Keith Weesner drawing for the Rodder's Journal limited edition Subscription Drive T-shirt

To celebrate our first-ever TRJ Subscription Drive, Keith has drawn our Riviera and his roadster in motion for an exclusive FREE T-shirt. Along with some random snapshots of our Riviera in progress, we thought we’d give you a behind the scenes preview of Keith’s process. Scroll down for more.

Only 250 of these exclusive Keith Weesner designed T-shirts will be available, and the only way to get one is to renew, subscribe or buy a gift subscription by Thursday at midnight.

Here’s the preliminary sketch of the Riviera that prompted the final artwork.

As much as we liked Keith’s original concept we didn’t feel that the wheel-less flyin’ Riv worked for our Subscription Drive. So we had him add the wheels and tires. The flyin’ Riv may yet see the light of day.

With Keith’s roadster getting closer to completion we thought why not add it in too? Keith has even threatened to join us on one of our upcoming TRJ roadtrips.

Keith has been making progress on rebuilding his A-V8 roadster with Lucky Burton in Burbank, California. Keith originally built the flathead-powered roadster in the 1990s with long-time hot rodder Lynn Bird.


Weesner’s A-V8

Here’s Keith’s A-V8 roadster back in 2011. The rebuild will be a more refined version of what you see here.

Out of the paint booth and into the sun, the latest version of the Weesner roadster is nearing completion. Highlights will include shiny Mandarin Maroon paint and a full upholstery job. Keep up to date on Keith’s happenings and artwork on his Instagram page and BigCartel site.

Just One Riv

If you’ve been keeping up with our email newsletters over the past couple of weeks, you’ll know that we were thrashing to get our ’65 Riviera lowered and roadworthy enough to drive to the NSRA Street Rod Nationals in Louisville, Kentucky. Long story short—we didn’t make it.

That being said, the car is almost on the road again and will be ready for the Goodguys West Coast Nationals in Pleasanton later this month. It’s a trip across the San Francisco Bay rather than a trip across the United States, but it should be a good break-in for the 52-year-old Buick, and we do have longer road trips planned for the not-so-distant future. Once the Riv is buttoned up, we have an even bigger project in the works that we will announce soon.

Heres our project Riviera under construction in the TRJ garage. The Buick is lowered three-inches all around.

The special-edition T’s will only be available for those who sign up for a new, renewal or gift subscription between now and Thursday, August 17th 2017. Only 250 shirts will be printed, and when they’re gone, they’re gone; they cannot be purchased without a subscription. We’ve literally sold thousands and thousands of shirts with Keith’s designs through the years, and this is a rare opportunity to own a limited-production original. (We have the design in-hand and our screen printer is on standby—the shirts will be produced as soon as we have final quantities for each size.)

Along with a free shirt, you’ll also have a chance to have your rod or custom featured in a future issue of TRJ. All you have to do is send an email to with a photo of your car (you can also nominate some else’s car if you like) and include the name of the person who purchased the new, renewal or gift subscription. The cars can be finished, in baremetal or a collection of historic images that you think our readers need to see. We will select one of the submissions from this contest and do a complete feature in an upcoming issue. The odds of having your car featured have never been better. We also encourage you to post your car on Instagram using the #trjsubdrive2017 and #roddersjournal as well as on Facebook. Likes will be taken into consideration but will not be the deciding factor.

No matter who you are, where you live or what you work on, that thing called life always has a way of making these projects take a little (or a lot) longer than expected. Sometimes we’re wrenching, sometimes we’re driving and, above all, we’re always daydreaming. We’re excited to start a new chapter here at The Rodder’s Journal, and we hope you’ll come along for the drive.

Get your subscription and free shirt here