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We are one of the proud sponsors for Kustoms of San Diego Summer Classic! It will be an awesome awards show with categories for Best Kustom, Best Hot Rod, Best Traditional, and Best in progress! Some of us from the shop will be at the show in a spectator capacity to show our support but come hang out with us! Look at some awesome classic cars, talk about cars and make some new friends or catch up with some old friends along the way!! So mark your calendars for this up coming September 29th!!

Hot August Nights Best in Show!!

Mike with the win!!!

It is a proud honor to announce that at this years 2019 Hot August Nights in Sparks Nevada our 1961 Chevy Impala restoration build won the Best in Show! We are so excited to have seen that Mike’s Swan Song was given such a highly coveted award!

Since the completion of this classic car this build has gone on to win quite a few awards, for instance it won builders choice and was in the top rod of the year finalist at the 69th annual 2018 GoodGuys show Del Mar, plus gaining two other wins of the builders choice at the GoodGuys shows in two other states. At the Grand National Roadster Show it won PPGs Outstanding Paint award. It was 2018s Street Rodders top 100, it won best of show at the Run to the Sun show as well as at the Bishop car show, Forties Ford show (which that one is awesome since they picked a Chevy for best in show at a Ford show) it also won at Mesquite Car show, Pismo beach show and the Riverside show. So let’s say this build has been racking up the awards and then some!

We hope you’ve been enjoying this build as much as we have and we hope that you continue to get the chance to check it out at further shows!!

2019 Volcanoes to Victoria trip!

2019 Volcanoes to Victoria Hot Rod Driving Tour

to Northwest Deuce Days in Victoria, BC, Canada

Northwest Deuce Days is held every three years in the beautiful city of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. The event is the brainchild of Al Clark a Victoria hot rodder, drag racer, show promoter, car builder/fabricator, and all around great guy. He and his team of volunteers have made this gathering of “Deuces”, or cars born in 1932, and other cars up to 1951 one of the premier events in the world!

I first attended this event in 2004 and haven’t missed it since. I try to contain my enthusiasm for the event but it spills over and sometimes other folks want to also attend. This year I dubbed the northbound tour “Volcanoes to Victoria” and plotted a route through the “Rim of Fire” that produces the most prolific collection of volcanoes in the United States. Joining me this year were Ron & Terry Paschich from El Paso, Texas in their ’32 three-window coupe. To say that Ron and Terry are “Road Warriors” would be an understatement – they have over 200,000 miles on their coupe! Also joining me were Dick and Lollie Clark of Gardnerville, Nevada in their freshly built ’32 roadster. The car was first started up on Monday prior to to our Saturday departure and it was discovered that there were transmission problems! Tuesday the transmission was out of the car and disassembled. Thursday it was driven on its’ first and only shakedown run! It was successful!

Our first leg took us on the short hop to Lake Tahoe’s north shore and a visit to Sierra Boat Company. They specialize in the sales and care and feeding of classic wooden boats. This is a MUST for all who appreciate a bygone era of aesthetics and craftsmanship. We then got into the back country of northern California’s Sierra Nevada mountains, in the shadow of Mt. Lassen (the first of our volcano encounters) and into Klamath Falls, Oregon for the night.

The next day took us to Mt. Mazama, better known as Crater Lake after the volcanoes last eruption eons ago. Northbound we passed by Newberry, Three Sisters, Mt. Jefferson, and ended the day on Mt. Hood. I picked up a hitchhiker in Bend, Oregon by name of Dave Weil. Dave and I have become friends through a business relationship that blossomed into a personal friendship. Dave was a welcome addition to our entourage, especially on our next leg with his background in aviation and its role in the logging industry in the Pacific Northwest, and his personal experiences on Mt. St. Helens in the aftermath of its eruption in 1980.

Our next visit was to the Western Antique Aeroplane and Automotive Museum (WAAAM) in Hood River, Oregon. This place should be on all gearheads’ “must see” list. It was a distinct pleasure to meet its founder, Mr. Terry Brandt, who is also a neighbor who maintains a residence in Minden, Nevada. What a neat guy and what a neat place! On next to the Columbia River Gorge. Stunning views of the mighty Columbia River and the many waterfalls that cascade down the mountains on the Oregon side of the gorge. Unfortunately we weren’t able to find parking at any of the waterfalls due to the heavy tourist traffic during the summer season so pictures are scarce. We crossed the river near Portland and were reminded of what city traffic jams are like. We overnighted in Kelso, Washington.

It’s a short, east drive from Kelso to Mt. St. Helens. The mountain was enshrouded in clouds during our visit so we couldn’t get the full view, but it was impressive nonetheless. We spent time there in the Forest Learning Center. The Center was built by Weyerhaeuser Company to enhace the understanding of the importance of forestry in the area and the role that they played in the recovery following the volcano’s eruption. Dave Weil had an active role in this effort in the search and rescue and the reforestation effort. It was really neat to hear first-hand stories of that experience!

Then off we went to our ferry jumping off point in Port Angeles, Washington. We passed Mt. Adams and Mt. Ranier on our way north. Our ferry trip across the Strait of Juan de Fuca was the following morning. At that point the funnel moving ‘32’s and other NWDD attendees to Victoria was getting smaller and we had plenty of hot rod company.

Into Victoria and the overwhelming sense that something special was happening here! Over the next few days there’d be over 1,300 cars – 650 of which would be 1932 vintage cars! That’s the largest gathering of Deuces IN THE WORLD!!!!! World-Class is an appropriate description!

There were a number of events scheduled for participants including a tour and picnic lunch at Butchart Gardens, a dyno day if you wanted, and garage tours. Also a Poker Run that included over 400 cars! The show day itself on Sunday would see huge crowds of spectators. The ‘32’s are parked meticulously by a volunteer staff that personally guides each and every car into picture-perfect position! The ‘32’s are parked around the Inner Harbour and non-32’s are positioned on the feeder streets leading to the Inner Harbour. This year’s show was spectacular, to say the least! There’s plenty of other coverage on the internet and Facebook of the event showing all of the cars and you just need to enter 2019 Northwest Deuce Days to find a world of photo coverage.

Southbound following the show we split up – Ron and Terry to San Francisco, Dick and Lollie to Ashland, Oregon to visit friends and me, “on a Mission from God” to Seaside, Oregon which I’ll disclose more on later.

It was a fantastic 2,200 mile adventure for me and I thank all who participated with me, those who helped me along the way and in my preparations, the wonderful hoteliers who put us up on our overnights, all the old friends I got the opportunity to visit with, and the new ones I made along the way. I’m sorry that folks who originally planned to be in our entourage and had to change their plans couldn’t make it. I’d like to give a special tip of the hat to Barry Pleasant who was to be in our group but his schedule didn’t quite mesh with our plan. Barry lives in Connecticut, drove his ‘’32 roadster to Los Angeles in June for the LA Roadsters Show, took his car and stashed it at a friend’s place in Reno, flew home for a few weeks, flew back to Reno, drove the roadster to Victoria, attended the NWDD event, then crossed to the mainland and drove TO ALASKA for a picture, and then home to Connecticut!!!!!!! This guy is a monster! Way to go, Barry, you're my hero!

Thanks to all of you for expressing an interest in this adventure. Here’s a link to my photos, enjoy!

Chick Koszis


It was that time of year again where Hot Rods & Custom Stuff had their annual BBQ! This is where we gather to show our employee's and their families our appreciation for all their hard work. It's also a chance for our current clients to come and talk to us on a personal level. It's a time that we thoroughly enjoy and look forward to every year. Of course how can you beat having a BBQ at Cruisin' Grand right here in Escondido CA, surrounded by hot rods that we have either built or worked on in some way or another. Thanks to all that came out and a BIG thanks to our guys who put in countless hours beautifying classics that we all love!

Good Guys car show Del Mar!

Good Guys Del Mar!! As always we were excited to show off some of our latest and greatest builds to our hot rod community. It was an honor to have met new enthusiastic classic car enthusiasts as well as seeing some of our old friends who have been with us from the start. We can only hope that everyone that dropped by and checked out our builds that you enjoyed our hard work!

This year we had quite a few beauties out at the show, however the builds that we showcased were the 1969 Chevy Chevelle the 1972 InterRaptor, 1949 Ford Woody and the 1966 Dodge Polara wagon! The 1966 Dodge Polara even won the Charley Hutton award for best paint! That is three years in a row that we have won that award, which our very own Andy Meeh and his crew well deserved!! The talent in the paint department is above and beyond year after year! We are proud to work along side of them here at the shop. Also The 1949 Ford Woody won the Good Wood award, which also we are extremely proud of!!

Now if you didn’t have the chance to make it out, here are some of the highlights from the show! We look forward in seeing you all there again next year!! However in the mean time if you stop by Cruisin Grand here in Escondido we’ll of course see you there.

Cheers, HRCS

Moonshine Car Care Products!!

Moonshine Car Care Products!!

We have just discovered some of the best and easiest to work with car care line in the industry!! We truly only trust the best products for our builds, so when we discovered Moonshine Car Care we were blown away at 1 all the choices of products and accessories for all our needs in getting our builds to that show car quality and 2 just how good it really is on our builds, the difference is staggering!! WE can't sing Moonshine Car Care products praises enough. Also not only does our body shop enjoy using these products here at work its also used in all of our garages at home with our personal hot rods!! 

So if you are looking to try something new on your car this is the line to try!!! 

Highlights from GNRS 2019

As always the Grand National Roadster Show did not disappoint! We attended this year in building four as usual with our 1966 Dodge Polara, 1969 Chevy Chevelle and our 1972 InterRaptor!! We also had in building six our 1938 Chevy and 1965 Chevy Malibu. It was a killer mix of builds that we enjoyed working on over the last year or two depending on the build.

It seemed the specters really enjoyed all the classics we brought this year but what really had people in awe was the 1972 InterRaptor! Of course how could it not stop people to ask a few more questions. It is a 1972 International body that sits on a 2013 Ford Raptor. It has all the luxuries of a modern truck with the look of a classic SUV 4×4. It also won first place in it’s class at the GNRS! Our 1965 Chevy Malibu also won first place in its class of Conservative hardtop.

We enjoyed talking to each and every single person that stopped by. It was thrilling to see the excitement on your faces and hear the passion in your voices as we all talked about classic cars. Hopefully we can do it all over again at the Good Guys Del Mar show that’s coming up. In the mean time here our some pictures from the show!!

Thank you for looking through! These are only some of the pictures that I took over the weekend but they are some of the more favorites!! We hope you agree!



Happy Holidays!!

All of us here at Hot Rods and Custom Stuff want to wish you and your loved ones a very happy holiday season!! May your new year be better than the last!!

Today we took a break here at the shop and celebrated everyone’s hard work for the year and to celebrate this time for friends and family! Isn’t that what holidays are really for?

We couldn’t be more thrilled to have this moment to spend with Randy and Peaches along with our whole crew. We relaxed and enjoy some laughs, good times and some delicious food!! It was a time to celebrate and we did just that! We all look forward in to another banner year of blood, sweat and no tears over what we build for all to enjoy not just our clients.

See you all in the new year!!



Nitro Night at Cruisin’ Grand 2018

Nitro Night at Cruisin' Grand...

Of course it was another banner year going to Nitro Night at Cruisin' Grand!! If you have never been we have a small glimpse of what the day and into the night is like. This show is held in the heart of Escondido on its main street of Grand avenue! This year as many years before, they had over 20 drag racing classics. The day starts with a few rounds of the cackle cars firing up where they are parked for all to view up close and personal before they run into action to drive down grand.

Some of the most iconic cars were there along with their owners, like Sam Harding's Poison Ivy AA/FD, Larry Huff's Soapy Sales, Thomas-Pritchard & Harrison Beaver Hunter AA/FA, Tom Ivo's Barnstormer, and Gruzen-Newhouse AA/FA just to name a small few!!

In any case this is a night not to miss out on. It's definitely more than just the start of the engines, taking in the smell of nitro or the flames that light up the night! It's a time to come together and share your passion of drag racing, it's a night to meet legends! It's also the last night of Cruisin' Grand, so you'll need to get your classic car fix just one last time before the next car show season starts!

We want to thank all the guys at the Cruisin' Grand organization that keep this tradition alive! We greatly appreciate you all year long!

See you all next season and we hope you plan accordingly to make it out next year for Nitro Night!!

Stroker McGurk Comic Book!!!

Tom Medley's Stroker Mcgurk Comic Book!!!

When we heard  that Tom Medley's family was making a Stroker comic of all the very best of Tom's work, we couldn't have more excited!! We purchased our copy right away and have been very entertained re getting to know all the hard work Tom has done through his lifetime. If you are looking to pick up a copy use the link provided and happy reading of the adventures of Stroker McGurk and all his crazy hot rod pals!!

Peterson Automotive Museum at HRCS

The Peterson Museum visits Hot Rods and Custom Stuff!!

The Checkered Flag 200 tour...

Hot Rods and Custom Stuff had the esteemed pleasure of hosting the Peterson Museum checkered flag  200 members on one of their garage tour circuits of the best automotive shops in Southern California. It was such an honor to have a group of genuine enthusiasts and collectors to share a portion of our day with.

We enjoyed nothing more as they browsed our collection of work as we engaged in talk of all things automotive and what our plans were on all of our builds here at the shop and of course along with cars that they owned as well. It was a fantastic exchange!! While on this tour we realized what an enjoyable experience it was. The many stories we heard from our visitors are some that we will keep with us for a lifetime!!!

In the end this was a fantastic opportunity for us to meet more people who love and enjoy the preservation of automotive history!! To that we are ever grateful to our time with everyone who came out!! Until next time drive safely!!!

Goodguys 18th Meguiar’s Del Mar Nationals

HRCS at Goodguys Del Mar

This year was just as amazing as previous years, however there was an added excitement this time around. We still haven’t figured out what that element may be, but due to it being a few accumulative factors such as this years new lowrider palace also Goodguys had the first ever burnout show!! Plus it could have just been that the weather was amazing and we had a vast array of our own builds that we’ve had proudly on display. Or it could have been excitement of a few wins our builds received, that definitely added to the thrill of the show. Such as the Charley Hutton Builders Choice award on our 1961 Chevy Impala as well as the Deuce Doin’s award on our 1932 Ford. Also we had our 1953 Chevy truck build receive the Trick Truck Corral. It made for a good show!!

In the end we want to thank everyone that came out and visited with us, stayed long enough to thoroughly enjoy our work and chatted about what excited them. We appreciated you as we build these classics not just for their owners but for all of you who enjoy the history of classic cars and trucks. Until next time we look forward in seeing you all real soon!!