(Season 15 EP 43)
This Week’s Topics:
- John D’Agostino and Jo Coddington +
- We will miss Bill Blumenberg, original Cheater’s Car Club. +
- Need winter storage? +
John D’Agostino and Jo Coddington
This interview was recorded as part of the Iola Uncut Interview Series. *
John D’Agostino is a legendary custom car builder. While in college he customized a brand new 1970 Pontiac Grand Prix and entered it in the 1970 Oakland Roadster Show, where it won the prestige’s “Outstanding Custom” award. He begins working alongside Bill Hines where he learned styling tricks in leading and metal fabrication.
Eventually, he opened his own shop which he named D’Agostino Kustoms, also called Celebrity Kustoms. John as displayed his kustom cars in over 1000 shows worldwide. His cars have been featured in almost every automotive publication throughout the world. Most of his kustoms are on display at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, California. His kustoms have won many honors including multiple “Best of Show” and “Most Popular Car” awards along with many record-breaking prestigious awards, such as “World Most Beautiful Custom” honors.
D’Agostino has been inducted into the Academy Awards of Automobile Excellence (Branson, Missouri), the Oakland Grand National Roadster Show Hall of Fame, the San Francisco Rod & Custom, Kustom Kemps of America, the Darryl Starbird Hall of Fame, the Sacramento Legends of the Autorama, and a total of 7 Hall of Fame honors. John has made several guest star appearances on MTV, Speed, Discovery Channel, The Vintage Vehicle show, as well as many others around the world.
And now, John presents his own JD Crystal Award of Excellence.
Jo Coddington is a renown automotive spokesperson. Even before her role in the TV hit series American Hot Rod she made her mark in racing, custom building and autocross adventures. Her husband was Boyd Coddington, whom the show evolved around. He is considered the original pioneer of designing ultimate rides. The show came to a jolting stop with the death of Boyd.
Jo continues to honor Boyd with her involvement with automotive products and services. Her knowledge has helped companies find new applications, new products and services.
D’Agostino was on his way home from an international event when he heard that Jo was at the Iola Car Show and Swap. He decided to stop off and visit. It was Jo who brought John over to the Wisconsin Hot Rod Radio booth for this interview.
*The Iola interview series will include, Gene Winfield, Von Hot Rod, Bruce Larson with USA 1 dragster, Don Gartlis who is a legendary drag racer, Emily & Aaron from Flying Sparks Garage, Ian Roussel from Full Custom Garage, Barry Williams from the Brady Bunch TV Show, Jo Coddington and Duane Wade from American Hot Rod, Greg and Leah of the famous Greg’s Speed Shop, Johnny D’Augtino who is the authority in the custom car culture, Linda Vaughn is the historical figure in the automotive world. (Jo Coddington will be sitting in with many of these interviews) Keep checking with www.wisconsinhotrodradio.com for the play dates.
We will miss Bill Blumenberg. The original Cheater’s Car Club.
Bill was always a cool cat. Even as a teenager in the late 50’s he and his buddies formed the Cheaters Car Club. Which continues today with a young group who still live in the 50’s life style. With traditional rides, looks and slang.
He attended many of the local car shows and cruise ins. He would always greet everyone with a big smile.
One of his favorite stories was when he was very young and heading out to California to meet the famous Ed Roth. He and his friend jumped in a car with enough gas money and the clothes on their backs. When they arrived – Ed wasn’t’ there. So, they took a few photos and set out for home. Years later Bill and his buddy met with Ed and showed him the photos they had taken. Ed was so appreciative that he wrote Bill a letter that included an original drawing.
A memorial for Bill will be Saturday, October 30, 2021. Visitation will be from 12 pm to 2:45 pm. In a loving tribute to Bill the family has asked those attending to consider bring their hot rods.
Harder Funeral Home, 18700 West Capitol Dr., Brookfield, WI 53045.
Need winter storage?
Once again – Wisconsin Hot Rod Radio will be working with the Hribar Storage, LLC. If you are looking for either for cold or warm storage, give them a call at 262-672-1967.
They are located Southwest of Milwaukee in Franksville, Wisconsin.
They can take cars, motorcycles, RV’s, campers, boats and more.
Wisconsin Hot Rod Radio is not responsible for any items stored at this facility.
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