Sunday, November 27, 2016

The “Bootlegger” truck
photo by the author
This 1941 Dodge Power Wagon, called “Bootlegger” which debuted at the 2016 SEMA (Specialty Equipment Market Association) Show was built entirely by Daystar Products International employees. The truck is powered by a 720-horsepower LS3 416-cubic-inch Edelbrock E-Force supercharged crate engine.
photo by the author
In addition to the obvious extensive use of copper, the show quality custom manufactured wooden bed was provided by Bed Wood and Parts LLC. 
Photo by the author
The product promoted by the “Bootleger” is the “Cam Can” according to Daystar, when there no room inside the vehicle for  extra fuel, water, tow strap or emergency kit,  the "Cam Can" is the answer.  The "Cam Can" fits securely; the user simply slides the "Cam Can" on the mounting plate and gives it a twist to lock it down on the patented cams.  "Cam Cans" are available for liquid (water or fuel) or dry storage and comes in several colors.
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Sunday, November 13, 2016


One of the most popular cars among hot rodders is the 1955 Chevrolet and no body style is more prized than the two-door Nomad station wagon. The Nomad was the production version of a concept car introduced at the 1954 General Motors “Motorama.”  Just over 8000 1955 Nomads were produced and the author found two striking custom versions at the 2016 SEMA (Specialty Equipment Market Association) show in Las Vegas.  

The first Nomad displayed in the Spectre Performance booth is known as “Gone Mad” was built by the Classic Car Studio Speed Shop from St Louis Missouri. The colors are Krazy Kiwi with Truffle Butter Gold from the BASF Glasurit® paint system. Author photo.
 The engine built by Shafiroff Racing Engines from a World aluminum block produces 625 horsepower and 638 ft/lbs of torque. Author photo.
 The interior features Relicate Custom leather over PROCAR seats by Scat Enterprises and an American Retro steering wheel. Photo supplied by Classic Car Studio Speed Shop.
The one-piece woodgrain headliner is amazing. Photo supplied by Classic Car Studio Speed Shop.
The second custom 1955 Chevrolet Nomad on display in the AzkoNobel booth was built by Kindig It Designs, the Salt Lake City Utah based custom shop led by Dave Kindig, who stars in the Velocity network show “Bitchin’ Rides.” Author photo.
Notice that the Nomad which debuted at SEMA 2016 has the typical Kindig attention to details with patented custom smoothed ‘spoon style’ door handles and the bumpers pulled in tight to the body. Author photo.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Veterans Day Salute

To all veterans - Thank you for your service! 
On Veterans Day, to honor all those served in the United States Armed Forces it is fitting to share photographs from the PPG’s booth at the 50th annual SEMA (Specialty Equipment Market Association) Show  as this year’s exhibit was entitled “A Salute to Color,” and featured a patriotic World War II canteen theme.

PPG’s 2016 SEMA exhibit honored and helped to raise funds for the Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) founded in 1946 by a group of wounded World War II soldiers with spinal cord injuries. The Paralyzed Veterans of America group is dedicated to providing veterans and people with disabilities, and their families, with everything they need to live full and productive lives. You can donate at

The centerpiece of the exhibit was the gigantic America’s Most Beautiful Roadster (AMBR) trophy from the Grand National Roadster Show.

The AMBR trophy loomed over the 2016 winner, the 1932 Ford traditional style ‘highboy’ roadster built and owned by Darryl Hollenbeck. While it was his first win as a car owner, 2016 marked the third time that Hollenbeck from Concord California painted an AMBR award winner.  

The color of the 1932 Ford is a custom mix called “Rotten Avocado Green” of PPG ENVIROBASE High Performance waterborne paint topped with single stage DCC9300 Acrylic urethane.

Nathan Curry of Curry’s Hot Rods Inc. in Nixa Missouri built this tribute “bagger” style custom motorcycle owned by Josh Davis which made its show debut

Joe Ballard’s Veteran Tribute Big Dog "chopper" motorcycle was built by Howard Rosen and airbrushed by Chris MacMahan of Aerografix Airbrush and Pinstriping in Elyria, Ohio.

In addition to the beautiful vehicles wearing PPG paint, there were numerous incredibly detail pieces of artwork throughout the exhibit.

Through leadership in innovation, sustainability and color, PPG helps customers in industrial, transportation, consumer products, and construction markets and aftermarkets to enhance more surfaces in more ways than does any other company. Founded in 1883, PPG with global headquarters in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania operates in nearly 70 countries around the world. For more information, visit
The author wishes to thank Cynthia Schauer at PPG for her assistance with this article. All photographs by the author

Thanks to the generosity of Joe Ballard, we can offer these additional bonus photographs of Joe's Veteran Tribute Big Dog "chopper" motorcycle

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Joe Ballard with his bike