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Old 03-10-2005, 02:47 PM
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Most legendary customizer in rodding history?

I need some help researching for a story concept at work, I want to develop a film based around the lives and vehicles of the great customisers that made our hobby what it is today, probably set in the 50's, so were talking rodding history here. Who do you think is the most legendary customiser in the history of rodding?

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Old 03-10-2005, 03:06 PM
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Without a doubt, George Barris!
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As far as marketing, name recognition, and promotion go, Ed Roth and Geroge Barris are hands down the top. As far as really quality designs go, I have to put Darryl Starbird and Bill Cushenberry up at the top w/ the other two.
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I have to agree with the two above. Although Troy Trepainer is awsome too. I remeber when Greenhouse Effect hit the scene. That is to this day one of my favorite rods.
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I figured George Barris would be up there, I have to spend the next two months getting every bit of info on these guys I can find. I'm trying to convince the number crunchers that there is a viable movie in there and a large enough potential market to put some money behind it.

Still, it's a concept, an idea, and has a loooong way to go before we even think about approaching a distributor with it.

It's great when you can mix work and fun and get paid at the same time.

Thanks for the input, I'm hoping this thread will attract a lot of opinions on the matter over the next few days.

Rich Lackey
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George Barris. Hands down.
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Old 03-10-2005, 03:57 PM
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You might wanna watch Mad Fabricators Society Vol 1 & 2 as well...

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Vic Edelbrock, TV Tommy IVO, Mickey Thompson- hotrodders
Barris and Ed Roth- customizers
Von Dutch, Yosemite Sam- pinstripers (I have a "panel" by Yosemite Sam, got it for $10 at a charity auction.)
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Most of you mentioned George Barris but failed to mention his brother Sam who actually did most of the work. The Barris brothers are probably more publisized than any of the others except Ed Roth. I met Ed Roth at a car show in San Mateo, Calif. in the mid '60's. Overall he was a "regular" guy and fun to be around. By the way, he was into street racing and had an Anglia there to go against all comers. It was not a show car but easily could have been. Some of his creations were really neat and unique. Gene Winfield and Daryl Starbird were fantastic at customizing cars.
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Out of the 60's...I have to say Ed Roth is the best. Then Bill Hines. Then there is also a couple that nobody mentioned like Eldon Titus, The Alexander Bros., and Larry Watson.
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Look here, http://www.roadsters.com/custom/
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malc,

That's a great link, a good introduction. Thanks.

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Old 03-11-2005, 06:23 AM
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And here, http://www.barris.com and here http://www.edroth.com

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Awesome links, Malc. Thanks. Dan
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That "Beenaway2long" character will be a legend in 40-50 years. Well at least in MY mind, or whats left of it....
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