DICK "MAGOO" MEGUGORAC has been building street rods since 1944. He's one of the true pioneers of the Rod & Custom Industry, in almost every Hall Of Fame there is, and ran his own rod shop for many, many years...breaking new ground, creating new equipment, and, building a reputation second-to-none.
He, and his wife Lois, are old friends. We met many years ago when we had both driven down to Darryl Starbird's National Rod & Custom Hall Of Fame Museum for the Annual Induction Ceremonies. SO, it was only fitting that when we finally got together to do this Interview, it took place at Darryl's in May of 2009.
Dick is one ot the BEST story teller's you'll ever find, and his memories of those early SoCal days are priceless ! As you listen, remember: in that time period most street rods were HOMEBUILT ! There were no 800-Build-Me-A-Street-Rod phone numbers. And, they were the only cars that the builders had...they were daily drivers !
Street racing is not now, nor has it ever been, the "approved" way to test the power of your ride. But, let's face it...it happens now, AND it sure happened then. And, Dick's tales of his own cars, and the era in which they were created, are a true, honest, look at how it was at the dawn of Hot Roddng...and a testament to the men that built 'em. JK