When legendary hot rod builder Barry Lobeck passed away in 2011, he was deep into the new build of another classic 1932 Ford Roadster, employing the “Lobeck Look” that he became famous for.
“What exactly is this ‘Lobeck Look’?” asked Hotrod.com writer Tom Bernsau after Barry’s passing in 2011. “It’s tough to pinpoint. Most people talk about the right rake, but it also means the right chop, traditional wheels and tires, and those cool V’d spreader bars. Traditional, simple, tasteful, elegant, timeless—those words only begin to define it. Luckily, they don’t have to; the cars define themselves.”
Richard Wood knows the Lobeck Look very well. Richard Wood Kustoms is home to master fabricator, welder, body and paint specialist Richard Wood and his team, all of whom are WyoTech graduates. Richard has been a Barry Lobeck fan since his early days in hot rodding.
When it was time to finish Barry’s final project, they turned to Richard, and now at the 2016 SEMA Show, the world will get to see the completed project.
Presented by Mecum Auctions, Richard Wood Kustoms, Wyotech and Gold Eagle Co., makers of STA-BIL® and 303® Products, those attending the 2016 SEMA show will get to see the completed car and meet Richard Wood and his team along with Tommy Perkins, owner of Seamsridiculous and another WyoTech graduate who completed the car’s upholstery.
Barry and Richard’s ’32 Ford Roadster will be on display throughout SEMA at the Mecum Mobile Experience, Booth Number 61041 in Silver Lot 2 of the Las Vegas Convention Center (outside). Richard will be meeting and greeting at the following times:
Tuesday, Nov. 1
10 a.m.-noon: Car Unveil with Richard Wood, Mecum Mobile Experience, Booth 61041
Wednesday, Nov. 2
10 a.m.-noon: Mecum Mobile Experience, Booth 61041
1-2 p.m.: WyoTech Booth Number 23893
2-3 p.m.: Gold Eagle Booth 23720
Thursday, Nov. 3
10-11 a.m.: Gold Eagle Booth 23720
11 a.m.-noon: Mecum Mobile Experience, Booth 61041
1-2 p.m.: WyoTech Booth Number 23893
Also on display at the Mecum Mobile Exerpoence is a fabulous 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Split Window Coupe Resto Mod built by Jeff Hayes of American Speed Shop of Bloomington, Indiana. Hayes is no stranger to building show-winning Corvette Resto Mods, most notably ones based on the mid-year variety comprising the years 1963 to 1967. His latest creation sports a raucous 6.2 liter LS3 V-8 engine with 525 horsepower mated to a Tremec 5-speed manual transmission. The level of detail on this Corvette is amazing both inside and out with a professionally fabricated chassis, custom interior and custom platinum large flake and pearl mix paint on the exterior.
The two standout cars are not the only vehicles in the Mecum booth. The first of two rare and valuable motorcycles on display is a 1912 Thor Model U Twin. Thor was the house brand of the Aurora Automatic Machinery Co. of Aurora, Illinois, which produced Oscar Hedstrom’s Indian motorcycle design. George Hendee’s bicycle production facilities were sufficient to manufacture the cycle parts of his ‘motorcycles,’ but inadequate to cast and machine engines, so the work was subcontracted to Aurora. Part of the arrangement allowed Aurora to sell Hedstrom’s engine in the company’s own Thor motorcycles.
Finally, a superb 1934 Cotton Model 500 motorcycle will be on display. Based out of Gloucester, Great Britain, the Cotton Motorcycle Company was founded by Frank Willoughby Cotton in 1918 and produced its first motorcycle in 1920. Stanley Woods made Cotton famous when he won the Tourist Trophy Junior 350cc race at the Isle of Man in 1923. Cotton continued to produce motorcycles through 1980.
The SEMA Show opens at 9 a.m. each day and runs until 5 p.m. on Nov. 1-3 and 4 p.m. on Nov. 4. Please note that this is a trade-only event and not open to the general public.
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