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VOL No. 10 OCTOBER 2010 IS S UE No . 1 0
EDITOR: JIM BRANDAU PUBLISHED: WHENEVER I CAN IT DO BUT MONTHLY MOST OF THE TIME…
ROAD RUMBLINGS… They helped make the hobby/sport we enjoy today come to life years
Well here we are into October and the Fall Season. Cool ago. They built the foundation for all of us.
mornings and warm days around here in Middle Tn. Cant beat that for Do you want to have your truck in the movies? Check out the
a car show or cruise nite event. WANTED Section for more details on how to maybe be a star, or at
October brings with it the last of some of the cruise nite least your truck.
activities. If you haven’t been to any this year yet, you better hustle Don’t forget later in October, the Battlefield AACA club
up and catch a couple before they are gone. will be having their annual show. Once again they will be having it at
Speaking of Cruise Nites, the BELLEVUE Cruisers will host the SEARS parking lot in Cool Springs Mall. Head over to the
their last one for the season on Oct. 2nd. To go out with a bang, they Automotive area.
are helping the US Marines with a “TOYS FOR TOTS” collection at One of the Coolest events around is coming up. The
the Cruise Nite. They are asking all the Cruisers to bring a NEW, GOODGUYS Nostalgia Nationals in Bowling Green Ky. Being held at
UNWRAPPED toy to donate. You don’t have to bring one, but why the BEECH BEND Raceway, loads of cool cruisers, hot rods & vintage
wouldn’t you? Have fun at the Cruise nite and help a child have a drag race cars will there for you to take in. The cooler weather
better Christmas too. always seems to make the Top Fuel guys tip the ol’ Nitro can a little
Friday Nite Cruisin in the “Boro” wraps up on Oct 1st. The more for the “Cacklefest”.
last one should be HUGE if the weather is right and its looking that The Midnight Cruisers annual Fall Color Cruise takes place
way. On Saturday nite Oct 2nd, the Memory Lane Cruisers in later this month. Marty Crain & the gang always put on a top notch
Clarksville will wrap up for the season also. Why not head up that way event. Ya gotta drive them though. Bring your picnic lunch and a big
and have a great time there. smile. Where they going this year? You’ll have to ride along. I know
To everyone who puts on a Cruise Nite, let me say thank you you’ll have fun when you get there.
for your hard work and dedication week after week. It isn’t easy even HAPPY BIRTHDAY/ANNIVERSARY goes out to HOT RODS
though its fun. Please let me know how much longer your cruise nites & THREADS Full Service Hot Rod Shop. This month marks 5 years of
will run, so I can clean up the Cruise Listing Section and get it more building Hot Rods, Mighty Muscle Cars & Cool Cruisers right here in
accurate. My assumption is all the cruise nites will be done at the end Middle Tennessee. They are going to have an open house / birthday
of October. If your’s is still going to happen, you need to let me know. bash on Oct 23rd. They are inviting all of you to come out and tour
The SHADES OF THE PAST SRA held their latest show at the shop and talk to the whole Hot Rods & Threads crew. Drinks &
the new location at DOLLYWOOD SPALSH Mountain parking lot. refreshments will be provided to ensure a good time. Bring your Hot
From the reviews we have heard, it seems to have been a good move. Rod, Muscle Car, Cool Cruiser, Trick Truck, Right On Restored car or
Almost 2700 registered entries were on hand to have some Smokie ?? when you come. The guys are going to have a few awards to hand
Mountian Hot Rodding Fun. Check out some pics from Butch Pate in out.
the Garage & Shop Scene section of this issue. Thanks Butch!!
Speaking of Shades show, congrats goes out to Paul Shauck October is another action packed month for all the Gearheads. Check
of Hot Rods &Threads fame. His killer 33 Ford, “SMOKIN BONES” out this issue and hit the road.
got the Pete & Jakes Super Bell Axle Award/pick. This is one of Floor it and have fun!!
those awards that a lot of people try for. It goes to a REAL Hot Rod.
Talking about awards, why not head over to
www.gearheadgazzette.com and click on the GALLERY button. Click And remember to tell em’ ya saw it in the GEARHEAD
on the 2010 button and then the Shades of the Past link for pictures GAZZETTE!!!
of the various winners. Enjoy.
We, all us Gearheads, recently lost 2 legends in the Hot Jimmy B.
Rodding world. Larry Alexander of the “A-Bros” fame in Detroit and
Larry Watson, custom painter who created the “panel paint” style, If you would like to receive the GAZZETTE direct instead of 2nd hand, all you need
both passed away. I have included in the back pages of this issue, to do is send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can always check
some photos of cars these guys built and painted, along with some out the current issue of the GAZZETTE on line at www.gearheadgazzette.com
history on each one. Take a few minutes to learn more about them.
“ Ya Gotta know where to Go….The FUN Starts Here….”
_____________________________“CRUISE NITE FUN” FOR 2010________________________________
FOR ALL OF THE CLUBS & CRUISE NITE HOSTS, OR IF YOU KNOW OF A CRUISE NIGHT
HAPPENING IN 2010, BE IT WEEKLY OR MONTHLY, SEND ME THE INFO. SEND THE COMPLETE
INFO TO ME AT email@example.com
MONDAY NITE CRUISIN:
LEWISBURG TN: CRUISIN HAPPENS EVERY MONDAY NITE AT THE SONIC DRIVE IN. RUNS FROM 5-7PM. FOOD
DISCOUNT ON MEALS FOR THE CRUISERS IN A CUSTOM, HOT ROD, CLASSIC OR COOL TRUCK. DISCOUNTS LIMITED
TO 2 PEOPLE PER CAR.
TUESDAY NITE CRUISIN’:
100 HIGHWAY CRUISE. SPONSORED BY “THE CORNER PUB” & “THE BREWHOUSE 100”. THE BELLEVUE CRUISERS ARE
DOING THE ORGANIZING OF THIS CRUISE SO YOU KNOW IT’S GONNA BE GOOD. CRUISE HAPPENS EVERY TUESDAY
NITE FROM 6:30-9:30PM, STARTING APRIL 6TH THRU OCT 5TH. THE CRUISE IS LOCATED AT THE “SHOPPES ON THE
HARPETH” ON HWY 100, 2 MILES WEST OF OLD HICKORY BLVD & 1.5 MILES EAST OF THE NATCHEZ TRACE PKWY.
SPONSORED BY THE “THE CORNER PUB” & “THE BREWHOUSE 100”. BEING THIS IS STILL A FAIRLY NEW EVENT,
VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED AND APPRECIATED TO HELP OUT ON TUESDAYS. FOR MORE INFO CALL 615-478-5032
OR EMAIL TO firstname.lastname@example.org. CHECK THIS ONE OUT AS IT IS A GEARHEAD GAZZETTE PICK EVENT!!!
FRIDAY NITE CRUISIN’: THESE CRUISES ARE HELD EVERY FRIDAY NITE:
MURFREESBORO TN: THE MURFREESBORO HOT ROD CLUB WILL BE HOSTING A CRUISE IN EVERY FRIDAY NITE
FROM MAY 1 THRU OCT 2ND. CRUISING IS FROM 5PM TO 9PM. THE CRUISE WILL BE HELD AGAIN THIS YEAR AT THE
AVENUE MUFREESBORO MALL, BEHIND THE BELKS STORE. FOR MORE INFO AND DIRECTIONS GO TO www.4mhrc.net .
HENDERSONVILLE TN: CRUISING HAPPENS EVERY FRIDAY NITE STARTING APRIL 16 UNTIL THE END OF OCTOBER.
CRUISING HAPPENS AT THE GLENBROOK SHOPPING CENTER (WEATHER PERMITTING) LOCATED AT 1030
GLENBROOK WAY. IT’S FREE, FUN WITH “RIDE OF THE WEEK” TROPHY, MUSIC AND KIDS GAMES. CRUISING RUNS
FROM 6-9PM. DOOR PRIZES & MUSIC. FOR MORE INFO GO TO www.hendersonvillecruisein.com
1ST FRIDAY NITE OF THE MONTH CRUISIN:
MT PLEASANT TN: FRIDAY NITE CRUISIN HOSTED BY THE CLASSICS FOR A CAUSE CAR CLUB. CRUISE WILL BE
HELD AT THE TIETGANS CEE BEE FOOD STORE PARKING LOT. CRUISING HAPPENS FROM JUNE THRU AUGUST. FOR
MORE INFO CALL 931-446-2385 OR E-MAIL TO email@example.com .
2nd FRIDAY OF THE MONTH CRUISIN:
LAWRENCEBURG TN: Cruise-in Starting May 14th at the Big Lots on North Locust Ave. in Lawrenceburg,TN. Cruising runs
from 6pm-9pm,& will run every 2nd Friday of the month thru Oct,door prizes.
SATURDAY MORNING CRUISE IN’s:
To all classic car fans……
I have been repeatedly asked when are we going to start up the Franklin area Cars & Coffee for 2010? My suggestion is to
come out for coffee twice a month, the 2 Saturday & 4 Saturday of each month starting in March. That way if you can’t make it one
Saturday you don’t have to wait an entire month before there is another one. To that end I have formulated the following calendar for
I thought it would be advisable to get the schedule out so people could mark their calendars and make plans to attend.
Please forward the schedule to other Classic Car Fans that are not on the list.
Calendar year 2010 cars & Coffee schedule
Saturday 2nd 4th
April: 10 24
May: 8 22
June: 12 26
July: 10 24
August: 14 28
September: 11 25
October: 9 23
Times: 7:30am – 9:00am (or until the last car leaves)
Location: Near the Carrabbas parking lot – Franklin (intersection of Mallory Lane & Cool Springs Blvd)
Coffee: There is a Starbucks & Atlanta Bread Company within walking distance.
Directions: From I-65 south take exit 68 right onto Cool Springs Blvd. then cross over Mallory Lane. Take the first right after Mallory Lane into the
Starbucks parking area. Gathering is just beyond the Carrabas parking area. From I-65 north take exit 68 left onto Cool Springs Blvd. then cross
over Mallory Lane. Take the first right after Mallory Lane into the Starbucks parking area. Gathering is just beyond the Carrabas parking area.
From I-65 north take exit 68 and go straight crossing over Mallory Lane. Take the first right after Mallory Lane into the Starbucks parking area.
Gathering is just beyond Carrabas parking area.
Carrabbas Restaurant Parking lot
553 Cool Springs Blvd.
Franklin, TN 37067
SATURDAY NITE CRUISIN’: THESE CRUISES ARE HELD EVERY SATURDAY NITE
MT JULIET TN: Cruise-in at Chik-Fil-A will start on April 17th at the Providence shopping center in Mt. Juliet, TN. Cruising
starts at 5pm (exit 226A OR 226C ON I-40).
FRANKLIN TN: CRUISING CONTINUES AT THE BACK YARD BURGER, LOCATED BY THE K-MART RIGHT OFF HWY 96.
THE DIE HARDS MEET STARTING AT AROUND 4PM AND STAY UNTIL AROUND DARK. FOR MORE INFO OR
QUESTIONS E-MAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org
MURFREESBORO TN: NOBODYS SPORTS BAR & GRILL CRUISE NITE. CRUISING STARTS AT 5PM. LOCATED AT 116
JOHN RICE BLVD, RIGHT AT THE INTERSECTION OF HWY 96 & I-24 ON THE WEST SIDE OF I-24. 10% OFF TO
THOSE FOLKS WHOE BRING OUT A CUSTOM, CLASSIC OR HOT ROD. THEY BRING THE FOOD TO YOU. DJ’S WILL BE
PLAYING MUSIC. FOR MORE INFO CALL 615-962-8019.
WHITE HOUSE TN: CRUISE IN AT THE KROGERS IN WHITE HOUSE EVERY SAT NITE. RUNS FROM 6PM-8:30PM.
DOOR PRIZES, FOOD, MUSIC, KIDS AREA AND MORE. I-65 EXIT 108 AND KROGER IS A MILE DOWN. FOR MORE INFO
1ST SATURDAY NITE OF THE MONTH CRUISIN’:
CLARKSVILLE TN: MEMORY LANE CRUISERS OF CLARKSVILLE HOST THEIR MONTHLY CRUISE NITES THE 1ST
SATURDAY FROM APRIL – OCT. CRUSIE DATES ARE: APRIL 3, MAY 1, JUNE 5, JULY 3, AUG 7, SEPT 4 & OCT 2. DOOR
PRIZES, 50/50 RAFFLE & OLDIES MUSIC. CRUISE TAKES PLACE AT THE WENDY’S / KMART ON MADISON ST, HWY76
& 41A BYPASS. CRUSING HAPPENS FROM 6-9PM. FOR MORE INFO CALL 615-642-7757.
NASHVILLE TN: BELLEVUE CRUISE IN, SPONSERED BY CHUBB COLLECTOR CAR INSURANCE. HOSTED BY THE
BELLEVUE CRUISERS THE 1ST SAT NITE OF EACH MONTH FROM APRIL THRU OCTOBER. RUNS FROM 5 – 9PM. WILL BE
HELD AGAIN THIS YEAR AT THE BELLEVUE MALL NEAR SEARS. ENTER THE MALL LOT OFF SAWYER BROWN RD
PLEASE. FOR MORE INFO CALL 615-478-5032 OR E-MAIL TO email@example.com . CHECK THIS ONE OUT AS
IT IS A GEARHEAD GAZZETTE PICK EVENT!!!
PADUCAH KY: CRUISE-IN 2010. HOSTED BY TOP GUN SHOW SERIES. CRUISE IN TAKES PLACE AT THE KENTUCKY
OAKS MALL AT 5101 HINKLEVILLE RD IN PADUCAH. OPEN TO ALL ENTRIES. DOOR PRIZES, DASH PLAQUES TO THE
1ST 25 ENTRIES OF THE CRUISE. FREE!! BIGGEST CRUISE IN WESTERN KY. STARTS APRIL 3RD AND THE LAST ONE IS
OCT. 2ND. NO LOUD MUSIC, BOOM BOXES, BURNOUTS OR ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES. FOR MORE INFO CALL 270-382-
2139 OR GO TO www.topguncarshows.com
3RD SATURDAY NITE OF THE MONTH CRUISIN’:
DECATUR AL: STEAK & SHAKE CRUISE IN. HELD AT THE THE DECATUR AL. STEAK & SHAKE. CRUISE RUNS FROM 6-
9PM, FROM APRIL TO OCTOBER. ALL RIDES ARE WELCOME. FOR MORE INFO CONTACT CARL AT firstname.lastname@example.org .
LONDON KY: CRUISINON MAIN. HELD THE 3RD SAT NITE FROM MAY – SEPT. CLUB PARTICIPATION AWARDS, 50/50
DRAWINGS, VENDORS, DOOR PRIZES, FOOD, MUSIC AND MUCH MORE. RUNS FROM 1PM – 6PM. FOR MORE INFO CALL
606-682-9398 OR GO TO www.cruisinonmain.com
4th SATURDAY NITE OF THE MONTH CRUISIN’:
SOMERSET KY: SOMERNITES CRUISE. CELEBRATING 10 YEARS OF CRUISIN IN SOMERSET. EACH MONTH HAS A
THEME: 4/24 PRE-49 STREET RODS & CUSTOMS, 5/22: MOPAR MANIA, 6/26: CAMARO’S & FIREBIRDS, 7/24: THE
POWER CRUISE TO SOMERSET, 8/28: MUSTANG ALLEY, 9/25: CORVETTE’S & 10TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION,
10/23: TRI-FIVE CHEVYS. FOR MORE INFO CALL 606-USA=CARS OR GO TO www.somernitescruise.com .
CROSSVILLE TN: CROSSVILLE CRUZ-N. CRUISE-IN DOWNTOWN CROSSVILLE. GREAT CARS, GREAT MUSIC & GREAT
FUN. LOTS TO SEE AND DO. DJ’S SPINNING HITS OR A LIVE BAND BELTING OUT THE BOOGIE WOOGIE. BRING
YOUR CAR, FAMILY AND LAWN CHAIR. EVENT RUNS FROM 1-5PM. CARS CAN GET IN AT 12:30PM. EVENT WILL E HELD
ON 4/24, 5/22, 6/26, 7/24, 8/28, 9/25 & WRAPPING UP ON 10/23. FOR MORE INFO GO TO www.crossvillecruzn.com OR
SPRING HILL TN: CRUISE IN AT GARY’S PLACE. CRUSING STARTS IN APRIL ON THE 24TH AND CONTINUES ON THE
2ND & 4TH SATURDAYS OF THE MONTH. LOCATED IN THE CAMPBELL STATION SHOPPING CENTER RIGHT OFF HWY 31
IN SPRING HILL. TURN ON CAMPBELL STATION RD BY THE WALGREENS GO EAST 1/8 MILE AND TURN INTO THE
SHOPPING CENTER. GARYS PLACE IS HALFWAY DOWN. CRUISING STARTS AT 5PM AND GOES UNTIL?? GARY’S WILL
OFFER FOOD AND DRINK SPECIALS. PLEASE NOTE THAT GARY’S PLACE IS 21 & UP AS SMOKING IS ALLOWED
INSIDE. FOR MORE INFO CALL 615-302-3636 OR GO TO www.springhillsbestbar.com FOR A MAP AND MORE INFO.
LAST SATURDAY NITE OF THE MONTH CRUISIN’:
ASHLAND CITY TN: MILD & WILD KUSTOM CRUISE-IN @ TRACTOR SUPPLY. EVENT HELD AT THE TRACTOR SUPPLY
STORE ON HWY 49. EVENT RUNS FROM 4-9PM. BEST TRUCK & CAR TROPHY AT EACH CRUISE-IN. NO LOUD MUSIC,
ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES OR BURN OUTS. CRUISE-IN STARTS 3/27 AND RUNS TO 10/30 FOR TRUNK OR TREAT.
LEWISBURG TN: 2ND ANNUAL CRUISE IN ON THE SQUARE. CRUISE STARTS ON MAY 29TH AND RUNS ON THE LAST
SATURDAY OF EACH MONTH THRU SEPTEMBER. RUNS FROM 5-8PM. MUSIC, FOOD AND AWARDS FOR PEOPLES
CHOICE AND THE MEMORIAL AWARD FOR FAVORITE AUTOS AT EACH CRUISE. IN 2009 300 CARS GRACED THE
SQUARE. FOR MORE INFO CALL 931-359-1544. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO DONATE DOORS PRIZES OR SPONSOR AN
AWARD OR BE A FOOD VENDOR CALL 931-359-1544.
BI-WEEKLY CRUISE NITES:
MURFREESBORO TN: BI-WEEKLY CRUISE IN AT THE SONIC DRIVE IN AT 215 CASON LANE, RIGHT OFF HWY 96.
CRUISING IS ON SUNDAY AFTERNOONS. SONIC IS OFFERING 50% OFF FOOD PRICES TO ALL CRUISERS WHO
SHOW UP WITH A CLASSIC, CUSTOM OR HOT ROD CAR/TRUCK. NEXT ONE IS ON MAY 9TH AND GO FROM THERE. FOR
MORE INFO E-MAIL email@example.com
________________________2010 SHOW INFO AT A GLANCE_________________
OCT 1-2: PORTLAND TN: DAYS GONE BY TRACTOR SHOW.
OCT 1-2: KINGSPORT TN: THE FORGE CLASSIC.
OCT 2: LYNCHBURG TN: WHISKEY RUNNERS 2010 “CRUISIN THE HOLLOW”.
OCT 2: CENTERVILLE TN: 29TH ANNUAL “CENTERVILLE IN THE FALL” AUTO SHOW
OCT 2: MANCHESTER TN: 1ST ANNUAL MANCHESTER POLICE DEPT “CRUISIN’ THE SQUARE” DOWNTOWN STYLE.
OCT 2: GEORGETOWN TN: CAR SHOW FROM 9-3.
OCT 3-10: MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST: 14TH ANNUAL CRUISIN THE COAST EVENT .
OCT 7-10: CHARLESTON WV.: 5TH ANNUAL CHARLESTON BOULEVARD ROD RUN & DOO WOP
OCT 8-10: TAMPA FL: NSRA SOUTHEAST STREET ROD NATIONALS Plus.
OCT 9-10: NASHVILLE TN: 36TH ANNUAL MUSIC CITY HALLOWEEN ROD RUN
OCT 14-17: DAYTONA FL: DAYTONA BIKETOBERFEST
OCT 15-17: BOWLING GREEN KY: 3RD ANNUAL GOODGUYS NOSTALGIA NATIONALS
OCT 16: FRANKLIN TN: BATTLEFIELD REGION AACA CAR SHOW AT COOL SPRINGS MALL
OCT 17: LEBANON TN: MID-TENN REGION OKTOBERFEST CAR SHOW.
OCT 17: COLUMBIA TN: DIERKS BENTLEY MILES & MUSIC FOR KIDS.
OCT 17: SHELBYVILLE TN: CRUISE IN BEING HELD AT 50’s & FIDDLES CAFÉ.
OCT 23: COLLEGE GROVE TN: THE HOT RODS & THREADS FULL SERVICE HOT ROD SHOP 5TH ANNIVERSARY EVENT.
OCT 23: STARTS IN NASHVILLE TN: ANNUAL FALL COLOR CRUISE HOSTED BY THE MIDNIGHT RODDERS.
OCT 23: MURFREESBORO TN: 5TH ANNUAL “HARVEST DAY CRUISE-IN”.
OCT 24: LEBANON TN: FLAT TRACK RACING RETURNS TO MIDDLE TN.
OCT 24: LEWISBURG TN: ON THE RUN EXXON CRUISE IN.
OCT 30: NASHVILLE TN: Spooks and Spokes Car Show
NOV 4-6: BOWLING GREEN KY: VET’S & VETTE’S.
NOV 6-7: FRANKLIN TN: KRIS KRINGLE INVITATIONAL CAR SHOW.
NOV 8-13: PANAMA CITY FL: 6TH ANNUAL EMERALD COAST CRUIZIN’.
NOV 14: SHELBYVILLE TN: CELEBRATION CITY REGION – AACA ANNUAL INDOOR SWAP MEET.
NOV 20-21: NASHVILLE TN: Music City Bike, Car and High Performance Boat Show.
_________________________“WAY COOL STUFF TO DO”.______________________
THE NEW STUFF IS LISTED IN ITALIC’s
OCT 2: LYNCHBURG TN: WHISKEY RUNNERS 2010
“CRUISIN THE HOLLOW”. BEING HELD IN WISEMAN
PARK. SPECIALTY AWARDS, CASH PRIZES, DASH
PLAQUES TO ALL CRUISERS, FOOD & A DJ ON SITE. FOR
OCT 1-2: PORTLAND TN: DAYS GONE BY TRACTOR
MORE INFO CALL 931-703-2644 OR EMAIL TO
SHOW. ANTIQUE TRACTORS, HORSE’S & MULES,
RCookin@gmail.com CHECK THIS ONE OUT AS IT IS A
BUGGIES & WAGONS, OLD GAS ENGINES, HORSE
GEARHEAD GAZZETTE PICK EVENT!!!
DRAWN EQUIP., OPERATING SAW MILL, ANTIQUE CARS
& TRUCKS AND MUSEUM TOURS. INDOOR DISPLAY OF
OCT 2: CENTERVILLE TN: 29TH ANNUAL “CENTERVILLE
100+ TRACTORS. EVENT HELD AT DAYS GONE BY 122
IN THE FALL” AUTO SHOW. BEING HELD AT THE
DAVIS ST. FOR MORE INFO CALL 615-804-6466
HICKMAN COUNTY JUSTICE CENTER. 54 CLASSES, 10
OCT 1-2: KINGSPORT TN: THE FORGE CLASSIC. BEING
SPECIAL AWARDS. BEST OF SHOW & BEST MODIFIED
HELD AT THE MEADOWVIEW RESORT & CONVENTION
EACH GETS TROPHY PLUS $100!! DASH PLAQUES TO THE
CENTER. EVENT HAS SOMEOF THE RAREST MUSCLE
1ST 125 ENTRIES. OPEN SHOW. MUSIC, FOOD & DOOR
CARS FROM THE 60’S & 70’S. FOR MORE INFO GO TO
PRIZES. SWAP MEET. THE 5TH ANNUAL QUILT FESTIVAL
www.forgemucslecarshow.com OR CALL 865-380-NET
& THE NATIONAL BANANA PUDDING FESTIVAL WILL BE
GOING TOO. EVENT GOES ON RAIN OR SHINE. FOR
MORE INFO CALL 931-729-4576 OR GO TO
www.hickmancivitan.com CHECK THIS ONE OUT AS IT IS
A GEARHEAD GAZZETTE PICK EVENT!!!
OCT 2: MANCHESTER TN: 1ST ANNUAL MANCHESTER
POLICE DEPT “CRUISIN’ THE SQUARE” DOWNTOWN OCT 17: COLUMBIA TN: DIERKS BENTLEY MILES &
STYLE. 50/50 DRAWING & $500 CASH PRIZE MUSIC FOR KIDS. BENEFITS MONROE CARELL Jr.
GIVEAWAY. ALSO GOING ON WILL BE THE 1ST ANNUAL CHILDRENS HOSPITAL AT VANDERBILAT HOSPITAL.
MANCHESTER FIRE & RESCUE CHILI COOK OFF. FOR RIDE BEGINS AT COLUMIBA HARLEY DAVIDSON
MORE INFO CALL 931-808-5911 SUPERSTORE LOCATED AT I-65 AT EXIT 48AND ENDS
AT NASHVILLE’s RIVERFRONT PARK AT 1ST & BROADWAY.
OCT 2: GEORGETOWN TN: CAR SHOW FROM 9-3. BEING PERFROMING AT RIVERFRONT PARK WILL BE DIERKS
HELD IN MEADOWVIEW PARK LOCATED ON BENTLEY, MIRANDA LAMBERT, JERROD NEIMANN & 4-6
OOLTEWAH-GEORGETOWN RD. OVER 100 AWARDS PLUS MORE OF DIERKS FRIENDS!! FOR MORE INFO CALL 931-
SPECIAL AWARDS. 6FT CLUB AWARD. FOR MORE INFO 540-0099 OR GO TO www.dierks.com
OCT 17: SHELBYVILLE TN: CRUISE IN BEING HELD AT
OCT 3-10: MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST: 14TH ANNUAL 50’s & FIDDLES CAFÉ. LOCATED AT 203 DEPOT ST. 50/50
CRUISIN THE COAST EVENT . HELD ON MISSISSPPI’S DRAWING. CROWD FAVORITE TROPHY TO BE GIVEN
GULF COAST AT VARIOUS HOTELS AND LOCATION. GO OUT. DOOR PRIZE DRAWINGS. RUNS FROM 2-5PM AND
TO www.cruisinthecoast.com FOR ALL THE INFO OR CALL ITS FREE. FOOD, DRINKS & ICE CREAM AVAILABLE. FOR
888-808-1188. MORE INFO EMAIL TO firstname.lastname@example.org
OCT 7-10: CHARLESTON WV.: 5TH ANNUAL OCT 23: COLLEGE GROVE TN: THE HOT RODS &
CHARLESTON BOULEVARD ROD RUN & DOO WOP. BEING THREADS FULL SERVICE HOT ROD SHOP 5TH
HELD ALONG THE KANAWHA RIVER. DIFFERENT EVENTS ANNIVERSARY EVENT. THE SHOP WILL HOST AN OPEN
AT DIFFERENT LOCATIONS THROUGHOUT THE EVENT. HOUSE FROM. REFRESHMENTS WILL BE AVAILABLE.
SOME EVENTS ARE AT THE CASINOS IN THE AREA. THE SHOP WILL BE OPEN FOR YOU TO CHECK OUT THE
2009 SAW OVER 800 CARS IN ATTENDANCE. OPEN CURRENT BUILDS AND SEE SOME OF THE PAST
EVENT. DENNIS GAGE FROM MY CLASSIC CAR WILL BE PROJECTS TOO. BRING YOUR “TOO COOL RIDE” TO THE
THERE. LOTS TO SEE AND DO. FOR MORE INFO CALL EVENT AND YOU MAY PICK UP AN AWARD TOO. OPEN TO
304-348-0510 OR GO TO www.charlestonwvcarshow.com EVERYONE. IT’S HOT RODS & THREADS BIRTHDAY AND
WE WOULD LIKE YOU TO COME CELEBRATE WITH US.
OCT 8-10: TAMPA FL: NSRA SOUTHEAST STREET ROD EVENT TAKES PLACE AT 8739 HORTON HWY, FROM 9am –
NATIONALS Plus. BEING HELD THAT THE FLORIDA 2pm. FOR MORE INFO CALL 615-368-3000. CHECK THIS
STATE FAIRGROUNDS. OPEN TO ALL VEHICLES 1980 OR ONE OUT AS IT IS A GEARHEAD GAZZETTE PICK
EARLIER. FOR MORE INFO GO TO www.nsra-usa.com EVENT!!!
OCT 9-10: NASHVILLE TN: 36TH ANNUAL MUSIC CITY OCT 23: STARTS IN NASHVILLE TN: ANNUAL FALL
HALLOWEEN ROD RUN. HOSTED BY THE SHADETREE COLOR CRUISE HOSTED BY THE MIDNIGHT RODDERS.
STREET RODS. OPEN TO PRE-49 ONLY. EVENT TAKES THESE GUYS & GALS PUT ON A “KILLER” EVENT. NO
PLACE AT THE RADISSON HOTEL. NSRA SAFETY INSP ENTRY FEE. BRING YOUR CAMERA WITH AN EXTRA
AVAILABLE. FOR MORE INFO CALL 615-754-5956 OR GO MEMORY STICK. PACK A PICNIC LUNCH. BRING PLENTY
TO www.shadetreestreetrods.com OF SMILES!! FOR THE PAST 20 YEARS THIS HAS BEEN
AND WILL BE A FUN RUN. HAPPENS RAIN OR SHINE. IF
OCT 15-17: BOWLING GREEN KY: 3RD NOSTALGIA YOU ARE GOING YOU NEED TO BE IN THE BELLEVUE
NATIONALS PRESENTED BY GOODGUYS. OPEN TO REGAL THEATRE PARKING LOT BESIDES SHONEYS AT
ENTRIES UP TO 1972. CHECK OUT ALL THE COOL RIDES 8AM. “THE TRAIN” PULLS OUT SHARPLY AT 9AM.
AND TAKE IN VINTAGE DRAG RACING, A SWAP MEET WHERE’S THE RUN GOING? YOU HAVE TO SHOW UP TO
AND THE VENDORS ON THE MIDWAY. BEING HELD TAKE THE DRIVE AND FIND OUT WHAT THE END
AGAIN AT THE ALWAYS COOL BEECH BEND RACEWAY. DESTINATION IS. THIS EVENT IS OPEN TO ALL STREET
FOR MORE INFO GO TO www.good-guys.com OR CALL 925- RODS, MUSCLE CARS, CUSTOMS, CLASSICS AND MORE.
838-9876 CHECK THIS ONE OUT AS IT IS A NEED MORE INFO? SEND AN EMAIL TO
GEARHEAD GAZZETTE PICK EVENT!!! email@example.com CHECK THIS ONE OUT AS
IT IS A GEARHEAD GAZZETTE PICK EVENT!!!
OCT 16: FRANKLIN TN: 21ST ANNUAL ANTIQUE &
CLASSIC CAR SHOW. HOSTED BY THE BATTLEFIELD OCT 23: MURFREESBORO TN: 5TH ANNUAL “HARVEST
REGION AACA. BEING HELD AT THE COOL SPRINGS DAY CRUISE-IN”. HOSTED BY THE STONES RIVER
GALLERIA LOCATED NEXT TO THE SEARS AUTOMOTIVE REGION AACA. EVENT IS BEING HELD AT
AREA. 34 JUDGED CLASSES. OPEN TO ALL ENTRIES. CANNONSBURGH VILLAGE. BEST OF SHOW TROPHY
FOOD & REFRESHMENTS AVAILABLE, PLUS ALL THE AND DIRECTORS PICK TROPHY TO BE GIVEN OUT.
SHOPPING YOU WANT AT THE MALL. FOR MORE INFO GAMES & PRIZES. 50/50 DRAWING. FREE ADMISSION
CALL 615-790-9653 OR GO TO www.battlefieldaaca.com BUT ASKING PARTICIPANTS TO BRING CANNED GOODS
CHECK THIS ONE OUT AS IT IS A GEARHEAD FOR DONTAION TO HELP RESTOCK WEST MAIN
GAZZETTE PICK EVENT!!! MISSION. MUSIC, CRAFTS, VENDORS AND MORE AS
PART OF THE HARVEST DAY ACTIVITIES. AWARDS WILL
OCT 17: LEBANON TN: MID-TENN REGION BE GIVEN OUT AT 3:00PM FOR MORE INFO CALL 615-
OKTOBERFEST CAR SHOW. HOSTED BY THE MID-TENN 893-6286 OR EMAIL TO firstname.lastname@example.org
CHAPTER OF THE AACA AND BEING HELD AT THE
WILSON BANK ON MAIN ST. FOR MORE INFO GO TO
OCT 24: LEWISBURG TN: ON THE RUN EXXON CRUISE NOV 6-7: FRANKLIN TN: KRIS KRINGLE
IN. RUNS FROM 1-4PM. DOOR PRIZES, $50 GAS CARD, INVITATIONAL CAR SHOW. 2010 FEATURE CARS &
$25 GAS CARD, SOUNDS BASEBALL TICKETS, PIZZA, TRUCKS ARE “THE MOPARS”. EVENT IS HELD AT THE
BENGAL TRADER CARD AND MANY OTHER GIFTS AND WILLIAMSON COUNTY AgExpo CENTER LOCATED RIGHT
GIVEAWAYS FROM BUDWIESER, MILLER, FRITO LAY, OFF I-65 AT EXIT 61.IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN BEING
GOLDENFLAKE, SUNDROP, COCA-COLA, PEPSI & LITTLE CONSIDERED TO BE HAVE YOUR CAR IN THE SHOW,
DEBBIE. LUNCH SPECIALS, HOT DOGS, PIZZA, ETC. CONTACT TOM AKERS AT email@example.com
MUST BE PRESENT TO WIN DOOR PRIZES. TRICK OR AND SEND PICTURES. IF YOU WANT, YOU CAN TAKE
TREAT FOR THE KIDS. THIS WILL BE THE LAST ONE YOUR VEHICLE TO THE SEPTEMBER OR OCTOBER
FOR THIS YEAR. DON’T MISS IT. FOR MORE INFO BELLEVUE CRUISERS CRUISE NITE AND HAVE TOM TAKE
CALL 931-270-7600 A LOOK AT IT IN PERSON TOO. THERE ARE ONLY SO
MANY PLACES AVAILABLE AND THEY FILL UP FAST SO
OCT 24: LEBANON TN: FLAT TRACK RACING RETURNS DON’T DELAY!! CHECK THIS ONE OUT AS IT IS A
TO MIDDLE TN. VINTAGE SHORT TRACK MOTORCYCLE GEARHEAD GAZZETTE PICK EVENT!!!
RACING. ANTIQUE MOTORCYCLE SHOW & A SWAP
MEET. BEING HELD AT THE JAMES WARD AG NOV 8-13: PANAMA CITY FL: 6TH ANNUAL EMERALD
FAIRGROUNDS. FOR MORE INFO CALL 615-896-2708 OR COAST CRUIZIN’. STREET RODS, MUSCLECARS,
GO TO www.bothbarrelpromotions.com CLASSICS & SWAP MEET. EVENT IS HELD AT THE FRANK
BROWN PARK. THERE ARE HOTEL DEALS AND
OCT 29-31: CHARLOTTE NC: 17TH ANNUAL CAMPGROUND DEALS TOO. THIS SHOW DRAWS
SOUTHEASTERN NATIONALS PRESENTED BY THOUSANDS OF ENTRIES EACH YEAR. FOR MORE INFO
GOODGUYS. HELD AT THE LOWES MOTOR SPEEDWAY. GO TO www.emeraldcoastcruizin.com OR CALL 662-587-
OPEN TO ALL ENTRIES UP TO 1972. AUOTCROSS, SWAP 9572. CHECK THIS ONE OUT AS IT IS A GEARHEAD
MEET, TRACK CRUISE & MORE!! FOR MORE INFO GO TO GAZZETTE PICK EVENT!!!
www.good-guys.com OR CALL 925-838-9876
OCT 30: NASHVILLE TN: Spooks and Spokes Car Show at NOV 14: SHELBYVILLE TN: CELEBRATION CITY
Bicentennial Mall State Park in Nashville, TN.
REGION – AACA ANNUAL INDOOR SWAP MEET. Being
held at the Calsonic Arena. AUTO RELATED – PARTS,
NOVEMBER 2010: ACCESSORIES, TOOLS, LITERATURE, TOYS &
SERVICE STATION MEMORIBILA. 8am-4pm, 10x20
NOV 4-6: BOWLING GREEN KY: VET’S & VETTE’S. Join
spaces $30, outdoor corral $15, vendor. Set up on the
us for an event that remembers those who protect our
13th 10am-4pm, free parking and concessions
freedoms. Enjoy road tours to Fort Knox, the Patton
Museum, Maker's Mark, Chaney's Dairy Barn and Barren
available. FOR MORE INFO CALL 931-684-9379 OR
River Lake, participate in the Bowling Green Veteran's Day GO TO www.celebrationcitycarclub.com .
Parade, autocross, drag racing, scavenger hunts, poker runs
and more! No Corvette required. FOR MORE INFO CALL NOV 20-21: NASHVILLE TN: Music City Bike, Car
800-538-3883 OR GO TO www.corvettemuseum.org and High Performance Boat Show. Being held at the
Tennessee State Fairgrounds. On the 20th..10am-
8pm.and on the 21st 10am-5pm. Vendors, bikes all,
classics, car show, pro street, hot rods, trucks, sports
cars, muscle cars and high performance boats, show-
cats, off shore, drag,hydro..admission for more info
email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 615-519-0576.
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FOR SALE: 1950 Dodge Truck. Can be seen in Christiana TN. Asking $12,000. Call Jerry at 615-289-2158 for more info. (9/10)
FOR SALE: 1969 Plymouth Valiant. Car reads 32,700 miles, probably 132,700. Runs solid, don't know if the 318 was ever
rebuilt or if the carb was, but it doesn't burn any oil or smoke at all. All original clean interior, only one rip in the center armrest
and some on the dash. The paint is about 80% original with very little rust at all. Needs some finishing on the body to look
complete. Has complete trim on the body. I have quite a few goodies from 1969 including the original broadcast sheet, original
window sticker, original dealer invoice, airtemp brochure, Goodyear brochure and warranty booklet with the original owners’
info. The only original memorabilia missing is the owner’s manual, all else is there. The a/c does work and was converted to
134r by the guy I bought it from since he does a/c work. Very straight and clean mostly original car that just needs some
finishing. Does run and drive fine around town. It is the 318 with a carter two barrel and more than likely is numbers matching. I
put a fuel pump and filter on the car, and replaced a busted trans cooler line. I have done some tinkering on the car, I just don't
have the time or the money to invest in fixing this cruiser up like she deserves. She needs a good home. I'm asking $1,200 or
For any info or to talk to Andy, call him at 256-975-9564. You can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org . (9/10)
FOR SALE: 1964 PONTIAC. 389ci WITH 2 SPD AUTO TRANS. NEW TIRES, SHOCKS AND WEATHER
STRIPPING(DOORS & TRUNK), 2 BBL CARB, RADIATOR, PAINT, PLUGS & WIRES. CAR WAS BUILT ON 11/22/1963.
ASKING $10,000.00. FOR MORE INFO OR TO TAKE A TEST DRIVE EMAIL TO: REDWARDS@REALTRAC.COM (10/10)
WANTED: Looking for a 1928 or 1929 Ford Model A Truck Cab & Frame. Cab does not have to be perfect shape. Frame does
not need to have stock style suspension on it. If you have something please call 615-300-2003. Please leave message if no
WANTED: Working on a movie that is shooting in Nashville. Looking for a truck(sorry no red ones) from 1965 to 1980 to rent. If
you have one please contact Linzi Croy at email@example.com or call at 931-212-6354. (10/10)
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SEND THE PICTURES AND INFO ON YOUR RIDE OR YOUR FRIENDS RIDE AND WE’LL SHOW IT OFF RIGHT HERE!!
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Check this out Gearheads!! What a cool Ride!! Wonder who is building it?? Well you’ll
have to go to Australia to check this one out in person. I ran across this cool magazine’s
website and checked it out. You may want to too! The Magazine is called FUEL
MAGAZINE. Check out www.fuelzine.com for more cool stuff like this going on “down
under mate” Here’s a little more info on this car:
It has a 1939 V12 Flathead with finned alloy heads and triple 97's. coupled up to a 4
speed top loader with Jeep shifter. 4th gear is overdrive. It has a dutchman quick
change rear end with 4.11 gears, transverse springs front and rear with friction shocks
on the rear and lever arm shocks on the front. Nose cone, side skirts and jewelery are
all hand formed along with the dashboard and center consol. This metal work was hand
formed by Tom and Steven Peach, Melbourne Australia. Headlight buckets and taillight
buckets are 1937 and 1939 Chev respectively. It has a stock 34 bonnet.
Head over to www.hotrodthreads.com and check out the NEW &
improved website. It’s still got some dust flying around as its still being finished up,
but its easier to get around and there are updated pictures of the project cars. Enjoy.
Here’s some more cool pictures compliments of Butch Pate. Check out the nite time
boulevard shot from Pigeon Forge….Very Cool. Thanks Butch.
Here’s some of the cool cars that have stopped in at the HOT RODS & THREADS Shop
on Saturday Mornings for Free Coffee & Donuts and Bench Racin’.
o Gary Falls brought Brian “ Milk Carton” Baker “beater/patina special” Ford truck
out recently. That HUGE tank in the bed lets you go cruising a LONG LONG way
o Curt Gibbs latest HOT ROD is on the road for shakedown and tuning. A true
traditional “A-Bone” roadster. The “banger” just gives it some more cool
o The 36 Ford was headed to a show and stopped in to check things out.
_______________CAR CLUB’s LISTING’s________________
PONTIAC’s OF TENNESSEE MUSIC CITY MOPAR CLUB
ROBERT WOODSIDE - SECRETARY STAN HARDCASTLE – EVENTS DIRECTOR
2230 OAKLEAF DR. P.O. Box 2253
FRANKLIN TN 37064 Mt. Juliet Tn. 37121-2253
firstname.lastname@example.org www.musiccitymoparclub.com OR Hotshoe@Bellsouth.net
CORVETTES OF CLARKSVILLE MURFREESBORO HOT ROD CLUB
P.O. 20056 JOHN ORTWEIN
Clarksville TN 37042 MURFREESBORO TN
E-MAIL: email@example.com 615-995-8490
www.corvettesofclarksville.com E-MAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org
MIDDLE TENNESSEE Z (DATSUN/NISSAN) CLUB MIDDLE TENNESSEE VOLKSWAGON CLUB
RANDY SHEMIN c/o TERRY HIBBETT
E-MAIL: email@example.com E-MAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org
BATTLEFIELD REGION AACA CLUB Music City Scions
Contact: Don Babb Contact: Brian Sowders
615-790- 0403 615-495-4406
P.O. Box 681134 e-mail: email@example.com
Franklin TN 37068-1134 www.musiccityscions.com
Rinky Dink Cruisers Pulaski Area Car Club (PACE)
Contact: Ron Cooper Contact: Lee Kelly - President
615-585-4103 3070 Fall River Rd. Pulaski Tn. 38478
e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org 931-424-6559
Frank Ward: 615-895-4421 e-mail: email@example.com
e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org www.pacecarclub.com
Classic Camaro Club of Middle Tennessee MUSIC CITY ROCKETS OLDSMOBILE CLUB
Contact: Gary & Linda Neville 664 PEBBLE SPRINGS DR
931-388-3858 or 615-542-5834 FRANKLIN TN 37067
www.worldwidecamaro.com Brad Long- President
Mid-Tenn Region of the AACA MEMORY LANE CRUISERS OF CLARKSVILLE
Glenn Edwards 2866 PRINCE DRIVE
615-444-7315 CLARKSVILLE TN 37043
C4 CAR CLUB SCOOPS, STRIPES & SPOILERS
Billy Watson – President Carl Kuby or John Gleason
176 Thompson Dr. CARL KUBY OR JOHN GLEASON
Minor Hill Tn 38473 EMAIL: email@example.com
MIDNIGHT RODDERS Musik Stadt Region of the Porsche Club of Nashville
Marty Crain Paul Jones - VP
KY-TN REGION CADILLAC & LASALLE CLUB STONES RIVER REGION AACA CLUB
c/o Tom Tomilson Tom Murrah - President
2212 Springdale Dr. 615-509-0108
Franklin Tn. 37064 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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CNC MACHINING AND ENGRAVING 931-359-9877
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Franklin Tn. Spring Hill / Greater Nashville Area
Call Jane Falls at 615-599-1620 Call Coop at 615-300-3295
Nic’s Powder Coating SIGN-WORX
Murfreesboro Tn 3522 Central Pike - Suite 208
Call Nic at 615-207-8774 Hermitage Tn 37076
www.nicspowdercoating.com 615-403-4456 ask for Kip McCord
Pinstriping by Gator Tennessee Speed Sport
Pinstriping, Lettering, & Hot Rod Artwork Speed & Custom Parts since 1962
White House Tn. 709 Rivergate Parkway
615-415-2620 Goodlettsville Tn 37072
A & C Computer Repair TRINITY TINTING & GRAPHICS
Repairs/Up-Grades/ System Builds Window Tint, Graphics, Signs & Car Audio
Back-Up Data/Photo’s/ Etc. Chapel Hill Tn
House Calls Available 931-334-3028
Al – 931-486-1629 in Spring Hill TN
Curtis – 931-619-4800 in Columbia TN
Hey all you Hot Rodders, especially those who love the Detroit Hot Rodding Scene. Sad news to report.
Famed Detroit Area Customizer Larry Alexander of the "A" Brothers fame passed away on Aug 25th.
Attached here is some info on Larry Alexanders life and accomplishments. He will be missed!!
Larry Alexander, who with his brother Mike ran the famed Alexander Brothers car customizing shop in Detroit,
died Wednesday, Aug. 25. He was 79 years old.
The Alexander brothers created dozens of stylized and concept vehicles in the 1950s and '60s--for
automakers and private customers--that were featured at auto shows and on the covers of national magazines.
Among them was the Dodge Deora truck, which won the coveted Ridler Award at the 1967 Detroit Autorama--
one of three Ridlers won by Larry and Mike Alexander. The Deora was a model for one of the original Hot Wheels cars
released in 1968.
Other noted cars from the Alexander Brothers include:-- The Silver Sapphire, a 1932 Ford Coupe for Clarence
Catallo, which was pictured on the cover of "Little Deuce Coupe" by the Beach Boys.-- The Grasshopper, a 1931 Ford
Model A pickup.-- The Victorian, a 1955 Ford Crown Victoria for Sy Gregorich.-- The Venturian, a 1956 Chevrolet for
Bobby Massaron that won the brothers their first Ridler Award in 1965.-- The Alexa, a 1964 Ford Galaxie Fastback.--
Top Banana, a 1923 Ford Model T that won the brothers their third Ridler award in 1969.
The Alexander brothers learned their auto bodywork skills in trade school in the mid 1950s and began
working in their father's garage. The business grew quickly and in 1957 the duo opened the original Alexander
Brothers Custom Shop in Detroit, one of three locations the business would be based at during its history.
Larry Alexander left the business in 1968 to work as a metal model maker at Ford Motor Co.
The business closed in 1969 when the building on Schoolcraft Road in Detroit was razed to make way for
freeway expansion. Mike Alexander went to work for Heinz Prechter at American Sunroof.
Here are a few pictures of their outstanding workmanship over the years.
Larry Watson (July 21, 1938 - July 20, 2010) was a legendary custom painter and pinstriper. In 1955, at the age of 16 Larry
began his pinstriping career. His inspiration came from watching Von Dutch striping, while sitting on his bicycle outside of Barris
Kustoms in Lynwood. One day his friend Gary McNaught came by the house and asked if he would come along down to Barris
Kustoms and watch Von Dutch stripe a car. Von Dutch had moved his operation uptown working out of "The Crazy Arab's"
Competition Body Shop at 7201 West Beverly Boulevard in Los Angeles, so instead it was Dean Jeffries doing his first striping
for George Barris. The car he pinstriped was Johnny Zupan's 1949 Mercury. Larry stepped over the rope at Barris and asked
Jeff where he had bought his brushes. Jeff answered "What do you want to do? Put me out of business?" At the time it was only
Von Dutch and Dean Jeffries who applied what they called "Modern Striping." Larry answered that he just wanted to stripe his
own car, but Jeff still wouldn't tell him. Larry went to an art store and bought some brushes, and he went to Jackson Paint Store
and bought some copper paint. He spent the next two days striping his 1950 Chevrolet, the Grapevine. Once completed he
drove his newly pinstriped Chevy over to the Bellflower Clock Drive-In where everybody wanted to know how the hell he could
afford a Von Dutch artwork on his car. He told them he had done it himself. Nobody believed him, they even thought he had had
Von Dutch sign Larry's name on the striping. Harvey Budoff called the bluff and pulled into Larry's driveway with his car one day
after school. Larry finally found out where Von Dutch bought his brushes and paint. It was in a little store down on Compton
Boulevard, west of Long Beach Boulevard in Compton. Harvey Budoff's 1950 Ford was the first car Larry pinstriped for a
customer. After visiting the store he bought some German brushes and white 1-shot. He spent the whole day pinstriping the car.
He put an eyeball on a spoon with blood dripping out of the spoon in the back of the glove box. Larry didn't tell Harvey about the
artwork, but his girlfriend eventually found it. After that Larry was the hit of the drive-ins, and every time he got home from school
there would be three or four cars sitting in the driveway ready to be striped. Among the most notable cars being pinstriped in
Larry's driveway is Duane Steck's 1954 Chevrolet - The Moonglow.
Larry applied his first flame paint job on Buzzy's Ford. Von Dutch was doing crab-claw-style flames, so that's what Larry also did.
Walking back and forth to get the flames symmetrical, the paint job took 6 hours. After Buzzy cruised the Clock with his newly
painted Ford, other people also wanted Larry to lay flames on their cars. After painting a brand new 1956 Oldsmobile he laid in
bed thinking about what he could do in order to make the job go faster, he was tired of the 6 hours work it took. Laying in his bed
he hit upon the idea of using with tissue paper and a bright red china marker. That was it, after that it took only 2 hours. In 1956
Larry shot his first metallic paint job and his first scallop job. The first car he scalloped was Bob Schremp's 1954 Chevrolet. Bob
had Branson Auto Body in Artesia paint his car. During the job they put a run underneath the trunk and one on the hood, so he
turned to Larry and asked if he could cover the runs up.
Upon graduating from school in September 1957, Larry opened his first shop Watson's House of Style in north Long Beach,
California on Artesia Boulevard. Larry decided that he wanted to start a new trend: customizing with paint. In order to promote
his new trend, Larry bought a brand new 1958 Ford Thunderbird that he took to Barris Kustoms for some mild modifications. Bill
Hines and Bill DeCarr that worked at Barris Kustoms nosed and decked the car, shaved the handles and rounded the corners.
After that Larry painted the car with six coats of pearl over a fine metallic silver base. Larry didn't tint the pearl with transparent
mixing black toner that eliminated the cloudiness and he thought the car turned out too bright. Larry thought the bright look made
the car look way too large, so in order to fix it up, Larry taped the panel lines of the bird with 1-3/4 inch tape and shot candy
apple burgundy over it. With this paint job many think that Larry invented the Panel Paint Job. The Thunderbird was the first
car featuring a silver pearl and candy burgundy paint job, but before he painted panels on his own car he had already paneled
Zeno Stephens' 1955 Mercury. Zeno wanted something different, no scallops or flames, so Larry body paneled it. Larry painted
the car in Tahitian Red and striped it in gold. After painting the car Larry never saw it again, not in a magazine, or at a car show,
One day George Barris called Larry and asked if he could do some paneling on the Rod & Custom Dream Truck. Barris was just
starting to paint candies, and he'd shot candy lime over silver. There were a few mistakes, so he called Larry and asked if he
could cover them up with scallops in Candy Burgundy over silver metallic. In 1958, not long after painting the Rod & Custom
Dream Truck George called Larry again, and asked if he could take over the paint department while he, Dean Jeffries and Bill
Carr were going back east on a 2 month tour. When George called they were building a pizza parlor in front of Larry's shop, so
he said ok. When Dean Jeffries returned from his trip back east, Dean and Larry were kicking ass together, knocking out three or
four scallop and flame jobs a day, and pinstriping their asses off in between. After about 4 months he relocated back to his own
shop in Bellflower.
In 1960 Larry applied his first Metalflake job on Ron Aguirre's Corvette, the X-Sonic. The X-Sonic also featured Watson's first
fade paint job. As Aguirre kept modifying the car, Watson painted it six times. Between 1960 and 1966 Larry got tired of all the
masking and striping, and he started doing mostly straight candies with Metalflake or Pearl tops, or Pearl bottoms with matching
Candy tops. Larry was kicking ass working from 12 to 20 hours a day, 7 days a week. He had 5 or 6 helpers. At the peak in
1966, Larry sold the shop he had on Lakeward Boulevard in Paramount, and moved to Mexico in order to pursue an acting
career with his wife. While Larry was away, two other "Watson" custom paint shops sprung up, one in Downey, and one in
Burbank. When Larry returned to California in late 1966 he opened up a new shop on Artesia in Lakewood. Larry determined
that he had to get his name back on the show circuit, so he decided to do something completely new for the upcoming show at
the Los Angeles Sports Arena in April 1967. Larry was painting Doug Carney's 1963 Pontiac Grand Prix for the show, and
decided to do a lace paint job on the car. Ha had never tried the technique before, but Von Dutch had told him about a doily that
ha had on a bench in his shop. One day while cleaning up in the shop he had removed the doily, and a beautiful overspray
pattern had been left on the bench. Von Dutch dug the design and painted clear all over it. While wondering about what to do
with Doug's Pontiac, Larry remembered this story and decided to paint the whole side of the car using a lace pattern with Lucky
Lager Double X Pattern. Many believe that custom painter Joe Andersen invented the technique as he demonstrated it in the
Rod & Custom March 1968 issue, one year after Larry painted Doug's Pontiac. Larry's newly painted Pontiac made its debut at
the April 1967 show together with 53 other cars in the center arena of the car show, which was sponsored by the Tridents Car
Club. At the same show he also had over two dozen motorcycles upstairs. At that point he figured that he couldn't get any
further, and he decided to sell the shop and get out of the business. Watson left the custom car scene in favor for a blossoming
TV and movie acting career. He painted and striped numerous luxury or sports cars for actors, actresses, directors, producers,
or casting directors to gain entree. Between 1967 and 1985 Larry ended up in 141 different shows, such as MacGyver,
Columbo, and Mission Impossible.
In the late 1970s Larry Watson worked on a movie he wanted to produce called "The Paint Booth". Working for the movie he
visited car shows handing out flyers on cars he wanted to use in the movie. For the movie Larry was looking for racers, hot rods,
customs, and stocks 1956 or older. The backside of the flyer shows a print of Larry's business card. On that card he promotes
his business as "Watson's Custom Auto Painting", Since 1955. His shop was located at 5576 Melrose in Hollywood. On a later
business card he had changed the name to "Theatrical Auto Body", Complete Auto Painting Since 1969. The shop was still
located at 5576 Melrose Avenue in Hollywood.
Larry retired in Apple Valley, California, and spent much time creating his private museum loaded with pictures and artifacts from
his custom car and TV days. Since 2008 Larry Watson and Gene Winfield have been hosting a hot rod and custom car show at
Gene Winfield's shop in the Mojave desert. The first show, called Gene Winfield and Larry Watson Custom Car and Hot Rod
Gathering was held October 19, 2008.
July 20, 2010 Larry Watson died after a long struggle with brain cancer.
There have been countless studies done to prove it, but virtually everyone knows that spending quality time
with a kid is the greatest gift you can give them. And sharing your appreciation for collector cars is a great way to
nurture their interest in a hobby that you can enjoy together for many years to come.
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