Billetproof Michigan 2010: Hot Rods And Sunshine

This year's Billetproof Michigan moved to Ypsilanti's lovely Riverside Park, and the new setting brought out some gorgeous rides from all over. It's an onslaught of awesome, billet-free hot rods below. » 5/21/10 4:45pm 5/21/10 4:45pm

The Patinas Of Billetproof Nor-Cal 2009

We heard that a lot of readers were using the Patinas Of Billetproof Nor-Cal 2008 images for their desktop wallpaper, so I decided to shoot a few more this year. Enjoy! » 9/20/09 1:30pm 9/20/09 1:30pm

Rust, Tatts, and Straight Pipes: Billetproof Nor-Cal 2009!

The rules for Billetproof, run by the same miscreants who brought you the Concours d'Lemons, are very simple: 1964 and older, no billet anything, no modern wheels, no fenderless cars with independent front suspension. » 9/20/09 10:30am 9/20/09 10:30am

KV Mini, Towed 1,000 Miles Behind MGB, Takes Worst Of Show At Concours…

We couldn't cover the first-ever Concours d'LeMons in Monterey last weekend, because Jalopnik's entire West Coast Bureau (me) was busy covering some dumb race in Merle Haggard country. No problem, though- we've got photos aplenty! » 8/22/09 4:00pm 8/22/09 4:00pm

The Paint And Chrome Artwork of Billetproof Texas

Billetproof is one of our favorite series of car shows, highlighting vintage-style hot rodding, various elements of car culture, and taking itself none-too-seriously. This beautiful gallery of photos is a peek at Billetproof Texas. » 8/06/09 5:30pm 8/06/09 5:30pm

Project Car Hell, Fun With Engine Swaps Edition: Hero Of Billetproof!

Welcome to Project Car Hell, where you choose your eternity by selecting the project that's the coolest... and the most hellish! We haven't done a serious Engine Mix-&-Match PCH for a while, so let's burn! » 6/28/09 11:50pm 6/28/09 11:50pm

The Stupidest Awesome Car At Billetproof 2009: Lowest Car Ever

This Ford Model A at Billetproof is the lowest vehicle we've ever seen. It's so low you can't get a foot under the frame. We're pretty sure it's being naturally clearanced. And that's just the start. » 6/09/09 5:15pm 6/09/09 5:15pm

This comes from a truly sick and twisted mind. We looked for the guy walking around with the…

Wilt Chamberlain's 1967 Ghia 450SS Spyder

Billetproof wasn't the only Detroit-area car show this weekend, we also popped over to Ypsilanti's Orphan Car Show, where we found the only car to make an appearance at both shows — Wilt Chamberlain's 1967 Ghia. » 6/09/09 10:30am 6/09/09 10:30am

Billetproof 2009: Miss Fugly Delivers On Name

Bad ideas in "Miss Fugly" are like stars in the sky, believe us, there were lots of scary/awesome rides at Billetproof, we've got the craziest later, but try to count the brilliant stupidity here. » 6/09/09 8:30am 6/09/09 8:30am

Billetproof 2009: Nomad Gasser Is Totally Awesome

If you think Billetproof is all crusty-cool rat rods with retro-ironic Indian blanket seats and hard-to-find parts, you're wrong. Proof? Check out this gorgeous custom Nomad gasser sporting a built 400 cubic inch V8. » 6/08/09 4:45pm 6/08/09 4:45pm

Billetproof 2009: GM 502-Powered Divco Delivery Van

We found ourselves at Billetproof Michigan this weekend, soaking up the vintage rodding wonderfulness. Let's start on the calm end of things with this GM 502 cubic-inch V8-powered Divco delivery van. It makes all the sense in the world. » 6/08/09 4:00pm 6/08/09 4:00pm

What Does The Billetproof Chief Perpetrator Drive?

When you're in charge of both Billetproof and the Concours d'Lemons, you aren't allowed to use a Camry as your daily driver. No, you must roll Kenosha style! » 5/03/09 9:30pm 5/03/09 9:30pm

The Door Art Of Billetproof Nor-Cal 2008

We thought we were all done with Billetproof Nor-Cal posts after the Mega Gallery » 9/29/08 3:20pm 9/29/08 3:20pm yesterday, but then we got all these shots from member and Assistant Perpetrator Nick Pon. While I was shooting , he was shooting door art (and some hood, trunk, and toolbox art as well). Like everything else at Billetproof, the styles…

The Billetproof Nor-Cal Mega Gallery

Now that we've put up a few small batches of photos of Billetproof patinas » 9/28/08 11:00am 9/28/08 11:00am, , and , it's probably time to share of photographs from last weekend in bustling Antioch, California. Making the jump will get you three big galleries, with photos by me (the first two) and (the last one). Enjoy.

The Shitty Splitty Triumphs Over Tennessee Rust... For Now

Of all the cars we saw at the Billetproof Nor-Cal » 9/25/08 4:40pm 9/25/08 4:40pm show in Antioch, this split-window VW Type 2 pickup was the hands-down winner of our Rustiest Vehicle Award. Originally a plumber's work truck in Tennessee (you can just barely make out the lettering on the sides), this Transporter became so rust-ravaged that it was…

The Engines Of Billetproof Nor-Cal 2008

We've seen the emblems » 9/25/08 2:00pm 9/25/08 2:00pm, the , and the of the show last weekend, and now it's time to look at some . Many, many small-block Chevy and Ford flatheads were present, of course, but we ( and I) made an effort to capture some of the less commonplace powerplants as well. Lots of photos here, so jump to see them all.

The Emblems Of Billetproof Nor-Cal 2008

I really love photographing car emblems and hood ornaments » 9/24/08 1:15pm 9/24/08 1:15pm, so you I had a good time at Billetproof Nor-Cal last weekend. also got some Emblem Pr0n shots for us, and you'll see the whole mess merely by making the jump! And, yes, you can download the desktop-wallpaper-ready image files below the jump. Click for all…

Ink, Beer, And Bettie Page Hair: The People Of Billetproof Nor-Cal 2008

As one might expect, the crowd at the Billetproof show tends to be heavy on tattoos and piercings, but (unlike, say, the inhabitants of your local hipster bar) these folks aren't just talking the talk; damn near everyone in the place had some connection to a pretty impressive set of wheels. And for your time-wasting… » 9/23/08 2:00pm 9/23/08 2:00pm

Spirit Of Billetproof Captured Perfectly: The Granada Rod!

Out of all the old Fords at the Billetproof Nor-Cal show, this one may have been our very favorite (yes, even beating out the undeniably awesome Maserati-powered Ford » 9/22/08 3:15pm 9/22/08 3:15pm). Why? It's really a Its creator had a bare, beat-to-hell shell sitting on one side of the garage… and a $100 '79 Ford Granada sitting on the other…