People Who Have Made A Difference:
Dick "Magoo" Megugorac
One of this hobby's earliest participants and best-known builders, "Magoo" got started in the early '40s. He has participated in the hobby throughout its evolution, and witnessed its changes.
I always believed in "build to drive". I'm not one for building a trailer queen. I've driven all over the United States. Forty years ago, it was nothing to jump in a car and go someplace for a rod run. I lived in the San Fernando Valley and if someone said, "Hey, we're driving up to the Bay Area," you'd say, "Lets go!" You'd never give it a second thought. Today they'd ask you if you were crazy. Today, for a lot or people, it's not that kind of world.
We'd use the cars for whatever we could think of. I've been on the road with Brian Brennan for years and years. Brian and Pete Chapouris and Jim Ewing used to hang together. They were all good drivers. We'd drive back East a lot. In addition to my '29 highboy, I had a '27 T touring. And I'd be going down the road in the touring car because it had the stock top on it. It was only good for 65 mph—70 was pushing it. So Brian and Chapouris and those guys would pass me. They drove like hell, but they would stop a lot. I would just continue driving. So I'd get there before they did!
There are still some guys who like to drive, like Andy Brizio. I've been across the country with Brizio quite a few times. He's one of the nation's real hot rodders. It's always interesting to go across country with someone like him, and it's nothing for him to jump in the car and drive across the country.
Another thing that has changed is that is that more people are driving later model cars. They're more comfortable, and with air conditioning and heat, they're more driveable in all weather and seasons. And they're cheaper and more readily available, so more people can get into it. I drive a '63 Chevy. I call it an old man's car because it's big and roomy. I couldn't get in my '29 today at my age!