Winfield Watson Custom Hot Rod Car Show
Published On: 11-09-2011 07:07pm
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This weekend I had the honor of participating as a vendor in the annual Winfield and Watson Rod & Custom Car Show. This was my first time ever attending such an event, and I now have a new respect for the love and work that goes into these beautiful classics.
Hot rods gleaming in the desert sun, guys and gals in rockabilly style and pompadours, music from a live band...it was too cool for school. One vendor next to me had been invited to the show personally by Gene Winfield, and drove seven hours to get there. His name was Mike Bazzani, and he runs an upholstery shop for car interiors. Mike uses the scrap materials to create beautiful custom handbags and purses which you can find here BazzanisBitchinBags. His handsome son was rockin' a killer pompadour, and posed for a photo. Meet Robbie, a.k.a. 'Bravo.'
This gorgeous purple machine is the "Traildragger." It's a '41 Ford that was originally built for Jim Burns Jr. by Gene Winfield. It was turned into a hardtop using convertible doors. In 1998 it was made into a Hot Wheels car. The current owner is Harold E. Ehle of Battle Creek, MI.
A '54 Cheverolet Bellair Hardtop restored by Norman Gonzales. It was featured on an episode of 'My Classic Car-Hawaii.'
A '49 Chevy Fleetline:
There were also highlights without wheels. Dreamy, nostalgic paintings:
The other booth beside me was a talented pinstriper and his fiancee', from Simi Valley. The man could paint anything, and with skill. He makes signs, slogans, you name it-and without stencils:
This was the 3rd annual Gene Winfield car show, and I hope to see many more. It was all about a love for classics, the Amercan dream, and the beautiful fruits of hard work. Even if you've never been into cars, this is something everyone should enjoy at least once.