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Rat Fink and Cars of Ed "Big Daddy" Roth...

 
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Nov 18, 2014 15:36 |  #1

Here are a few creations of Ed "Big Daddy" Roth, a key figure in the custom car scene of the 1960s. As a kid I built many of Ed's models.

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Rat Fink, Tweedy Pie, and the Orbitron

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1962 Rotar. Powered by two Triumph 650cc engines connected to fans, this thing would hover on a cushion of air.

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Weird Finkosel with Mr Gasser

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Roth car and Rat Fink collection

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Rat Fink inside the Galpin Auto Sports store.

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Nov 18, 2014 18:02 |  #2

AWESOME STUFF. I'm a big Roth fan & also built many of those kits back then & drooled over the magazine articles too.


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Nov 18, 2014 23:16 |  #3

It's nice to see those again, & they're good images of them. Thanks!


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Nov 19, 2014 07:49 |  #4

Thanks for posting these; what fun! I remember hearing about Roth and used to love to build hotrod models back in the early 60s myself.
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Nov 19, 2014 09:26 |  #5

Yes, nice to see a resurrection of Ed "Big Daddy" Roth collections. He was a car guys icon in the sixties. :cool:
I take it you're a car guy in California? ;)


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Nov 19, 2014 09:50 |  #6

Perfectly Frank wrote in post #17279969 (external link)
Here are a few creations of Ed "Big Daddy" Roth, a key figure in the custom car scene of the 1960s. As a kid I built many of Ed's models.

Great stuff. When I was a kid, one of my uncles had polio and would build car models as a hobby... many were Roth's designs... and give them to me. They were wicked cool. :D


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Nov 19, 2014 10:16 as a reply to  @ LV Moose's post |  #7

Rat Fink was a staple in my high school. LOL!! He was found throughout the place - much like kilroy was in the '40s and '50s.

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Nov 19, 2014 13:07 |  #8

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Yes, nice to see a resurrection of Ed "Big Daddy" Roth collections. He was a car guys icon in the sixties. :cool:
I take it you're a car guy in California? ;)

Yup, kind of a car and airplane guy from SoCal :)

Here's another from the car show. A poster showing George Barris and Ed Roth together in 1963 (Ed's on the right).

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And a Revell model poster

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Nov 19, 2014 14:17 |  #9

I did a lot of drawings back then based on his ideas. I might see if I can find the ones my mother kept fpr me. She was kind enough to keep them along with my report cards & vaccination records etc. They are here somewhere but not sure where.


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I did a lot of drawings back then based on his ideas. I might see if I can find the ones my mother kept fpr me. She was kind enough to keep them along with my report cards & vaccination records etc. They are here somewhere but not sure where.

Hey, that would be pretty cool to see.


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Nov 19, 2014 18:15 as a reply to  @ Perfectly Frank's post |  #11

Yeah, I grew up in Texas, but still, any kid that even thought about art class had to try to draw the RF!

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Yeah, I grew up in Texas, but still, any kid that even thought about art class had to try to draw the RF!

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Early this year, at a train station in los Angeles, I saw a guy in his 20s with a Rat Fink tattoo on his leg. So RF is still popular with some young people.


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Nov 20, 2014 07:32 |  #13

I wasn't able to find them last night but will try again tonight. I did find a few old drawings but not the set I'm thinking of. I also remember that back then I made up several Rat Fink Sweat Shirts using magic markers. Roth certainly had a fan base. He could have really hit it big now by having a YouTube channel.


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Nov 20, 2014 09:43 as a reply to  @ cicopo's post |  #14

Yeah, instead of being a millionaire using U.S. Mail - and instead using the internet for sales - he'd be a Billionaire!! LOL!!

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Nov 20, 2014 10:08 |  #15

Perfectly Frank wrote in post #17281666 (external link)
Yup, kind of a car and airplane guy from SoCal :)

Mid seventies would find me cruising Vanuys BLVD. on Wednesday evenings in my 1967 442, & Saturday nights would find me hanging out with the racers behind the B of A.
Other hang outs included Bobs Big Boy, (of course) but the in crowd were everybody knew everybody else was Tiny Naylors, which is long gone now. :(


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