Rocky Mountain Rod & Custom Car Show

Mayabb Designs Award for Colorado Car Show

Darrell Mayabb, illustrator, designer, and STREET RODDER contributor, has produced a magnificent trophy for the Rocky Mountain Rod & Custom Car Show. The "Crème de la Chrome Award" made its debut at the 2012 event in Denver.

Mayabb, a Colorado resident, was an obvious choice as the trophy's designer. "We are fortunate to have such remarkable talent available to us," Joe Haska said, founder of Greybeard Promotions Inc., which owns the show.

Several Denver-based companies and individuals joined Mayabb in building the trophy. Mayabb recreated the Statue of Liberty star design in the top portion of the wooden base. The topknot is a 20-inch custom car finished in chrome. Hans Reuters sculpted the car and its base. Jimmy Flintstone made a mold to reproduce the car in two sizes. The 8-foot original will bear engraved plaques with the names of the winners, who will receive reduced-sized replicas.

Inside Hot Rodding

The Tex Smith Autobiography

Inside Hot Rodding is a brand-new book chronicling the life and times of LeRoi "Tex" Smith and the hot rod hobby that no one knows better. Not only was Tex one of STREET RODDER magazine's founding fathers, he has an insider's viewpoint on virtually every corner of rodding—the magazines, NHRA, NSRA, Goodguys, clubs, racing, the explosive growth of street rodding, and the businesses that have grown up around the hobby. This no-holds-barred book is full of the kinds of things few of us know, and no one knows better than Tex.

This limited-edition book is being privately sold on a pre-order basis, so reserve yours early. For the inside scoop on our hobby, send $50 to Tex Smith AutoBio, P. O. Box 547, Driggs, ID 83422. Or you can use your credit card by calling Tex Smith at (800) 513-8133.

The Motor Press Guild

Greg Sharp Receives the Dean Batchelor Award

The Motor Press Guild (MPG), the largest automotive media association in North America, recently presented Greg Sharp with a Dean Batchelor Award for Excellence in Automotive Journalism. The Dean Batchelor Award, established by MPG in 1995, is presented in commemoration of the standard of excellence demanded by Dean Batchelor during his life as an editor, writer, and chronicler of the automotive industry. Sharp, curator of the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsport Museum, was recognized for his editorial piece, "The World's Fastest Hot Rod", published in the Spring '12 issue of The Rodder's Journal. The article explores Dan Webb's recreation of the historic Xydias and Batchelor SO-CAL Speed Shop streamliner.

As Director of NHRA Historical Services, Sharp played a key role in the formation of the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum and has served as curator since it opened to the public in April 1998. His colorful prose and attention to historical detail can be read in the Museum's Reunion programs as well as in its exhibits. "It's an incredible honor to receive the Dean Batchelor Award," Sharp said. "Dean was one of those people I looked up to and read about as a kid. I got to know both Dean and his partner Alex Xydias in the early '70s. Although he probably didn't realize it, he was my mentor and made a tremendous impact on me, especially in striving for accuracy in historical writing. To win an award named for him, for an article about something he and Alex achieved over 60 years ago, is just overwhelming."