Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Hot Rod Of The Day: October 23, 2012

The car for today is the Johnny Lightning  Barris Surf Hearse.

[quote=http://theboxartden.com/Articles/Surfs_Up.html]Old cheap station wagons with their bodies of wood were the choice of surfers to transport their buddies and boards to the beach. These woodies became synonymous with surfing. Just about the ultimate of all woodies was the Surf Woody show car. One of the interesting things about it is that we can follow along from the original sketch to the building of the car to the finished product with everything being chronicled in magazines. The original Tom Daniels design appeared in February 1964 Rod & Custom. George Barris saw that and decided to build the real deal. His progress can be followed in Rod & Custom August and September 1964. The completed car and a cover shot followed in November 1964. It was then shipped to AMT in Troy, Michigan, where the Woody experienced something for which it never was intended: Snow on the ground. After all the measurements were taken for the model-making process, it started a publicity tour. One of the first places it went was Waikiki where a photo shoot resulted in the cover of Hot Rod magazine, April 1965, and also the picture for the AMT model kit. A few other woodies to be mentioned with some fantastic box art are the Aurora 1930 Ford Woody in 1/32 scale called Woodin Wagon, Monogram’s 1930 Woody Wagon, and Revell's 1931 Woody or Tudor Sedan.

For info on the life of George_Barris is a highly recommended read.

Here we have a small scale model version by JL of a 1/1 hot rod that was influenced from a 1/25 kit car.    Only in America.   JL only released this model in three releases with the one shown from the Classic Plastic issue dating to 2005.

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