On International Women’s Day We Recognize “Hot Rod Liz Kitzul”

Hot Rod Liz Kitzul T-Bucket
“Hot Rod Liz” Kitzul and her close to 200,000+ mile T-Bucket

On International Women’s Day, we would like to recognize “Hot Rod Liz” Kitzul, who in 1995 founded “The Lipstick Run” as an event for female hot rodders to travel together to events throughout North America. Liz, of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, has driven close to 200,000 miles in her own T-Bucket on all of the Lipstick Runs and this will be the Run’s 19th anniversary year. According to Liz, “Each year we hit a different car show – there are so many and all are excellent. We all have an exceptional time, visiting friends, going on shop tours, garage crawls, car shows and rod runs.”

T-Bucket Hot Rod Liz Kitzul Lipstick Run

They’ve traveled to the East Coast, California, Kentucky, Washington, the Carolinas and many other states, including Arkansas for a visit with the late T-Bucket luminary Norm Grabowski, and they take in classic car shows and cruises for their event. They usually don’t participate in the same event twice as there are so many.

Liz Kitzul T-Bucket Lipstick Run

Because it’s a bit out of the norm for a group of women to individually drive thousands of miles in their own street rods to attend events as a group, The Lipstick Run has garnered quite a bit of media attention over the years.

Lipstick Run Liz Kitzul T-Bucket

Not only is her T-Bucket a dependable highway cruiser, but it’s also great to look at.

Herb Martinez Paint Liz Kitzul T-Bucket
Custom painter Herb Martinez did this combination of sponge, solid colors and splatter with pinstriping on Liz Kitzul’s T-Bucket.

As “The Line Dr.” Herb Martinez describes it in his book, Herb Martinez’s Guide to Pinstriping Liz Kitzul’s T-Bucket “came all the way from Canada to my shop for work. I did it in dark magenta, Kansas City teal, and violet. The teal graphic was done in solid color and airbrushed with highlights and shades. The graphic in the front was an outlined splatter effect, and the violet panel graphic behind the teal was done in sponge and faded off on the ends. All the colors were used for the accent striping.”

Liz modestly describes her ride as, “purple T-Bucket, collapsible fold down top, belly-button engine, hauling my Tiltin’-Hilton. More specifically, it’s a Total Performance T-Bucket with a stock 305 Chevy and 3 speed automatic. Custom features include an extended pickup bed with hand made pull-hinge, frenched license plate, handmade dash, fenders, taillight treatment all by “Jimbo”. Other features include a stainless gas tank of 14 1/2 gallons for long-distance travel and Classic gauges, Ididit tilt, telescopic column with cruise control, and BFG T/A’s on Americans. Those custom graphics were laid down over PPG Wineberry paint by Cahill Body Shop that withstands driving to 47 states and 10 provinces. According to Liz, it’s “owned and built by a T-Bucket fanatic, who never gives up.”

Liz Kitzul T-Bucket
Liz Kitzul’s T-Bucket and “Tiltin’-Hilton” trailer before Herb Martinez graphics and new interior.

In recognition of her inspirational rodding activities, Liz has been inducted into the Canadian Street Rod Hall of Fame and is also a member of the Manitoba Motor Sports Hall of Fame.

Liz Kitzul Syracuse Nationals T-Bucket

At the 13th Annual Syracuse Nationals, Liz received their 2012 Highway Legend Award. In our own small way, on this International Women’s Day we would like to recognize Liz Kitzul as well for her contributions to the world of T-Bucket hot rodding.

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1 thought on “On International Women’s Day We Recognize “Hot Rod Liz Kitzul””

  1. That’s so funnie! Almost embarassing and yet complimentary.
    I looked myself up today July 16, 2013 and I found this tribute.
    Thanks everyone. Our 19th Lipstick Run is to Crookston, MN & then
    over to the Frog Follies in Evansville, IN. EXCITEMENT ABOUNDS!
    Our 20th next year will be outstanding.


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