One of our favorite working artists of our genre, Keith Weesner, posted up a neat little piece of history today and we thought we’d share it with you. An integral piece of our historical survey of the original Rat Rod movement, this sketch is better than just about any stack of magazines of those early days that ran up through the late Nineties. Fact is, there were only one or two magazines actually covering this movement back then and they weren’t commercially viable enough to make it past just a few issues. Couldn’t imagine that, these days, huh?

Anyway, we won’t ruin this for you by running all over it. Here’s Keith in his own words, describing this sketch:

“Just found this- Not sure what year it’s from (97-99?) It was me trying to figure out how many younger-gen, So-Cal home-built traditional hot rods there were. I’m sure there were many others, but these were the ones I knew about. The scene was SO small compared to today, you could never make a list like this today! Many of these cars were changed or sold- (The Choppers only had 3 rods going at that time!)”

3 Responses to “WEESNER’S SKETCH PAD”

  1. Grant says:

    That is rad. Those cars right there were the ONES. I had the good fortune to call most of those guys my friends, worked on some of those cars, worked next to em, rode in them, drove a bunch of them, loved them. This must have been drawn soon after the second Viva Las Vegas weekender because Alex Izardi’s ’32 5-window is drawn with the frontend damage from when he crashed it in the top lot of the show that year! I even have photos of the whole thing…

  2. Grant says:

    i think at least 8 of those are still around fairly unchanged. Jimmy white’s hemi coupe isn’t black and red anymore though, he changed that somewhere around ’98-99 i think? Jeff V model coupe got wrecked, but the carcas is still around, Anthoney’s model a coupe got turned into the bubbletop…

  3. Zack says:

    The black ‘32 roadster with red wheels is mine. I still have it. Been a long time. Those were the days.


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