Kustoms Illustrated Number 34 – back issue
Another stellar issue with massive coverage of the best new custom shows in the USA! First up is Gambino Kustoms’ “The Sit Down,” in San Jose, California. Probably one of the best all-custom shows around today. “The Gathering of Kustoms” is another new show that promises great potential. You’ll see it here first, as we have exclusive coverage of this first annual show. Santa Maria is also covered in this issue showcasing some of the finest customs you’ll ever see! This issue also features three incredible custom cars. The East Coast is represented with Joe Genitempo’s very traditional styled ’50 Merc. Joe’s car was the recipient of the 2011 Lead East “Kustoms Illustrated pick” and looks like it came straight out of 1954! Craig Hahn’s ’55 Ford F100 with its early ’60s vibe is photographed in all its candy coated glory. Truly a unique and one of a kind kustom you will enjoy reading about. Our cover and main feature car this issue is a gorgeous chopped ’40 Mercury hailing from Chula Vista, California. Mike Bello’s coupe is built in the utmost traditional style and was photographed at the Chula Vista boat launch dock at sunset. History-wise, we continue with the never before published photos from the Larry Watson collection. This time around, Rik Hoving focuses on some of the later model Pontiacs and Mercurys that Larry painted. We also take a look at one of the more famous East Coast customs from the late ’50s and early ’60s; Anthony Abato’s “The Comet.” Tony’s ’54 Olds convertible was a staple on the custom car show scene, and we document it’s colorful history with never before seen photos and information.