09 April 2006

Kandy Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby

I found a post on Bill Hibbler's site which reminded me about George Barris. George was one of a number of car nuts who were profiled in Tom Wolfe's book (Kandy Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby).

What George and Sam Barris and their friends had in buckets was enthusiasm and that passion fed into every element of their lives. They became a phenomenon and were the leading team in the nascent custom car industry in the US after WWII, acting as the leading designers, constructors and industry commentators. George designed the cars, Sam had the vision and the skill to create Kustom shapes out of metalwork then George handled the paintwork and the detailing. I don't know how many mistakes they made as they progressed, but they did a lot of things very well - highly impressive. If you want to know more about the story, then here is the link to the Barris website.

Bill's post is actually about a car show in Houston, rather than Barris, and there is a nice shot of a 1960 Corvette which is worth a detour all by itself without reading the rest of the post.


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