Car Feature>> The Green Thing

On Saturday, December 12th 2009, Linhbergh and I arrived at a rather soggy Irwindale Speedway on a real mission.

Among the rows of customs and hot rods attending the Mooneyes Xmas Party event, we needed to find a feature-ready custom to shoot for Speedhunters

I had arranged for two pin-up models to attend the Xmas Party event, so we had no option but to find a machine for them to pose with.

The weather was pretty horrible that weekend, so we thought a nice big interior would be a great way to shoot the girls and make some cool content for Speedhunters.

So when I laid eyes on this amazing 1949 Buick I knew we had found our car!

The lime green paint was going to set off nicely against the moody grey backdrop, and it also helped that the owner, Sonny Vasquez, was standing right next to the car.

A quick word and he agreed to let us shoot the Buick….

Linhbergh had him move the car into a new position next to Irwindale's drag strip and the shoot was ready to begin.

As Linhbergh got busy shooting the Buick I started to interview Sonny to find out more about the car…

Sonny lives in Oxnard California, a bit north of Los Angeles. Although still a relatively young guy, he's been submerged in custom culture for at least 20 years.

His father was one of the OG rodders of the 1950s so a love of rod and custom culture has been his blood since birth really.

He bought the Buick eleven years ago and quickly built it up as a custom car over a period of six months. The car wasn't on the road for long, though, as it caught fire during a freeway drive and burned to the ground.

Undeterred, Sonny decided to start over with a more in-depth build and proceeded to sandblast the car down to bare metal. This time, the car was constructed over a period of three years, with Sonny doing all the work himself.

I would classify this custom as being more on the wild side of traditional style. It's heavily dechromed and shaved… in this photo you can also see the frenched headlights, appleton spotlights and the peaked hood.

Chopping a fastback coupe is probably one of the most difficult operations of this type…

… as the whole line of the fastback has to be sunken down into the car. It's no joke.

In the end, the top has been chopped a full 4 inches. You can also see how an extra layer of metal has been added to the hood to create a secondary panel line.

The rear fenders have been widened and extended to complete the tail-dragger look.

Like a lot of modern street customs, Sonny's has a full air ride system, along with custom suspension, "Z"ed rear frame kickups and a raised drivetrain to help keep the car riding low in comfort.

Sonny was a little hesitant to show us the engine bay as it's not really that aesthetic, but we wanted to show you what the drive train of a REAL street custom looks like.

A couple of years ago, he took the decision to put a modern crate motor and drive train into the Buick. Sonny wanted the Buick to run more reliably and remove the question of "will it run" each time he went to drive the car.

Here are a couple shots of Courtney Day… She's a former Falken Girl who is now moving in the direction of pin-up girl.

She has fantastic classic looks… perfect for a photoshoot inside a custom machine!

Here's a shot of the dashboard…. I didn't get a chance to ask Sonny what he was thinking here…

So that's it for my write up on this super styled 1949 Buick.

Personally speaking, I'd absolutely love to be in possession of such a vehicle.

But even if I owned this car, I would never have the same relationship with it as Sonny Vazquez. Each time he looks at or drives this car, he knows inside that he has created this machine on his own, by himself.

And, unfortunately for me, I seriously doubt I'll ever know that feeling. I'm too busy shooting cars, developing automotive media projects and working on racing video games to consider my own ground-up automotive project. Perhaps one day that will change, but for now all I can do is tip my hat to people like Sonny who have the skills and vision to create their own moving sculptures.




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noods or gtfo :O~~


Art. Pure rolling art.


defo got all angles covered. nice


I remember back when Courtney Day did a lot of truck modeling. Glad she's getting out there more. That ride is gorgeous, great shots.


"noods or gtfo..." are we on 4chan? lol.

awesome color on that car...dig the dash and if you didn't mention it I wouldn't have recognized that model as Courtney Day...i definitely like the pin up look on her.


Courtney Day FTW!!!


That's an amazing ride. A tribute to the man who put it all together!


lovely pink on evergreen... :)


Wow, im not a a custom/rod fan, but this car is amazing! The Interior work is superb, love the lime green color, and the back seats look really comfortable. I would love to own and drive one of these :)


Goodness that's a pretty lady.


She's Bi according to her myspace....mmmmm


Very nice!


Hello Courtney Day!

Nice setup with her and the car.

Perfect Retro.


Desktops 4 + 6!


This is really nice.


I realy, really, really, really, really would like a wallpaper of this shot with Courtney Day!!!


great stuff! amazing photos as usual!


just one question though... what is that at the left-hand side bottom of frame in the second shot? ;P


Awesome car + awesome girl = win


Awesome car + awesome girl = win


Great shots and content as always. Gorgeous car and lady.


i've seen quite a few kustomized 49's, but this thing (especially the last pic) just screams "I will eat you....MOVE"


Amazing Car, Gorgeous girl!!!

Wallpaper on the first pic of Courtney in the interior PLEASEEEEE!!!!!

or 2nd or 3rd...


Best Buick Ever! I love it!


WOW..the Buick makes a great presence and Courtney Day looks real hot pin-up style...haha


Amazing! The Buick and Ms. Day!


2nd pic of Courtney Day Wallpaper Please!


It looks so perfect! The car, the girl.....


the "extra metal" over the grill is factory. it appears he just painted it and smoothed out the Buick letters that were stamped in the top center of the piece. 
nice car though. i LOVE 1940s GM 2dr fastbacks!


dont suppose you have and wallpaper versions of these pics?