• Short Summary

    NO MATTER HOW MUCH MONEY AMERICAN CAR MANUFACTURERS SPEND ON GIVING THEIR GLEAMING PRODUCTS THE VERY LATEST STYLING, POWERFUL ENGINES AND LUXURY FITTING, THERE IS ONE GROUP OF MEN WHO ARE NEVER SATISFIED.

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    NO MATTER HOW MUCH MONEY AMERICAN CAR MANUFACTURERS SPEND ON GIVING THEIR GLEAMING PRODUCTS THE VERY LATEST STYLING, POWERFUL ENGINES AND LUXURY FITTING, THERE IS ONE GROUP OF MEN WHO ARE NEVER SATISFIED. AND AT LONG ISLAND ARENA, NEW YORK, AUGUST 24 WHERE A THREE-DAY SHOW OF "CUSTOM-BUILT" CARS OPENED, THEY DISPLAYED VEHICLES THAT COULD HAVE FROM SCIENCE FICTION.

    THE ENTHUSIASTISTS DEFINE "CUSTOMIZING" A CAR AS REBUILDING AND RESTYLING THE EXTERIOR OR MECHANISED PARTS TO A DEGREE WHICH MAKES IT SINGULARLY ONE OF A KIND. OR IN OTHER WORDS "MY CAR ISN'T LIKE ANY OTHER CAR."
    ONE THAT WAS SO DIFFERENT, THE DRIVER USED HIS KNEES RATHER THAN HIS HANDS, IS "EXPLORER," OWNED BY RAY BESASIE OF MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN. A HYDRAULIC STEERING PANEL REPLACES THE CONVENTIONAL STEERING WHEEL. AND TO PROVE IT WORKS, MR BESASIE DROVE 1,000 MILES TO THE SHOW USING ONLY HIS KNEES. THE ENGINE HAS BEEN MODIFIED AND ONCE POWERED A CADILLAC. THE CAR, BUILT OF ALUMINUM ALLOY THROUGHOUT IS AIR CONDITIONED, TOOK 4,500 HOURS TO BUILD AND COST 20,000 DOLLARS.

    ANOTHER ENTHUSIAST'S DREAM IS "WHITE CLOUD," A 1956 OLDSMOBILE, CUSTOM BUILT BY DON IGEL. THE COCKPIT BOASTS A RECORD PLAYER AND THE TRUCK HOLDS A LAVISHLY EQUIPPED COCKTAIL BAR. "GHOST ROD," EQUIPPED WITH A 325 H.P. ENGINE, IS ANOTHER OF THE FEATURED CARS.

    SPEED IS NOT THE PRINCIPAL CONSIDERATION OF THE "CUSTOM" ENTHUSIASTS DURING THE SHOW TROPHIES WILL BE AWARDED FOR SAFETY, STYLE, CRAFTSMANSHIP AND ORIGINALITY. ADDITIONAL GLAMOUR WILL BE PROVIDED BY A MISS CUSTOM AUTO BEAUTY COMPETITION.

    ONE OF THE CONTESTANTS POSED ON A TWO-WHEEL ENTRY, A HARLEY DAVIDSON MOTORCYCLE, WITH A BOOSTED ENGINE, HAND-MADE SADDLE BAGS AND A RED LIGHT ON EACH WHEEL SPOKE. IT COST 4,000 DOLLARS.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA7BU53CHYECO1JX6P9NCRGO49Y
    Media URN:
    VLVA7BU53CHYECO1JX6P9NCRGO49Y
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    25/08/1961
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:51:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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