To promote the annual Doin’ it for the Kids Charity Car & Bike Show, organizer Maggie Marquez recently hosted a pinstripers exhibit art gallery/wine bar at dba256 in downtown Pomona. Titled One-Shot: The Art of Pinstriping, the exhibit comprised artwork and artifacts from numerous artists including Von Dutch, the originator of modern pinstriping and young artists like Stroke and Chillin.
Von Dutch items included a wooden flying eyeball sign from his old shop and a slot machine made when he worked at Planes of Fame, Stars of Cars. Both pieces, as well as Dutch’s original paint box, were loaned by Ralph Whitworth. Another “Dutched” item on loan from the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum was Art Chrisman’s helmet, striped and lettered by Dutch in the early ‘50s.
Stripers with work on the wall included Larry “Quicksilver” Fator from San Dimas, California, who has been painting for many years, along with Dennis Ricklefs and young guns like Scratch, Chilin, Harpoon and Stroke, whose 3D art was simply amazing. Photography included work from Jennie Ramos, Joseph Chavez and Mike Harrington, as well as contemporary images of both Von Dutch and Dean Jeffries. Also included in the exhibit was the work of Mario’s Auto Works in Montclair, California, which included an intricately painted hood, scooter and vintage telephone.
Proceeds from the hugely successful One-Shot exhibit went directly to support the 3rd annual Doin’ it for the Kids Charity Car & Bike Show held on June 4. According to Marquez, “All proceeds from the show, which is open to all comers, goes towards a campout at the So-Cal Fairplex Pomona for 300 underprivileged inner city kids. Monies raised are also used to purchase 20 bicycles for deserving children.” For more information about the Doin’ it for the Kids show, call 909.232.5904. For information about art shows at dba256, go to Dba256.com (http://www NULL.dba256 NULL.com/).
For more information about events at or organized by the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum, go to Museum.nhra.com (http://museum NULL.nhra NULL.com/). Meanwhile, get yer motors started for the 20th Annual California Hot Rod Reunion presented by Automobile Club of Southern California. Scheduled for the weekend of Oct. 21-23, the Reunion is the absolute Mecca of vintage drag racing and hosts the finals of the NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Series. It’s an event not to be missed. For tickets, call 800.884.6472.