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DARRYL STARBIRD'S '57 CADDY BROUGHAM CONCEPT:
DARRYL STARBIRD: NEW BUILDERS & THE ENGLISH WHEEL !
DARRYL STARBIRD:
DARRYL STARBIRD: THE HALL OF FAME MUSEUM !
DARRYL STARBIRD:
DARRYL STARBIRD: A FAMILY AFFAIR & THE BUBBLE TOP BOOK !
DARRYL STARBIRD ON: HIS GIFT, OKLAHOMA, AND, THE LEGENDS !
DARRYL STARBIRD: DRIVING THE PREDICTA !
DARRYL STARBIRD: PRODUCING CAR SHOWS !
DARRYL STARBIRD/JEFF MYERS:
DARRYL STARBIRD: THE EARLY
GEORGE BARRIS:
GEORGE BARRIS: STREET RACING, BULLET HOLES, MOVIES & TV !
GEORGE BARRIS: THE BUGARIN MERC !
GEORGE  BARRIS:
GEORGE BARRIS: THE DECEMBER, 1957 SHOP FIRE
GEORGE BARRIS: THE ALA KART STORY !
GEORGE BARRIS: THE SAM BARRIS MERC !
GEORGE BARRIS: THE
GEORGE BARRIS: THE STORY OF
GEORGE BARRIS/JOHN D'AGOSTINO: OLD SCHOOL/NEW SCHOOL !
GEORGE BARRIS & JOHN D'AGOSTINO IN SWEDEN !
GEORGE BARRIS:LARRY ERNST BELAIR/SHOP FIRE !
GENE WINFIELD: SECTIONING THE
GENE WINFIELD AND THE STORY OF THE
GENE WINFIELD: PAINTING MANUEL ARTECHE'S RADICAL '41 FORD CUSTOM !
GENE WINFIELD: TRAVELING & PAINTING WORLDWIDE !
GENE WINFIELD: LIFE IN THE FASTLANE !
GENE WINFIELD'S FAVORITE CARS !
GENE WINFIELD: THE AMT S&C DIVISION, AND, THE
GENE WINFIELD: FADEAWAY PAINT JOBS
GENE WINFIELD: ORIGINS/FIRST SHOP !
JOE BAILON: CREATING
JOE BAILON: THE EARLY YEARS
MIKE ALEXANDER'S STORY:
MIKE ALEXANDER:
SPENCE MURRAY: BEGINNINGS OF A CAREER !
BLACKIE GEJEIAN: EARLY HISTORY, NASCAR, AND, THE GNRS !
BLACKIE GEJEIAN: THE
DICK
DICK
DICK MAGOO: HIS PERSONAL RIDES & THE  CHOPPED '49 MERC !
DICK
POSIE:  NEW DESIGNS & SCOTT KILLEEN PHOTOGRAPHY !
POSIE ON RODS, CUSTOMS & SAWING  A CAR IN HALF !
POSIES: TEAMWORK, TECHNOLOGY, & EARLY INFLUENCES !
POSIES
POSIES DRIVEN DIRTY TOUR: HOW IT BEGAN !
NORM GRABOWSKI: BEGINNINGS/FIRST CAR !
POSIES: EARLY CARS & SUPER SLIDE SPRINGS
HOW POSIES CREATED THE FLEETLINER !
NORM GRABOWSKI:
NORM GRABOWSKI: THE
NORM GRABOWSKI: THE ORIGIN OF THE KOOKIE CAR !
NORM GRABOWSKI:
FRANK LIVINGSTON:
FRANK LIVINGSTON'S
JIM
JOHN D'AGOSTINO: WORLDWIDE TRAVEL & 2013 WINNERS !
JOHN D'AGOSTINO & GEORGE BARRIS: THE 1940 CADILLAC !
JOHN D'AGOSTINO BUILDS:
JOHN D'AGOSTINO: GETTING CARS FROM THE USA TO EUROPE !
JOHN D'AGOSTINO: HIS '40 CADILLAC & THE
JOHN D'AGOSTINO & GEORGE BARRIS: DESIGNING KUSTOM CARS !
JOHN D'AGOSTINO CREATES
JOHN D'AGOSTINO: ORIGINS & FAVORITES
BO HUFF'S '56 CHEVY:
BO HUFF'S '36 FORD 2DR...
BO HUFF:
BO HUFF: HOF INDUCTIONS & BO'S BOOK !
BO HUFF CREATES THE
BO HUFF TALKS ABOUT HIS HEALTH...
BO HUFF: ON UTAH, HIS MUSEUM, AND 60'S CARS !
BO HUFF: THE SAM BARRIS CLONE !
BO HUFF: NEW PROJECTS & GENO'S '49 MERC !
 MURPHY'S  RADICAL '54 FORD PICK-UP !
KEITH DEAN WITH STORIES OF HIS DAD, AND, THE BRICKLIN !
KEITH DEAN: EARLY YEARS & FAVORITE CARS !
STEVE STANFORD: BEGINNINGS & THE EARLY YEARS
STEVE STANFORD: NEW IDEAS & WORKING WITH THE CLIENT !
STEVE STANFORD: CREATING A STYLE, HEROES, & THE HOF !
STEVE STANFORD: DOUBLE-PLAY !
STEVE STANFOR CREATES THE NEW AMC !
STEVE STANFORD: BILLY GIBBONS'
CHUCK MILLER'S AWARD-WINNING '32 FORD ROADSTER !
CHUCK MILLLER:
CHUCK MILLER'S CARS: THE FUTURE & THE PAST !
CHUCK MILLER CREATES THE HURST OLDS !
CHUCK MILLER: MODEL KITS & HOF INDUCTION !
STEVE FRISBIE MEETS
CHUCK MILLER: THE LINDA VAUGHAN STORY !
CHUCK MILLER: FAVORITES !
CHUCK MILLER: DETROIT AUTORAMA !
STEVE FRISBIE: RESTORATIONS & NEW CUSTOMERS !
STEVE FRISBIE: BUILDING THE
STEVE FRISBIE: FROM THE EARLY YEARS TO SUPER RODS !
CHUCK MILLER: WINNING THE
JIMMIE VAUGHAN ON: HIS '63 RIVIERA & WINNING GRAMMIES !
JIMMIE VAUGHAN: ON NORWAY, GARY HOWARD &  HIS '51 CHEVY !
JIMMIE VAUGHAN: ON GARY HOWARD & HIS '61 CADDY !
GARY HOWARD: MIKE YOUNG'S IMPALA & CARS WITH SOUL !
GARY HOWARD: BUILDING THE HOT ROD CADDY !
GARY HOWARD: BUILDING JIMMIE VAUGHAN'S '54 VICKIE !
LEE PRATT: THE LONG, LONG LeSABRE !
LEE PRATT'S FABULOUS '41 BUICK !
LEE PRATT: THAT FANTASTIC '49 FORD, PT. 1
LEE PRATT: THAT FANTASTIC '49 FORD, Pt.2
M. K. JOHN: PUBLISHED ART & MOTORCYCLES !
M.K. JOHN: BEGINNINGS/MAG.FEATURES !
ELDEN & JERRY TITUS: EARLY YEARS AT STARBIRD'S & THE VOODOO SPIDER !

M.K. JOHN: MAKING GREAT ART !
ELDEN TITUS: THE ROCKET CAR !
ELDEN TITUS:
MARK MORIARITY & THE CAR CRAFT
MARK MORIARITY: SAVING SAVELESKY'S '55 BEL AIR !
MARK MORIARITY BUILDS THE
MARK MORIARITY: EARLY DAYS/ROTAR !
MARK MORIARITY: BUILDING BUBBLE TOPS !
JOHN KOUW: BUILDING DRIVERS/THE FUTURE IS NOW !
JOHN KOUW: THE
JOHN KOUW: THAT FABULOUS '51 FORD !
LOU CALASIBETTA: KKOA HALL OF FAME INDUCTION, 2010 !
LOU CALASIBETTA: THE A BROTHERS & THE GOLDEN INDIAN !
LOU CALASIBETTA: THE EARLY YEARS, AND THAT HISTORIC GARAGE !
LOU CALASIBETTA: THE
LOU CALASIBETTA: THE
DENNIS McPHAIL: THE EARLY YEARS
DENNIS McPHAIL: DOING DESIGNS FOR ED
JEFF MYERS:  THE BEATNIKS CLUB & ITS MEMBERS !
JEFF MYERS: THE SUPER SEVILLE !
VOODOO LARRY:
VOODOO LARRY:
VOODOO LARRY: FROM THE BEGINNING...
DINO & THUNDERFLITE !
BRAD MASTERSON ON BILL HINES & SLINGIN' LEAD !
BRAD MASTERSON: CKD RIVIERA PROJECT CAR !
BRAD MASTERSON: HIS SHOP AT A  LEGENDARY ADDRESS !
BRAD MASTERSON: THE BARRIS-HINES CONNECTION
FRITZ SCHENCK: EARLY YEARS, EARLY CARS !
FRITZ SCHENCK'S COOL CARS !
JERRY TITUS: FAMILY VALUES & KUSTOMS !
JERRY WEESNER/JONNIE KING: CRUSIN' !
WEESNER  & THE MOVIE STAR !
JERRY WEESNER & NORM GRABOWSKI: CRUSIN' HOLLYWOOD, 1957 !
JERRY WEESNER'S PHOTO-OP TIPS !
ALAN MAYES:
ALAN MAYES & BO HUFF: THE
ALAN MAYES: PUBLISHING CKD/OSR
Paul Le Mat On: VIETNAM, BOXING, AND SWEDEN !
Paul Le Mat: NEW MOVIE-NEW BOOK !
Paul Le Mat: HIS FAVORITE FILMS !
FROM
ROCK & ROLL RADIO HISTORY: THE DAY ELVIS DIED...
FROM
ROCK & ROLL RADIO HISTORY: THE DAY THE MUSIC DIED
THE RICK NELSON TRIBUTE PAGE
THE RICK NELSON INTERVIEW: Pt. 2
THE MANUEL ARTECHE TRIBUTE PAGE

THE JOHN BUTTERA TRIBUTE PAGE
BOYD CODDINGTON TRIBUTE PAGE
THE DON FERRARA TRIBUTE PAGE
THE DICK DEAN TRIBUTE PAGE
THE ELDEN TITUS TRIBUTE PAGE
THE LARRY WATSON TRIBUTE PAGE
THE BETTIE PAGE TRIBUTE
ORIGINS: THE KUSTOM KEMPS OF AMERICA
THE ORIGIN OF ROD & CUSTOM MAGAZINE
ORIGINS: OL' SKOOL RODZ & CAR KULTURE DeLUXE !
MURPHY'S
MURPHY'S
THE
ORIGINS: BUILDING THE R & C DREAM TRUCK !
THE ROD & CUSTOM DREAM TRUCK SAGA, Pt.1 !
THE ROD & CUSTOM DREAM TRUCK SAGA, PT.2
SPECIAL:
SPECIAL:
SPECIAL: THE BATMOBILE !
SPECIAL:
SPECIAL: THE HIROHATA MERC !
SPECIAL: GENE AUTRY'S '57 SEVILLE !
THE LEGENDARY CKD
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GEORGE BARRIS: THE ALA KART STORY !


HE'S BEEN AT IT  FOR  OVER 65 YEARS, he's known as "The King Of The Kustomizers", and throughout  his career GEORGE BARRIS has created many award-winning Rods & Customs, er, make that "Kustoms".   But one of the most famous of all his creations was a car that was miraculously saved from the tragic fire that destroyed his shop in 1957.

The Ala Kart, was the brainchild of George Barris, originally owned by Richard Peters, and helped along by the one-and-only Blackie Gejeian.  AND, since this is the first time I had questioned George about the car, I wanted his story on the original build & showing of  the Kart, as well as his impression of the restoration that Roy Brizio and his crew had done on the car for its current owner, John Mumford.

SO, on a Sunday morning before we all left the KKOA Salina get-together in July of 2009, George, John D'Agostino, and myself,  shared some important  "mike time" and George gave me the full story.   

If you've only "seen" The Ala Kart, read about The Ala Kart, and heard about it for years, and years...for the first time on the Hall Of Fame Legends Series you can now hear the man who built it, in his own words, explain how it all came together:

GEORGE BARRIS with "THE ALA KART STORY"...

      

This radical-for-its-time unit, based-on a '29 Ford Pickup, cost around $15, 000.00 to build,  and won the prestigeous "America's Most Beautiful Roadster" Award at the Oakland Roadster Show two years in a row: 1958 & 1959.

                         

It was also the first car to launch George Barris into the world of model kits.  The AMT kit is shown above left,  and the recent Danbury Mint version above right, proved to be consistent best sellers from the time they hit the market.

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To hear Blackie Gejeian's  story of The Ala Kart, and that famous "bathroom mirror" tale, just click-on here .

 For a look at many of George Barris' great cars - both past & present - just go to George's Website: www.barris.com