It's good to see that customs are not dead-quite the contrary it seems.
If you know me, you know how much I love customs (or "kustoms" depending on who you ask) ... always have, always will. There just seems to be more ability to express one's personal preferences with a custom as opposed to a hot rod, and thus, with the exception of a clone or copy, each custom is unique, which is something I've always been drawn to.
It takes a lot of commitment-and even more investment and time-to build a custom car these days, and that's probably another key factor that separates the hot rodders from the custom enthusiasts. In today's economy, it's hard enough for the average person to even consider owning just a basic hot rod, so I give the dedicated custom builders/owners a lot of credit for carrying the torch, as it were. You know who you are-just keep up the good work!
It goes without saying that any time there's a show or even a full event devoted solely to customs, well, I'm all for it. The recent Long Beach Motorama that featured the Showcase of Kustoms is a perfect example. Nowhere in recent history do I recall an indoor show that had on display over 100 custom cars-new and old-in such an impressive manner. I'm a bit young to recall, but according to many of those who were at the early Renegade Motoramas that inspired this show in the first place, it was just like taking a step back in time. That's not easy to do these days. (We'll have full coverage of the Showcase of Kustoms in next month's issue.)
To further my custom car appetite, there's yet another event on the horizon (actually an event within an event): "The History of the Custom-Then and Now", which will take place at the 2011 Grand National Roadster Show. Similar to last year's vintage race car exhibit (and staged in the same building), this feature attraction is claiming it will have "75 of the most historically significant customs in the world." If you want to find me at the upcoming GNRS, that's where I'll be!
It's good to see that customs are not dead-quite the contrary it seems. Let's just hope the world around us, those with no clue how important it is for us to not lose focus of the past, will allow us to keep on preserving.