Enthusiasts: Hot Rods From The Show That Barris Built

300+ Photos from Viva Las Vegas

  300+ Photos from Viva Las Vegas 300+ Photos of Lead Sleds, Fins & Flake We got in to town early on Friday to hit the Viva Las Vegas show before it got too toasty in the desert sun and before the big crows hit on Saturday when the real weekend festivities start, including several live music acts on the outdoor stage. We spotted some familiar cars, including some gorgeous lead sleds and period-correct gassers.© Brandan Gillogly 088-Viva-Las-Vegas-2017-Car-Show.jpg Like always, shoebox Fords and Tri-Five Chevys were plentiful, but this year the standout was the ample selection of Edsels.

Hot rodding has been a tradition in Culver City, California, going back to the '30s. Back then rodders tried to avoid the attention of city officials, convening at night on the long straight streets of the industrial part of town—and the officials did their best to uphold civic tranquility by squelching the activities of the rodders.

Gallery: Wagons and People Haulers from the HOT ROD Power Tour 2017

  Gallery: Wagons and People Haulers from the HOT ROD Power Tour 2017 Are you of the “more-door, more-fun” mindset? Are you of the "more-door, more-fun" mindset? Is the quality of your night-on-the-town dictated by how many buddies you can fit in the car? Does the back of your ride have more square-footage than some Los Angeles apartments? If you answered yes to any of the above, you're a wagon fan and this gallery of 51 wagons and haulers is for you. This year's Power Tour brought out just about every kind of wagon out there and we caught all of the above at Todays venue, the Mississippi Valley Fair Grounds in Davenport, IA.

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Things had changed a lot by 2004 when show car builder George Barris, King of the Kustomizers, teamed up with Culver City to present the first Cruisin' Back to '50s Culver City Car Show. By then hot rodders were no longer considered a public nuisance and city officials were glad to barricade several downtown streets for a day so that the rodders could show their rides. The show was a success, and has been taking place ever since.

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Since 2004 things have continued to change. The event has grown in size and popularity. By last year, the streets were packed elbow-to-elbow with spectators crowding for a look at the 400 or so street rods, muscle cars, classics, lowriders, customs, and trucks lining the curbs of several city blocks.

Nothing But Mopars from HOT ROD Power Tour 2017

  Nothing But Mopars from HOT ROD Power Tour 2017 If you’re a Mopar guy, there’s a good chance much of your week has been spent weeding through the sea of Bow Ties and Blue Ovals in every gallery we’ve posted so far. If you're a Mopar guy, there's a good chance much of your week has been spent weeding through the sea of Bow Ties and Blue Ovals in every gallery we've posted so far. Never fear, this one's for you! All of you hemi-loving, torsion-bar-having diehards can indulge on all of the best action Ma' Mopar was able to provide at Power Tour 2017.

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In 2017, there were a few more custom modifications to the show. This season marked the show's second year without the prominent presence of George Barris, who died in 2015. The name of the event has been abbreviated to the Culver City Car Show. The location has moved from the downtown streets to a 13-acre municipal park, which was a welcomed change to some participants and a difficult change for others. Fortunately, many important things didn't change.

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The live music, great vendors, and booths promoting the many community organizations that benefit from the event all followed the Culver City Car Show from the street to the park. Most importantly, the quantity and quality of the cars is as high as ever, and hot rodding remains a tradition in Culver City.

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First Look! Rare 1-of-1 Billboard Hemi ’Cuda Resurfaces! .
Curtis Wellborn was looking through the extensive paperwork that had come with a car he and his better-known brother Tim had just purchased. He had been reading the options out loud—the '71 Hemi 'Cuda itself was already headed to Roger Gibson's Missouri shop for detailing. There, listed in between 2642969 (heavy-duty red-cap battery) and 1944154 (Hemi power brake vacuum fitting) on a broadcast sheet breakdown, was "V6W." White longitudinal sport stripes. Billboards in '71, and on a four-speed. Add in the black top and interior, and this is the only '71 Hemi 'Cuda so equipped from the factory.

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