DICK "MAGOO" MEGUGORAC, began building Street Rods in 1944...and his passion for these "drivers" (and if Dick built 'em they were "DRIVERS" ! ) carry's on to this very day !
In his early years, Dick was one of SoCal's most active Street/Strip Racer's, hitting El Mirage...and the boulevard's of L.A. Later, he and his brother-in-law, Al Riggen, were in the "slot car" business...and did quite well.
All during that time though, Dick kept on building street rod's out of his garage, and, at the urging of those who saw the quality work that he was doing, started putting cars together for others.
One of his first customer's was the Legendary Photographer/Street Rodder, ANDY SOUTHARD. Andy wanted Dick to work-over his '29 A, but didn't want anyone to know about it ! But the secret was out, others came following...and Dick was in business !
Dick was one of the prime movers in Street Rod fabrication & innovation. Some of his Industry Leading "firsts" were the use of Teflon bushings, packaged disc brake kits, and many other innovations that we'll cover in another part of this Interview.
BUT, in this great one-on-one session that Dick and I shared at Darryl Starbird's, I wanted to know how he began what was to become one of the most Legendary building career's that the Street Rodding Industry has ever had !
[AS A SIDEBAR: Dick & his wife, Lois, are old friends. I will tell you from personal experience, if you ever have the chance to meet Dick at a show, Cruise, or, any other function, make sure to spend a few minutes with him...he is one of the nicest people you'll ever meet, and one ot the B-E-S-T Street Rodder's of all-time ! JK ]