Richard Munz debuts his newly restored Chuck Porter Truck along side the formerly restored Platypus Roadster. Both cars are incredible - this is a site that Jim Busby remembers as a 13 year old kid walking into the LA AutoRama.
Using his memory, pictures, and memories, they Busby Team restored these two beauties back to the way Chuck Porter would have wanted them…
It arrived in the shop earlier on this year check it out HERE.
There was a lot more good stuff coming out of the Grand National Roadster show, including the Busby Team with Ron Bruzio. Check in later for more;)
Nice work John Dagy’s - It is a treat to hear some really solid research surrounding the whole event. I have just been hearing the Jim Busby perspective, which is amazing. This fills in a lot of blanks that would not be visible from the first person perspective.
Rick Rawlins has taken car collecting and made it an art. His collection of cars spans some of the most historically significant times in automobile history. With a keen eye and rock solid patience he has developed not only a car collection, but a network of friends that give all the pieces significance.
His awesome woody.
The stickers all mean something to a kid growing up throughout the birth of surf culture… It is no wonder that Ed Roth caught his eye.
Rick’s dad’s old truck.. He had ‘Balboa Island Speed Shop’ painted on the side.
Rick’s current woody- note the ‘surfite’ license plate… That is because he actually owns the Surfite car, created and by Ed Big Daddy Roth!!
This is a guy who knows what stylin’ is.
"I carved that emblem that is now inside this VW bus- it was hung on the front of the VW bus I had growing up as a kid!"
The ‘Surfite’ by Big Eddie Roth… A close friends and inspiration for Rick. Rick has kept it in pristine condition, even winning the grand prize at the Grand National Roadster Show in 1999.
Rick first encountered the Surfite, when making this model of it when he was a little kid!
Rick with Ed Roth
The Coathanger guy is the character Ed Roth made that is based off of Rick, because he has an amazing wire business- R&B Wire.
Rick in the Surfite in front of his office.
All original paint Porsche.. Adds even more yellow to the garage.
His Alpha Romeo
A ‘murdered out’ Bentley, “WAY before it was called ‘murdered out’”
Lucy Rawlin’s favorite! She probably looks pretty awesome boppin’ around in this little Speedster.
The Bugatti— It has been the poster car for The Quail car show.
He also has this car- which when this picture was taken, held the land speed record! It is an amazing looking car, but for some reason, I did not get a picture of it :( I’ll find one and put it up later..
The only S.P.O in existence.. how about those canvas fenders!
Yesterday, the Chuck Porter truck came into the shop… It is part of a trio of cars that made up Chuck Porter’s Bonneville entourage… Richard Munz just bought this from Debbie Porter (Chuck’s daughter)… This truck would push THIS car out onto the line up… Scroll down after this post- yesterday I put up some cool old pics of them… Also, stay tuned as we have more and more information about these beauties coming back to life!
Everyone is all excited to take a peak under the hood.
Like a bunch of kids in a candy shop.
Could use some fresh chrome!
Hippy, L.D… I mean, Mike Morrison sees what it is like to squat in the driver’s seat.
Let’s look at some old pictures and figure out what is different.
A while back, Richard Munz had David Busby go to an obscure and disturbing location to dig this engine out of a garage… Braving dead rats, and live angry rattlesnakes- David managed to bring it back, duck tape and all to the Busby shop.
Well… After some serious elbow grease from David, the hunk of metal that seemed nothing more than an elaborate anchor- is now a show stopping beauty of an Ardun…
Now, that’s better.
The master at work, making this 4 Cyliner look like new as well… It came in around the same time;
David is responsible for re-building all the old engines that come to the shop, in addition to building some from scratch.
1943 the El Toro Marine Air Base officially opened… It had formerly been the largest lima bean farm owned by the Irvine Family. It officially closed in 1999 and is now called ‘The Great Park’ and is utilized by the city of Irvine.
A benefit for us is that we get to bring our 3 window ‘32 powered with a huge Roush Engine in it to do some testing with Street Rodder Magazine- they want to do a story on it…
In the end there were some really cool results- problem was, I only made it to the end to see the car get loaded up and listen to the awesome stories that had been created.
Rick Knoop drove the car- Jim Stepan drove the JBR rig for support, and Trevor got to go for a ride and enjoy the show!