PAINTHOUSE, for the second year running, is honored to have earned a trip to the ISCA Finals with not one, but two, of our projects. Dana and Noel Irvin, our ‘dynamic duo’, have earned the privilege of bringing their hot rods, “Night Mare” and “Blew Bayou“, to the Big Show here in Lafayette, LA. Penny Weiss’ ’55 Thunderbird “Blue Belle“, a finalist at last year’s Championship, also came along for the ride just to show for fun.
Stay tuned and I’ll post pics to our Facebook page as the weekend develops.
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?
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…
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 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…
Wow. I am really behind on this blog thingy. I owe you ” my public” and Dana and Noel Irvin a size large apology for not doing this sooner. The kudos go to the Irvins, and the crew at PAINTHOUSE, for the ’65 Mustang “Night Mare” of Dana’s being selected into the rarified air of the Top 5 of the Goodguys’ Street Machine of the Year competition. Her little “horsey” has been well received wherever it goes, but this was an honor that we did not see coming our way.
Ultimately, the Ring Brothers’ phenomenal Pony car took the top honors, but to be invited into the room with such a high calibre of car was humbling and unforgettable.
The other unforeseen surprise was Noel Irvin’s ’67 GTO being chosen by the Ring Brothers as their “Builder’s Choice” award winner. For those guys to notice our work is equally as humbling and unforgettable
Below are pics of the Ring Brothers’ Mustang, the host hotel cruise-in and finally stop at Maker’s Mark Whisky (yes, its spelled like that) in Kentucky to thank them For their generous sponsorship of Dana’s Mustang. They were kind enough to give us a private ‘after-hours’ tour of the distillery, so, I made sure “Night Mare” left its ‘mark’ as well.
“Blue Belle”, the ’55 Thunderbird of Penny Weiss, went along for the trip,too. Although it didn’t garner any major awards, it sure did attract a lot of attention all weekend long. She’s still got it!
We weren’t the fastest, we weren’t the slowest, but we sure as heck had a great time. 105 degrees and counting…it was hot! The fact that these cars (all of them, not just ours) lived through this heat while racing is further proof that these cars WORK. The Mustang (Night Mare) finished 7th and the GTO (Blew Bayou) 11th out of a field of 13. We were itching to go again, but, they took us away to the Street Machine of the Year preliminary judging area (air-conditioned!). We obliged.
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.
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.
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.