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!
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…
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
The ’67 GTO and ’65 Mustang of Noel and Dana Irvin are airing the morning of December 1/2 on Powerblock (Spike Network). You don’t want to miss this, or your chance to make fun of me (and maybe a couple other people)…tune in.
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.