JIM "BONES" NOTEBOOM WENT TO SCHOOL WITH LARRY WATSON, cruised "The CLock" Drrve-In in their hometown of Bellflower, California, and, with his first car - a 1950 Chevy - began putting together a string of the coolest custom cars you'd ever see !
I've known Jim for many years, but it wasn't until we met-up again at Darryl Starbird's 48th Annual Tulsa Rod & Custom Show that we had a chance to sit down and record some of his long, long history.
He, and his lovely wife, are just two of the most gracious, and, wonderful folks you'll ever meet, and once the Interview started, Jim's memories of the machines he's created were just spot-on perfect !
LET'S FACE IT: we're all "car guys / gearheads" or I wouldn't be writing this...and you wouldn't be reading it ! But, I wanted to know where Jim's passion for "Rolling Sculpture" began. Turn's out it started with the '50 Chevy shown here in 1957...and continues today.
On the way, Jim's been Inducted into the Grand National Roadster Show Hall of Fame, as well as Darryl Starbird's National Rod & Custom Car Hall of Fame...and he's had more magazine Feature Cars and Cover Cars than you could imagine.
JIM'S "PHANTOM WAGONS" have become legendary...always pushing the envelope; always stunning. The one he wishes he'd kept is the remarkable 1950 Buick...it's one of my personal favorites too ! This is the cover of the May, 2001 Issue of Custom Rodder.
"BONES" GOT SUPER-CREATIVE with this '39 Lincoln Zephyr Phantom Wagon. Code Name: Zef-Fire ! Shown here on the cover of Rod & Custom from April, 2003, our old friend, STEVE STANFORD, did the original concept drawing; master metal-man, KEN GINNINGS worked his magic on the four-door Zephyr and turned it into this beautiful two-door work of "Rolling Sculpture" !
ENJOY THIS RARE, very Special Interview with one of the B-E-S-T: JIM "BONES" NOTEBOOM ! JK
NOTE: The above logo, images & photo are courtesy of the Jim Noteboom collection.
Jim Noteboom's 2nd 1950 Chevy Custom with a Watson paint job...cool "pearled" roof here, my friends ! I always have loved those '53 Caddy Sombrero's...one of the best hubcap designs ever ! In fact, I've got one hanging in my Garage !!
(The above photo is from Larry Watson's personal collection and courtesy of Rik Hoving's Custom Car Archive)
BE SURE TO VISIT Jim's Website for a look at all of his cars, bikes, trucks, and, concepts: http://bonesconcepts.com/index2.htm
RIK HOVING'S Website in remarkable ! Make sure you check-it out !! Here's the Link: http://members.fotki.com/Rikster/