sheet metal and parts, all raw then cleared to seal the finish. The truck is powered by a Chevy 350 and is a daily driver. Photography by PussyKat Pin-Ups...

 

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Friday, September 14, 2012

1950's Opel Blitz Shot with a 1951 Rolleiflex TLR

1950's Opel Blitz Shot with a 1951 Rolleiflex TLR

Opel Blitz

Early 1950s Opel Blitz, forgotten in Crete, Greece.

Matthias Thews of Neuhof, Germany shared with us some photos taken in Crete, Greece during the summer of 2010. He discovered this early 1950s Opel Blitz in the middle of the countryside, forgotten in a field.

Matthias explains to us that during this time, Opel was one of the largest manufacturers of light trucks in Europe. "Blitz" (German for lightning) was the name given to various German light and middle-weight trucks built by Opel between 1930 and 1975. The version of the "Blitz" in these photos was introduced in 1952 and was built to carry a maximum load of 1.75 tons - fully sufficient for serving traders, builders and other commercial operations. It had a 2.5 liter gasoline engine and produced 58 horsepower.

The design of the truck very much resembled US built trucks from the 1950's. Due to the dry climate in Crete, many cars and motorcycles from the 1930s to the 1960s can still be found, although some of them in poor condition.

For photography aficionados, these photos were shot with a 1951 Rolleiflex TLR.

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Thursday, August 30, 2012

Vehicular Furniture

Vehicular Furniture

Automotive Car and Truck FurnitureDesigners Paul Wilson and Chelle Swanson-Wilson are individually creative artists who have come together to do some functional, funky, beautiful art furniture and items with the goal to repurpose as many parts, pieces and supplies as possible. Together they run Repurposed Designs, a design company that uses as many green and repurposing methods as possible to create one of a kind furniture and furnishings.

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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

The Artwork of Robert Hoover

The Artwork of Robert Hoover

Robert is currently showing hot rod paintings in a group showing at Mikey Teutul's Wolf Gang Gallery - The show runs from July 14th - August 31st, 2012 The show is titled: A Midsummer Nights Dream - Featuring French artist Bernard Carver, Jacqueline Schwab, Nat Baines, Maureen Drury, Patti Kalosy, Amy Wiley, David O'Reilly, Nelson Pantoja, Caroline Harrow, Dexter Wetmore, Robert Hoover, Mike Teutul and Emily Adamo.

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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

The Artwork of Bob Byerley

The Artwork of Bob Byerley

Open your mind and imagination...

Checkered Flag

"It was one of those days when a guy could just feel the good luck all around him from the minute he woke up from his nap. A day like that was absolutely perfect for the big race he had planned all summer. The big Dodge racer was finely tuned, the weather was clear and the race track was dry and fast. He started from the pole position and ran in first place for the better part of the race but in the twenty third lap Barney Oldfield, in the Bardol Special, passed him on the inside and took the lead. On the last lap (just before supper), in a move race fans would later call sheer brilliance, our young friend shot around Barney on the left and flew in to take the coveted checkered flag and the World Championship of Motor Racing."

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Sunday, January 31, 2010

Custom Hot Rod Couch - In Metal!

Custom Hot Rod Couch - In Metal!

Custom Hot Rod CouchCreated by Fred Bailey, this is by far the sweetest ass implement I have ever seen.  This one of a kind piece of automotive beauty is hand made in metal and sprayed in sunset orange pearl automotive paint and wrapped in black leather upholstery.

Custom Hot Rod Couch

The couch measures 168 inches long by 45 inches wide. Fred is entirely responsible for this honey; artist, sculptor, mechanical draftsman, welder, fabricator and licensed automotive painter - view more of Fred's artistry at http://www.fredbailey.ca/

Saturday, January 23, 2010

The Art of Michael Ulman

The Art of Michael Ulman

Michael Ulman’s Gone Postal

Michael Ulman’s materials come from junk yards, dumpsters and trash heaps. Remnants of the industrial age. Objects often thought of as mundane, repurposed and reincarnated as motorcycles, race cars and speed boats. Take some time and study this guy’s work. It is very inspiring. http://michaelulman.com

Michael Ulman's White Noise

 


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