Issue #59

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The Rodder’s Journal issue #59 is complete and will be mailing to dealers and subscribers next week. The spring issue features two highly anticipated, beautifully crafted roadsters. One is the Brizio-built, AMBR-winning Track T roadster owned by John Mumford. The other is the Indy inspired, Dave Simard-built deuce highboy owned by Jim Farley. This issue also takes a look at the storied past and recent resurrection of Jack Stewart’s ’41 Ford custom, Mark and Kelly Skipper’s Fresno, California-based ’51 Ford Victoria, and Western Canada’s drag racing history, told by drivers and spectators who were there.

America’s Most Beautiful Roadster


The newsstand cover features the completed “Kelly Brown Track T,” John Mumford’s ’27 Ford roadster that we first showed in bare metal in TRJ #56. The team at Roy Brizio Street Rods completed the 30-year project in time to win the coveted America’s Most Beautiful Roadster award at this year’s Grand National Roadster Show. Our feature delves into the history of this impeccably finished T, including its rare Ardun-equipped V8-60 and Kinmont brakes, and we also take a look at the history of the AMBR and the impact this traditionally styled hot rod will have on its future.

More Than Meets the Eye


The subscriber cover features Jim Farley’s V8 Flyer, which made its debut at this year’s Grand National Roadster Show. The Indy-inspired ’32 Ford highboy roadster was built by Dave Simard of East Coast Custom. With an OEM Ford body and frame and a four-cam V8 Ford engine, it showcases the very best of Ford’s past and present engineering–fitting, since Jim is Ford Motor Company’s Vice President of Global Marketing and Communications. Jim’s lifelong interest in racing and motorsports fuels his passion for traditional hot rod craftsmanship and evolving racing technology—which are both apparent in his latest project.

Peeling Back the Layers


Palle Johansen is nearing completion of the historic ’41 Ford custom originally owned by Jack Stewart and built by Stewart, the Ayala Brothers, and Barris Kustom. Palle brought the business coupe back to America from his home in Assens, Denmark, for its bare metal debut at the Grand National Roadster Show. We took the opportunity to shoot it in our studio before the paint is applied and the restoration is completed this summer. Pat Ganahl methodically traces its history as it traveled to multiple custom shops, changed hands between several owners around the world, and even survived a collision with a train.

The Royal Victoria


Our feature on Kelly and Mark Skipper’s ’51 Ford Vicky captures the ‘50s-era custom against the mountainous backdrop and Mid-Century Modern architecture of the Skipper’s Fresno, California home. Mark turned a reasonably straight junkyard Ford into a stunning Cyber Green Metallic custom in his home garage with basic home-built hot rodder’s tools. In addition to taking a look at their stunning custom, we also explore the Skipper’s garage, which houses a homebuilt ’50s dragster, a Deuce coupe, and a black-primered Kookie/Ivo-style T-pickup, among others.

Factory Customs


Ford’s Rotunda building was one of the most popular tourist destinations in the U.S. throughout the ‘50s, and right in the middle of the decade the company held two custom car shows in late winter of ’55 and ’56. Working with the Ford Archives we were able to access valuable original photography from these events, which featured a range of late-‘40s to mid-‘50s custom cars and hot rods from around the Detroit area and beyond. Among them are the Volpe brothers’ ’48 Mercury and several others from the Clarkaiser custom shop, the “Golden Nugget” ’34 Ford customized by Bill Hines, Tommy Foster’s channeled Deuce roadster, and Ollie Hines’ Brewster-grilled ’33 Ford five-window.

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