We just returned from the 33rd West Coast Kustoms Cruisin’ Nationals in Santa Maria, California where the ambience was uniquely laid-back and people strolled leisurely between the candy colored and Metalflake custom cars on display.

We spent the weekend in The Rodder’s Journal booth with legendary automotive artist Steve Stanford, and while he was there he signed a very limited number of copies of TRJ #63, which features 16 pages of his brand new artwork. You can order a signed copy by calling us within the U.S. at (800) 750-9550 or (877) 479-2627 in Canada, but you’ve got to act fast because once the signed copies are gone, they’re gone.

1940 Mercury coupe Kevan Sledge, Grass Valley, California Kevan brought his ’40 Merc to Santa Maria a couple of years ago in green satin paint. He returned this year with the classic taildragger fully finished. The timeless Matranga-style custom is powered by a dual carb-equipped flathead. Look for a feature in TRJ in the not too distant future. 

1940 Mercury coupe Kevan Sledge, Grass Valley, California Kevan brought his ’40 Merc to Santa Maria a couple of years ago in green satin paint. He returned this year with the classic taildragger fully finished. The timeless Matranga-style custom is powered by a dual carb-equipped flathead. Look for a feature in TRJ in the not too distant future. 

 

Here is Steve Stanford's signature on the opening spread of his article in TRJ #63.

Here is Steve Stanford’s signature on the opening spread of his article in TRJ #63.

The level of quality and creativity in the customs on display and cruising the strip was impressive, and we wanted to share a few that grabbed our attention. We also wanted to thank each of you that stopped by our booth to say hello, see what we’ve been up to, and tell us about your latest projects.

1950 Ford business coupe  Brett Cowan, Sacramento, California Brett Cowan’s latest effort is this tasty shoebox coupe. The gorgeous deep metallic brown paint is accented nicely by the side trim and the Lincoln pushbutton door openers. 

1950 Ford business coupe Brett Cowan, Sacramento, California Brett Cowan’s latest effort is this tasty shoebox coupe. The gorgeous deep metallic brown paint is accented nicely by the side trim and the Lincoln pushbutton door openers. 

 

1936 Ford coupe  Bello Customs, Chula Vista, California 1940 Plymouth coupe Rich Meeter, San Diego, California 1966 Ford Econoline van Tim Sutton, Los Angeles, California  We first saw Bello Customs’ chopped ’36 three-window at the Lonestar Round Up in Austin a couple months back. It captures the early custom vibe perfectly. Also from the San Diego area is Rich Meeter’s ’40 Plymouth coupe, while Tim Sutton’s similarly hued long-wheelbase van is from the L.A. area.  

1936 Ford coupe Bello Customs, Chula Vista, California 1940 Plymouth coupe Rich Meeter, San Diego, California 1966 Ford Econoline van Tim Sutton, Los Angeles, California  We first saw Bello Customs’ chopped ’36 three-window at the Lonestar Round Up in Austin a couple months back. It captures the early custom vibe perfectly. Also from the San Diego area is Rich Meeter’s ’40 Plymouth coupe, while Tim Sutton’s similarly hued long-wheelbase van is from the L.A. area.  

 

We didn’t catch the name of the owner of this ’48 Chevy Fleetline. Beautiful stock trim and Cadillac wheel covers work in conjunction with the metallic brown paint for a subtle yet impactful look. Custom paint in brown shades has become popular in the last year or so. 

We didn’t catch the name of the owner of this ’48 Chevy Fleetline. Beautiful stock trim and Cadillac wheel covers work in conjunction with the metallic brown paint for a subtle yet impactful look. Custom paint in brown shades has become popular in the last year or so. 

1963 Chevrolet Impala  Richie Valles, Burbank, California Richie Valles is a particularly prolific custom car builder. His latest effort is this ’63 Chevy. The wide custom tube grille adds a full custom look to the front end. Gold paint, narrow whitewalls, and Tru-Spoke wires complete the Motown-themed Impala. 

1963 Chevrolet Impala Richie Valles, Burbank, California Richie Valles is a particularly prolific custom car builder. His latest effort is this ’63 Chevy. The wide custom tube grille adds a full custom look to the front end. Gold paint, narrow whitewalls, and Tru-Spoke wires complete the Motown-themed Impala. 

 

1954 Ford coupe  Matt Egan, Sydney, Australia

1954 Ford coupe:  Matt Egan, Sydney, Australia

 

1960 Ford F-100  Matt Taylor, Concord, California

1960 Ford F-100:  Matt Taylor, Concord, California

 

1954 Ford F-100  Matthew and Lara Harris, Los Angeles, California

1954 Ford F-100:  Matthew and Lara Harris, Los Angeles, California

 

1941 Ford pickup  John Stone, Echo Park, California

1941 Ford pickup:  John Stone, Echo Park, California

 

1935 Ford coupe  Lonnie and Maggie Vinson, Porterville, California

1935 Ford coupe: Lonnie and Maggie Vinson, Porterville, California

 

 

1935 Ford coupe: Art Serna, Lindsay, California

1935 Ford coupe: Art Serna, Lindsay, California

 

1954 Mercury convertible: Rich and Penny Pichette, Moreno Valley, California

1954 Mercury convertible: Rich and Penny Pichette, Moreno Valley, California

 

1961 Pontiac Bonneville: Gray and Mary Minor, San Leandro, California

1961 Pontiac Bonneville: Gray and Mary Minor, San Leandro, California

 

1940 Willys coupe: Robbie Davis, Portland, Oregon | 1951 Mercury: Marcos Santana, Watsonville, California | 1947 Chevy coupe: Tom Griffin, Portland, Oregon

1940 Willys coupe: Robbie Davis, Portland, Oregon | 1951 Mercury: Marcos Santana, Watsonville, California | 1947 Chevy coupe: Tom Griffin, Portland, Oregon

 

1949 Mercury coupe: Laurence Orlick, Santa Maria, California

1949 Mercury coupe: Laurence Orlick, Santa Maria, California

 

1950 Mercury coupe: Chris Rubio, Trubuco Canyon, California

1950 Mercury coupe: Chris Rubio, Trubuco Canyon, California

 

1953 Chevrolet coupe: Gary Chopit, Stanton, California

1953 Chevrolet coupe: Gary Chopit, Stanton, California

 

1940 Cadillac La Salle: Brian Nieri, San Jose, California

1940 Cadillac La Salle: Brian Nieri, San Jose, California

 

1934 Chevrolet coupe: Joe Hickenbottom, Aromas, California

1934 Chevrolet coupe: Joe Hickenbottom, Aromas, California

 

1956 Chevrolet wagon

1956 Chevrolet wagon

 

1950 Chevrolet business coupe

1950 Chevrolet business coupe

 

1961 Pontiac Bonneville

1961 Pontiac Bonneville

 

1940 Chevrolet coupe

1940 Chevrolet coupe

 

1954 Chevrolet Bel Air and 1958 Chevrolet Bel Air

1954 Chevrolet Bel Air and 1958 Chevrolet Bel Air

 

Vic Jimenez and Kevan Sledge sit with WCK’s Penny Pichette along with Javier Meija and Mike Parker on Saturday afternoon in Santa Maria.

Vic Jimenez and Kevan Sledge sit with WCK’s Penny Pichette along with Javier Meija and Mike Parker on Saturday afternoon in Santa Maria.