For those in the Midwest, there’s no better way to kick off the spring cruising season than at Pete & Jake’s annual Open House. This Saturday, May 13th the doors open at 9 a.m. as over 450 hot rods, customs and muscle cars fill their headquarters at 401 Legend Lane in Peculiar, Missouri. There will be live pinstriping demos all day, a charity auction and plenty of door prizes—including free copies of The Rodder’s Journal to the first 750 people through the door.
Seeing Jim “Jake” Jacob’s old ’34 alongside the late Pete Chapouris’ “California Kid” is always a highlight of Pete & Jake’s Open Houses. From hot rodding memorabilia to neon signs, there’s something interesting everywhere you look in their Peculiar, Missouri, showroom.
The Slover family, who’ve owned Pete & Jake’s for over 30 years, have always kept their open house a laid back affair that’s fun for the entire family. Admission is free, as is rod and custom parking on the grounds, though donations will be accepted throughout the day to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation—a cause the Slovers have supported for years. If you’re interested in having your car judged for a chance to win one of several handmade, Mike Johnston-pinstriped trophies, the cost is $10, which also benefits the JDRF.
The day is capped off with a charity auction featuring all sorts of custom pinstriped items, including a striped guitar from Fender. With a sunny, mid-70s spring day in the forecast, it’s sure to be a great deal of fun, so if you’re anywhere near Peculiar, Missouri, be sure to check it out. For more information, you can visit www.peteandjakeshotrodparts.com or call Pete & Jake’s at (800) 334-7240.
The Pete & Jake’s ’33 Ford three-window really drives home the drag strip look. Highlights on the ’60s-style coupe include a chopped top, big-and-little tires, and a blown Hemi under the louvered and blistered hood.
Built by Pete Chapouris as a testbed for P&J’s suspension components, the “Fat Attack” ’39 Ford was influential in the burgeoning fat-fender movement of the ’80s. The flamed convertible landed on the cover of Hot Rod in July 1985, and it’s since returned to the Pete & Jake’s stable.
There’s never a shortage of vintage tin in Peculiar, like this neat ’32 Ford sedan delivery. The Deuce maintains much of its original charm, yet it’s been outfitted with hot rodding staples such as the dropped axle and red wire wheels.
Don’t let the clean paintwork and dog dish hubcaps fool you—this ’57 Ford is the definition of a sleeper. See those little badges just behind the front fenderwells? They’re your only hint that there’s a high-performance 521cid Ford lurking beneath the hood.
The Open House isn’t just a hot rod show, either. Jack Walker of Belton, Missouri, built this clone of the iconic Hirohata Merc in the ’80s and he’s been logging thousands of cross-country miles ever since.
Dave Conrad has been building hot rods since he was 15 years old. A member of the Torque Twisters, he drove his immaculate ’32 three-window to last year’s open house from Kirkwood, Missouri.
It’s hard to beat a blown Willys Gasser: especially one with some history. Chuck Comer’s “Suicide Ride” was formerly an A/Gasser backed by Harley Estes Garage in Joplin, Missouri, during the 1960s. Although it has now been completely revamped, the Cherry Red coupe still calls Joplin home.
Chris Smith combined a ’46 Ford Cabover body with a box he found in a field to create this one-of-a-kind hauler. If you’d like to see a video of it in action, click here.