**** NOTE: My November 2012 posts have been lost due to system issues. They are: Good Guys Show, Nostalgia Drags and my Day of the Dead shoot...hoping to recover them. Sorry if you came here to specifically see those posts.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

The Gathering of Kustoms 20012...Part 1

"A Real Kustoms & Hot Rod Show"

According to the three Johns that created it, John Denich, Johnny Jarzen & Johnny B. "Big Daddy", The Gathering of Kustoms was an idea which bloomed from a state of frustration. A group of traditional custom guys all Kustomed up and nowhere to go, they yearned for a true traditional show...so they put one together.
Gordon McIlonie's '58 Caddy & Bill Torres' '58 Fairlane...Mercifuls C.C.
The Rules: No Billet, No Rat Rods & No Rat Kustoms
The car entry fee: $5 which went to charity.
Pedetsrians get in free.
I first heard about the show back in March on Tiny's Friction in the Static podcast, which promotes the same traditional Kulture values as the three Johns. The podcast is like an audio satellite to my favorite magazine,  Traditional Rod & Kulture Illustrated (where Tiny looms large), though less polished, more edgy and often hilarious. I recommend sticking it in your ear.

John Saltsman's Kustom '49 Studebaker the "Atomitron"

Ron, Carlos, dog & Phil of The Usuals Social Club C.C.

This sick Pontiac might have been my favorite of the show.

The Grapevine

The So Cal Throttle Kings C.C.

Syren, Tiny & videographer/photographer of Diehards, Travis Haight
I'm going to wrap this first installment of 'Gathering' photos with this shot of an exciting project in the works. Tiny, of Tiny's Kustoms, TR&KI and Friction In The Static podcast, was at the show shooting some footage for his new TV series, "Diehards". I wish I could supply a link to the original trailer I saw a few months ago, it was KILLER!! But due to complications with production companies...bla bla bla....the original trailer has been pulled....but another is in the works and we should be seeing this show soon.
The website for Diehards should be up shortly, so go check out their Facebook page and LIKE IT.
This isn't some phoney deadline build show, it's about the Kustom Kulture and the people living it.

Here's a link to the Gathering Of Kustoms
Facebook page. Check it out. There's some great vintage photography of classic customs. Also, news of the next show this group of traditionalists will gather at.
Cool Stuff.

Okay, in a few days...more behind the scenes shots from the Diehards taping 
and cars and more cars from The Gathering of Kustoms.


Anonymous said...

Bill, You always find cool, unique and interesting shots looking at the same cars the rest of see as we're left scratching our heads wondering what to shoot.


Bill Garrett said...

Bo, such praise coming from an artist who's work always inspires is like a shot of creative adrenaline!
Thank you, BOMONSTER!