HE'S A FOUR-TIME GRAMMY AWARD WINNER, ONE OF THE BEST GUITARIST'S IN THE WORLD, and has put together some of the coolest customs of the last twenty years ! JIMMIE VAUGHAN is just as at home Crusin' the streets of his hometown in Austin, drivin' one of his cars to a Lead Sled Spectacular, or, playing a gig in the frozen north of Norway !
I had wanted to catch up with Jimmie for a long time, and we were finally able to get together at Darryl Starbird's for the 14th Annual Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremonies. He was there to see his long-time friend and customizing buddy, Gary Howard, be Inducted. Gary and I had done an Interview last year at the KKOA Lead Sled, and talked at length about the fabulous '61 Caddy that Gary had built for Jimmie.
SO, it was only natural when Jimmie and I spent some time together that I ask him his take on both Gary, AND, how he got that Caddy to begin with. What I found out from Jimmie was his enormous respect for Gary and his workmanhip, PLUS, how Jimmie's late-Mom played a pivotal role in obtaining the Caddy from the start !
This was Jimmie's first time to see Darryl's Rod & Custom Car Museum, so you'll also hear his feelings on this unique showcase for Rods & Customs located in Afton, Oklahoma.
JIMMIE VAUGHAN is one superb musician, one heck of a "Car Guy", and one of the nicest people you'll run into. Many thanks, Jimmie ! JK
(Above: an Original '61 Cadillac Coupe DeVille as pictured in the '61 Dealers Brouchure )
(Above left: Jonnie & Jimmie discussing some of the finer points of JK's INVICTA on display at the National Rod & Custom Car Hall Of Fame: Above right: Not to be left out of the fun, new HOF Member Gary Howard joins in...hey, if it wasn't for the wall in front of us we could have Cruised On Out Into The Nite ! These pix are from my Personal Collection.)
(Above photo Courtesy of Rodder's Journal #11)
For More Info, Pix, Merch, et al, check-out Jimmie's personal WebSite: www.jimmievaughan.com
NOTE: To Hear GARY HOWARD and his story of the Caddy Build-Up just click-on here: http://www.legends.thewwbc.net/gpage76.html
And, to see more of Gary's work go to his WebSite: www.garyhowardcustoms.com
(Lead Photo At Top Of Page Courtesy Of Petersen Automotive Museum)