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HCIAS 2013 – for our Veterans

It’s that time again. The annual Houston Construction Industry Auto Show (www.hcias.com) is here and it’s about dang time! This is such a kool showcase of local the automotive scene with an even ‘kooler’ purpose – it’s all to benefit our selfless, under-appreciated Heroes, the United States’ Veterans.
We have participated in all three years of the event and it gets better every year. Last year’s event was held at Reliant Stadium and this year’s will be at Sam Houston Race Park ( 7575 N. Sam Houston Parkway West ) on Beltway 8 near FM 249. It starts at 9:00 am and runs through 4:00 pm.
I won’t throw all the details out at you in this little announcement, you can visit their website for that. You don’t want to miss the Top 40 section of the show. You may even see a few PAINTHOUSE projects parked in there, some new and a couple of our “veterans”. Last year, our ’62 Corvette project “$umday” was honored to be the Top 40 winner. It’s a whole new crop of cars & trucks this year – you won’t be disappointed.
In addition to all the automobile nirvana, there will also be a Casino Night that evening inside the air-conditioned confines of the Horse Track that further benefits the Vets… and maybe you.
Whether you are just visiting the show or you bring out your own hot rod, don’t miss this opportunity to see some fantastic cars and help one of our Nation’s most valuable assetts, our Veterans.
Until next time,
Randy

 

 

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The Best Little PAINTHOUSE in Texas…

Miss V 2012 Autorama
Miss V 2012 Autorama
Night Mare
LeMonster, a 1972 Pontiac LeMans

 

 

It’s that time again. It’s Autorama time. Houston Autorama time. The 53rd annual Houston Autorama to be precise. This year is unique in the fact that the show starts on Friday, the 23rd of November instead of the normal Thanksgiving Thursday and runs through Sunday, the 25th. For once, we may actually get a “normal” Thanksgiving, whatever that is.

So, be sure to come out to the show and visit us in our booth, The Best Little PAINTHOUSE in Texas, as well as enjoy an always fantastically eclectic display of Automobilia. We’ll have two fresh projects up on the front row at the show and three more to see in our booth (two old friends and a newbie). Plus, don’t miss the chance to meet Miss V and get an autographed poster on Saturday. This IS the place to be over the holiday.

We’ll see y’all there, ya hear?

Car Show for our Vets…HCIAS 2012

Houston Construction Industry Auto Show 2012…benefiting U.S. Vets…

 

Friday’s event that should not be missed…

Don’t miss out on either of these opportunities to give back to those that have given so much to us, our U.S. Vets. The Friday event (6:00-11:00 pm) will feature 40 of Houston’s best automobiles inside and on the floor of the AIR CONDITIONED Reliant Football Stadium (rumor has it that some PAINTHOUSE cars may show up not to mention that a pro football team plays there at times…). Live music by Blues musician Bryan Lee , a cash bar,  plenty of ‘hors ovaries’ and a silent auction all make up this exclusive event that is not to be missed. At $100/ticket, its not cheap, but, nothing good is. The big outdoor show follows on Saturday from 10-6 in the parking area across Kirby Drive in the Yellow Lot. Whether you come Friday night, Saturday, or both, know that this is a great cause and something you will not regret being a part of. We hope to see ALL of you there.

Until next time,

Randy

A girl and her car…

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The smile says it all.

The 2010 Houston Autorama has come and gone. We made a mad dash for the finish line on several fronts, and were successful on all accounts. The debut of Penny Weiss’ 1955 Thunderbird “Blue Belle” was our primary focus, but the first ever PAINTHOUSE booth was a close second on our priority list. I will follow up with a post about our “experimental extravaganza” soon.

It was a mad dash to the finish for Blue Belle, but we made it, and without having to work all-nighters (it was close a couple times, though!). The stretched hood scoop, custom wire wheels, Ron Mangus leather interior and last minute assembly all came together to create a car that stunned a lot of people.

You just don’t see many Thunderbirds that are customized tastefully (I hope that is the impression everyone took away from the car). Usually, Thunderbirds need to stay purely original; otherwise, more often than not, when customized they get taken too far and end up ruining what is “right” about the car. Our intent was to hang on to everything good about the original classic design, but add small, elegant upgrades that subtly improved the car. Ultimately, you will have to let us know if we succeeded.

We were humbled to be positioned at the front entrance door directly opposite the current Riddler award winning car, Gold Digger. I also heard rumors that the show promoters did their news interviews in front of Penny’s Thunderbird as well. By the way, what a great show put on by the new promotors. Kudos to Steve Green, Jason Henderson and the rest of their crew. As rookies, I’d say you knocked it out of the park. What are y’all gonna do to top it next year? No pressure, just sayin’.

As far as awards go, Blue Belle exceeded all of our expectations. We did not make the elusive Magnificent Seven, which is the preliminary selection for the time-honored Millwinder award, but she did win First in her class (mild sports), Outstanding Paint award, Outstanding Display award, Outstanding Detail award and Outstanding Sports car. Quite a first outing, way to go Penny!

2011 Grand National Roadster Show, here we come….

Until next time,

Randy

You just don’t see many Thunderbirds that are customized tastefully (I hope that is the impression everyone took away from the car). Usually, Thunderbirds need to stay purely original; otherwise, more often than not, when customized they get taken too far and end up ruining what is “right” about the car. Our intent was to hang on to everything good about the original classic design, but add small, elegant upgrades that subtly improved the car. Ultimately, you will have to let us know if we succeeded.


2010 Classy Chassis gives PAINTHOUSE two awards

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Our time spent at this year’s Classy Chassis rewarded us with two awesome, and humbling, awards. The 1954 Studebaker of Jeff Lanier was a unique car among a show of unique cars. He was a third place finish in a tough Post-war American class. I am glad I was not judging. The Candy Apple Blonde, Jeff and Ann Smith’s 1957 Chevy Bel Air convertible, garnered a first in the Resto-mod/Street Rod class. The only thing better than the honor of first was the constant crowd around the car. Way to go Home team!

Classy Chassis sneaking up on us…

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Yes, this is Randy. I know, you barely remember me, since I almost never blog. It amazes me how hard it is to find the small extra time for me to sit down and actually focus on one task for 30 minutes or so. Does that have something to do with kids? Or life? The answer is ‘Yes’.

Anyway. On to the current news. This upcoming Sunday, June 13th (from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.), is the date for the annual charity car show known as The Classy Chassis Concours d’Elegance. It is held on the floor of the Reliant Stadium in Houston. Yes, that means air conditioning for all of the humidity-challenged out there!

The show is a very tasteful, yet eclectic mix of old and new, original and modified, classic and hot rod. I don’t know of another show that has such an interesting array of just about everything automobile.

We will be bringing out two of our recent PAINTHOUSE projects, a 1954 Studebaker and a 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air convertible. The first is restored to almost original condition while the latter is a more modernized interpretation of one of the automobile world’s most recognizable and desired cars.

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57 Smith-GNRS 2010 (22)

The best part of attending is that the show is put on to support The Shriner’s Hospital for Children. Please come out and enjoy the fantastic assortment of automobile sculpture assembled to benefit a very worthy cause.

While I can’t promise to blog on a regular basis, I can promise that you will not regret attending this event.

I hope to see you there. Take care,

Randy