FROM HIS EARLY DAYS IN RACING to building World Class, Award Winning Street Rods, DICK "MAGOO" MEGUGORAC literally did it all ! He was one of the Industries longest-running Legends.
Dick pioneered many innovations during his career, including the use of Teflon for suspension cushioning , and complete street rod build kits. But, one of his biggest challenges came when Ferrari Dealer, Brian Burnett, hired Dick to stuff a V-12 engine from a Ferrari 365 GT 2+2 between the rails of a Deuce Roadster.
Dick & his crew took-up that Herculian task and turned it into "THE DEUCARI"...which won the AMBR Award at the 1979 GNRS, and started a whole new concept of what you could install in a street rod...and ACTUALLY use on the STREET !
Dick, and his wife Lois, were old friends and since this was the first time we'd been able to get together for a few years I wanted to get his history recorded so that I could share some of his great stories with you right here on the Hall Of Fame Legends Series.
IN MAY, 2009, at Darryl Starbird's 14th Annual Induction Ceremonies Weekend at the National Rod & Custom Car Hall Of Fame, after we had breakfast on a Sunday morning, and before we left for home, Dick & I sat down for a nice long Interview.
The Deucari Story is one that I wanted to get his take on...BUT, then he almost topped that when he told me about a Cadillac Diesel-Install that he wasn't sure he wanted to do !! (Hmmm, I wonder: Should it have been called the "Deu-sel" ?? )
DICK "MAGOO" MEGUGORAC was one of the nicest, and most knowledgeable, long-time Street Rodders/Builders that you'd ever have the privilege of meeting, and I'm proud to have had him for a friend. JK
(Above 3 pix: The installed Ferrari V-12...a snug fit in the Deuce's engine bay; the Deucari wearing the Ferrari wires; the "driven" interior of the Deucari )
(Above: The Original-Style Ferrari 365 GT 2+2 that the Deucari engine was born in ! )
(All photos on this page courtesy of their original owners/copyright holders...with sincere thanks.)
NOTE: Dick's story about his early years & street racing in L.A. is priceless ! This is one you really need to hear ! Simply CLICK-ON-HERE ...listen, and, enjoy !
A TRIBUTE TO AN OLD FRIEND:
DICK "MAGOO" MEGUGORAC PASSED AWAY 1-12-2016...
A friend to everyone who met him, Dick was not only a Hall Of Famer, but one of the most-respected Hot Rod Builders on the Planet.
He and his wife, Lois, were friends who I knew for year's. The last time we saw each other was at the 20th Anniversary of Darryl Starbird's National Rod & Custom Car Hall Of Fame Museum in June of 2015. Dick was in good health then, and was just so much fun to spend time with. (Dick was a Charter Member of the NR&CC HOF Museum since its founding in 1995.)
He will be missed by all who knew him, and, since ALL Dick's car's were built not just to look at but to drive...you'll still see most of 'em on-the-road when their owner's take a Road Trip, or, head-out for a Cross-Country Tour
My sincere thoughts & prayers go out to Dick's wife Lois, and, their family & friends. It was truly an honor to know Dick, and to document his stories & history here on the Hall Of Fame Legends Site.
Dick loved doing the Interviews, it was all new to him, and his memories of all his cars, events, and, his personal rodding history, were a personal pleasure to record !
R.I.P. Dick, and thanks for the memories & your friendship.
Jonnie King (1-13-2016)