The idea of a big Rat Fink in a pedal car came into mind. as I cruised Interstate 5 on the way to Nickelodeon Animation, Burbank today. Here's the "Finky" result. Take care and enjoy!!! I'll see ya next time on Drag Fink!!!! Your Cartoon Drag Fink Pal....Jeff
SUNDAY! SUNDAY! SUNDAY! Hey all you cartoon drag racing Kats and Kittens!!!! Here's my "what if" Hanna Barbera's Fred Flintstone and Barney Rubble ran super-charged, nitro-burning engines in their daily prehistoric rides. Well, here it is!!! Take care and I'll see you at the Bedrock Drags!!!!!!! BE THERE!!!!!!
Harley Earl was an automotive stylist, engineer and industrial engineer. His most famous time was with General Motors from 1927 until 1959, where he became Vice President of Design. He is remembered as the first styling chief in the United States automobile industry, the originator of clay modeling of automotive designs, the wraparound windshield, the hardtop sedan, factory two-tone paint and tail fins. Which he introduced on the 1948 Cadillac.
This was top-drawer concept styling for it's day! Check out those hidden headlights, grill, wraparound bumper, flush door handles and hood ornament! Buick took it's cue from this car in following years. Pretty boss looking stuff! There's big Harley behind the wheel of the Buick Y-Job.
Your's truly, Drag Fink Jeff DeGrandis in the back ground of both of these screen grabs.
Get behind the wheel of the Magicar nostalgic top fuel dragster as it fires up!! Owned by my fellow Standard 1320 friend, Bill Pitts. Originally built in 1964 by renowned chassis builder, Kent Fuller. Soon later, the team became Ron and Dennis Winkel and Kaye Trapp. This footage was taken at this year's 2008 California Hot Rod Reunion in Bakersfield, California.
You can spot yours truly Drag Fink Jeff DeGrandis in the hat, with black shirt in the back ground, in the photos above. Have fun behind the wheel!!!!
HERE'S A SUPER BOSS PHOTO OF ED "BIG DADDY" ROTH'S YELLOW FANG FEATURED ON THE COVER OF DRAG RACING MAGAZINE, SEPTEMBER 1965. PRETTY AWESOME, AND THOUGHT YOU KIDS MIGHT DIG IT! NOTHING LIKE ROTH WITH THE FANG THING OF YELLOWNESS. TAKE CARE GANG!!!! YOUR CARTOON DRAG PAL...... DRAG FINK
I've always liked cartoons, animation, hot rods and drag racing. Ed "Big Daddy" Roth was my first great inspiration to draw. Other inspirations were Charles Shultz, Chuck Jones (who mentored me and started me in the animation business), Jack Davis of Mad Magazine fame, M.C. Escher and Tex Avery. I've been working in the animation business for 20 years and currently at Nickelodeon Animation producing Dora the Explorer, Go Diego Go! and Ni hao Kai-lan. Prior to Nickelodeon. Also while at Nickelodeon, I created and produced The Finster Finster Show! short for Frederator. Earlier in my animation career I worked at Chuck Jones Productions, Spumco, Warner Bros. Walt Disney Studios, Universal, DreamWorks, FOX Kids Network, and Carsey Werner NBC. I'm married with three cartoon kids and originally from NJ. I also like TV shows of the 50's and 60's and love watching cartoons especially early MGM and Warner Bros cartoons. I've been also honored by becoming an official Ed "Big Daddy" Roth artist and is the official Ed "Big Daddy" Roth artist of the year for 2008!!!! As of 2006, I became a member of The Standard 1320 nostalgic drag racing group.