Poster #22

$9.95

Poster #22

$9.95

Our 22nd poster features the Richard Rawlings x Brian Bass ’34 Ford Fuel Coupe in front of the Dallas skyline on one side and a late-’50s Southern California car show scene on the other.

See below for the full car show caption. 

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Our 22nd poster features the Richard Rawlings x Brian Bass ’34 Ford Fuel Coupe in front of the Dallas skyline on one side and a late-’50s Southern California car show scene on the other.

As promised, here’s the full version of the car show caption…

Back in the 1990s, Spence Murray had written to R&C saying, “Here’s a grabber for you. I was rooting through some, er…stuff, and stumbled across this photo. It was taken at a run-of-the-mill outdoor Sunday afternoon car show about February ’57 in Wilmington, California.” Greg Sharp, custom historian extraordinaire, looked the photo over and had a different take: actually, this wasn’t the Wilmington show, but a show in the rear parking lot of the Sears store on Long Beach Boulevard in Compton around the same time. What Spence dubbed “dime-a-dozen street cars” put the era into perspective: most of the cars in attendance were magazine feature and/or cover cars of the time. The cars shown are as follows: Left row, front to back: Carol Lewis’ Jeffries-flamed ’56 Chevy, Herb Conway’s ’54 Merc, his brother Hershel “Junior” Conway’s ’50 Ford, the “Chinaman’s” chopped ’54 Merc, Ed Beck’s ’56 Ford, Frank Monteleone’s ’56 Ford convertible (from the movie Hot Car Girl), unidentified ’55 Chevy, Lloyd Bakan’s Deuce three-window, Buddy Alcorn’s chopped ’51 Merc, George Barris’ ’56 Continental Mark II, Dale Stricklin’s silver ’40 Ford sedan delivery (he ran the Advance Muffler shop near Cerny’s and did a lot of the exhaust work on Barris and Cerny projects), and, facing the camera, Dave Bungarin’s chopped ’51 Merc. Second row, front to back: Jim Pitts’ red ’55 Corvette, Bruce Geisler’s chopped ’49 GMC pickup—formerly owned by Gil Ayala, super low ’50 Ford from the Krankers of San Bernardino, a ’34 Tudor, a couple of unidentifiable cars, and the new “Forward Look” ’57 offerings from Chrysler and DeSoto. Third row, front to back: Spence Murray’s R&C “Dream Truck” (finished in two-tone primer the night before at Barris’), an unknown touring and ’55 Chevy, Patrick Morales’ ’53 Bel Air hardtop, Jud Morgan’s ’56 F-100 from the Renegades of Long Beach Dan Purinton’s ’56 Merc, and more Renegade entries including Jim Ashley’s ’55 Chevy, Damon Richey’s ’50 Bel Air hardtop, and Ed Cousin’s Deuce pickup. The first cars recognizable in the fourth row are Gilbert Cruz’s Cerny-built ’55 Chevy, a ’56 Buick, and Ronnie Dulin’s ’56 Plymouth Fury (which was later panel-painted purple by Watson, and then candy tangerine by Junior). Of interest against the fence on the far right are a Muntz Jet, a Mercedes 190 and a 300, and a Studebaker Hawk. If that’s not enough for fans of orphan makes, there is a Kaiser and a bathtub Nash behind the fence! And, notice the lack of street rods: customs were king in 1957!

 

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Weight1.1 lbs
Dimensions12 × 10 × 1 in
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