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…

Why Run A Flathead Or Small-Block When You Could Run A Maserati…

Much as we all love the ol' iconic Model T or A Ford with small-block V8 and primer paint, the landscape at Billetproof is so dominated by such machines- seemingly acres » 9/21/08 1:30pm 9/21/08 1:30pm of 'em- that it takes something really to make passersby stagger back in slack-jawed awe. This is such a car. In addition to the 300-horsepower,…

The Patinas Of Billetproof Nor-Cal 2008

We saw a lot of great stuff at the Billetproof Michigan show » 9/21/08 11:00am 9/21/08 11:00am, and this weekend we get the show in Antioch. I met up with the -owning, and we broke out the Nikons to capture the rusty, crusty, and- in some cases- sparkly surfaces to be found. Stay tuned for more Billetproof fun as the week progresses (and I get…

Roadster Rods Or Kool Kustoms?

While the cars at the Billetproof show come in all sorts of old-skool flavors, there seem to be two ends of the spectrum: hot rod roadsters on one side, and kool kustoms on the other. We know the two don't always have to be mutually exclusive; after all, just look at some of the creations from Autorama Detroit. But… » 6/10/08 3:20pm 6/10/08 3:20pm

Flame Jobs Or Surface Rust?

Some may argue that the only proper finish for a hot rod or kustom is a good ol' flame paint job. But at Billetproof we noticed that many of the rides have adopted the growing trend of a natural (or natural-looking) surface rust. It really depends on the car, and the owner's preference. We dig both, so we'll let you… » 6/09/08 6:00pm 6/09/08 6:00pm

Billetproof Burnout Contest, Yee Haw!

All right boys, you know the rules: Chain up your axle to this here block of cee-ment, spray it all down with water, and roast them tahhrs. Whoe're makes the most smoke wins! Can you think of a better way to spend a Saturday afternoon in America? Didn't think so. » 6/09/08 5:00pm 6/09/08 5:00pm

Billetproof: All Ate Up With Motor

Summer is car show season in Michigan. So, after checking out the Orphan Car Show last weekend, this past weekend we went up to the little town of Davisburg to hang out at Billetproof. Basically, it's the most badass Hot Rod show there is. No six-figure trailer queens here. This is a show where surface rust is loved… » 6/09/08 4:20pm 6/09/08 4:20pm