Thursday, January 31, 2013

Special Sale: Last Day of the 2013 Calendar For Charity

Special Sale: Last Day of the 2013 Calendar For Charity

Okay folks, of the 190 total calendars printed for 2013 only 26 remain! They will only be available for sale until February 1st. So for the limited time remaining they will be for sale for only $10 each, shipped while they last!

Only 4 Editions are available - Only $10 shipped!

Greaserama Edition - 9 left! 100% of profits of this calendar go to the Punk Rod Todd Memorial Fund

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Some good GNRS coverage!

Since I can't make it to every show, I thought I'd post some links here to some of the GNRS coverage that's out there. I know you'll find something that you dig!

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

2012 KKOA Leadsled Spectacular DVD by Vintage Torque

2012 KKOA Leadsled Spectacular DVD by Vintage Torque

For the last 3 years John Wells of Vintage Torque DVD's has filmed the KKOA Leadsled Spectacular in Salina, KS and created a DVD of the weekend. For the whole run I've provided John with photos to use as a slideshow at the end of the DVD.

Here's the trailer for the 2012 edition:

Monday, January 28, 2013

Chaotic Customs January 2013 Shop Visit!

Chaotic Customs January 2013 Shop Visit!

From time to time I'll try to stop in at shops in the area and peek around to see what's going on. This weekend I happened to be near my friends Chaotic Customs in Mulvane, KS. I was not planning on stopping and found myself without my camera, so I apologize for the down and dirty cell phone pics!

Chaotic has recently moved to their new location at 246 Industrial Drive in Mulvane, KS south of Wichita. The new 15,000 sq. ft. facility is always packed with projects.

Mike Young has this under construction 1940 Ford pickup at Chaotic. Lots of kustom touches and modifications, some of which are so subtle that they will go unnoticed by those not familiar with the body as Ford produced it.
January 2013 Chaotic Customs Shop Visit, sorry for the quality, cell phone pics!

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Last chance for the 2013 Calendar For Charity!

The 2013 Calendar for Charity has been a big success!

This is the first year that the calendars were professionally printed, a big investment up front but luckily the paper was donated this year so that printing was only major expense in getting the calendars off the ground. As last year these calendars are printed in the ginormous 11x17 size and each and every month features 2 kool car photos! Order at!

This year 6 copies were available (click on the thumbnails to see the entire calendar):
The Trucks, Hot Rods, and Kustom editions all were sold to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project.

Friday, January 25, 2013

More Shoebox Ford info

A while back I did a post about the Shoebox Fords, 49-51 models. Click here to see it. has a great series of articles, this one on the origins of the 1949 Ford design was particularly intriguing to me as a new shoebox owner.

There's much more to the story and its all assembled nicely in this thread on the HAMB.

Also on the HAMB are a whole bunch of great build threads on shoebox Fords

Here's the build thread on my buddy Jack's kustom 51. 

This one has been a really great thread, lots of info in it.

My buddy Arturo has kept a pretty kool thread on his shoebox, chopped by Jeff Myers & Ian Berky
I got to see the car at Jeff's shop back in 2010.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Starbird-Devlin 2013 Coverage Part 4 (final post)

So far I've taken you along with us through some of Thursday's load-in, and let you see what I saw through Friday night, Saturday and now we're working on Sunday.

And awaayyyyy we go!

Monday, January 21, 2013

2013 Starbird-Devlin Coverage Part 1

The 2013 Starbird-Devlin show is in the books!
Here are some of my favorite photos from the weekend. Thanks again to my kustom family for allowing my Galaxie to park with so many historic and beautiful rides.

Johnny Hammann's tried and true 58 Chevy Impala. It's been basically unchanged since Jan. 1976.
Johnny Hammann's tried and true 58 Chevy Impala. It's been basically unchanged since Jan. 1976.

Mickey's Merc (he washed it!) Once a 4 door, now a 2 door with a ton more kustom touches.

Distant cousins?

 You don't see these every day, and you don't see many cars this clean and straight ever.

One of my favorite Mercs ever.

Mike's 60 Olds fresh from a remodel... gorgeous!

Nice collection!

40 Chevy built by Big Creek Restoration with a band on stage behind it Friday evening.

The Big T

Corey Conyers is restoring a beautiful slingshot. I say it would almost be a shame to paint this body.

Larry James of Flyin Eye Kreations has been working hard to finish up his old Nova in new form

Rob Parker has been working on this Chevy Bobber Pickup Roadster for a few years, it's pretty interesting to see all of the details that have gone into it.

That's it for this time, click any of those photos to go to the entire gallery.

See you at a show!


Sunday, January 20, 2013

2013 Starbird-Devlin Sneak Peek Photos

Just a quick sneak peek of some of the photos coming Sunday evening!

Rob Parker's way wild Chevrolet roadster pickup, rear mounted turbo feeds the 261 inline six engine.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

New Wood Transfers

Awhile back I saw a how-to that intrigued me. Transferring photos onto wood... it's an interesting process. Anyways for Christmas this year I decided to make a few of these for friends and family members. It's a long, tedious process but the end results are worth it.

I'm not sure if I'll produce a dozen or so of an image and offer those for sale or do them on an as ordered basis. The whole process takes about 4 hours to complete, and it works best for black & white photos.

Here are a couple test pieces that I have.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Starbird-Devlin Load-in Photos

So at 9:30am on January 17, 2013 I did something I'd never done before. I drove my Galaxie into it's first ever indoor car show. The Starbird-Devlin Car Show at Century II in Wichita, KS, "The Wichita Tradition." This is the 56th annual show, previously known as the Starbird Rod & Custom Show, it's been a tradition in Wichita for a long long time.

I was lucky enough to be a part of the Kustom City display this year. Thanks to the new paint work done on my Galaxie by Jeff Myers, my car has been transformed to 60's Boulevard cruiser. Doug Reed put together the Kustom City display of street kustoms from the area and my Galaxie was lucky enough to make the group.

So we rolled in, positioned ourselves and started cleaning the cars. It wasn't long before it was time to head back to the day job, but I managed to grab a couple of quick snapshots while I was there.

My Galaxie in Kustom City

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

A Chance Encounter

September 2009
I was barely out of a 3 year long battle to get out of debt, in fact I was a week out of it. Still didn't have much money as the last of my dollars and cents went to pay off the last debt I'd had, but I knew there was a show that looked to be kool happening in Wichita. The Stray Kat Kustoms Starliner show is always the weekend after Labor Day. So that morning I had to decide if I could make it until the end of the month if I spent gas money driving to this show. I had been to the Stray Kat Kustoms Rocket show in Fort Scott, KS early in the year and I loved the cars that I'd seen, and I'd always wanted to go to the Stray Kat 500 but hadn't made it yet.

Of course I went. Of course. (I almost always go when there's a chance to see some kool rides) Determined to go on the cheap I stopped along the way at a BBQ contest that some friends were competing in, free food! SCORE! So after a free beer or two and an insane amount of amazing BBQ, I headed to the Starliner show. What I found was a great collection of kool kustoms and hotrods parked amongst a bunch of retired aircraft.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

New Stencil Shirt Pre-order Ends Wednesday!

A couple of weeks ago I announced a new shirt design for Royboy Productions. The shirts have been available for pre-order since then, that ends Wednesday night January 16th at midnight. Order at Not only do these new hot rod Model A stencil shirts express all that is hot rod, stripped down, nothing unneeded just the car in all of its awesomeness. All of the profits from these shirts go to help pay for gas, hotels, cameras, websites, etc that provide all of these 33,000 images to you! Support Royboy Productions to help ensure you always get the coverage from all of the best midwest hot rod & kustom shows!

Monday, January 14, 2013

Friends of Royboy: American Hot Rod Foundation

From time to time this blog will be used to share some info on a site, custom/hotrod shop, or organization that are friends of mine.

This first we'll feature the American Hot Rod Foundation. I first learned of the AHRF through their page on facebook, a friendship that I'm glad I've found. Their feed on facebook is full of fantastic historic shots of historic hot rods and kustoms.

Head over to their site for more than your fair share of historic photos, stories and videos. Just a click on their Legends page on their site will have your mind reeling with all of the info that scrolls down onto your screen.

The Video page has trailer from there fantastic DVD "Deuce" I've seen it and I loved it.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

2013 Starbird-Devlin Car Show for Charity: A Look Back Pt. 2

In Part 1 I went through some back history of the show from my cameras up to 2010.

So now on to 2011

Something I wrote at the time:
"In the dead of winter each January it's a pleasure every year to get together with my hotrod and kustom family and spend some time inside WITH a bunch of cool cars. The Darryl Starbird Rod & Custom show in Wichita, KS typically pulls about 400 cars max for a 3 day indoor show. As the name implies rods and customs show in abundance, but so do stock restorations, survivors, 4x4's, lowriders, rat rods, and various types of racers.

A couple of very cool front engine dragsters were on display this year, as were some very nice traditional built hot rods. Traditional built rods are not rats, and this show had both build styles represented nicely. The car count and the vendor count both seemed down this year, but that was a blessing instead of a hinderance. Less cars means more room to get around the cars, and it seemed that the cars that didn't show were the ones that I normally don't shoot anyhow, so the show's overall quality went up as a result.

The Marauders and Fundamentals had great club displays with the Marauders taking home the prize for best display for their "model" car display complete with giant exacto knives and Testor paint bottles to complete the look. The Fundamentals went with a beach theme and rumor has it some Marauders may have been involved with an incident involving Baby Ruth candy bars being dropped in the Fundamentals "sand" (kitty litter). I'm not going to say where the story came from or how hard the person who told it to me was laughing when he told how they did it."

My friend Mike's super clean Camaro

Saturday, January 12, 2013

2013 Starbird-Devlin Car Show for Charity: A Look Back Pt. 1

For the first time ever, my Galaxie will be entered into an indoor car show. Now to be clear, this car was never meant to be a show car, only a kool kustom that I occasionally show off at shows. This first indoor show will be the Starbird-Devlin show in Wichita, KS at Century II on Jan. 18-20th.

I've been attending the show here on and off since the early 80's. Back then I remember very little about the show or the cars that I saw there. Mostly the memories are just of good times with my dad and sometimes Grandpa at the Starbird show. It was a big deal. Not even an all too present case of the chicken pox could keep me away, when my folks asked if I was well enough to go, I lied my ass off. I was going to the Starbird show.

Over the years that I've been attending with a camera in hand we've been privy to some pretty fantastic vehicles on display at the show.


Friday, January 11, 2013

Best of 2012 Photobook?

Last year I produced a Best of 2011 PhotoBook of all of my favorite images of 2011. Starting with about 14,000 images they were narrowed down to about 1,000 and then about 800 made their way into the final book. There were 21 feature chapters in all, each with a few hundred words describing the chapter and lots of photos of each event featured.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

New Kustom Paint, Old Kustom Flavor

I've had my 1963 Ford Galaxie 500 since 2004. When she first entered my life she looked like a 70's cruiser. Stock body, dark tinted windows (80's probably), Cragar S/S wheels and some fairly large raised white letter tires.

Friday, January 4, 2013

Royboy Production's Future and a Thank You.

Hey folks,

It is my goal to continue to share the great people and cars of the Midwest with all of you around the world for years to come, so far for the last few years this has been a very expensive hobby. Thank you to those that buy hats, shirts, photos etc because you help to pay the bills for websites, cameras, gas, hotels, food, etc. to keep the machine rolling.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

What's coming up for January & February 2013

The schedule for 2013 is already filling up! This post will be a breakdown of some of the shows of the first few months, have a look at the info I provide, check out the photos from years past and pick a couple out to attend!


Jan. 18-20th
Wichita, KS Starbird-Devlin Charity Car Show "The Wichita Tradition"
See the 2012 photos here
Jack Marinelli's 29 Model A Roadster