Sunday, January 31, 2010

Last set of Chevrolet Billboard Ads

Wow! Thanks Pontiac Dave for these cool bowtie billboards...they certainly get my blood pumpin'! It's too bad GM doesn't have much in their current lineup to draw people back. Don't get me wrong...the new Camaro is very cool. But the average blue-collar, red-blooded American doesn't have the clams to shell out for one.

Gone are the days when a guy could walk down to the local dealer (local dealer? What's that?) and drive a new car off the lot that he could afford and that had enough horsepower that his manhood wouldn't be compromised! Bring back those days General Motors!!!!

Can you believe January 2010 has come and gone? Only a couple weeks until the guys from my club load up and head down to the World of Wheels in Indianapolis! Looking forward to the Road Rocket hosted Motorama 1962!!

Saturday, January 30, 2010

More Chevrolet Billboard Ads

Here is a second set of Chevrolet billboard ads. cool would it be if Chevrolet would follow these with some SWEET new car designs that actually got the general public excited about the American automotive industry again?!?!

Come back tomorrow for the final set of billboard ads.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Chevrolet Billboard Ads.

Well, my buddy Pontiac Dave came through again by sending me some REALLY cool Chevrolet billboards that are appearing in the Detroit, MI area. Here is the first set...more to come in the next couple of days.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Hall of Fame Legends Website's always amazing to me what you can run across when you are surfing the Internet. Take the Hall of Fame Legends Website for instance. The other day, I was sitting at the computer doing a little 'googling' and I came across Jonnie King's site. Man this site is chalked full of KOOL! I have since corresponded with Jonnie and he tells me he works on the site about 8 hours a day!

The site has LOTS of links from Jonnie's radio interviews with some customizing greats. Barris, Starbird, Winfield, Bo Huff, etc. etc. It also contains a TON of links to alot of other related sites.

I've bookmarked the site and visited it a few times and have BARELY scratched the surface of all that it contains. You've got to block off a chunk of time, grab a couple sodas, lock yourself in a room with your computer and sit back and enjoy this site! Very kool!

Thanks Jonnie for allowing me to post a link to your site on Suede and Chrome!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

1956 Kustom Triumph Bobber: The Angry Monkey!

Well, I didn't plan for this to be kustom Triumph bobber week, but couldn't help posting this youtube video of a vintage 1956 Triumph TR6 Kustom Bobber. built by Dan Patterson.Totally built motor from the sludge-trap up with custom ground cams. EVERYTHING powdercoated, frame smoothed, top-shelf custom paint, custom everything! Done up in the flat tracker/street style.

Just a few weeks until our car club will be heading down to Indianapolis to the 2010 World of Wheels/Motorama 1962. The show will be held at the Indiana State Fairgrounds from February 12 through the 14. You can bet I'll be taking hundreds of pictures that will end up on this site!

In the meantime, if you have something kool that you think is "Suede and Chrome" worthy, and you would like to see it featured on this site. Or if you have a product that you would like reviewed that fits the theme of this site, email me at

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

1961 Triumph

Just so you don't think I'm "one dimensional" and only like the flat black, painted rim bobbers, thought I'd post this little video I found on youtube of a beautiful gold metalflaked 1961 Triumph. Man does this one sound sweeeeet!

Monday, January 25, 2010

1971 Triumph Bobber

Man this bobber is kool! I've always had a "thing" for Triumphs....and Ol' Skool Bobbers are just downright sik. Found this short little video while surfing youtube the other day. According to the owner and builder, he bought this bike as just a frame and a motor and now some five years later it is a running riding bobber. He says that he purchased almost everything one piece at a time off of Ebay. He also says it was garage built with motor and tuning help from friends and good local shops. Thanks newsociety1978 for posting this kool vid of your sweet bike! It's EXACTLY the type of bike that this website is all about. Homebuilt, barebones, and ultra-kool!

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Devils and Angels: Kustom Kulture is Alive and Well.

I'd like to thank one of my Facebook friends: Herb, for sending me the link to this kool preview to the Lowbrow Customs dvd: Devils and Angels: Kustom Kulture is Alive and Well. Lots of kool kustom cars, motorcycles, lowbrow art, pinstriping and pin-ups. What more could a guy ask for? :)

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Suede & Chrome Feature: The n2a 789

Well, I've seen it advertised in a couple of car magazines, and recently ran across a post on "Just a Car Gals blog (see link in the left column of this site.). Thought I'd google the company who builds the 789 and find out what they are all about. The California based company: n2a builds the 789 and another vehicle called the Anteros. They also have plans to build a 3rd car, "The Stinger" which will have "lines" from the '63 - '67 Corvette. You can read about n2a and all three of their vehicles on their official website at:

Though I'd copy and paste n2a's description of the 789 (named due to the fact that the front looks like a '57 Chevy, the center looks like a '58 chevy, and the rear has the familar "cat eye" look of a '59 chevy.)

"Melding design elements from different Chevy models, the 789 shows the world that you really can’t have enough of a good thing. Although the 789 looks instantly iconic, it is actually the best of three classics mounted atop a Le Mans-winning Corvette C6 chassis. Aptly named for the three years represented in the overall design, the 789 has the "hooded eyes"and chrome grille of a ’57, a mid-section that’s reminiscent of a ’58 Impala and the "bird in flight" rear tailfins of a ’59. These three Vehicles are all instantly recognizable classics celebrated by people around the world.

Owning and operating a classic car often proves difficult. Rarity of parts, expertise needed for installation, and potentially high upkeep or restoration costs are some of the problems with which collectors must deal. All of the money in the world spent to modify or modernize a vintage car will not change the reliability or performance problems associated with it. The 789 offers the best of both worlds: retro looks and styling, and it will fire up every time you turn the key. The body is constructed of lightweight composite panels. We have developed a process of using 80% carbon fiber with 20% fiberglass. This process gives us a light weight rigid part as if it was 100% carbon fiber with the minimal properties of fiberglass that allows for show quality paint and finish.

The customer can either provide us with a donor C6 series (2005-2009) Corvette, which currently retails for around $60,000 (though used models can be had for less), or we can locate one for you. After stripping the ‘Vette of its stock body, we hand-graft the retro body panels over the stock frame, suspension, and massive 440-horsepower, 6.0-liter aluminum-block V8 engine. The base cost of conversion is $80,000, which includes choice of interior/exterior color schemes, specific 789 exhaust, and PST high-performance sway bars. A full range of upgrades are available, including up to 800 hp powertrains, custom suspension, audio/video/navigation systems, interior customization, and more. We will build each 789 to meet the customer's specifications. However, please note that no previously built combination of paint scheme and interior treatment will be duplicated."

0 - 60:  4.5 seconds (stock)
List Price: Coupe = $135,500 , Convertible = $139,500
Engine: 6.2L LS3 V8
Top Speed: 180 mph
Horsepower:  440HP +++
Weight: 3,355 lb. Coupe, 3,385 lb. Convertible
Torque: 440 @ 4600 +++ 
Length: 177.2 inches
Transmission: 6 speed manual or 6 speed auto with paddle shift 
Tires: 245/35ZR-19 front, 285/30ZR-20 rear

O.k....this really doesn't fit the whole "theme" of Suede and Chrome (i.e. being anti billet, anti-high dollar, anti-trailer queen, and pro-home-built), but I admire a U.S. based company with a mission of "reviving the art of American coach building." It's forward thinkers like this that may have an influence on rebuilding the American automotive industry to it's former glory....and once they get the price down to where an average working man could afford them...I'd even be interested in a 789 as a daily driver. :)

Friday, January 22, 2010

Kool Sidecars: Last Post

kool paint scheme on this one.

Thanks Pontiac Dave for sending these pictures my way. Still looking for kool stuff that is "Suede and Chrome" worthy to post to this site through the month of January. If you have anything, please email it to me at Also...if you have any products you would like me to review, you can send them to Suede and Chrome, 13900 E. CR 400 S., Parker City, IN 47368.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Suede and Chrome Extra: 1928 Dodge!

Wow! I got to tell you, I REALLY like the looks of this 1928 Dodge. If you are an avid reader of Suede and Chrome, you've figured out that I'm into the traditional hotrod / rat rod look. Heck, I've traveled all over the Midwest United States in the past year to shows like Beatersville in Louisville, KY., the Autorama in Detroit, Motorama 1962 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, The Hunnert Car Pile Up in Morris, IL. and the Road Rocket Rumble in Indianapolis because I REALLY dig these cars. This 1928 Dodge is REALLY kool because it has that "not your ordinary" aspect that I really like.

If I wasn't trying to pay for a house, raise 6 kids, and pay off the debt that comes with multiple college degrees, I'd be on the horn calling Josh up about his sik ride down in Seymour, IN! Hopefully by posting it to Suede and Chrome, I can help out a fellow Hoosier and find a new home for this little Dodge that will appreciate her!

You can follow this link to see it yourself on Craigslist:

Kool Sidecars Post #4

Ha! Really diggin' this one!

How about a cool mint green Vespa with a sidecar?

I think the person in the sidecar is actually "stylin'" more than the motorcycle operator!

Happy Birthday to my lovely wife!
Come back tomorrow for the last post of motorcycle/sidecar photographs.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Kool Sidecars Post #3

Another set of kool motorcycle/sidecar photographs. How about that Red Bull can!