These paintings are done from a set of slides my Dad, Don Cudworth, took back in the late ’50’s and early ’60’s. He and his friends traveled out to the Regional Drags in Inyo Kern, California. Except for a little cropping here and there, the images are all as Dad shot them.
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Trailer Wreck 48″x24″
Waiting For The Next Race, Inyo Kern 48″x30″
Open Fuel Drags, Inyo Kern 60″x48″
Weber Cams, Inyo Kern 60″x48″
Motor Monarchs, Santa Maria 60″x48″ To read more about this painting, click here.
Harley Springer, Santa Maria Airport 60″x48″
Motor Monarchs 60″x48″
This is a painting of Dave Marquez of Santa Paula and fellow members of the Motor Monarchs of Ventura. In this photo, they were at the races at Santa Maria Airport. I really loved the faces on these fellows, and the classic California Eucalyptus trees in the background.
I was amazed when my husband Eric found a copy of Hot Rod Magazine that featured this car! So great to see more detail and read the story. Regarding the color: The car was listed as having a paint job of Fluorescent Orange and Refrigerator White, so the painting and Dad’s photo are correct. Hot Rod Magazine always tweaked their covers to be red blue and yellow.
The article (July 1956) may be from later than Dad’s photo, because the car shows some new numbers. It was special for it’s time because the body could be removed in one piece, and it had won “America’s Most Beautiful Competition Roadster” at the Oakland Roadster Show. So now we know Dad had good taste, even back then.
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