Ed Roth’s Outlaw/Excalibur/Excaliber

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Note: To honor the memory of the late Ed Roth, I am reposting (with a new image gallery) this brief tribute from 2010. Nine years ago (April 4, 2001), we lost Ed “Big Daddy” Roth. I felt fortunate that two months prior I had a chance to say hi to Ed and get him to… [Read More]

Fiberglass T Bucket Body History

Fiberglass T Bucket Body Curt Hamilton Cal Automotive

We take the fiberglass T-Bucket body for granted. It seems like they’ve always been around, in abundance and economically priced: the ideal starting point for an exciting, budget hot rod.

T-Bucket History: Marty Hollmann’s Hugely Influential T-Bucket

Martin Hollmann T-Bucket1

I first saw Marty’s T-bucket on the cover of January 1961 Car Craft and was fascinated. I didn’t understand the beauty of symmetry, but I loved this T-bucket.

Speed Scene Live airs T-Bucket report

Bob Beck Great American Auto Scene 7

Legendary hot rod and racing announcer Bob Beck has a regular feature on Speed Scene Live. It’s called the Great American Auto Scene (G.A.A.S.) and Bob’s report on the history and significance of T-Buckets begins at about the 27 minute mark of the show. Here’s the link where you can watch it …

Tweedy Pie T-Bucket Sells for About Half What it Did Four Years Ago

Tweedy Pie T-Bucket Ed Roth

This historic T-Bucket was originally sold by it’s builder, Bob Johnston, to Ed “Big Daddy” Roth for $1150. By early 2007, when stupid money was bidding up every hot rod of any significance, it sold for $335,500. Last Friday, it sold for …

Speedway Motors’ New Tribute T-Bucket: What goes around, comes around

Tribute T Bucket Speedway Motors

First glances will quickly confirm that this T-Bucket kit is quite different from what has become the conventional T-Bucket style that is more reflective of those built in the 60s and 70s. The new “Tribute T” has a clean, lean and …

Who Built the First T-Bucket With Spindle Mount Wire Wheels?

first T-Bucket spindle mount wire wheels

By the 1970s Fad-T era, front wire wheels were the norm for T-Buckets. I’ve researched this subject over the years, bounced it off others, and now feel confident the cycle wheel trend setter award goes to none other than …

Bob Johnston’s T-Bucket, Later to Become Ed “Big Daddy” Roth’s Tweedy Pie: Part 2

Tweedy Pie T-Bucket by Bob Johnston

The Tweedy Pie T-Bucket was built in the 1950s by Bob Johnston, gained its own recognition as a magazine cover car and then rocketed to T-Bucket superstardom after it was sold to Ed “Big Daddy” Roth.