All for the Love of Street Rods & Classic Cars

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The one common denominator that the owners of these three gorgeous classic custom cars have is: they both belong to the Multnomah Hot Rod Council and they both have a love for street rods and classic custom cars, trucks and bikes.

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The 1965 CORVETTE STING RAY is an all original matching numbers car.  For power, it has a 327 CI L79 350 HP / Muncie close ratio 4 speed tranny / 353 Posi-traction rear w/heavy duty sway bars front & rear / power steering / power antenna / factory hardtop / telescoping steering column / leather seats / teak wood steering wheel.  The proud owner, Mike Itel from Scappoose, Oregon would like to recognize Paul & Mickey at Gray’s Automotive for their balancing and blueprinting, Steve Heuer Customs, for the fantastic red finish, plus several other additions to the rebuild, the chrome work by Cruisin’ Classics and the interior by Jerry’s Auto Upholstery.

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THE 1971 CORVETTE, “Autumn Leaves,” will be appearing at the 60th anniversary of the Portland Roadster Show.  You will have an opportunity to come and see this fantastic work of creative artistic automobile transformation in person at the show and check out all the specs on this ’71 work of art, from proud owner and Corvette lover Mr. Mike Itel. This car will “leave” you spellbound.

Mike is a true Oregonian country boy, born and raised on a farm down around Woodburn. He attended Portland Community College and then on to Portland State University studying Civil Engineering.  Mike worked for the Port of Portland for 40 years and is now enjoying a well-earned retirement.  He joined the MHRC in 1973 as a member of the Columbia Corvette Club. For the past five years Mike has held the office of president of the Multnomah Hot Rod Council. He is also an active member of the Northwest Corvette Association, The Road Knights and the Pharaohs Street Rodders car clubs.  Mike and his wife Anne have made their home in the Scappoose area for the past twenty years and their daughter is a student at OSU.

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THE 1955 CHEVY OLD SCHOOL RESTO-MOD 150 Center Post / She’s Running a ZZ3 350 ci 375 hp for power, turbo 400 tranny, Nova rear-end w/Camaro clip.  It’s been de-chromed and features a shaved nose and rear-deck with a Nomad rear bumper. 18” front and 20” rear tires with Coys rims, make this flawless all black-beauty second to none in its class.  David Jothen is the proud owner and builder of this delicious ’55 Chevy that is a rolling dedication to his father Jack, from whom he drew his inspiration. David is the immediate past president of the Pharaohs Street Rodders and has been a member of the MHRC since 1979, as a member of the Trans Am Club of Oregon, the Inimini Truckers Club, the NW Lowriders and now the Pharaohs.  David has been the official photographer for the Portland Roadster Show for the past four years.  He has also been the co-producer of the show for the past two years. David and his wife Diane and their two loyal pets Loki & Winnie live in the Damascus area.  David attended Mt Hood CC and the U of O, receiving degrees in Media/Communications.  He is also a licensed commercial and residential realtor and recently earned his insurance broker license, specializing in classic and collector cars.

Yes the tradition continues at the 60th anniversary of the Portland Roadster Show, held at the Portland Expo Center come March 18th, 19th & 20th.   Another thing these three unique and gorgeous classic cars have in common: they are all scheduled to be in the show where the cars are always the stars at The Portland Roadster Show.

We at R&R NW Publication are honored and pleased to recognize the scores of volunteer individuals that are active members of the MHRC and are dedicated to making the Portland Roadster Show one of the premier street rod and classic custom car, truck and bike shows in the whole country.

Feature Car of the Month

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This gorgeous ’37 Ford Cabriolet Convertible is more than ready to participate in the upcoming 60th Portland Roadster Show with winning style.

She features more bells and whistles on her than most brand new vehicles of today. She is the property of Mr. Jack Lindquist, from the Oak Grove area of Portland and we’re proud to make this our R&R NW featured car of the month.

This beautiful Fire Pearl Red colored rod features a 425 hp, 383 V-8 for power, a 700R4 w/electric adjustable lock up tranny and a 9” rear w/370 Posi-Trac mono-leaf spring. She has 4-wheel disc brakes with polished Willwood calipers, Mustang rack and pinion, power steering, power windows, power doors and trunk with 6-way power seats. Tilt wheel, Vintage Air with front runner serpentine system, Kenwood C/D player, Classic Instrument “wing” gauges, and Flow Master creating that awesome sound. She sports a delicious Ultra Tan all-leather interior and chrome billet wheels with TA rubber on all four corners. The flawless Gibbons body with a two inch chopped top covered in show class fabric makes this ride come alive and guaranteed to get a lot of thumbs up and happy smiles as you fly down the byway.

Jack attended Oregon City High back in the fifties and was a member of OCH winning football team. Graduating in 1960, he went on to running and then owning the well-known Chevron gas station at the top of the hill in OC back when gas was selling for 21 cents per gallon.
It didn’t take him long to realize there probably wasn’t a strong future in pumping gas, so he jumped at a chance and got into the grocery business. Thirty plus years later he retired from United Grocers right here in Portland. He is enjoying his retirement and about five years ago he purchased himself a little gift in the form of this freshly built fantastic 1937 Ford Cabriolet Convertible. He loves everything about this super rod and she’s won her share of trophies in the past few years.

Did I mention that Jack is one of the founding members of the “Silver Cruisers” car club here in Portland?  I’m not sure where they came up with that handle for a new car club but I think one of the prerequisites had something to do with older hair styles.

Jack now has his eyes on another ride out there in dream land, so it’s time to look for a new owner for the ’37. If you’re interested you can see her in person at Affordable Classics —located at 19895 SE McLoughlin Blvd. in Gladstone. The individual who jumps on the chance to own this ride, for a fraction of what all the parts cost, plus the build time to put it all together, is going to be one lucky person.

We hope to see you and your beautiful, creative, automobile work of artistic wonder at the Portland Roadster Show come March 18-20, 2016 at the Portland Expo.

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All for the Love of Classic Cars & Chopper Bikes

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The story, as remembered by one tall lanky dude with the name of Del, who hits the measuring tape at
6’ 8 ½”, recalls about 29 years ago this lovely young lady by the name of Grace happened to be in the right place at the right time, and he was lucky enough to be at the same place at the same time. The day he met her, his life started all over again. She was truly his special grace gift from heaven. At 5’ 9 ¾” the two of them became a tall hit where ever they went. In addition, she loves classic custom cars and chopper bikes.

By the time Grace and Del got to be introduced as a couple Grace had already graduated with honors from Portland State University with a degree in accounting, and a master’s in business. Good old Del had nailed up his shingle down on McLoughlin Blvd., introducing the world to Colton’s Auto Body. He has kept his nose to the grind stone and has produced some memorable rides in the past 30 years, and he has more than earned the new title of Colton’s Custom Rods. Del will be the first to admit his life really all came together the day the Lord introduced him to Grace. She has brought more to the marriage of two people than just standing eye-to-eye with her husband. She has brought her well-learned knowledge of accounting and business management to assist Del in his love of street rods and classic custom cars. Together they have developed a working partnership of trust and loyalty to their church, their customers, their community and their many friends. Del and Grace Colton are truly a beautiful 28 year build time of life in progress.

We at R&R NW Publication would like to thank both of you for sharing your story with us and our thousands of readers throughout the Pacific Northwest and beyond. “All for the Love of Classic Custom Cars and Chopper Bikes.”

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1967 CHEVELLE Super Sport 2DR HT

For power she sports a Merlin 540 ci w/Canfield heads plus nitro injection, Turbo 400 tranny,  and a fantastic interior by D.L. Peters complete with roll bar.  She features a custom striped and vented hood that really makes this ride stand out in the crowd. The super tires and wheels finish off the look in style. She’s won her share of trophies all over the Pacific Northwest and beyond.
A fella by the name Steve Oviatt witnessed this fantastic automobile creative work of art at the Roadster Show last year, and he just had to have it. Under new ownership she’s still winning trophies, and a real crowd pleaser whereever she’s shown. Build time 2 ½  years.

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1964 CADILLAC COUPE DeVILLE Convertible

429 ci Cad for power,  Turbo 400 auto transmission and stock rear-end. The stance on this low and long (19’6 1/2 “) and sweet delicious creation is from Air Ride Technology by Ridetech, the gorgeous rich black leather interior and the fantastic black cloth top was stitched by D.L. Peters Upholstery.  The unbelievable deep pearlized paint makes this Cad Convertible come alive and the True Spoke Kelsey Hayes wire wheels and the w/w tires on all four corners finish this ride with class. Look forward to seeing this brand new  Colton’s Custom built rod creation at the 60th Portland Roadster Show on March 18/20, 2016 at the Portland Expo Center. Build time 1 year.

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2014 FORD RAPTOR F150 ½ Ton PU

Daily driver. For power a 6.2 L 405 h/p  w / 6 speed Auto trans and 4 WD.  This limited edition Ford features the custom all leather interior package with all the bells and whistles you can put on a parts truck for the office.  The candy maroon red color with black accented trim on that crew cab looks inviting for any two six and seven foot caretaker owners.

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2009 CHEV Z06 CORVETTE

Sporting a LS7 662 h/p dialed in up to 800 plus h/p. Featuring a carbon fiber wrapped custom top and front air foil, custom one off laser vented hood, a gorgeous Corvette Red finish on the body with a black-on-black rear spoiler.  She’s running D-2 forged 20” wheels on all four corners and this baby can get up and turn some numbers.  She’s won her share of trophies and it’s a true Colton Custom Rod as she is detailed spotless inside and out to perfection. Always a refined work in progress.

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2007 BIG BEAR CHOPPER

S&S 124 ci for power creates 124 h/p to the rear axle featuring Super Ride rubber 300mm wide  on the rear and 80mm up front giving this long (9’ 6”) and low chopper its on the ground stance.  The Rattlesnake Chopper color is highlighted with flamed out striping and graphics by world class pinstriper Mitch Kim of Portland, Oregon.  Keeping his Grace free from any harm, Del rides this on the ground chopper as a boy toy only. However I have been witness to the fact that Grace, on more than one occasion, has shown up at car and bike shows in her tricked out Corvette to haul home your boy toy chopper’s winning trophies. She’s is a beauty and your choppers not bad either! The choppers build time was about 3 months.

Feature Cars of the Month

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The exciting part of this month’s featured car story is that both of the owners had these gorgeous vehicles way back in high school.

Bob Symons, who today makes his home in Jefferson, drove a like 1942 cherry red with black fenders Chevrolet ½ ton pickup back at Central Linn High in Halsey, Oregon. She sports the same six cylinder for power today as his did back in the sixties. The rest of Bob’s delicious little memorable ride is pretty much stock. The steering has been updated with a Mustang front-end and some better brakes all the way around for safety. Bob shares his ride with three little kitty cats – Shasta, Reba and Jazz, so seat belts have been installed.

Greg Roach makes his home in South Salem with his wife and they have four wonderful children. His 1931 Torch Red Chevrolet Coupe is his original ride from high school. She sports a blown small block Chevy for power with a 350 auto transmission and a tricked out Corvette rear end. This beauty has won its share of trophies over the years.

The common denominator from these two old buddies is that they both love street rods, classic custom cars, original stock cars, pickups and bikes. The story goes that about 11 or 12 years ago, after attending several car shows around the Pacific Northwest, they came up with the idea of a new kind of show that centered on attracting and inviting vehicles that were all the winners from all the other shows on the west coast. Thus the foundation of the Salem Roaster Show was formed. Every year for the past nine years car owners of winning show cars from local cruz-ins to major indoor shows have been invited to attend and show off their winning rides at the Salem Roadster Show. The cream of the crop, the best of the best in street rods, custom and classic cars, pickups and bikes from Canada to Mexico and from most of the car shows in between. 100 to 115 vehicles are invited to the Oregon State Fair Grounds and the Salem Roadster Show each year. Every car on display is a winner and the owners are rewarded with a beautiful Salem Roadster Show jacket.

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The 10th Annual Salem Roadster Show is scheduled for February 20th and 21st 2016 in the Jackman Long Building at the Oregon State Fair Grounds. In the past years an estimated 50,000 attendees have witnessed and enjoyed over 1,000 winning show cars on display and they are all there for the first time. The goal of the promoters in the past has always been to invite all new entries every year. This year being the tenth anniversary, Bob and Greg are planning a special extra showing of a handful of past super show car winners from their show.

A large portion of the  proceeds from the Salem Roadster Show are dedicated to several local and regional charities. KDCCP Doernbecher Children’s Hospital Cancer Research Foundation, The Shriners Children’s Hospital, The Roberts Charter High School Foundation and the Brent Strohmeyer Scholarship Foundation.

Mark your calendar for February 20 & 21, 2016 and come and see our R&R NW Publications two fantastic featured cars of the month, Bob and Greg’s high school rides will be on display, at the 10th annual Salem Roadster Show.

The Tradition Continues

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Yes, the fantastic Portland Roadster Show continues and in the past fifty-nine years an estimated 500,000 Hot Rod, Custom, Truck, and Bike enthusiasts have witnessed and enjoyed viewing over ten thousand entries exhibited at five different venue locations throughout the city of Portland, Oregon. The very first Portland Roadster show in 1956 with an estimated 5,500 in attendance was held at the old Portland Armory. Then it was on to the Multnomah County Fair Grounds; the Memorial Coliseum, the beautiful Oregon Convention Center and our present location the Portland Exposition Center, providing easier same level entry for exhibitors and plenty of parking for attendees.

The Multnomah Hot Rod Council / Portland Roadster Show is proud to be registered as a 501(c)(3) non-profit for charity. With the help of hundreds of volunteers, the show has raised tens of thousands of dollars in the past fifty-nine years. A host of local charities have benefited, as well as supporting our local High-School and Community College Automotive Shop programs, including the popular High School Challenge Competition. In recent years the PRS, with the MHRC created the Wagons for Kids program for the Children’s Cancer Association, and the Pedal Car Auction program where more than twenty local high school and community college automotive programs customize pedal cars that are auctioned at the show with proceeds going to support the programs that participated.

In addition the Wagons and the Pedal Cars become true works of art as the fantastic local pinstripers competing in the Brush Bash, personalize them with the child’s name to make it their very own.

The Multnomah Hot Rod Council was founded in 1954 by caring and active community leaders, elected officials and Dee Wescott, one of Portland’s premier car builders of all time. The council is made up of car clubs in northwest Oregon and southwest Washington. Functions include: helping coordinate the automotive show scene in the Portland metropolitan area, and operation of the Portland Roadster Show, one of the oldest and best roadster shows in the nation.  The PRS is the only all volunteer show of its kind and size in the US.

In sixty years and with over 500,000 attendees, the Portland Roadster Show is also responsible for attracting millions of visitor’s dollars to the local economy with a world class show of automobile creative artistry. To the show’s Hot Rod, Car, Bike and Truck owners the PRS is a forum of esteemed peers and public access.

Feature Car of the Month

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“It’s a gift to one’s eyes just seeing in person your gorgeous 1934 Dodge P.U.”

Happy Birthday and Merry Christmas and thank you Mr. Jerry Klinger, from Gresham Oregon, for having the vision of seeing this ride come alive after a 38 year work in progress. Now most of those 38 years were dedicated to just making a living and raising a family.  When Jerry finally retired about a year ago he decided it was now time to do something with that Dodge Pick-up.

A total body off restoration was the place to start. With a beefed up chassis and some new motor mounts to handle a 318 ci Mo Par power plant / 904 Auto Tranny and a 9” Ford rear-end really got her moving down the highway.  
Jon Lind of Springfield stitched in the delicious Banana Leather interior and B & J Zahn out in Corbett laid down that mouth-watering dark blue metallic exterior. Full torsion bar suspension and disc brakes on all four makes for an updated and comfortable ride. She sports 205×15’s in rubber up front and 235×15’s out back for a perfect stance.  
The frenched-in license plate and frenched oval crested tail lights plus the polished chrome wheels on all four corners make this a real one of a kind custom automotive creation.

We at R&R NW Publication are pleased to make this our Featured Ride of the Month for December 2015.

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All for the Love of Street Rods & Custom Cars

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Let me introduce you to a man that loves fast and fancy cars so much that he belongs to the Cascade Plymouth Car Club locally, The National Desoto Car Club and the Walter P. Chrysler International Automobile Club of America and beyond. Now one would think this dude loves nothing but Mopar cars? WRONG! He actually loves all flavors of autos that are fast, fancy and long—the longer the better. Did I mention that he also belongs to the local Rose City Thunderbird car club, The Cadillac LaSalle car club and is an active member in good standing with the Pharaohs Street Rodders Car Club here in Portland, Oregon? We at R & R NW Publications are proud to introduce you to a few of Mr. Brad Groff’s automobile artistic creations “All for the Love of Classic Custom Cars “ for December 2015.

Mr. Groff is a true Oregonian, born a mere 55 years ago right here in beautiful Portland, where he attended Grant High School and had fun for a few years in the auto shop classes. At 15 years of age, the story goes that he purchased his first ride, a ’66 Chevrolet Malibu 2 Dr H/T. Now he is a self-taught automobile operator, teaching himself how to drive. He swears he practiced for a full year in the family driveway, forwards and backwards, never once wandering out into real traffic in preparation for his 16th “B”day. Then it was off to the Oregon DMV in that ’66 Chevy Malibu, all shined up, where he promptly flunked the driving test.

Not to worry, Brad has a flawless driving record today, and makes his home in the Alameda area of Portland and his fantastic family of friends, include a nine year old Boxer dog named Dash and a wonderful 17 year old kitty cat named Waffle. Of the 20 plus cars Brad has shown over the years around the Pacific Northwest, I can’t ever remember one of them that wasn’t fast, fancy and fantastically flawless in their true creative wonder. From his delicious Rolls-Royce, His Ford “T” Bird and his Corvette Stingray along, with a host of others, Brad is truly a car kind of guy.  We at R&R NW Publication would like to thank you for sharing your story with us and our thousands of readers all over the Pacific Northwest “All for the Love of Classic Custom Cars.”

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1960 De Soto Adventurer 2 dr H/T

Featuring for power a ’63 413 ci Chrysler Imperial V8 with stock tranny and rear-end. The deep Adventurer Desoto Red color really makes the lines on this beauty come alive. She sports w/w on all four corners, showing off a full set of Desoto wire wheels to finish this ride off in style. For the interior, a quality black and grey leather add a nice touch. This is truly another Brad Groff super cherry flawless winning ride, as featured at the 2015 Portland Roadster show, a real winner where ever she shows.

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1958 Plymouth Belvedere Convertible

For power she sports a 350 ci Golden Commando power plant with a high cam and dual quad intake with a three speed torque flight tranny. She features all electronic ignition plus disc brakes on all four. The w/w with deep polished chrome wire wheels and the Fury Bright Red color and trim really do a number on this gorgeous Plymouth Belvedere. She wears a delicious red and white interior with a touch of class. Nice ride and another winning featured car at the Portland, Salem and Eugene Car Shows.

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1960 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz Convertible

Very limited edition. Powered with a stock 390 ci mean and lean all-Caddy, she’s all stock from the tip of the nose to the tip of those wild tail fin taillights out back, a mere 19’4 ½” long. The official color on this beautiful Cadillac is Sierre-Rose, with Eldorado trim and a gorgeous interior in lilac and white deep tucked leather. She sports W/W on those super Caddy wire wheels on all four corners. This is a fairly new ride for Brad and we look forward for you to see it in person at the 60th Portland Roadster show come March 18-20, 2016 at the Portland Expo Center.

Feature Car of the Month

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What do you call a guy that was at the Bor-A-Car Company in Portland and worked in the boring, stroking and blue-printing engines department for about 16 years? Add on six more years at Halsey Automotive, plus five more years at Freightliner Corporation and you have a guy who has worked on just about every type of automotive engine known to man. Give this guy a name like Jake Schonneker, who makes his home in Carver, Oregon and you have just found the proud owner of R&R NW Publications Featured Care of the Month for November 2015.

This delicious 1956 Meadow Mist Green and Colonial White Ford Victoria, sports a later model 302 cubic inch engine for power, with an AOD tranny and a stock rear-end. Add on a custom rolled and pleated white leather interior by Darrell’s Upholstery and you’re on your way to a gorgeous custom ‘56 Ford.
Those torque thrust mag wheels on all four corners top this baby off and make her a real winner whereever she shows.

Jake has built and or owned and worked on 25 to 30 custom cars and trucks in his active 72 years, including a ’23 “T” Bucket to a ’54 center post coupe, to a ’41 Ford PU plus, 7 or 8 ’55 & ’56 Ford F100 Pick-ups. He’s had them all. He is still first to admit his three favorite rides of all time are the 1957 Pontiac Bonneville Convertible, (they on built 618 of them in 57), a fuel injected dream ride that had it all. #2, was a 69 Mustang Mach 1 with a 428 Cobra Jet for power and #3, is our R&R NW Feature Car of the Month for November, Jake’s ’56 Ford Victoria.

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All for the Love of Street Rods & Custom Classic Cars

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Mike and Denise Gies make their home in Damascus, Oregon about a ¼ mile from the home shop of the world class Wescott’s Auto Restyling Enterprises. Over the years Mike and the late Dee Wescott became pretty good friends. If Mike needed a part to finish one of his rebuilds and Dee didn’t have it in stock Mr. Wescott just took the time and made it for him.That’s what Mike remembers about the one and only great Dee Wescott.  Mike Gies is a fella that’s been known around the street rod and custom car community for quite a number of years here in Portland. From a 1912 Jackson Speedster of a few years back to over 100 custom cars and street rods that he and wife Denise have owned and rebuilt, refinished and redefined to perfection before turning them back out into the world of hot-rodding. We at R&R NW Publications are excited to bring you about seven of their finished rides to market.

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1932 FORD FULL FENDER ROADSTER
350 Chev for power/350 Turbo trans/9” Ford rear/creamy tan colored rolled and pleated interior/deep baby blue color with matching blue wheels/chrome beauty rings and baby moons on all four corners really sets this ride off in style. A super clean and neat ’32 roadster complete with Road-Agents Member Plaque.

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1964 CHEVY CORVETTE STINGRAY ROADSTER
Pretty much stock. Powered with a totally rebuilt 327 ci 350 hp. Stock body and interior with stock color inside and out. She sports a solid stingray hardtop hangin’ in the garage back at the Gies home along with a couple more automobile projects under construction.

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Pretty much stock what you see is what you get. She is sporting a delicious non-stock candy maroon paint job with shiny black fenders. Seen with Mike in center is fellow Road Agents Jim Gravitt and Jim Mannthey.

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With 350 Chev for power and 350 Turbo trans. 9” Ford rear-end. Dropped independent front with polished American Cragars on all four corners. Candy maroon paint w/root beer fenders make this ride come alive.

 

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1912 JACKSON SPEEDSTER
(From 1912 Indy 500) 4 CYL 60 HP, 3 SP Tranny, 26” race tires, 2 Seater/Cordovan leather covered, from the brass headlights to the leather covered tool chest on the rear. She carried 15 gal of petro. Racin-red color body/shiny black fenders w/wood step.  Placed 10th in the Indy that year.

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1929 FORD MODEL A WODDIE WAGON
A surfin’/haulin’ machine w/350 Chev for power/350 turbo tranny/8” Ford rear set on a ‘32 chassis. Dropped front end and disc brakes all the way around and she’s wearing red painted artillery spoked wheels w/Baby Moons on all four corners. A sweet little one of a kind ride.

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1941 FORD BUSINESS COUPE
Built in Portland in the late 60s, this is one fantastic creation of hot rodding history to the Pacific Northwest and beyond. She’s powered with a 1967 Corvette 327 ci 350 hp. V8/Muncie 4 speed trans with Hurst Shifter/Parallel Leaf ’57 Chev rear end/body chopped 4.25 Inches, nosed and decked, frenched headlights, ’59 Cad tail lights, dual “Appleton” style spotlights. Lowered over-all 8 inches with dropped axle. Custom dash with Stewart Warner gauges, A/C and heat, plus a beautiful all leather interior to match this gorgeous built automotive work of art. She sports a full set of skirts on the rear, classic wide whites and three bar Old’s fiesta full caps up front.
The Candy Apple Red paint with the very period flames truly make this a show car that will live on and on in the world of classic custom creations. She has won Best of Show and First Place trophies all over the west coast when-ever and wherever she is shown.

Mike and Denise are soon to celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary and enjoy seeing and spending time with their three grandchildren in the big sky country of Montana. Mike spent several years in Montana in the US Air Force back in the sixties at the base in Great Falls. He accepted the assignment to relocate back to the Portland area and worked out of the Oregon Air National Guard recruiting office back in 1992.
After 23 years in the Oregon Air National Guard and the regular Air Force, Mike retired and is enjoying his well earned retirement working on his true commission, and that is building custom cars. Denise is an educator and has worked in the Gresham-Barlow school system for over 15 years. She loves assisting Mike with their car projects. She did comment that sometimes she gets a little more attached to the cars than Mike does and she hates to see them almost finished with the repairs. As on more than one occasion the car was there when she went to school in the a.m. and gone when she returned in the p.m.,  and she didn’t even have the opportunity to say goodbye. Mike’s true thrill in life is to hang-on to these fantastic automobile creations just long enough to make them a little better than they were, and then say goodbye and let them go off to a new home and the excited new owners.

We at R&R NW Publications like your style Mike and Denise, and we would like to thank you for sharing your story with us and our thousands of readers all over the Pacific Northwest and beyond. “All for the Love of Street Rods and Custom Classic Cars.“

All for the Love of Street Rods & Custom Classic Cars

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The year is 1936 in a small community in Southern California where a young couple are welcoming a brand new baby boy into the Marval family. They named this little guy Johnny. Now a few miles away and one year later in Pomona, California a new baby girl is being welcomed into her family and they name her JoAnn. The interesting facts of the times are Johnny and JoAnn met, fell in love and married in 1959 and together they have created some Marvalous Custom Cars and Street Rods of World Class dimension. We at R&R NW Publication are excited to bring you five of Mr. & Mrs. Marval’s sweetheart rides.

JoAnn Marval has had an interesting ride along the way with her talented husband John. Out of high school and away to Santa Ana College where John did his thing in the music department at the same time built a few street rods and custom cars. His love of cars almost outlived the love of music until Mr. Marval met a young couple by the name Sonny & Cher, who just happen to need a back-up bass player. So from about 1962 to the early seventies John found himself working for not only Sonny & Cher but for the likes of Ike & Tina Turner, as well as the Righteous Brothers. Wow, this is some pretty good company Mr. Marval was creating music with. John and JoAnn relocated from Southern Cal. to Southern Oregon in the mid-seventies so one might say that most of these custom car creative wonders were built by Oregonians. John and JoAnn have been active members of the Rogue Valley Street Rods for the past ten years.

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1967 Chev SS/RS Camaro Convertible with a 350 for power and a 350 turbo trans, 12 bolt rear end. BF Goodrich on all four corners with rally ’67 wheels and hubs. This black-on-black beauty is flawless inside and out. A real crowd pleaser wherever she goes.

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1958 Chev Impala hard top with a 348 ci for power and a 3 speed stick transmission. Another Black Beauty with a white top and pretty much everything else is stock, what you see is what you get. A mighty classic ride for a daily driver.

1952 Chev two door hard-top with a GMC inline 6 running a stock trans and rear-end. She has a delicious powder blue body with a white top and a gorgeous tuck and roll white and blue interior put together down in T.J. Mexico.

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1919 Ford Model “T” Center Door. This is a world class build and it took over ten years to complete this unbelievable artistic work of automobile wonder. Every inch of this car was completely refinished. She sports a 302 Ford for power with a C-4 auto trans and fully tricked out and polished Jaguar rear end. Front end suspension is by Kugel. Fabrication and Dakota Digital by Ron Smith. The color on this million dollar creation is “toad green” with graphics by Tommy Carr and pin striping by Tippett. Interior is a creamy white color in rich leather by Jerry’s Upholstery. BF Goodrich tires on all four with polished wheels by Vintques. This is truly one of the world’s most beautiful street rods and custom car creations. She has won over eighty First Place and Best of Show awards all over the West Coast since her debut in 2006 at the Rogue Valley Street Rod Southern Oregon Rod & Custom Show in Central Point Oregon.

1928-Model-A-Roadster

1928 Ford Model A Roadster. A persistent six year build time to complete this one special little ride. A tricked out ’56 Buick Nail Head for power with a 4 speed Saginaw trans and an early Ford Billet Quick Change by Winters Rear-end. The front end is by Kugel and the track nose custom work from John Petty.  Total frame, front and rear fabrication by Ron Smith. A delicious black leather interior and top by Gary Merriman. The color on this award winner is Pearl Tangerine, painted by Bill Tyler and she really comes alive when the show lights hit it. She sports BF Goodrich tires with the 10” Halibrand wheels on the rear and the 10 spoke polished up front add to the excitement on this unbelievable roadster. She has won her share of Best of Show and First Place Awards in the past three years.

I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. John Marval about ten years ago down in Grants Pass at a week–long festival and car show and he is a true first class gentleman in the world of street rodders and custom car enthusiasts. I can see how and why Sonny and Cher and the Righteous Bros. back in their day took a liking to our John Marval. From the time he spent in the US Army as a singer and musician and then off to Korea as a radio operator, John will be the first to admit his life finally got going with a real future after he met his one and only JoAnn. Together they have two fantastic sons that have grown to adulthood and they too love and enjoy the automobile artistic wonders that Dad and Mom have created over the years. They both are very proud of their beautiful parents and are always very helpful, now that Mom and Dad are getting into those twilight years in age.

We at R&R NW Publication would like to thank both of you for sharing your wonderful artistic automobile creations with our thousands of readers all over the Pacific Northwest and beyond.  “All for the Love of Street Rods and Custom Classic Cars.”

Oh Yes! One more thing Mr. Marvalous, Happy 79th Birthday back on August 10th and a special Happy 78th to you Mrs. Marvalous, on your upcoming birthday.