American Icon: The Hot Rod takes an in-depth look at the history of the hot rod, a uniquely American automotive creation. The story comes full circle from documenting the birth of this Southern Californian craze in the 1950's to the past decades exotic world of million dollar custom creations to the current resurgence back to the retro, minimalist hot rod design.
Runtime: 60 minutes
American Icon: The Hot Rod - Ala Kart (custom car) - Netflix
Ala Kart is a custom car, a customized 1929 Ford Model A roadster pickup, built by George Barris, Richard Peters, and Mike “Blackie” Gejeian in 1957. Originally owned by Peters, it is a two-time winner of the Grand National Roadster Show “America's Most Beautiful Roadster” (AMBR) trophy (1958 and 1959) and Hot Rod cover car in October 1958. Featured in hundreds of car shows, Ala Kart has won more than 200 trophies. It has also made numerous appearances in movies, usually in the background of drive-in shots, and dozens of magazine articles since. It is considered by many to be “one of the most iconic hot rods ever built.”
American Icon: The Hot Rod - Restoration - Netflix
The 2008 restoration to 100-point status was done by Junior Conway and Bill Ganahl on the exterior at Brizio's, with the interior by long-time Ala Kart Howdy Ledbetter. The restoration was meticulous, even preserving the original scalloping. That year, Ala Kart would again be entered in the Oakland Roadster Show. It would lose (to Rudy Necoechea's deuce roadster, Undisputed).
American Icon: The Hot Rod - References - Netflix