This historic show car created by Ed "Big Daddy" Roth in 1957 is a true work of art. Built from scratch, with a hand sculpted fiberglass body, it revolutionized the custom car concept. I photographed the vehicle at the Peterson Automotive Museum in Los Angeles in 2010.
This classic car was on display at the 2019 Granada Hills Street Faire in Southern California. Originally from the late 50s, the Metropolitan was ahead of it's time, as it anticipated the compact car trend that was yet to be. Apparently it was available in pink to help attract female customers. This particular example was in fantastic condition, looking all original except for the eyelashes added to the headlights!
The classic Mercury automobiles have been a favorite subject of car customizers since the 1940s. This incredible chopped and channeled Mercury coupe demonstrated why. The eye-catching metallic purple paint matched the blooming Jacaranda trees in the background, which made a nice shot! Photographed at the 2016 Culver City Car Show.
This magnificent 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray split-window coupe was displayed at the Rodeo Drive Highways to Heaven auto show in downtown Beverly Hills. The car was the first incarnation of the legendary C2 styling, known as one of the finest body designs in automotive history. It's my dream car! Photographed in 2015 with a Fujichrome H3 camera.
This historical vehicle was the actual fire truck used at Alcatraz, America's most feared prison. When the penitentiary closed in 1963, the truck was a wreck. It was hauled away, and ultimately restored to original condition by Nevada prison inmates, which seemed oddly appropriate. Now the Diamond T Fire Truck is back at Alcatraz Island, and has been viewed by millions of visitors. Photographed in 2011.
I photographed this outrageous hot-rod truck at the 2015 Culver City Car Show. The vehicle had a history as strange as its appearance. Originally painted blue, and named the Turnpike Hauler, it was built from scratch by Dick Dean from an Ed Newton design for Bob Reisner and Jay Ohrberg's California Show Cars in 1970. It was basically an "all show, no go" art car made for display only. Around 1974 it was acquired by customizer George Barris, who painted it red and renamed it Lil' Redd Wrecker, as a promotional tie-in with Redd Foxx, star of the popular TV show Sanford & Son. Barris brazenly claimed credit for building it, in lettered paint right on the vehicle, when all he really did was give it a makeover! Currently the Wrecker is owned and on display at the Galpin Auto Sports museum in Los Angeles.