The Greaserama is one of the most interesting car shows of the year. Now, you aren’t going to see too many high-dollar show cars (although there are a few). Some of the things there are downright scary. But that’s actually what many of these owners are going for. This event oozes personality. Look for rust. Look for tattoos. But most of all, look for fun; because that’s the point of this show. This year, the event was moved from the old Boulevard Drive-In location to the Platte County Fairgrounds. Some people were concerned with that. But they didn’t need to be. I think this was the best Greaserama the Los Punk Rods Car Club has ever hosted.
Some of the big stars of the show were actually housed in one of the fairground buildings. Among them was Jack Walker’s Hirohata Mercury recreation. The original version of this “Kustom” ’51 was built by George and Sam Barris in 1952. When I first started looking at my dad’s old car magazines when I was a kid, I fell in love with this car. I will go as far as to say that I believe it is the single greatest customized car ever built. This clone is a local car from Belton. And it is beautiful. I could go to a car show that only had this car, and be perfectly happy.
Another one of my favorites is this ’58 Impala coupe. I think this is the quintessential customized ’58. From the pearl white paint, to the red-striped gold scallops, to the red tuck-and-roll vinyl, every detail is perfection. How should you modify the grille in one of these? Refer to this car. How do you set ’59 Cadillac taillights into one of these? Check it out. Tires and wheels? Lakes pipes? Louvers? Here you go. If you like authentic customs, you have to love this one.
I’m also a big fan of cars that were built “back in the day” and still survive today. Such is the case with this Model A hot rod. The owner built this car in 1963, and other than the recent addition of disc brakes, it remains unchanged to this day. It has everything you would expect. Things like three Strombergs on an Offy intake. State-of-the-art (for the time) Thunderbird wire wheels. ’32 radiator shell, nerf bars, and rear cut-down fenders. And the red and white upholstery carried from the interior into the rumble seat.
My dad’s favorite car wasn’t customized at all. It was this white-over-red ’62 Cadillac Sedan DeVille. Don’t let the “Sedan” part of the name confuse you. These were actually four-door hardtops. This particular example only showed about 22,000 miles on the odometer, and it looked very much like that was correct. I have never seen 50-year-old leather in such nice condition in my entire life. This car was an absolute time capsule. And Cadillac was on top of their game in the styling department in 1962. It’s not hard to see why dad chose this one.
This ’36 Ford was a real standout as well. It was a mild custom that would have been typical to the late 1940s, except it’s probably nicer than most of them were back then. It was all about stance, that hopped-up Flathead, and a luscious, Ferrari-like leather interior. I wasn’t sure about the hubcaps, but I think they’re rare, aftermarket Lyon caps that were made for customs like this. This was a slick car from one end to the other.
One thing I like about this show is that my truck actually fits in. By that I mean, not all of them are perfect, and that’s perfectly acceptable. If you look at this picture closely, you can see a big crowd of people across the road ahead of my truck. That’s because they’re all gathered around the “Farm Truck,” which is a well-known ’70 Chevy long bed that has been all over TV and the Internet. It used to be a sleeper, because it looks like a scruffy old farm truck, but it’ll do a quarter mile in about ten seconds. Of course it’s so well-known now, I don’t think you could call it a sleeper anymore.
I took so many pictures at the 2013 Greaserama, I decided to break up the slideshow into two albums. Check them out below, or click the following links for a better version.