Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Lots of Social Media discussion over this one....

Besides doing a poor job of late updating this blog, I also spend time on several social media/gearhead websites. It has been interesting reading lots of reactions to pictures posted of this highly customized 1950 Chevrolet. And I too, have mixed thoughts.

The car actually belongs to owner/builder Ron Brandon. He is a local guy who has in the past supported some of the events are car club has hosted. Ron is a local business owner, and somewhat of a "local celebrity". Ron was one of the original members of "The McCoys". The band who recorded what has now become the OSU marching bands "signature song" : "Hang on Sloopy". Another local member of the band, who went on to see success with a solo career is Rick Derringer. Some may remember his biggest hit: " Rock and Roll Hoochie Coo" (If you haven't heard it, check out Counting Cars star Danny "Count" Coker's band's cover of the song on their first CD.)

At any rate, while the purist in me would agree that the modern grill, headlights, windshield, etc. on Ron's build are not for me, I can't help but think that many of the custom builders of the 50's and 60's thought outside the box and did some things that probably raised some eyebrows in their day. many of the things that we consider "customizing standards" now, were originally considered "sacrilege" by some.

And another thing....over the years, I have seen A LOT of very bad metal work on so called "custom cars". Ron's car however, has very professional looking work and smooth lines.

So all in all, while it may not fall into my "taste" in customized vehicles. I applaud Ron for the quality of his work and the expression of his passion on this build.

So let the discussions begin....would love to hear from Suede and Chrome readers around the world. What are your thoughts on this build?