Culver City George Barris Back To The Fifties Car Show 2009

Culver City/George Barris Back To The Fifties Car Show
Culver City/George Barris Back To The Fifties Car Show, Auto Show
Starts: 05/09/2009
Ends: 2009-05-09
Culver City, California
USA

Images© and story by Rick Feibusch, Contact Photographer For Information on Photos of this Event


Ol' Rick went over to the big Culver City & George Barris Show today. May 9th, 2008. I had planned to bring my '50 Plymouth coupe but woke up too late to get there in time. The show was different this year; less cars, more vendors, lots of spectators and a different mix of cars. There were a bunch of interchangeable muscle cars and Tri-5 Chevies, dropped in front with American Torque Thrust wheels and blackwalls. Stockers and mild customs were scarce but there was a whole side street of hot rod hearses. There were some really nice custom cars and last year's rat rods are sprouting fine paint jobs and are becoming more finished. While the general quality of the cars is improving, there is less whimsy and more uniformity to the styles. I, personally prefer stock-ish cars and my photos reflect this. Wild paint jobs and Metalflake is coming back to customs and the line has been blurred between low riders and custom cars.

The hillbilly Rock and '60s retro blues is just my taste and goes so well with these cars - and it was really good this year. I usually treat myself to a 1/24th scale model but this year, it all has gone crazy, models are now quite toy-like with the bodies not to correct scale and proportion, not to mention the incredibly oversize wheels. Saw Barris and Barry Maguire, the wax king but he was talking with actor Joe Montagne, who brought his tan 1948 Buick 4-dr fastback and they were in photo opp mode, so I was unable to say hi...........

Here are a few (photos) to give an idea of what I liked...
Rick Feibusch, Venice, California, 2009

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1929 Model A roadster Culver City-George Barris Back To The Fifties Car Show

1929 Model A roadster
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Rick Feibusch Photo 2009

This full fendered 1929 Model A roadster looked like to drove right off of one of my model shelves - I especially like the 15" wheels all around with the big and little tires, just like in the 1960s - Most increase the wheel size along with the tire size on back today - looks fine but loses that proper nostalgic look - this one was powered by a 289 Ford, A nice little powerplant that will fit under the hood, if desired.

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click here 1935 Chevy Culver City-George Barris Back To The Fifties Car Show

1935 Chevy stock but lowered
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Rick Feibusch Photo 2009

1935 Chevy but lowered by lo rider owner - doll appeared to be polishing the sidemount's hubcap

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 1939 International pickup Culver City-George Barris Back To The Fifties Car Show

1939 International pickup
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Rick Feibusch Photo 2009

This rare short bed, half ton,1939 International pickup was mid restoration - I love old trucks and this is certainly a rare one.

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click here 1950 Chrysler  Culver City-George Barris Back To The Fifties Car Show

1950 Chrysler
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Rick Feibusch Photo 2009

1950 Chrysler was fielded by a local Low Rider - restored with 3" lowering blocks in back

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1951 Chevy Pickup  Culver City-George Barris Back To The Fifties Car Show

1951 Chevy Pickup
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Rick Feibusch Photo 2009

A 1951 Chevy Pickup - stock and looked like new.

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1955 Metropolitan  Culver City-George Barris Back To The Fifties Car Show

1955 Nash Metropolitan
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Rick Feibusch Photo 2009

who can resist a restored 1955 Metropolitan in original coral/cream....

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1959 Rambler American  Culver City-George Barris Back To The Fifties Car Show

1959 Nash Rambler American
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click here 1960 Impala 4-dr Hardtop  Culver City-George Barris Back To The Fifties Car Show

1960 Impala 4-dr Hardtop
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Rick Feibusch Photo 2009

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1963 Falcon Sprint Culver City-George Barris Back To The Fifties Car Show

1963 Falcon Sprint
Culver City/George Barris Back To The Fifties Car Show, Culver City, California
Rick Feibusch Photo 2009

1963 Falcon Sprint that sported an idea that I did on an AMT model in 1963 - making the rear wheel arch the same as the front - Looked as good on a real car as it did on a model...

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1964 Falcon wagon Culver City-George Barris Back To The Fifties Car Show

1964 Falcon wagon
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Rick Feibusch Photo 2009

This stock-bodied 1964 Falcon wagon was powered by a GMC supercharged 351 that jutted through the hood like a drag car...

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1968 Toyota Land Cruiser pickup Culver City-George Barris Back To The Fifties Car Show

1968 Toyota Land Cruiser pickup
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Rick Feibusch Photo 2009

a 1968 Toyota Land Cruiser pickup in red and in front of the Fire House!

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1971 Triumph Stag Racer Culver City-George Barris Back To The Fifties Car Show

1971 Triumph Stag Racer
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Rick Feibusch Photo 2009

A 1971 Triumph Stag Racer - Tres cool!!!

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1971 Triumph Stag Racer Culver City-George Barris Back To The Fifties Car Show

1971 Triumph Stag Racer
Culver City/George Barris Back To The Fifties Car Show, Culver City, California
Rick Feibusch Photo 2009

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Fiat 500 Culver City-George Barris Back To The Fifties Car Show

Fiat 500
Culver City/George Barris Back To The Fifties Car Show, Culver City, California
Rick Feibusch Photo 2009

The local Italian restaurant had Fiat 500 on display outside.....

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highboy 1932 Ford roadster pickup Culver City-George Barris Back To The Fifties Car Show

highboy 1932 Ford roadster pickup
Culver City/George Barris Back To The Fifties Car Show, Culver City, California
Rick Feibusch Photo 2009

beautiful "highboy" '32 Ford roadster pickup looked just like it rolled off the pages of a 1961 Hot Rod Magazine cover.

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Porsche small block Chevy engine Culver City-George Barris Back To The Fifties Car Show

Porsche small block Chevy engine
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Rick Feibusch Photo 2009

A Porsche with a small block Chevy engine

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