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The 2015 GNRS and California in the rear view mirror….we thought.

We came, we saw…we did well. As we exit the 2015 Grand National Roadster Show, it is with several coveted awards…and no trailer brakes!

First in Class, Outstanding Display and Outstanding Paint.

The good news is that the Hudson, amid probably the greatest collection of top-notch vehicles in one place that can be found, walked away with the awards for Outstanding Display, First in Class and my personal favorite – Outstanding Paint. Follow along and enjoyu a few of the things we saw over the weekend. I have over 500 pictures that I took that can be found HERE in an online album, if you’d like to see more of the show.

The Hudson is Blackie Approved…

Just your average, everyday stoplight traffic in Pomona…
The Hudson is in the House and set up begins…
Vans - they're making a comeback...
Vans – they’re making a comeback…
The Hudson is Blackie Approved…
This really cool retro-racer was in line with me as we waited to get in the fairgrounds.
Here is the winner of the 2014 Goodguys “Truck of the Year – Early” award. The Hudson was one of the 6 finalists, so its good to finally see the winner in person.
The Hudson is set up and ready to show California how we do it in Texas…
This hand-made aluminum bodied custom was nothing if not amazing…and sexy.
This Rad Rides-built ’32 is one of my all time favorites. Years after its initial build, it still looks phenomenal.
These two guys, painted by the inimitable Mike Levalee, are standing guard over the AMBR trophy that 18 cars showed up to fight for…
The 2015 America’s Most Beautiful Roadster, built by Bobby Alloway and his talented team. Gorgeous car.
This very interesting Dodge Brothers sedan is so well done. It was built by Dave Kindig and his team at Kindig-it.
Speaking of sexy, this Packard custom looked too good in metal. It’ll be a shame to paint it…
It's worth another look...
It’s worth another look…
Not my style, however the craftsmanship is enviable…
Although seen in the Lowrider area, this clean Riviera would look at any show…
Flames. Stripes. Candy Paint. Flake. Airbrushing. Its all there in one neat little package…
Coolest dash ever…

One last shot before we go. Last one out, turn off the lights…
Let’s go home…

Well, its now Tuesday night and we are still here in California. We should be in Houston by now, but alas, our trailer had different plans. The right front brake caliper deemed it necessary to open itself up and allow all the brake fluid out of of the trailer’s “woah” system. I find it amazing that I’m in the second largest metropolitan area in our great United States and not ONE brake caliper for this 18 month old trailer can be found? Apparently not, so the parts are being over-nighted in from Indiana and we hopefully will be back on the road to Texas by tomorrow evening.

In the mean time, we sit in the home of some great friends spending time together that we would not have done otherwise, so we shall count this as a blessing and enjoy the lemonade we’ve made from our lemons. Our next trip will be to the Carl Casper’s 52nd Annual Custom Auto Show in Louisville, KY on February 20-22, 2015. We hope this finds all of you doing well and looking forward to the next blog. Stay tuned…

Until next time,



Grand National Roadster Show, here we come…

Off we go again. This time, to the West coast for the 2015 Grand National Roadster Show. If you’ve never seen this show, you should. The indoor show is phenomenal by itself, being housed within 8 ‘not small’ buildings. As if that isn’t enough, they also have a ‘drive-in’ show that fills the fairgrounds between all the buildings, bringing in another 500 or so cars. Many of the cars seen outside could easily fill the front row of any other indoor ISCA event. In other words: its an Automobile Nirvana that every car lover should experience at least once in their lifetime, if not every year.

The Rig is loaded and ready to roll west...
The Rig is loaded and ready to roll west…
We stopped near Area 51 to say “Howdy” to a few intergalactic undocumented workers…

 Day one took us northwest through the Nation of Texas and in to New Mexico. We followed our noses to Ruidosa and finally found some snow. Ok, a little left-over snow, but snow nonetheless. Old snow is better than no snow in my book.

Ruidoso will see us again....
Ruidoso will see us again….

The next morning we left on our trek to reach Flagstaff, AZ, a city that houses my favorite haunted hotel, the Monte Vista. Because I’m always up for an adventure, we took the less traveled route, through the mountains, valleys and high desert of New Mexico and Arizona. I won’t deny to having the ‘wanderlust’, so a new road is always intriguing to me. Dragging a 36′ trailer filled with all kinds of treasures just adds to the adventure.

The Very Large Array
The Very Large Array – who names these things?

During our journey to the NW, we stumbled across “The Very Large Array“, a curious display of what appear to be old-school satellite dishes, however they are quite a bit more than that. This creatively-named, Y-shaped grid of 27 huge radio telescopes (each is 82 feet in diameter) has been placed out here in BFE with the task of seeking out data about black holes, our sun and planets, the Milky Way and galaxies beyond. Together they create the same effect as an antenna with a resolution 22 miles across. Amazing stuff indeed and WAY above my pay grade.

Big Bank meet Small Town – lobby, drive-thru, ATM and handicap parking.
A time capsule found in Pie Town (?), NM…
‘Wood’ you believe we saw an alien even though we were a couple hundred miles from Area 51?
I’m not sure if this is a pre-historic bodybuilding pose or if he was frozen in time doing The Robot? Either way, he was a big dude, standing over 10′ tall…
No words, just cool…
We finally arrived at our haunted digs, the Hotel Monte Vista. I stay here every chance I get…

As luck would have it, the Ghost did not make herself known – this time. However, ask me about the first time I stayed here, if you get the opportunity. Before we left, we found a little place called MartAnne’s Burrito Palace (Breakfast Palace is more like it). It seemed logical that breakfast would be fantastic here…and it was. Consider this my new favorite restaraunt in Flagstaff. Fine job, MartAnne’s.

Martan's Burrito Palace served the best breakfast I've had in a long time...
MartAnne’s Burrito Palace served the best breakfast I’ve had in a long time. There are eggs in there, I promise…
A 'guided' detour to Barnes & Noble in Kingman, AZ, courtesy of Google Maps, led us to...nothing. And I thought Apple Maps was the bad one?
A ‘guided’ detour to Barnes & Noble in Kingman, AZ, courtesy of Google Maps, led us to…nothing. And I thought Apple Maps was the bad one?
The rig gets a much needed bath. $54 well spent…
This seems to be a good value, I'll let you know....
This seems to be a good value, I’ll let you know….
Aahhh, the infamous LA ‘fog’…

1584 miles, 5 apples, 37 Tootsie Pops, countless pee stops and one Haunted Hotel later, we’ve arrived in Pomona, CA. For now we wait; tomorrow the “hurry up” begins as we set up the Hudson for its debut at the 2015 Grand National Roadster Show. For now, I’m signing off. Stay tuned to our Instagram and Facebook pages for updates to the Hudson’s first trip to the West Coast.

vaya con Dios,


Raytona in Alabama

Raytona, Steve Percival’s 1963 Corvette roadster, is now residing comfortably in the rolling hills of Alabama. The more than capable hands of Paul Atkins and his crew are about to fill the car with the hides of several Italian bovine beauties.
This won’t be your average interior, as the influence of vintage racing Ferraris will be creatively woven in to the mix. The whole idea is to tastefully bring back the magic of the infamous racing in the 60’s featuring ‘Vettes, Ferraris, Cobras and more. Now you know the genesis of the name Raytona: Corvette “StingRAY” and Ferrari “DayTONA”.
Stay tuned here and on the PAINTHOUSE website for updates to the project. You won’t want to miss this one.
Until next time,



The British are coming!!!

A new friend from across the pond...

A hot little Jaguar XK120 coupe has drifted to our shores for a repaint. This is a really cool example of a classic body style -unique, shapely front; a well-rounded butt and one of the sweetest sounding inline 6 cylinders ever made. The body is steel while the bonnet, deck lid and doors are hand-formed aluminum over WOOD frames. Very old-world craftsmanship on this one.

Rumor has it that George Barris (yes, THAT George Barris) customized it back in the late 50’s. It has has the rear fenders filled and smoothed with lead, the gas filler door taken off the rear deck and smoothed and a rear valance panel fabricated to enhance the rear shape and encapsulate the exhaust exits.

It’s not time to start on this one yet, but stay tuned as we will in the near future. in the mean time, keep your eyes open for our other international friends (Ferrari and Porsche) to get their makeover(s).

Until next time,

Extra, Extra…read all about it!

This is just a quick update on the results of $umday’s showing at the Dallas Autorama, 2010. Ultimately, the Keffelers went home with seven awards. Being that this may be $umday’s farewell indoor show, what a fitting tribute to such a classy, versatile and universally appealing hot rod. We may have one more showing to do, though, as the car qualified to participate in the ISCA Championship, to be held later this year at an as-of-yet undisclosed location (top secret, I guess), possibly Detroit.






KID’S PICK OF THE SHOW (my favorite!)

CASI CUP –a unique award given out by the promoter(s) of the show to represent the most enjoyed car of the show. Sort of an unofficial ‘Best of Show’. That is how I understand it anyway.

Way to go, Keffelers! Job well done.