T-Buckets of the 1950s

First Rail Dragster: “The Bug”, Dick

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’s T-Bucket, Later to Become

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 ...
The World’s First Fiberglass T-Bucket Hot

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 ...
The World’s First Fiberglass T-Bucket Hot

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

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 ...
Bill Strickland T-Bucket Roadster

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: 1949 to Today

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 Had T-Bucket Roots

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 ...
Don Garlits Reveals What Motivated Him to Change

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 Interview Kicks Off Our

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 T-Bucket Tribute: Beauty

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 Museum Does T’s Right

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 ...
The Larry Ryan T-Bucket Legacy

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 ...
Farewell Brock Yates, Duffy Livingstone

Farewell Brock Yates, Duffy Livingstone

I learned yesterday that legendary automotive journalist, Brock Yates, after suffering with Alzheimer’s for the last ...
Farewell, Blackie Gejeian, Hot Rod Legend and

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 Car You’ve Just Gotta&

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 ...
The Best T-Bucket Car Show Ever!

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 Built by John Gates in High

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 Esser Speed Shop “Von T” Still

Von Esser Speed Shop “Von T” Still

Yesterday, the distinctly different proportions of the Von Esser Speed Shop “Von T” jumped out of my ...
John Geraghty Automotive Founder, Grasshopper

John Geraghty Automotive Founder, Grasshopper

It was sad to read in yesterday’s LA Times that “John J. Geraghty, an automotive engineer who made his ...