Boise Roadster Show is a sight to see, and successful.

A quick pictorial of the show in Boise. What a fantastic collection of the best cars in the country assembled at what would seem to be an obscure show in the middle of nowhere. It was quite a pleasant surprise and quite the honor to take home Outstanding Custom for the ’67 GTO and Outstanding Sports for the ’55 Tbird. All, including the Mustang “Night Mare” won First in Class. This was a very competitive show and we are honored to take home such prestigious awards.Forgive the absence of a picture for the Blue Belle’s awards (First in class and Outstanding Sports Car of the show).

My personal favorite, painted by "Charlie".
I want one of these, street legal. Call me if you have one!
Amazing example of a Shelby Mustang. Great 8 as well.
I love the flame job on this thing. Really "well done".

After Boise, we were able to detour to Sun Valley, Idaho for a few days of R & R at the home of the ’55 Tbird’s owners, Richard and Penny Weiss. Breathtaking does not do this home (mansion) justice. In a word…WOW.

The front door

We went up to the top of Mount Baldy. The view is amazing to say the least.

Well worth the ride to the top. Mount Baldy, Idaho.


We’ve also been able to see a cool, retro shop belonging to Phil Huff up here in Hailey, Idaho.

Original supercharged Flathead Ford.
'32 Vicky, barn fresh and original paint.


I’ll put up some pics of our ‘fun’ in the next session. Take care, all.

until next time,



Salt Lake City showed us some love…

Blew Bayou cleans house in Salt Lake City!


Blew Bayou, Noel Irvin’s ’67 GTO was our big winner having recieved First in Class, Outstanding Detail (not an easy award to win), Outstanding Paint (0ur personal favorite!), Outstanding Display and on top of all that was voted Outstanding Custom of the Show. Yes!

Blue Belle was well liked in Salt Lake City

Blue Belle, Penny Weiss’ little ’55 Tbird has borught home First in Class, another Outstanding Paint (Yay us!) and was chosen as Outstanding Sports Car of the Show. Fine job, Mrs. Weiss.

Night Mare completes the Painthouse Trifecta

Dana Irvin and her ’65 Fastback Mustang grabbed some gold from Salt Lake City as well. First in Class, Outstanding Interior and earned Outstanding Street Machine of the Show! Nice!

As it turns out, between our 3 cars, we won every outstanding award that was available to win. I think that is quite a success. This has been a great experience. The show has been nothing  polite, clean and fun, not to mention some very high-end stuff to look at. I’ll post some of my favorites later, when the interweb is available to me again. Thanks, Salt Lake, we’ll be back next year to pick up some more of your trophies!

until next time,



Salt Lake City….

So, we finally made it to SLC (Salt Lake City) and are showing off a few of our “wares”…

Blew Bayou, 611 HP of fun...



Blew Bayou, Noel Irvin’s ’67 GTO…


Blue Belle, Penny Weiss’ ’55 Tbird…


Night Mare, Dana Irvin’s ’65 Mustang…

Some guy named “Charlie” REALLY liked Noel’s GTO…


Sorry for the short blog. Although we have never been to Salt Lake City before, this is a really good show. We will definitely return. I will post pics of some other cars I really dig in my next installment. You can see a few of them on our Facebook page.

Take care, peeps. Until next time…


Dallas Autorama, here we come…

Blue Belle - Dallas Autorama 2012
Penny Weiss' CASI Cup winner from last year returns to grace to show poster for the 2012 Dallas Autorama

It has been very busy around PAINTHOUSE since we returned from the Grand National Roadster Show in Pomona, California. We are returning to this year’s Dallas Autorama with last year’s CASI Cup winner, “Blue Belle“, owned by Penny Weiss. Also tagging along are two rookies to this show, “Blew Bayou” belonging to Noel Irvin and “Night Mare“, stabled by his wife, Dana Irvin.

Blew Bayou - 2011 Millwinder selection, Houston Autorama and 1st place at 2012 Grand National Roadster Show
Night Mare debuts at the 2012 Grand National Roadster Show - first place.

Also showing this year will be our long time buddy and road-tripper, Mac Bernd, bringing his newest toy, an all-original 1969 SS Camaro, big-block, 4-speed. Although we didn’t build this beauty, we did do a final color sand and polish on it to bring out the best in the classic Hugger Orange color.

Mac's Camaro - 1969 SS
Mac Bernd's 1969 SS Camaro - big block, 4-speed

Don’t miss a chance to see all 4 of these cars up close and personal this coming February 17-19, 2012 at the Dallas Market Hall. We’ll look for you this coming weekend.

Until next time,


The Horse, the Goat and the Bird: Day 2 & 3…

The Convoy
The Convoy

Day 2: We left out of Deming, New Mexico around 7:00 with the temperature being “really damn cold”. Shortly thereafter, we stopped at an awesome little restaurant in Lordsburg, New Mexico, Kranberry’s, for some much needed breakfast. Thanks to my buddy Mac Bernd for the recommendation.

Breakfast at Kranberry's

I drank alot of this:

My Friend


Despite my best intentions, the burning orb in the sky beat me to the left coast. We were a close second.

Winner of the "Great Race to the Pacific"...again.


Day three brings us to our show prep. We unloaded the Stang at Ron Mangus’ shop in Rialto, California and began final preparations for the show. Day 4 will bring more fine-tuning and then on Wednesday we get in and begin set up of the three cars and our PAINTHOUSE  booth. This stuff is alot of work!

Show prep at Ron Mangus' shop...


Until next time…


The Horse, the Goat and the Bird: Day One


842 miles later, we made it to Deming, NM. Noel Irvin, the owner of the ’67 GTO, towing Night Mare, his wife Dana’s ’65 fastback Mustang; Richard Weiss pulling his wife Penny’s ’55 Thunderbird and myself pulling Noel’s ’67 GTO.

We are headed West to the Grand National Roadster Show in Pomona, CA. This will be the first time PAINTHOUSE will have brought 3 cars at once to this show. Getting them ready has been a monumental task, one that I never could have pulled of without the help of our crew at PAINTHOUSE: Bruce, Tim, Mike, Steve and Craig. Oh yeah, let’s not forget the one that keeps this ship afloat and sailing in the correct direction, my beautiful wife Jennifer.

I think we quite possibly created a need for this proposed US-Canada oil pipeline as we have bought, and burned, ALOT of diesel!

So far no incidences, just lots of junk food, coffee and sunshine. Thank God for Sirius XM radio.

Day two coming up. Until next time…


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