LIKE MOST OF US, FRITZ SCHENCK, began his love of Rods, Customs, and all things mobile, at a very early age. Through the years Fritz figured out how to do it ALL: restorations, originals, clones, bikes, paint, pinstripping...if if needs to be done Fritz can do it.
Fritz and I first met up at Darryl Starbird's National Rod & Custom Car Hall Of Fame. Fritz had two of his cars on display there: the superb original "Roswell Rod" Tribute to Ed Roth, and his clone of Ed's "Outlaw".
BUT WAIT THERE'S MORE ! Fritz has been involved with "The Mysterian", "The Druid Princess", "The Astro Sled", a '57 Chevy Custom that he just purchased and will soon restore, plus, a clone of "The Beatnik Bandit" (my personal fave of all of Ed Roth's creations) which will be coming soon to a car show near you, and many, many other projects through the years.
By the time of the KKOA 29th Annual Lead Sled Spectacular in Salina, we finally got a last minute time-frame before we hit the road to sit down and talk about Fritz's cars, the other cars he's worked on, his thoughts for those "on the fence" about taking the plunge, getting something in that garage to work on, and how the passion and art that comes from these rolling pieces of sculpture can more than equal any monetary rewards.
FRITZ IS ORIGINALLY FROM NEW YORK but has since moved to Belton, Missouri...not to far from our old friend "The King Of Clones", Jack Walker. Fritz and his wife Carrol are great people, truly died-in-the-wool car fanatics, and lots of fun to spend time with. So crank your comp's speakers up and enjoy ! JK
(Above left: the Roswell Rod space-age interior; Above right: the Roswell Rod with one of Fritz's super-cool paint jobs )
(Above left: Fritz's paint job brought the "Astro Sled" to life !; Above right: Fritz's clone of the "Outlaw" which spent some time at Darryl Starbird's HOF Museum)
(Above left: a recent pic that Fritz sent me of him working on the restoration of Ed Roth's Mega Cycle as seen Above Right.)
[SPECIAL NOTE: Many of the photos/images on this page are courtesy of Fritz & Carrol Schenck; All others courtesy of their original owners/copyright holders...with sincere thanks !]
NOTE YOU CAN SEE SOME OF FRITZ'S CARS in this great feature book: "America's Wildest Show Rods of the 1960's & 1970's", By Scotty Gosson. CarTech Books, Pub.
PLUS, YOU CAN PURCHASE AN AUTOGRAPHED COPY of the book from Fritz at his own WebSite...check-it out right now while you're thinking about it ! And, there is other merch for sale...like DVD's, T-Shirts, Models...just go to the Site from this Link: http://www.spritzbyfritz.com/