Friday, May 31, 2013

Flames: The Good, The Bad and the What Where You Thinking? Part 1 2006-2009

Flame Jobs From 2006-2009
These are some the flames I've captured at car shows, this first post is 2006-2009, starting with the very first show of the Royboy Galleries all the way to the end of 2009.

Pinstripe flames

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Vehicle Specific Galleries

A while back someone asked me if I had a way to search for a specific kind of car on my website. I don't. It would take a tremendous effort to go back now and label each of the 36,000 images as to what the cars are. So I decided to try to find a work around. The solution for now is having Vehicle Specific Galleries. The goal here is to gather up images of similar cars so you can quickly and easily see many different ways that each body style can be done. The hope is that you might find inspiration in these photos and go build something of your own to enjoy.

Right now I just have 3 up:
 Ford Shoeboxes (1949-1951 Fords)

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Mercury Kustoms

One of the most iconic kustom platforms has been the 49-51 Mercury since long before I was born.  The car just lends itself to a chopped top, a low stance and some skirts. While these are not required for a kool Merc they are seen on more Mercs today than not.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Some recent instagram goodness

Feast your eyes. If you want one as a print or a download, just click on it and you will be taken to the gallery they are housed in and you can order it!

Monday, May 20, 2013

Event Coverage: 2013 MotorMania

For the 2nd time I made the long drive (okay it was only 30 miles) over to Abilene, KS for their MotorMania show. Most of the cars had their hoods and a few trunks open, which means I don't really want to shoot photos of them. Here are a few shots of what I saw.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

A blast from the past.

Two years ago a bunch of my hooligan hot rod and kustom family got together for a great run through the Flint Hills of south eastern Kansas. I recently went through some of the photos and updated them with a new edit this week. Here's the blog about that day.

And here are the photos:

Friday, May 17, 2013

Upcoming Event: Marysville AutoFest!

It was by complete random chance that I ran into the AutoFest show in Marysville, KS a couple of years ago. I had made a 4 hour trip each way to check out a shop I'd heard about outside of Omaha, NE and on the way home while I sat waiting for a pilot car for some road construction I was told of a car show just down the road.

I figured what the hell, and went to have a look. Here are the photos from that first visit.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Drive it! Cars are meant to be driven.

I love when I see an awesome car at a show and pass it on the way home, driving and not on a trailer. I understand that not all cars would be good drivers but would make kool show vehicles, for most, you should drive them if at all possible!!!

I know I share a lot of photos of The Toad, but its a fantastic car. Aaaaand Doug drives the Toad all the time.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Pinstripe Art!

Pinstripe Art!

From the first shows that I attended with my cameras I've always been attracted to pinstripes. From the long lines pulled down a scallop paint job to the fantastic scroll work done to accent so many cars across the hot rod and kustom world.

Here are some of my favorites from this year's shows so far. If you are a pinstriper and I'm featuring some of your work below, let me know so I can give you credit and steer people to you for some lines on their ride.

Clint Rowe, outlining my new old school paint at the Starbird Devlin show.
Clint Rowe striping the new Jeff Myers paint job on my Galaxie 500

Monday, May 13, 2013

Guest Blog: Dan's Hot Rod Photo goes to Vintage Torque Fest

Guest Blog! Dan's Hot Rod Photo goes to Detroit!

Guest Blog!
My buddy Dan Podobinski is a photographer based out of Indiana, he attends a lot of the same type of shows that I do.  Since I can't be everywhere at once, Dan was nice enough to share some of his images from the 2013 Vintage Torque Fest with all of you through the blog here. Okay class now all together say "Thank You Dan!" You may have seen some of his work recently in Car Kulture Deluxe Magazine, or on the HAMB. You need to go follow his page on Facebook here and buy some prints of his great photographs! And now on with the show!

The modern “car show” has, in many ways, become stale.  The large, corporate run shows lack any real feel.  Power parking, lawn chairs and crybaby dolls have become the norm.

The independent, regional hot rod shows that have sprung up in the last decade or so turn that trend on its ear and Vintage Torque Fest is at the front of the pack.  Show creator and master promoter John Wells has managed to take what started as a vehicle to raise money for the charity organization that he and his wife Kim created ( and turn it into a full blown festival of all things hot rod related.

There is more action packed into this two day event than one could ever expect to find at a large, corporate event.  Aside from hundreds of traditional hot rods and customs we find a near constant stream of live music from rockabilly, surf and garage bands.  There is, of course, the obligatory pinup contest, though this one is much classier than many I have seen.  Speed freaks can get their groove on watching vintage jalopies race around the dirt oval and hot rodders even have the opportunity to take their pride and joy out for a few hot laps. Unfortunately, heavy rains kept track action at bay this year save for a few folks who stuck around the day after the show to get some seat time.  This didn’t stop some guys however, as impromptu mini bike races sprung up on a far end of the fairgrounds, followed in short order by the big boys racing vintage flat track motorcycles around the makeshift circuit.  As I said, nonstop action!

The excitement reaches a fever pitch with the charity art auction.  Culture artists from around the world contribute themed pieces each year to be sold off to the highest bidder.  The work is stunning and is worthy of display in any gallery.  Besides the art in the auction, there are the numerous artists and vendors selling all types of hot rod and lifestyle merchandise.

If this sounds like it is right up your alley then I encourage you to first check out  and see what this organization is all about.  Then, look up and see what you are missing and, finally, make plans to be in Dubuque, Iowa this time next year and catch the nonstop action that is Vintage Torque Fest.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Event Coverage: 2013 Stray Kat 500 Part 2

Stray Kat 500 Coverage

Part 1Part 2Part 3, Part 4Part 5

Later on Friday we went to TwoTall Okie's shop and Rod's shop in Dewey for the feed. Thanks to all involved for a chance to hang out and for the free food!

Ron Myers hanging with Mike and Jerry at TwoTalls

Monday, May 6, 2013

Event Coverage: 2013 Stray Kat 500 Part 1

Stray Kat 500 Coverage

Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4Part 5

While the weather wasn't wonderful, it takes more than that to ruin the Stray Kat 500. The trip started off for my dad and I on Thursday afternoon. My Galaxie was still at Chaotic Customs after getting a long standing vibration issue fixed so the first leg of the trip was riding shotgun in my Dad's 57 Chevy Wagon on the way to CC in Mulvane, KS.

Friday, May 3, 2013

Coming up: Pete and Jake's Open House!

A couple of years ago I made my first trip to the Pete And Jake's complex in Peculiar, MO. What an interesting place! Add to that a kool car show and a ton of pinstripers doing their thing and all of the proceeds going to charity... It's a must attend event! Here are some photos.

For more info on this year's event go here. I hope to be able to make it but the day job may have to take priority.

See you at a show,


Thursday, May 2, 2013

Some old trucks

Some are very rare,some were free if they were just drug off the farm they were rotting on. All of them have a story, and I wish they could speak so that we could hear them.

There are a few more in the gallery, click the photos to go see them all. These would look great on canvas on your wall, and lucky for you I have that option on the gallery page. Just click the Buy button for more info.

See you at a show,


Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Limited Edition Poster #2 is now shipping!

As promised the pre-ordered Limited Edition Poster #2 copies went out today! There will be a handfull more delivered at the Stray Kat 500 in Dewey, OK this weekend as well. The rest... well they can be yours!

Only 50 copies of this 11x17 poster will ever be produced, they are hand numbered and autographed (like that last part means anything ;) ). There are still a handful of Poster #1 available but they may be gone by the end of the weekend so order before Friday for your best shot at getting one.


See you at a show,