Kustom Trucks, Drag Racing, Art and Kulture in Irwindale

February 2nd, 2011

Text by Travis Noack

Photos by Travis Noack and Jason Mulligan

If you are a gearhead in any way, shape or form, the name Mooneyes has undoubtedly crossed your custom path. Mooneyes specializes in vintage speed and style parts for all sorts of hot rods, bed equipped or not. To celebrate the company’s long history with performance, style and grassroots hot rodding, every year Chico and the crew from Mooneyes hold a shindig to bring together everything from trucks, hot rods, customs, vintage drag cars and the culture that goes right along with it all.

This year the Mooneyes Summer Show stretched out across the grounds of Irwindale Speedway on July 18, and quite a few custom trucks were in attendance amidst ‘20s and ‘30s roadsters and sedans and custom-style cars from the ‘50s and ‘60s. In addition to walking through the impressive corral of custom machinery in attendance this show brings in a lot of culture, with vendors selling everything from custom tin signs to pinstriped panels and numerous top-notch examples of hot rod artwork. Of course, the Mooneyes booth was jumping all weekend with Moon-embossed goodies to transform your garage from an ordinary wrench room into a high-speed gearhead heaven. Speaking of speed, obviously with this company’s long standing quest to go faster, the drag strip was packed with drag cars and trucks pushing it to the limit on the eighth-mile strip of glory. Camshafts thumped and exhausts roared as smoke filled the air and the crowd cheered. The crew from Mooneyes plans to do it all again December 11, 2010, so make sure to head for Irwindale, California to experience this high-octane event firsthand. For more info, go to www.mooneyesusa.com (http://www NULL.mooneyesusa NULL.com/).

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