What do you get when you take a guy like Mr. Jack Jothen, who All for the Love of Street Rods and Custom Cars became a charter member of the Multnomah Hot Rod Council in 1956, not because he had a million dollar show car, in fact he had a sweet and neat, always show class clean, 1950 Chevy Business Coupe that turned a lot of heads in its day? What we all got out of this caring and sharing quality guy was the story of his son David and his beautiful wife Diane.
Chevy Business Coupe with stock 6 cyl power and three on the tree tranny. Super old school stance. This classic 50 Chev spent a lot of time cruising Broadway and at Jim Dandy’s on Sandy Blvd in Parkrose.
We at R&R publications NW are proud to bring you the automobile creations of David & Diane Jothen, plus their two Keeshonds Loki & Winnie.
1955 Chev OLD School Resto-Rod
2 Year Build Time
This ‘55 150 center post 2 dr. tribute to David’s dad is as clean and sweet as they come. Running a ZZ3 350 ci 375 hp for power, turbo 400 tranny, Nova Rear-end with Camaro clip. Its shaved nose and rear deck with a Nomad rear bumper, makes this de-chromed beauty second to none in its class. It’s taken home its share of hardware to prove it. Watch out Harrison Ford here comes David and Diane.
1953 OLDS 98 Holiday Coupe
10 Year Build Time
This original Pacific NW 98 features a 303 Rocket V-8 for power and a Hydra-matic Tranny. It came with everything on it that was featured in 53 including power seats, window, steering and brakes, plus the stock two-tone paint job and an interior that looks like it just came off the assembly line a few hours ago.
1951 Chev ½ ton PU
Two Restorations 5 year total Build Time
In 1979 Diane and her Dad Chuck Howell found this old Chevy ½ ton in a farmers field down in the Turner area south of Salem. A Hundred Dollar Bill closed the deal and Chuck was in hog heaven as he was finally going to be building an automobile with one of his kids. Diane was the youngest of three daughters and she was also the most savvy when it came to mechanics even at age fourteen. They worked on that truck together with such dedication and focus to keep as much of the PU as stock as they could and still be a safe ride for Diane. They rebuilt the 6 cyl 216 ci power plant, the tranny was three on the tree and Diane mastered it with class. Painted it a bright red color really made it come alive and her senior year, Diane’s ride was picked the best Truck at Cascade High. The second restoration in 2008 changed the color from Red to Butternut Yellow, updated it to a 12 volt system and a 308 late model Chev Rear-end, replaced some chrome, and lowered her all the way just around a few inches. Thirty Six years and Diane still would not part with it for anything, and it’s still winning trophies everywhere it goes.
1968 Chev Camaro RS
A work in progress–their latest creation
350 crate V-8 for power and 350 turbo tranny. A delicious black and white hounds tooth interior and a gorgeous bright white pearl with black stripes exterior finish.
David is a 1978 graduate of Parkrose High, then attended Mt Hood CC and U of O, earning a degree in Media/Communications. For those of you that have enjoyed the Summer Cruz-Ins at Billy Bob’s in Gresham, sponsored by the Pharaohs, appreciate David’s communication skills handing out the trophies with a professional flair. He originally joined the MHRC in 1979 and today Co-Chairs the Portland Roadster Show with Duane Caseday. He also has been the official photographer for the show for the last 3 years. David owns PDX CarCulture.com and is a commercial and residential realtor in East County. He also is the president of the Pharaohs Street Rodders, and under his leadership the club has become one of the leading charity fund raising car clubs in the Portland area. Dedicated to helping Veterans through MIAP and the Lines for Life programs. They are also big supporters of the MHRC and the Portland Roadster Show.
Diane graduated from Cascade High in 1983 and then degreed in Machine Technology at Chemeketa C.C. She then became a certified Precision Machinist. David and Diane met while working at Boeing Portland. Their paths crossed and the rest is history. They married in 1988 and have a home in Damascus with their two beautiful pet buddies. Diane left the trades in 2003 and opened PUP Scrub Self Serve Pet Wash, and has never looked back. They have a 24×48 shop/garage that they built themselves to handle their gorgeous rides. All for the Love of Street Rods and Custom Cars. Thanks for sharing your story with us here at R&R NorthWest Publications.
If you’re a motorhead and you’ve lived in the Pacific Northwest for any length of time, you’ve undoubtedly heard of Bardahl.
Founded in Seattle in 1939 by a Norwegian immigrant, Ole Bardahl’s line of engine additives became world renown by the early 1950’s due in large part to racing sponsorships. Looking back, an unlimited hydroplane christened “Miss Bardahl” was likely the most famous of the racers to fly the company colors but there were literally hundreds of others. Bardahl sponsored competitors at Indianapolis beginning in 1950. As sports car racing grew in popularity, Bardahl saw the value in supporting those competitors as well and the drag racing crowd wasn’t far behind. Midget auto racing became hugely popular after World War II and Clark “Shorty” Templeman was a Northwestern superstar. After arriving on the scene in 1954, Templeman made “short work” of his competition and quickly rose to pinnacle of his division. He is best remembered for his many victories in Bardahl sponsored cars- some painted in a split emerald green and black livery (like the early cans) or a brilliant yellow. Ultimately Templeman won five Washington state Midget titles and another three in Oregon. Proving this was no fluke, he then joined the USAC National Tour and won three consecutive championships in 1956, ’57 and ’58. Once he became a known commodity, Templeman transitioned easily to the larger, more powerful “Big Cars”. He drove in five Indianapolis 500’s scoring a career best finish of fourth in 1961. Interestingly in all of his appearances at the Speedway, Templeman never drove for Bardahl. Sadly, he met his demise in a Midget race in Marion County, Ohio in the summer of 1962.
Ole Bardahl clearly enjoyed the exposure the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing” provided his growing line of automotive additives and continued to sponsor racers there for the next twenty years. Typically the Bardahl entries were painted black but there were exceptions. In 1969 Bobby Unser qualified and finished third in a striking yellow and black checkerboard Bardahl Special. Along with the obvious benefit of promoting your product at a venue of this magnitude, Ole Bardahl used Indianapolis as an opportunity to network with other automotive professionals from all over the world. In the early 1950’s he forged relationships with people like Enzo Ferrari (even sponsored his entries) and Argentine world driving champion, Juan Fangio. It is no coincidence that eventually Bardahl opened manufacturing plants in Italy and Argentina as well as in France, Belgium and Brazil. Curiously, the Bardahl brand today maintains very low profile here in Pacific Northwest where it originated. Much of what is bottled in Seattle is shipped to Central and South America. In 2015 sales of Bardahl products in foreign countries far exceed what is sold domestically.
A contemporary of Bardahl’s (and fellow Seattleite) was a bathroom chemist named Clinton Morey. In 1952 Morey invented a thick, honey-like oil supplement he called Power Punch. Morey wasn’t one to spend much money on advertising or sponsorships but he made a good product and it sold readily. A network of wagon peddlers was established and eventually Power Punch was being sold by route salespeople throughout Washington, Oregon, Idaho and down into Northern California and Nevada. Third generation owner Peter Morey was a boat guy and spent a good chunk of change sponsoring race boats like Bardahl had before him. As far as “wheeled billboards” were concerned, Morey’s preference was drag racing so the few sponsorship dollars he dealt out, went in that direction. The one exception to this rule was Bremerton short tracker Craig Moore who has beat the drum (and the competition) on behalf of Power Punch these past couple of seasons in the Modified ranks.
When shown a photo of the “Power Punch Offy” taken in the late sixties, Morey was puzzled and had no recollection of the car whatsoever. He suggested that the sponsorship was between one of his former wagon peddlers and the car owner- not the factory. Likely, the sponsorship was for free product rather than cash. Regardless, the relationship was short lived.
A bigger mystery was the “Dexson Special” which made its appearance at Northwestern racing venues in the early 1950’s. McClure Distributing Company of Portland produced a fuel additive for passenger cars and chose to promote their product by painting Bud Kinnamin’s Midget to match their retail can. Though the violet and gold livery was distinctive, it didn’t stand out on the racetrack (especially at night) and the Offy didn’t maintain those colors for long.
Unlike Bardahl and Power Punch, Dexson is no longer in business so all that remains are a few old photographs and the cans themselves. Portlander Delbert McClure who owns short track race cars to this day, denies knowing anything about the McClure that spearheaded this ill-fated endeavor.
“Classic Old School” 1956 “T” Bird Owners Janet and Larry Lundbom
This candy apple red Bird has quite a history. It seems that Janet Lester’s Dad Harry, first owned the car and Janet drove this little beauty, which was pretty much stock back then, to Centennial High School in 1965 & 66. The big transition her dad made to the car was, he had a deep diamond tucked leather interior added to the seats, dash and to the stock Ford continental kit out back.
Larry and Janet met in 1967 and one common interest was both of their dads loved older Ford classic “T” Birds. Later when Janet’s father decided to sell his ‘56 Larry turned his dad onto this cool Bird that was for sale and Wally added it to his collection.
The car was originally Ford “T” Bird Red and Wally decided to turn it into the Candy Apple creation that you see today. The Candy Apple exterior, complete with the highlighted dark lace scallops really compliment the Deep Diamond Tucked Interior that Janet’s Dad had done 10 years earlier.
The sweetness of the story is Larry and Janet Lundbom still own the car, after all these years, that both of their fathers played a role in making this the super classic show car that it still is today. We at R&R NW Publication are proud to make this our March 2015 Featured Car of the Month. Thanks to the memory of both Wally Lundbom and Harry Lester for their individual contributions to this classic automotive creation.
Just about any day is a good day to go check out special interest cars, restored antiques, muscle cars, hot rods etc. But in the Northwest January often tends to be a little wet and cold and most of those types of cars are snuggled in their respective garages away from that bad weather and out of site.
There are also a number of us old timers that are, what is referred to as, “Snowbirds.” During the winter months up north the Snowbirds head south to warmer climes, often Arizona. January in Arizona is just about perfect with regard to the weather. Usually in the 60’s or 70’s with warm sunshine and blue skies, Arizona offers us a great place to go thaw out, as it were.
January in Arizona has become a destination for car nuts too. I don’t really know what started it all but my guess is Barrett Jackson created that gravitational pull that draws car guys and gals in from all over the world. And, as it turns out 5 other auction companies hold their own auctions in the Phoenix area in January as well. Barrett Jackson is of course televised, semi-live and I’m certain a lot of you watched the coverage on Velocity and The History Channel this year. I usually watch some of it myself. This year I talked myself into flying to Phoenix to “cover” the auction scene in person so I could get first hand exposure to what appears on television to be the best and largest car show ever. It didn’t disappoint either.
Barrett Jackson has a reputation of only selling the best of the best. This year, long time collector, Ron Pratt was essentially liquidating his “best of the best” collection, many of which were purchased over the years at previous Barrett Jackson Auctions, as we have witnessed if we watched during those years. Ron’s collection included many ‘one only’ cars, trucks etc. that were purchased for millions and as you probably already know sold for millions this January. He also had an extensive collection of “Automobilia,” like dealership signs, old gas pumps etc. all in as new condition. The auction was attended by many collectors that jumped at the chance to get some of that memorabilia and totals exceeding 6.5 million dollars’ worth changed hands, not all of it was Mr. Pratt’s, but you get the idea. I was completely intimidated by the bids I witnessed when those collectables were crossing the block. Signs selling for twice as much as I paid for my first house and they weren’t even big signs. This auction was extended five days to accommodate the Pratt Collection. 98% of the cars and memorabilia crossed the block at NO reserve and this year’s sales set a record at $130+ million in sales for Barrett Jackson alone. See what I mean about intimidation? That’s an amazing amount of money! See their website barrett-jackson.com to learn more.
Locally, Mark Young’s, Northwest House of Hardtops, who has a reputation for only selling “the best of the best” Muscle cars and Corvettes, took some fabulous cars to Scottsdale for the Barrett Jackson Auction. Most ran through at “no reserve.” When Mark was telling me about the cars he was taking he mentioned the “no reserve” part. That raised my eyebrows and I emphasized that that was pretty brave but they all sold through but one, the “Bunkie Knudsen,” 1963 Corvette, that did have a reserve, which wasn’t met. The rest drew respectable prices because of his rep and Barrett Jackson’s rep, everybody seems assured that these cars were in fact nearly perfect and worth the price. Mark also bought some cars there and when we were talking about his cars he mentioned that “… if you stand around long enough you’re bound to find a ‘sleeper,’ you just hope it isn’t one of yours.” Meaning of course that there are deals to be had even at Barrett Jackson. One things for sure, with 1620 plus cars and trucks, it’s probably the biggest car show in the world and the majority of them are beautifully restored or built and in nearly perfect condition. nwhouseofhardtops.com
Russo and Steele were also in Scottsdale. They offered 628 cars for sale, sold 65% of them for a total sell through of nearly $19 million. The highest selling car was a 1968 L88 Corvette Convertible which sold for $687,500.00. The least expensive car sold for $4675.00, it was a 1978 Triumph Spitfire 1500 Convertible.
We looked at every car they were offering and we were impressed with the overall level of quality at the Russo & Steele auction. My observation of their people working on the block was very favorable. They were very good at what they do. I’d recommend a Russo & Steele auction to anyone searching for a collector car. Check out russoandsteele.com for more info.
I’d bet some of you have seen Gooding and Company Auctions on television. Wayne Carrini with Chasing Classic Cars attends their auctions both as a seller and a buyer. They offer many of the higher end cars that sell in the millions quite often. Their total sales were $51,516,600.00 with the 10% premium included. Many of the 162 “lots” sold were Ferraris’, Porsches’, Alfa Romeos’, Jaguars’, Mercedes-Benzs’, Maseratis’ even Volkswagens. An Aston Martin DB4 Series II, that was a one family owned, left hand drive, unrestored that frankly looked like it had seen better days, and sold for $462,000.00, with the premium. There was one Camaro, two Corvettes, one Mustang, one 1933 Ford Traditional Hot Rod Roadster, one Crown Victoria, and a few other American Marques, but if you were looking for a large variety of American cars you didn’t find it at Gooding & Company. What you did find was some absolutely fabulous European make collector cars. goodingco.com for more info.
RM Auctions, a Canadian Classic/Collectable car auction company was in Phoenix this past January as well. RM Auctions is another company that attracts the million and multimillion dollar cars to its auctions. Their auction in Phoenix 2015 was amazing.
They had 165 “Lots” and all but 13 sold. Some were American Cars but the majority had names like Ferrari, Porsche, Bugatti, Jaguar, Lamborghini, Alfa Romeo, Maserati, Aston Martin, Mercedes, Bentley and more. The numbers were staggering to a poor old retired guy like me. RM apparently doesn’t publish a total sales number for their auctions but judging from the “sold” list I’d say it’s safe to say the number was enormous. Seventeen cars sold in the seven figure range with the top seller being a 1964 Ferrari 250 LM by Scaglietti for $9,625,000.00. That name just sounds expensive doesn’t it? I’d try to add up the totals for you but I don’t have a calculator that goes that high, seriously! There were only 22 cars that sold for under $100,000.00 and some of those not that far under. The least expensive sale was for $16,500.00 of which there were two at that price and one was a motorcycle. RM Auctions sold some fantastic investment quality cars in Arizona 2015. Visit rmauctions.com to learn more.
Silver Auction Company based in Spokane Washington was in town in January too. They too had a significant number of consignments for their auction. They don’t publish a consignment count or sell through count that I could find; however, I tallied the “solds” and “still for sales” and came up with a total of 320 lots with 208 sold for a 65% sell through, ESTIMATED. That seems respectable to me. Their list ranged from collector, special interest cars to modern 2012 models.
From the looks of the pictures of some of the consignments they had some nice looking collector/special interest cars available and judging from the bids many of the bidders agree with me. They don’t appear to publish a sales total list either so I can’t tell you what that number is but most of the sale prices shown were right in line with the car values I’m familiar with. Check out their web site for upcoming auctions. silverauctions.com
Bonham & Butterfield Auction is the last auction I’ll talk about for January 2015. They too were in Scottsdale with a publicized list of 184 lots. The first 100 consisted of memorabilia, art, sculptures, pedal cars and the like. The last 84 lots were cars and trucks with marques from all over the world. Like some of the other auction companies Bonham’s sold cars worth in the multimillions. One Ferrari sold for almost nine and half million with the premium. Those Ferraris really sell for a lot of money. It’s just a coincidence that I’m writing this story on February 18th which happens to be Enzo Ferraris birthday. He was born this day in 1898. Bonham’s website is bonhams.com
If you like cars and nice weather you ought to plan on taking the trip to Phoenix one of these Januarys. In fact, that would be a good bucket lister, don’t you think?
OK What do you get when you Add 56 + 15 + 51 + 55 ???
If you totaled up to 177 you’re in the money . Now the story goes you never and I underline the word never want to get yourself indebted to a little brother who can call-in that high interest debt payment due at any time. The year is 1956 and I was in my 15th year operating a 51 Ford two door sedan dark mint green in color, Cruzing the Gut on old Sprauge Ave. (Hwy #10) in the beautiful Spokane Valley. We used to call it the land of Opportunity. Well the second thing you never want to do is pay that high interest due debt with the keys to your 51 Ford and your Washington State Driver’s License to your little 15 year old brother. (no operators picture required back in 1956) Now I was a cool kid and could pass for sixteen or even seventeen if needed and because I immolated most everything my two older brothers did , I naturally started shaving at around ten. Needless to say by fifteen I already had a pretty good beard coming in and with my five a clock shadow I convinced Richard to pay up his due debt by letting me use his car just one more time and of course I would be more than careful with his 51 baby!!! His baby was running a fantastic flathead with a three pot intake holding three Stromberg 97’s with progressive linkage and dual-point Mallory ignition. That flathead had the coolest most fantastic sounding pipes of any car at the High School and could really get up and burned some rubber. I of course always brought his Baby home with a full tank of petro and even topped off the oil stick when needed. Well back to Cruzing the Gut some how that crazy green 51 Ford 2 dr coupe must have got that new linkage on the gas peddle stuck as before I knew it she was doing 55mph in a 35mph speed trap zone and there sat one of Washington’s finest on a fancy new Motorcycle and of course he had to turn on the red lights and make a big production out of pulling me over. Well remember when I cautioned you not to pay that debt due with that Drivers License etc. etc. etc. now you know why little brother Bob didn’t get a ticket but big brother Richard got burned big time. The year is 1956 at 15 years of age , operating a delicious 51 Ford, doing a moderate 55mph ….OUCH ! I guess the moral of this story is you just don’t let a ten year old kid start shaving that young !!!
The MHRC / The 59th Portland Roadster Show is up to helping kids again. They have 22 beautifully painted custom wagons that are already to be gifted to Children from the Cancer Fighting Hospital Wards around Portland and these custom painted donated wagons are guaranteed to brighten their days. In conjunction with the wagons the 2015 Portland Roadster show will also be auctioning off 13 custom crafted and custom painted Kids Pedal Cars. 100% of the funds raised at the auction will be equally divided to the participating high schools in this year’s program. Over $5200 dollars was raised last year and this year’s program will feature almost twice as many brand new donated customized pedal cars in all shapes and colors. This year’s Portland Roaster Show is March 20-22 at the Portland Ex-Po center.
The Salem auction was not on the scale of the collector car auctions held in Phoenix but it was a great auction just the same. Curt and Susan put together a nice 70 car list of cars and trucks old and newer where a 1912 Buick Touring car was the top seller. Steve Harsch and I attended to cover the auction and ended up buying a Corvette and a Mercedes. That was entirely unintended but the cars represented were good looking cars and the prices were respectable.
The auction brought a 42% sell through which is also respectable. The venue was terrific and packed with many bidders on hand. This was probably owing to the 5000 hits they got on their web site in January alone. petersencollectorcars.com Check it out as you plan for your participation in their next “Local” collector car auction coming up in on July 11th at the Douglas County Fairgrounds in Roseburg, part of the “Graffiti Weekend Event.” These local auctions are just great because they are easy to get too, fun and some great cars cross the block. See you next time.
Well, Russz’s has been advertising in this little publication for almost a year now and he tells me it’s WORKING. I love hearing that. He is growing and making changes as can be seen by the name change. They have expanded the shop space and now they are expanding their services to include restoration work in addition to the upholstery work.
Here are some shots of the recently finished 1965 Dodge A-100 Pickup owned by Art Laws of Sun Valley, Idaho. Russ and company did the interior as well as installed one piece power door glass. The truck looks great too. Look for an upcoming feature on this one in the future. You can see it though, at the upcoming Portland Roadster Show at the EXPO Center March 20-22.
George McKee, a volunteer at the Sabin Schellenberg Center here in the Clackamas, Oregon area truly has a car for all seasons. From his 1927 Chev 2 dr sedan to his 32 Ford Roadster to this beautiful 1940 Master Deluxe Chevy Coupe.
When George first saw this car he knew he had to have it. You see George was born the same year this car was put together back in Michigan and volunteering in the automotive department at the Sabin Center he could envision the young students working on this Master Deluxe Coupe. He could already see this sweet little 40’ Chevy in a bright red finish running a 327 for power and a 350 tranny with a 411 rear-end.
Well, his new ride finally got all he envisioned, plus some, but it took over five years on a total body-off restoration and thousands of hours in auto-shop time to accomplish his goals. This beautiful ride has every power piece of equipment that one can install on a modern day automobile. Power steering, power brakes, power tinted windows, super sound system with a power antenna, custom handmade 18 gallon fuel cell, a delicious show interior including trunk, and an all chrome engine compartment that tops this award winning ride off with style. George has everything except enough parking space for all his custom creations.
So if you’re interested in a 1940 Show Class Master Deluxe Chevy Coupe give George a call at 971-285-7163, you won’t be sorry. She sounds and drives just like she looks: “sweet and neat”. We at R&R NW would like to thank George McKee for all of his years of volunteering at the Sabin-Schellenberg Center helping the young people with their automotive creations.
Well, how exciting. The number of calls, emails, letters and more that we received with regard to the “What’s It,” pictures we published, showed that you readers had some interest in this little “mini feature.”
The December car didn’t get much in terms of any info regarding it, aside from a few comments in passing like, “I think I’ve seen that car, but I can’t remember where.” Or, “That car looks familiar.” Some discussion about it looking like an individually styled “custom” came from many readers but nothing definitive as to what it is, who might have built it, does it still exist or where it might be now.
The little gray “What’s It” in January, however; did indeed spark a lot of interest and “guesses” as to what it might be, including several who believe it is a Crosley Farm-O-Road, a Crofton Bug, a King Midget and one fellow from El Salvador who said it looked like a car built there, not for export, called a “Cherito.” Several individuals said that it was a “Proto-type” utility type vehicle built for a very important and specific use, at the Freightliner factory in Portland back in the 70’s. The body is aluminum, the chassis appears to be a Crosley, but there are no name plates, serial plates etc. to be found on the car that would identify its origin or brand. The lack of any manufacturer IDs and the multiple claims of recognition gives me reason to believe that last identity might be correct.
The Crosley Farm-O-Road was built in the early 50’s. The Crofton Bug was an updated version of the Farm-O-Road re-branded and built by Crofton Marine Engineering from 1959 through 1963. The Crosley engine was built by several manufacturers until sometime in the early 70’s, about the time some say this Proto-type was built by some of the crew at Freightliner. The similarities between the Crosley, the Crofton and this car are obvious but different in that the hood top is flush with the fender tops on the What’s It, but they aren’t on either the Crosley or the Crofton. The top itself doesn’t match anything I’ve found made by either manufacturers, but it does look like a Freightliner top. I’m going to talk with the current owner to see what else he might know about it and I’m going to go a little farther on this “What’s It” by contacting the Crosley Automobile Club to get their input in an effort to definitively identify this unique car. I encourage any of you who might know something about it to contact me too.
That “very important and specific use” mentioned above? The Friday beer run of course. I’ve been told (unconfirmed and unverified) the little car was used for picking up cases of beer at the local convenience store on Fridays. This is just hearsay of course.