|This is my 29 Ford Roadster depicted
in a scene from the 50's along the legendary Route 66 roadside when the
Wigwam Motel chain was thriving. The Wigwams were made of concrete
and had all the amenities of a fine hotel. Well maybe all the amenities
of a dump, but they must have been fun.
It's a painting by automotive artist
Bash whose art is well known among auto buffs. His work was recently
featured in Rod & Custom Magazine, and it has inspired posters, calendars,
and T shirts which are distributed nationally at automotive events, book
stores, and anywhere car stuff is sold. Beautiful posters (View)
of this painting are available for a price on a number of automotive web
sites, but you can have one with my compliments if you love hot rods.
The car was completed in 1989, and
appeared in a number of magazines including Hot Rod, and Street Rodder,
where it graced the cover. It has a Corvette engine with a Tuned Port Injection
system by Street & Performance of Mena Arkansas. The wheels are solid
billet aluminum by Boyds, and the cool fuzzy dice hang'n on the mirror
are special because they were made by my late sister Liz.
This car was an early ‘Smoothie’,
a popular trend in hot rodding that began in the early nineties. No door
handles, no louvers, and a high performance engine hidden from view; meant
only to showcase the simple beauty of the classic American hot rod. Twenty-five
years later, those forgotten elements are back, because they define traditional
hot rods. In 2012, I decided my car needed a retro traditional rod make-over.
The smoothie tail light roll pan
is gone, replaced with traditional ’39 Ford Blue Dot Teardrops (illegal
of course then and now). The smooth side hood panels have been louvered,
and there is more to come. Click on the pictures for a larger view.