T-Buckets of the 1950s

Kookie Kar Gary Defer

Kookie Kar Kopy of Gary DeFer

“Yes, I copied the Kookie Kar and Ivo’s T,” said Gary DeFer when I met him at the 2017 T-Bucket ...
first rail dragster Dick Kraft Bug

First Rail Dragster: “The Bug”, Dick

Bet you didn’t know that the first rail dragster was actually a stripped down Model T roadster. While Big Daddy ...
Bob Johnston Tweedy Pie T-Bucket

Bob Johnston’s T-Bucket, Later to Become

Beyond Norm Grabowski’s “Kookie Kar”, one of my other significant influences was a short wheelbase T ...
Buzz Pitzen T-Bucket

The World’s First Fiberglass T-Bucket Hot

It’s time to update my original two-part story done over ten years ago about Buzz Pitzen building “the ...
Buzz Pitzen T-Bucket

The World’s First Fiberglass T-Bucket Hot

As noted in Part I, Buzz Pitzen’s T-Bucket was the world’s first using a fiberglass body. It paved the way ...
Marty Hollmann T-Bucket roadster

T-Bucket History: Marty Hollmann’s Hugely

Martin Hollmann is without a doubt the most underrated T-bucket builder of the 50’s and 60’s. I first ...
T-Bucket Bill Strickland

Bill Strickland T-Bucket Roadster

In the mid-1950s Tommy Ivo built one of hot rod history’s two most influential T-Bucket roadsters. At the time, ...
Don Brusseau T-Bucket Rod and Custom cover

Don Brusseau T-Bucket: 1949 to Today

In 1967, I was fascinated by the incredible detail of the Don Brusseau T-Bucket that appeared in two of the major ...
Don Garlits First Dragster T-Bucket

Don Garlits First Dragster Had T-Bucket Roots

I’m reposting this past Don Garlits story, because after visiting the Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing and ...
Hooked on T-Bucket Hot Rods Podcast

Don Garlits Reveals What Motivated Him to Change

  Yep. Big Daddy Don Garlits first real “rail job” dragster came about after he removed the body from ...
TV Tommy Ivo T-Bucket Podcast Episode

TV Tommy Ivo T-Bucket Interview Kicks Off Our

The enthusiastic reception for the Introductory Episode of our “Hooked on T-Bucket Hot Rods” Podcast has ...
Grasshopper Roadster 1923 T-Bucket Geraghty Crawford

Grasshopper Roadster T-Bucket Tribute: Beauty

I’m republishing this post from four years ago because friend Timmy McMaster (Y-Block Guy) recently published a ...
Galpin Auto Sports Bob Johnston Tweedy Pie

Galpin Auto Sports Museum Does T’s Right

This past weekend I was in SoCal and among other T-Bucket activities took in the 7th Annual Galpin Car Show, one of ...
Larry Ryan T-Bucket

The Larry Ryan T-Bucket Legacy

The Larry Ryan T-Bucket isn’t likely to be found in the annals of T-Bucket history. But for me it deserves a ...
Brock Yates Duffy Livingstone Eliminator

Farewell Brock Yates, Duffy Livingstone

I learned yesterday that legendary automotive journalist, Brock Yates, after suffering with Alzheimer’s for the last ...
Blackie Gejeian Americas Most Beautiful Roadster

Farewell, Blackie Gejeian, Hot Rod Legend and

Last month, a third generation California Central Valley raisin rancher passed away at the age of 90 and the hot rod ...
Roth Outlaw Tribute

Roth Outlaw Tribute Car You’ve Just Gotta&

One of hot rodding’s most famous cars is Ed Roth’s Outlaw. Built in 1959 as the beatnik embodiment of a ...
T-Bucket car show Norm Grabowski Kookie

The Best T-Bucket Car Show Ever!

With the 2016 T-Bucket Nationals in Indianapolis less than 30 days away, I thought it a good time to write about what ...
1915 T roadster Marcus Edell

1915 T Roadster Built by John Gates in High

No, the photo below wasn’t taken in 1956, although with the Chevy Delray and the cool 1915 T roadster it sure ...
Von T Von Esser Speed Shop

Von Esser Speed Shop “Von T” Still

Yesterday, the distinctly different proportions of the Von Esser Speed Shop “Von T” jumped out of my ...