“The Irvin Show” in Shreveport…

Bringing home the bacon…
Night Mare’s day dream…


Greetings from 2013. At PAINTHOUSE, our year is off to a busy, and rewarding, start. We are recently back from our trip to the 38th annual Shreveport World of Wheels. We brought along two of our most recent projects – Blew Bayou and Night Mare. There were three other projects there that we had our grubby little hands in at this show as well. The trip was well worth all the effort to get there and we will be back.

In short, it rained A LOT. Not to mention the fact that one of the cars ended up with some damage from a “Trailer Gremlin” (Night Mare), the GTO ran out of gas as soon as I pulled it out of the trailer and lastly I was caught up in a ‘gravity storm’ and slid down a muddy embankment, ending up covered in Louisiana’s finest liquid dirt. All of this and it is only the first evening of set up at the show! Did I mention it rained a lot?

Gravity Storm attacks painter...film at 11!!!
Gravity Storm attacks painter…film at 11!!!

Fortunately, our fates turned and after a clothes change, we were back on track. As a side-note: don’t let your not-driven-much-yet GTO run out of gas at a show, pushing it around the venue and trying to get it centered on the carpet for display is NOT fun or easy (Note to self: 5 gallons of fuel in the trailer on every future trip – CHECK).

As it turned out, all the cars did exceedingly well. The GTO (Blew Bayou) was chosen to receive Best in Class, Outstanding Detail, Outstanding Paint (my personal favorite) as well as Outstanding Custom of the Show. Night Mare, our little “dark horse”, brought home Best in Class, Outstanding Interior, Outstanding Engine (both firsts for this car) and finally, Outstanding Street Machine of the show.

We interrupt this blog for a “Shameless Plug Moment”: both cars proudly displayed their “My Ride was on Powerblock” plates and the GTO brandished its honor as a Meguiar’s VIP sponsored car. Thanks to all that made those moments happen for Noel and Dana, they deserve it. Well…Noel does anyway.

Our good friend and road warrior, Mac Bernd, brought his flawless ’69 Camaro big block and took away Best in Class and Best Restored (not easy to accomplish) awards. Mac allowed us to be involved with this fantastic example of “how it was” when we wetsanded and polished his existing paint job. Sanding, and polishing, someone else’s paint job is always scary to us, but, we managed to pull it off and not burn through anywhere, resulting in a very slick car indeed. Mac gets all the credit, though, as he can detail a car like no one else…

Orange is beautiful.
Orange is beautiful.

Vicki and Mike Pattle and their pretty little ’32 Ford Roadster, “Blue Lotus” were given Best in Class, Outstanding Display, Outstanding Use of Kolor, Outstanding Undercarriage and Outstanding Rod of the Show (insert racy comment here…). We met them on our Great Northwest road trip earlier this year and they have chosen to show the ’32 down here in the South this season. We spend a lot of time detailing the car’s undercarriage, indexing/replacing polished fasteners, detailing the engine compartment and polishing the paint. It seems to have paid off. The story of loading the car in a complete down pour (turd floater) at our shop is another blog in itself…I’ll spare you. Suffice to say Mike and I had to re-detail the entire underside at the show.

The Blue Lotus arrives...
The Blue Lotus arrives…
Yes, it stopped when we got the car in...
Yes, it stopped when we got the car in…

The final project we were involved with was Jeep Compton’s restored ’69 Camaro Convertible big block. We recently spent some time refining the paint on it for him as well. He took second to Mac’s Camaro and I’m afraid these two will be butting heads in the Restored for the rest of the season.

After a week of repairing the Mustang’s slight, but painful, damage and trying to catch up on my job around here (I am still the painter, after all), we are off for another road trip to Abilene for their Autorama and then Albuquerque, NM for it’s Supernationals show, which is independent and not affiliated with the ISCA, but it’s worth the trip. We’ve been there one other time and had a great time. Plus, although it ain’t no TexMex, the mexican fare there is very good and I can get my fix while away from food Nirvana…

That is all for now. Back to detailing cars, loading trailers and car show prep. Until next time…






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