We were impressed by how much material De Luca was able to pack into Volumes One and Two. The numerous and various segments always include action from traditionally steeped hot rod events, features on builders, a pinup gal profile, a vehicle feature or two, personality profiles, some tech projects (a well-done top chop on a shoebox Ford, this time, a job that surprisingly involves smokey burnouts, flares, and monsters on mini-bikes), and lots and lots of music (meaning full-speed hardcore contemporary rockabilly). With so much of that stuff out there, "MFS Vol 3" has expanded to two discs, lasting more than 2 1/2 hours.
This latest installment includes a profile on the legendary Alexander Brothers, an update on Mark Moriarty (who was profiled in Volume Two), a look at the cloned version of Ed Roth's Mysterion, and an interview with automotive artist Keith Weesner (who provided the cover art). Event coverage includes the Primer Nationals in Ventura, California, the Hot Rod Reunion nostalgia drags in Bakersfield, the muddy Jalopy Showdown in York, Pennsylvania, and the 2005 Detroit Autorama. De Luca edits the event footage at pedal-to-the-floor pace, keeping up with the tempo of the music, so it's not easy to soak in every single rod or custom as it spins past his camera lens. The point of the event segments is to capture the excitement of the overall atmosphere as much as to highlight individual cars.
Grab a copy of "Mad Fabricators Society Volume Three" wherever you bought Volumes One and Two, or go to www.madfabricators.com.
Roadmates Car Club Turns 50In 1956, two brothers in a small, one-car, dirt-floor garage in a back alley on the West Side of Toronto lit a hot rod fire that continues to burn today. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Roadmates Car Club of Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. Hot rodding was in its infancy in Canada when Derek (Duke) and Tony Brown, along with a few of their teenage friends, formed the Roadmates.
Today, the Roadmates continue to build award-winning cars and trucks, and still meet in the clubhouse they've shared since 1959. Ask him what has kept the club together for half a century, and Duke Brown (the first and only president) will tell you, "It's the camaraderie, friendship, and willingness to help others that continues to this day. Plus, it's the unbridled enthusiasm for hot rods and all things that go fast."
With some sponsorship help from Clarion Canada and Mothers Polish & Wax, the Roadmates are publishing a magazine profiling their history and membership. For more information, call (905) 277-1578.
Von Dutch Going Once...The Brucker Collection of kustom kulture items, including an extensive amount of Von Dutch art and memorabilia, was recently sold.
When the Brucker family opened MovieWorld: Cars of the Stars and Planes of Fame Museum in Southern California in 1970, they hired Ed "Big Daddy" Roth, and later Von Dutch, to design and build sets and paint signs. The museum closed in 1979, but the Bruckers kept their collection of cars as well as the largest private collection of artwork by Von Dutch, Roth, Robert Williams, Ed "Newt" Newton, Dave Mann, and other originators of what would eventually be known as "kustom kulture." In May, 500 pieces from that collection were auctioned at the Petersen Automotive Museum. In addition to original art, there were signs, tools, personal items, and assorted oddball stuff, all on display and all up for grabs. It was like the world's coolest museum had turned into the world's coolest store, and all you had to do to get something was place the highest bid.
You'll find more photos of items from the Brucker Collection auction at www.rodandcustommagazine.com.