Yes, this is a little BMW Isetta 600 with a supercharged V8 strapped to the back of it. I saw this car a few times over the course of my summer in Detroit, Michigan, and it was a showstopper every time. I finally caught up with the owner at the Woodward Dream Cruise, and he was hppy to tell me about the car. From what I can remember it has a supercharged Rover V8 and puts down around 300rwhp. That is a staggering amount for such a small car, and even more staggering for those tiny tires. The owner said he doesn’t really drive it fast because it cannot handle well with all that rearward weight, but as a cruiser it turns more heads than anything on the road. Obviously this BMW hot rod is completely unique, with custom airbrushing on top of its custom mechanical setup. This is just a fun car all around, and it was awesome to see in person. Enjoy the gallery.
Courtesy of one of my family members, Sheryl Paul, here is this 1948 Ford pickup truck custom, in possibly the most searing shade of orange I have ever seen. The custom job on this truck has turned it from mild to absolutely mean, with a stance that other duallies could only dream of. The front bumper is gone and gives the front end a new lease on life–it looks quite special for a truck. Genuinely, I wish we saw more trucks like this.
Spotted by: Sheryl Paul
-Albert S. Davis
It takes a special sort of car to pull off the color purple, and this does it as well as any of them. This beautiful Mercury custom was sitting at the Burger King on Woodward Ave during the Dream Cruise this summer. I am a huge fan of this type of car, so I am happy to add this to the features we have done on Sh’Boom and others. I wasn’t able to talk to the owner of this car so I really don’t know anything about it. I sure enjoyed seeing it though. Enjoy.
Every dad dreads the day that some other man will come to pick up his daughter for the first time. Now usually a guy in a Mustang is bad news, but if he rolls up in this thing then a father’s worst nightmare has become a reality. This 1930 Ford has obviously had a lot of custom work done, slamming it to within a few millimeters of the pavement, but it has retained its original body and frame from the Prohibition Era. Powering this ominous carriage is a 302ci Ford V8 with an Offenhauzer intake, and with those short, terminating headers it makes quite a racket. This is a really badass car, one that draws attention in any crowd of cars. Its edges are rough as hell, but there aren’t too many cars out there with more in the way of character and personality. Here comes Trouble!!! Read the rest of this entry »
This Beautiful 1940 Ford hot rod was at the Shell station in Royal Oak on one of the Saturday cruise nights this summer. Its beautiful airbrushed flames really made it stand out in the crowd. I’m a sucker for a nice blue, so these flames were really my thing. Enjoy the pics.
This is Sh’Boom, a well known custom hot rod here in Michigan. It has a similar scraper design to the Mercury I posted a few weeks ago, but Sh’Boom is a totally different sort of car. Every part of this car is nothing short of immaculate, and it clearly has many hours of craftsmanship at its very core. Sh’Boom also has some very badass touches including knee-cappers sticking off each of the front wheels. Also, those huge angled canister exhausts are flamethrowers that can shoot 15-foot flames: so tailgating will not be tolerated. I caught the car’s flame show on video as it left. The owner didn’t give it everything, but flames are still flames.
Honestly this is the most epic custom hot rod I have ever seen. It is a rolling circus attraction, with a touch of good old American bad-assery. It brings out the child in everyone who sees it. Whether or not this is your kind of car, if you are a true gearhead, you will appreciate it as a true work of art. My jaw hit the ground when I first caught site of Sh’Boom, and I am very glad I got to take some solid pictures of it. This is an automotive masterpiece, and I hope you’ll enjoy it as I did.
Spotted this seriously sinister Ford scraper on the side of Woodward Ave last weekend. It was so cool that I had to turn around to get these pics of it. Awesome car, so badass. Enjoy.
There was supposed to be a massive car show today at the Birchwood Manor in northern NJ today, but due to the threat of thunderstorms, the officials postponed it to next week. On my way back home, I spotted this slick lime-green 1934 Ford coupe (complete with some nice flame outlines) about to find out that the car show was cancelled.
Spotted by: Al
Saw this yesterday driving next to the Boston Common, making quite a ruckus as it came down the street. Looks like it came straight out of American Graffiti.
Spotted by: Al
Guy had others like it
Found at the 5th Annual Sonic Meet, in Morgantown, Pennsylvania. One of the straightest and cleanest hot rods I’ve seen in quite some time.
Spotted by: Al