JOE BAILON BUILT HIS FIRST CUSTOM CAR IN 1936, painted it and added scallops in 1937...and hasn't stopped yet !
A COUPLE OF MONTHS AGO I got a call from JOHN D'AGOSTINO, and he wanted to share with me a super idea: We were going to meet-up in Salina at the 32nd Annual KKOA Lead Sled Spectacular when he got back from Australia for our annual Sunday Morning Interview Session with John and, GEORGE BARRIS.
BUT, John said that since JOE "Candy Apple Red" BAILON was also going to be in Salina in 2012 it would be great if we would add him to our group...since I've never had the opportunity to document his history on the HOF Legends Site as of yet.
WELL ! I jumped at the chance, John said that he'd put the plan into action, and, what we ended-up with was one of the most unique and special Interview Sessions EVER for the Hall Of Fame Legends Series !
THREE HOF LEGENDS AT ONE TIME: George Barris, Joe Bailon, and, John D'Agostino !!
Joe was in fine form that July 29th Sunday Morning, did just a perfect job after he warmed-up to fact that we were recording his history, and gave me some of his fantastic personal stories that we'll be sharing during the coming months. (Joe is currently in the process of building a clone of his iconic "Miss Elegance".)
IN THIS FIRST STORY, Joe gives his complete history from his earliest days, and explains how he got his love for cars and customizing 'em. Joe will be 90 next year, but his memories are strong and vivid !!
However, the input of BOTH George Barris & my Cuz, John D'Agostino was what made this Session truly HISTORIC ! SO, you'll also be hearing their stories, as usual, along with Joe's.
Listen and enjoy this Historic HOF Legends Milestone...and, my humble thanks to George, Joe, and, Johnny D !
(Above : Joe Bailon's first car...a '29 Model A Coupe, with scallops ! Photo Courtesy of Kustomrama)
(Above: Joe Bailon's award-winning '41 Chevrolet "Miss Elegance" ! Photo Courtesy of Kustomrama)
(Photo at Top of Page: myself & Joe Bailon; Photo Above: Joe Bailon, John D'Agostino, myself, George Barris. These 2 photos courtesy of John D'Agostino)
BE SURE TO VISIT GEORGE'S GREAT WEBSITE FOR INFO, PIX, AND, KOOL THINGS TO BUY: www.barris.com
CHECK-OUT KOOL STUFF, INFO, AND MERCH AT JOHN'S SITE: http://www.johndagostinokustomkars.com/