Kustoms Illustrated

KustomsIllustratedReview webKings of Kustoms is an in-depth look at the art, history, and wild culture of customizing cars. Each episode will concentrate on one artist, genius, and pioneer in this glamorous, greasy world of custom cars and four-wheeled movie stars.

The first episode, of a planned 13 in the series, features the "king" of the Kings of Kustoms: Gene Winfield. The program begins with Gene reminiscing with the "Century Toppers," a group of guys who were at the forefront of the nascent car customizing craze in the 1940s and 50s, and moves on to Gene's Hollywood cars (including "Blade Runner" and "Back to the Future"), the Winfield fade paint technique, and great interviews with the king sharing his customizing philosophy. Plus, there's a special feature with Gene strapping into his own custom race car dubbed "The Thing" at El Mirage last summer to attempt another world Land Speed Record ... at age 83. The video is beautifully shot in 35mm HD digital with an original sound track by The Deadlies. Watch for future episodes featuring George Barris, Darryl Starbird, Alex Gambino, and more!