Deadend Magazine Feature - Jeff Cecilio's 1953 Chevy

In our opinion style is the most important thing when building a custom car. The profile, stance, paint, wheel and tire combo, and small details all make a car look good if they all work well together. This 53 chevy owned by our friend Jeff was styled in part by the team at Starlite Rod and Custom in Southern California. Everything from the great color choices to the floating grill and heavy chop all give the car a unique look. A lot of 53/54 Chevys have been customized in the past but this one sure does stand out.

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Fit Kustom Tokyo Japan

El Classico is a shop based in Tokyo Japan, better know by their car club name "Fit Kustoms". They build top notch American custom cars. One of their most notable builds is the candy red 1957 Chevy Nomad know as "Acid 57". We visited the shop on our latest trip to Japan. We have been there in the past but we are still blown away every time we see the latest projects and their parts collection.

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Deadend Magazine Weekend Report - 02/13/18

This past weekend we headed down to Southern California once again. We had a chance to shoot Rudy's "Chile Verde" Chevy Pick-Up. If you've ever been cruising in the So Cal area in the last 16+ years chances are you've seen Rudy hitting the streets. He takes his truck out for a cruise as often as possible. We've definitely enjoyed seeing 'Chile Verde' cruise the last few years and glad we finally had a chance to shoot it.

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Deadend Magazine Weekend Report 11-23-15

We started the weekend off by shooting Matt Sherman's freshly re-done Fleetline "Just A Rumor." Matt has gone through a whole lot from when he first got this ride to what it is now. More on that story in an upcoming issue of Deadend Magazine.
Saturday we headed to the Patrons Car Club Toy Drive in San Jose, CA.

Eddie Padilla applied the patterns & pinstrpining on Matt's Fleetline while Skip Sanchez took care of the murals.

Eddie Padilla applied the patterns & pinstrpining on Matt's Fleetline while Skip Sanchez took care of the murals.

A lot of details throughout the car.

A lot of details throughout the car.

You will see a lot more in an upcoming issue.

You will see a lot more in an upcoming issue.

Nice line up at the Patrons Car Club Toy Drive.

Nice line up at the Patrons Car Club Toy Drive.

A nice Suburban arriving.

A nice Suburban arriving.

Really cool low rider bike on display.

Really cool low rider bike on display.

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Throwback - The Valencia Coupe

Back in January 2005 we shot Jesus Valencia's custom Chevy. we didn't have much experience in shooting cars, but we had a 35mm film Canon and a vision.
This Valenica Coupe has exchanged hands a few times since but is still the topic in conversations amongst custom car lovers worldwide. Even though we shot the custom almost 11 years ago some of the images we shot this same day in Pomona, CA are still circulating the world wide web. 

Last time we heard anything about the Valencia Coupe it was rumored to have been for sale in Russia. If it makes it's way back to the United States sometime, I wouldn't mind another chance at snapping some shots of it once again. Still a fan of it's look.

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Deadend Weekend Report 10-19-15

This Saturday we spent the day in the Bay Area. Our first stop was at the San Jose Super Show / King of the Streets. Some really nice hoppers came out to show what they got. After the hop we headed to the world famous San Francisco Pier to hang out with Califas Bomb Club & friends. Good times.

This clean '63 rag top was one of the cleanest hoppers.

This clean '63 rag top was one of the cleanest hoppers.

This '61 is a really clean car that has never gets hopped. The owner wanted to see what it can do so he let the Stack Life Hydraulics hit the switches.

This '61 is a really clean car that has never gets hopped. The owner wanted to see what it can do so he let the Stack Life Hydraulics hit the switches.

Really cool to see classics cruising the pier.

Really cool to see classics cruising the pier.

Califas Bomb Club

Califas Bomb Club

Cruising sideways..

Cruising sideways..

Throwback - Nitro Nationals 2005

Ten years ago we (Deadend Magazine) were still covering traditional American car events religiously. We would jump in my brothers Honda Civic or my Toyota Pick-Up (both had great gas mileage and I miss my Toyota a little) and drive down to Southern California almost as often as we do now. 
We'd frequent the drag races in Pomona & Famoso. Our good friend Robert McDonald's dad Pat would race his Nova at many events (C/Gas in 2005) so we'd tag along for the weekend and hang out with his team in the pits. It was really fun. We'd get there early, watch them prepare the car, eat bar-b-que with them, roam around the pits snapping pictures and had someone to root for. Ever since Pat retired from drag racing going to the races hasn't been the same (Pat recently picked up another Nova that he is working, not to race though). The drag races are still fun, walking around the pits is still my favorite part... But when we had a team to hang out with, and root for it was really something. I do miss it. Maybe we need to hit the drags more often...
Here are a few shots from one of our many trips to the drags. The 2005 Nitro Nationals. 

Willys coupes have always been a crowd favorite.

Willys coupes have always been a crowd favorite.

You can still catch this little pick-up at drag races.

You can still catch this little pick-up at drag races.

Seeing this kind of stuff around the pits was always one of my favorite things.

Seeing this kind of stuff around the pits was always one of my favorite things.

These wagons make for really cool push cars.

These wagons make for really cool push cars.

The pits was always full of customs.

The pits was always full of customs.

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Pat making a pass

Pat making a pass