The year 2012 marks the 80th anniversary of the 1932 Ford, a milestone car that combined the engineering innovation of Henry Ford- in the form of the first mass-produced V8 engine - with the styling sophistication of his son Edsel Ford. Nicknamed the "Deuce," the '32 Ford later became the quintessential hot rod symbol of youthful automotive enthusiasm and American ingenuity.
As part of the Petersen Automotive Museum's Deuce Week celebration of the 80th Anniversary of the '32 Ford, nine of the hottest hot rod builders in the country were invited to create pedal car versions of their personal style of hot rod. Each builder started with a pedal car 1932 Ford roadster, provided by Warehouse 36 . They then used their vision, craftsmanship and passion for hot rods to create one-off, remarkable customized collectables.
The customized '32 Ford hot rod pedal cars will be on display at the Grand National Roadster Show at the Pomona Fairplex, Pomona, CA in Building Nine from January 27th- 29th. The pedal cars will then be on display in the Petersen Automotive Museum lobby until being auctioned off at various locations throughout 2012 and 2013 by Barrett-Jackson and RM auctions. The proceeds will be donated to the Petersen Automotive Museum for on-going support of its programs, exhibits and collection. Auction information will be found at www.Petersen.org as it becomes available.
Petersen Powerhouse Pedal Car Builders:
* Mike Herman - H&H Flatheads; La Cresenta, CA
* Pete Chapouris - So-Cal Speed Shop; Pomona, CA
* Troy Ladd - Hollywood Hot Rods; Burbank, CA
* Troy Trepanier - Rad Rides by Troy; Manteno, IL
* Gene Winfield- Gene Winfield Rod & Custom; Mojave, CA
* Dave Lane - Fastlane Rod Shop; Donahue, IA
* Steve Frisbie - Steve's Auto Restorations; Portland, OR
* Ken Schmidt & Keith Cornell- Rolling Bones Hot Rod Shop; Greenfield Center, NY
* Automotive Restoration Students- McPherson College; McPherson, KS
Deuce Week is a four-day event beginning Wednesday, February 29, 2012. Events will include driving tours which will visit local hot rod builders and private collections. . On-site events at The Petersen include a Thursday night Hot Rod Legends Dinner honoring prominent hot rod builders, a Friday night Rock Concert featuring some of the biggest names in rock 'n roll and a Saturday "Deuce Day" car show featuring over 400 1932 Fords. The show will be limited only to original or reproduction 1932 Fords.
All proceeds raised during Deuce Week will help fund the Robert E. Petersen Free School Bus Program at the Petersen Automotive Museum which brings children from underserved schools to the museum for field trips. The Petersen Automotive Museum Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) charity. For more information, to buy tickets, or to register your 1932 Ford for Deuce Day, go to www.DeuceWeek.org.