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ELDEN & JERRY TITUS: EARLY YEARS AT STARBIRD'S & THE VOODOO SPIDER !


                       

ELDEN TITUS' MOST FAMOUS QUOTE  WAS: "Profile Is Everything !",  and he proved that time-and-time again with the cars he built for himself...and for others.

Always changing, never wanting to "build the same car twice", Elden was a force in the Rod & Custom Industry for many, many years.  His untimely death in October of 2008 left a void in the that will never easily be filled.

BUT, for all his talent  & creativity, Elden was a mild-mannered, kind, generous individual that enriched the lives of all he touched.

   IRONICALLY, even though he built many groundbreaking customs through the years, his breakthrough car was the beautiful, "space age", all-metal machine, that was styled like nothing else before it !  

It was the VOODOO SPIDER, and, as with all of the cars that Elden built, it didn't just look cool...it was built to be driven !  In fact, when Elden & I first met in 2004 at Darryl Starbird's Hall of Fame Induction Ceremonies & Car Show, Elden had the Spider there and while I was standing on the show grounds checking-out some of the customs, Elden pulled up next to me and asked me if I wanted a ride in it !   Really ?!   Of course !!  So I hopped-in and we took off around the grounds in the Voodoo Spider...and that was truly an experience to remember !!!

(Photo at the Top of the page courtesy of the Darryl Starbird Collection; Photo of Elden & myself from my personal collection at the 2006 KKOA Lead Sled Spectacular in Salina, Kansas.)

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  SO, IN THE VERY FIRST INTERVIEW that we did with Elden, and his brother, KKOA Founding President JERRY TITUS, for the Hall Of Fame Legends Series on July 29th, 2006, at the 2006 KKOA Lead Sled Spectacular in Salina, I had to ask Elden & Jerry about working for Darryl Starbird in their early years.

Also, I wanted to know about  Elden's '49 Buick kustom (shown here) ...and, of course,  the iconic "VOODOO SPIDER", and where his inspiration for building that magnificent car had come from.

Turns out, that as with most of Elden's classic kustoms, it had started as a model that he and Jerry made...40 years earlier !   They started with an AMT '62 Thunderbird Kit...and Elden turned it into the "real life" Voodoo Spider !

                

I'VE HAD THIS INTERVIEW IN my Archives for all these years, it isn't very long, but I have been asked about the VOODOO SPIDER so many times that I wanted you to hear this to honor Elden for one of the neatest cars he ever built, and to fill you in on the early days that he & Jerry spent learning "how to do it right" under Darryl Starbird's guidance.

Thanks again, Elden, my friend...you were always t-h-e BEST !   AND, Jer, thanks for your continued help and support !   JK

(Photo of Elden's 1949 Buick Kustom shown above courtesy of our old friend Dick "Fuzzy" Fuerholzer.)

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THE KC SLAMMERS !  Elden Titus was a long-time member & staunch supporter of the fantastic KC Slammers Model Car Club...based in the Kansas City, Missouri, area.  They're a great group that honors Elden every year at the KKOA Lead Sled Spectacular in Salina, Kansas, and you should check-out the Info on their Website !

Our friend, Ellis Kendrick, is the Webmaster...does a great job, and would love to have you join the Club if you love & build Rod, Custom, and, Automotive Fantasy-styled, car/truck/bike models !   Here's the Link to get to their cool site:  http://kcslammers.com/

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   GARY MEYER'S "VAMPYRE" BUILT By Elden & Gary, won the 2007 "Go For The Gold" Grand Prize Award at Darryl Starbird's 43rd Annual Tulsa Rod & Custom Show !  (Photo of Gary & Darryl courtesy of the Darryl Starbird Collection.)

  Gary's "Vampyre", as well as Elden's "Voodoo Spider" are currently on display at Darryl Starbird's National Rod & Custom Car Hall Of Fame Museum.    FOR INFO, go to www.darrylstarbird.com 

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  TO HEAR TAMMY TITUS, Elden's Wife (shown on here with TV/Film Star John Schneider), and, GARY MEYER'S Interview on finishing-up the build of the Elden's "Dream Car" the VIBRASONIC...just CLICK-ON-THIS-LINK  !

  TO HEAR ELDEN'S STORY about the early building of the VIBRASONIC...simply CLICK-ON-HERE !

NOTE: Tammy Titus/John Schneider photo courtesy of Royboy Productions; Vibrasonic artwork/images pic courtesy of Sal Salvador.