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If you were at the 2006 Paso Robles West Coast Cruisin' Nationals chances are John Ricabona's flaked out Chevy caught your eye. It definitely caught ours. We approached John about shooting the Chevy, and a few months later we were able to capture these images in Antioch, CA. We were glad we did because a couple years later John sold the car to someone in the East Coast.
We hang a banner with John's Chevy at most Deadend Magazine booths and I can't count the number of times people ask about the car... Who ever has it now I hope they are enjoying it.
John is working on another custom Chevy (1950) and if it is anywhere near as nice as this one we'll be shooting it also.
Just months after we started Deadend Magazine, August 2004 to be exact, we got in touch with (then) up & coming model Sabina Kelley to shoot her with a chopped '54 Chevy. This would be our first time shooting with a model. Fast forward over 10 years later and chances are that you have heard of Sabina Kelley or at least seen her on tv, magazine covers, ads, billboards..... the list goes on. Let's just say Sabina has been busy.
Here are a few shots we got with our 35mm film camera (all we had back then) Just like Sabina we have been busy these last 10 years and are glad we have learned (and shot) a lot since then.
Thanks for taking a chance on us Sabina! We have more photos from this shoot somewhere we'll have to dig up.
On our first trip to Japan back in 2011 Toshi Shimizu (Deadend Magazine Japan) took us on a shop tour to visit some of the leading shops in Nagoya Japan (also known as Kustom City) Our first stop was Art's Body.
As soon as I walked up I was pleasantly surprised. The fellas at Art's Body had a shop full of traditional Hot Rods and Customs. I was expecting more wild and crazy cars that the Japanese had been getting known for, but that definitely wasn't the case.
I recently stumbled on this video and it reminded me of my first trip to Art's Body. I think you will be pleasantly surprised like I was
We had another busy and fun-filled weekend!
Visual Mechanics art exhibit at Somos Gallery kicked off the weekend. We were very please with the art on display and the people who came out to support.
Saturday we joined Rod Powell & family for his picnic at Royal Oaks Park.
Sunday we pedaled the streets of Salinas, CA for our 6th Burrito Bike Ride. It is always a very fun event!
This coming weekend is another busy one for Deadend Magazine. Things get started Friday night October 2, 2015 with the 8th installment of Visual Mechanics art exhibit at Somos Gallery in Oldtown Salinas, CA
Saturday October 3, 2015 we celebrate Rod Powell's birthday with a picnic at Royal Oaks Park in Prunedale, CA. Feel free to bring some goodies to throw on the grill we'll supply the charcoal.
Sunday October 4, 2015 we finish off the weekend with our 6th Burrito Bike Ride starting off at noon at Somos Gallery in Oldtown Salinas, CA. We'll cruise our beach cruisers a few miles before returning to Somos for some burritos & some great raffle prizes.
We hope to see you!
We started this weekend by meeting up with a few cars at Mission St. in San Francisco, CA to cruise to the King of the Streets event at Pier 70
Some of the bay area's nicest cars showed up to cruise down Mission to the pier.
Once at the pier the hopping action began. Many cars from all over (So Cal, Washington, Nevada...) hopped to be crowned "King of the Streets"
Since we were in San Francisco we decided to shoot Chuca's colorful Riviera (painted by TP Customs)
While we did our thing here on the West Coast our Japanese brothers shot and vended at the Sand Flats in Japan. Looks fun as hell!
We wrapped up our weekend shooting The Cruiser Shop's latest build "El Rum Runner"
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UVT Garage & Meyer Chassis present Ramble On
going down this Sunday September 27, 2015 41665 Eastman Dr. Murrieta, CA 92562
If you're in the So Cal area you should check it out!
Ten years ago we (Deadend Magazine) were still covering traditional American car events religiously. We would jump in my brothers Honda Civic or my Toyota Pick-Up (both had great gas mileage and I miss my Toyota a little) and drive down to Southern California almost as often as we do now.
We'd frequent the drag races in Pomona & Famoso. Our good friend Robert McDonald's dad Pat would race his Nova at many events (C/Gas in 2005) so we'd tag along for the weekend and hang out with his team in the pits. It was really fun. We'd get there early, watch them prepare the car, eat bar-b-que with them, roam around the pits snapping pictures and had someone to root for. Ever since Pat retired from drag racing going to the races hasn't been the same (Pat recently picked up another Nova that he is working, not to race though). The drag races are still fun, walking around the pits is still my favorite part... But when we had a team to hang out with, and root for it was really something. I do miss it. Maybe we need to hit the drags more often...
Here are a few shots from one of our many trips to the drags. The 2005 Nitro Nationals.
The Burrito Bike Ride is back!
Join us as we'll be cruising the streets of Salinas, CA once again Sunday October 4, 2015.
If you've never participated in the Burrito Bike Ride, we meet at Somos Gallery in Oldtown Salinas, CA at noon take off about 12:30pm for a 5 - 7 mile ride through the streets of Salinas.
We meet up again at Somos where we have burritos and a raffle. With some great raffle prizes donated by The Cruiser Shop, Boulevard Speed Shop, Cukui, Us Versus Them, Suavecito Pomade & Behind Bars Inc.
It's a great time for the whole family!