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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!

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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…

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Just your average, everyday stoplight traffic in Pomona…
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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…
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This really cool retro-racer was in line with me as we waited to get in the fairgrounds.
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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.
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The Hudson is set up and ready to show California how we do it in Texas…
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This hand-made aluminum bodied custom was nothing if not amazing…and sexy.
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This Rad Rides-built ’32 is one of my all time favorites. Years after its initial build, it still looks phenomenal.
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These two guys, painted by the inimitable Mike Levalee, are standing guard over the AMBR trophy that 18 cars showed up to fight for…
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The 2015 America’s Most Beautiful Roadster, built by Bobby Alloway and his talented team. Gorgeous car.
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This very interesting Dodge Brothers sedan is so well done. It was built by Dave Kindig and his team at Kindig-it.
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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…
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Not my style, however the craftsmanship is enviable…
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Although seen in the Lowrider area, this clean Riviera would look at any show…
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Flames. Stripes. Candy Paint. Flake. Airbrushing. Its all there in one neat little package…
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Coolest dash ever…


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

Randy

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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,

Randy

2011 Grand National Roadster Show

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We are back on the road, heading east after a great time out here at the 62nd Grand National Roadster Show in Pomona. The Blue Belle garnered much more than her fair share of attention, especially from the lofty heights of this show. The level of quality, across the spectrum, out here is nothing short of amazing.

There are 8 buildings housing several hundred cars, trucks, bikes and even a couple boats. The show also has a ‘drive in’ car show that happens on Saturday and Sunday. This year it drew over 900 cars on a flawless California day Saturday. I spent much of Saturday walking around and soaking up the phenomenal collection of automobilia found outdoors, in addition to the obvious indoor show. This event truly can lead to sensory overload. It is something that every car fan should experience at least once in their lifetime.

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At the end of the day, she took home First in Class (Mild Sports), an outstanding Display award and, incredibly, the Outstanding Sports car of the Show. That was more than we ever expected at what  could be considered one of the greatest car shows ever. I think Penny is happy!

I better put this computer away and get back to driving. The show has started as we head east into Albuquerque, and ultimately, Waco, Texas, for the next stop on the Blue Belle Express. If you’re in the area, stop by the Waco Convention Center this weekend.

Until next time,

Randy