T-Buckets of the 1960s

Kookie Kar Kopy of 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 ...
Uncertain T Exposed!

Uncertain T Exposed!

I’ve been fascinated by and a fan of Steve Scott‘s radical Uncertain T since I first saw it on the cover ...
The Steve Scott Uncertain T

The Steve Scott Uncertain T

I was hugely influenced by the Steve Scott Uncertain T when it exploded on the hot rod show car world back in 1965. So ...
Alexander Brothers Ridler Award Winning “

Alexander Brothers Ridler Award Winning “

I first published this story about the Alexander Brothers Ridler Award winning T-Bucket 44 years after it won that ...
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 ...
Erv Campbell T-Bucket Then and Now

Erv Campbell T-Bucket Then and Now

While checking out all the cool T-Buckets at the 2017 T-Bucket Nationals in Carson City, Nevada I did a double take ...
Norman Letendre Traditional T-Bucket Roadster is

Norman Letendre Traditional T-Bucket Roadster is

You could say that the Norman Letendre traditional T-Bucket and the Bill Strickland T-Bucket roadster are birds of a ...
The George Gould East Coast T-Bucket

The George Gould East Coast T-Bucket

Up until 1962, pretty much every T-Bucket that had appeared in the Big 3 car magazines (Hot Rod, Rod & Custom, Car ...
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 ...
Fred Steele Roadster on “Ventures in&#

Fred Steele Roadster on “Ventures in&#

My original Fred Steele roadster post was done back in 2010. When I first wrote it I had no idea that I would be lucky ...
Fred Steele’s Ventures in Space T-Bucket

Fred Steele’s Ventures in Space T-Bucket

Once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the right person to become the owner of one of the most iconic T-Buckets ever built ...
Gene Winfield Needs Our Help!

Gene Winfield Needs Our Help!

At the age of 91, Gene Winfield has been the “Energizer Bunny” of customizers, traveling everywhere doing ...
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 ...
Fad T: Where Did That T-Bucket Term Come From?

Fad T: Where Did That T-Bucket Term Come From?

fad-T (also fad car) n. Any T-bucket roadster constructed entirely from new, prefabricated components, including a ...
2017 T-Bucket Nationals Preview: 1927 T Roadster

2017 T-Bucket Nationals Preview: 1927 T Roadster

When you visit the T-Bucket Nationals in Carson City, Nevada, June 22-24, you’ll have a chance to see the super ...
What’s the Indy 500 got to do with T

What’s the Indy 500 got to do with T

The Indianapolis 500 is known as “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” for good reason. But, I’m not ...