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    Vintage Torque DVD #4 - coming in 2 weeks!

    DVD #4 - here is a preview!

    The next dvd is crazy - going to have OVER 4 hours of material! That is right - another 2 DVD set featuring coverage from Kalamazoo to Yokohama! We have some amazing cars on this DVD. Kustoms that guys built in their own garages, as well as traditional hot rods that are in the process of being restored to the way they were in the 50s.

    In December we were lucky enough to get to go to Japan and and we got some killer coverage from Mooneyes Japan.

    A week later Matt Davis from DicE Magazine let us follow him and some other guys riding down the Pacific Coast Highway-beautiful scenery and some really nice home built bikes make this segment very nice. (Not to mention one of my favorite bands The Von Ehrics provide the background music)

    Industrial Chassis in Phoenix had an open house and we were able to film them dropping an axle there-very informative.

    One of the best segments for me to watch was the Day of the Drags which takes place just north of Austin TX. I did not get to go, but HemiDave was there to capture the action. Another great segment that I really appreciate. After seeing this footage - I want to go this year! Special Thanks to Norm and the rest of the Kontinentals.

    The Hunnert Car Pile-Up is one of the best 1 day shows in the world. What a lot of people seem to miss out on is the pre party the night before. Downtown Morris IL becomes a traditional hot rod heaven as cars & trucks from all over the country cruise in to check out the scene. We also show a bit of Hot Rod Chassis & Cycle. The Chrome Czars are the car club the put on the Hunnert AND 2 of the guy in the Chrome Czars own Hot Rod Chassis and Cycle. SO I thought that the out of towners that only come to the Hunnert on Saturday, should know that there is plenty to do the days before the go check out the HRCC shop and be sure to not miss the pre party the night BEFORE the Hunnert.

    And one of the best quality shows in the country - the Grand National Roadster Show. We have coverage of the hot rods coming into the show as well as all the killer rides that are in the Suede Palace (hosted by the Shifters). (Be sure to see the cameo of Mad Fabricators Originator Piero de Luca give me the 1 finger salute - I love you Piero & I wish I had a car as cool as the Live Wire!!!)

    Overall - there is way too much stuff on these 2 DVDs......but hey - you can always press stop and watch more the next day or next week right?

    Other stuff that is on the 2 DVD set:

    Voodoo Kings-Fire! (lotsa flame throwing!),

    Dave White's Pontiac Safari Kustom

    Scottsdale AZ coverage

    Dallas TX Chicken Run,

    Eric Anderson's Modified Roadster

    Byron Crump's '32 5 Window 60's style hot rod,

    Columbus coverage,

    Liberace - this car looks like it should be on the show circuit circa 1961 - only this guy DRIVES this car!

    1949 International Harvester....there are so many mods on this thing - you would never know this was a full size truck at one time!

    Flyrite Choppers Open House

    Cheater Carl and his 1930 Modified Model A Coupe

    Kalamazoo coverage

    Bill Greener and his '32 5W - this thing is DRIVEN - as you can see it has MUD all over it!!!

    Des Moines & the Cornfed Feast,

    the art of Death Ray Design (they did our cover this time),

    Corrugated Flyer

    Murray Kustom Rods - Dallas TX

    and the popular Polar Bear Cruise is on this DVD - sponsored by the Bare Bones Car Club - these guys and gals are not afraid to take the cars out in the middle of winter and drive em. That is exactly what they do! They cover 45 miles on backroads of IL with snow as the backdrop.

    Some of the bands that you will hear this time include The Ghastly Ones, Diesel Finger, The Reverb Syndicate, High School Caesar, Los Coronas,The Von Ehrics, Speedball Jr, Astro Zombies, The Tremors, and many many more. From good old classic rockabilly to Red Neck metal-we try to have a little bit of everything - but nothing too out there!

    Remember one of the things that makes Vintage Torque DVDs different - you get to see the cars AND hear them. So even though there may be some Charlie Hightone playing in the background...if you see a car getting on it - you are gonna hear it as well!

    We appreciate all that have helped us out over the past few months and hope to see ya at a show in the near future - and if you see me pointing a camera out the window - dont shoot - its a camera!! Not a gun!

    click here to see the 4th DVD cover:

    CLICK HERE to see Cover for Vintage Torque #4

    click here to see the 4th DVD Back cover:

    CLICK HERE to see Back Cover for Vintage Torque #4

    Vintage Torque DVD #3 OUT NOW!

    Check out the amazing Max Grundy cover for our new DVD:

    CLICK HERE to see Vintage Torque #3 DVD Cover

    CLICK HERE to see back cover of Vintage Torque #3 DVD

    For those of you that dont know....

    Our DVDs focus ONLY on traditional rods / kustoms / art

    This upcoming DVD features:

    - Kansas City's best show called the Greaserama put on by Los Punk Rods

    - The Cheaters Car Club in Milwaukee has an annual event called Cheaterama - full coverage from that show is included as well as...

    - The Voodoo Kings road trip to Cheaterama.

    - Bowling Green KY - the Hot Rod Reunion - this gathering brings people from all over the country and there is a bit of nostalgia drags on there as well as the hot rods that came to watch.

    -Kobe Japan has one of the best independent bike shows in the world (Triumphs, BSA, old Harleys & Indians etc - no new stuff) - our pal HemiDave was there and got some killer footage - so much that we could not even fit it all on the DVD - the remaining footage will be on the website. For the motorcycle fans we also have a small segment detailing the Davenport Antique Bike Swap.

    - Max Grundy recently had a gallery showing at La Luz De Jesus Gallery and we were there to film it and get an interview with him.......he seems to be an articulate, intelligent, funny guy - perhaps he is just a good actor.

    - Santa Maria! The big thing that everyone has been asking about IS on here this time.....Santa Maria - formerly known as Paso Robles, event coverage is on here - and it features stuff in the show as well as out on the streets. There is so much going on that weekend it seems no matter where you go there are amazing rides everywhere. Last year saw the inaugural cruise from Santa Maria down to Los Alamos. We have complete coverage of all the hot rods taking over this sleepy little we left the state rods were heading into town.....seems the locals didnt appreciate the burnouts on Main Street!

    - Feature Cars like Kirk Jones MAY CAUSE DANGEROUS - this car is outstanding - Alex Gambino did a lot of the work and he did the interview for us detailing all the work that went into that Starliner. Also is a 60s show rod that had been sitting in a heated garage for 35 years - looks like it just came off of Car Craft cover circa 1961. We interview some kool kats from Kanada about thier kustoms as well as a real hot rod guy - Mark Chapman and his all steel '32 Roadster.

    There is SOO much footage on here - oh I almost forgot - Rust Revival is on there as well! We had a tough time trimming the 28 hours of raw video........we got it down to 4 hours. That is a 2 DVD set with 120 minutes on EACH DVD!

    So you get a ton of footage for a great price. We are excited about this new one and have sent out promo copies for final approval and the response has been GREAT! All the true hot rod enthusiasts will enjoy this and we hope to see you down the road at some show this year.

    If you see me with a camera in hand - dont shoot - it looks like a gun - but it is actually a camera. (DVD #4 will have more on this!)

    If you need wholesale info please let me know.

    Trailer for DVD #3 is here:

    Please keep in mind that the You Tube quality is very bad - all our filming is done in Hi Def and looks VERY nice when shown on those giant screens.

    Vintage Torque Issue #3

    OUT NOW!!!

    3rd Issue features:

    ALL Hunnert Car Pileup Special!

    Cars from the Hunnert - Artists from the Hunnert

    History of the Hunnert (brought every year to you courtesy of the Chrome Czars)

    Chrome Czars Car Club Feature w/ Cars they Drive

    Red Shirts from the Hunnert

    Car Clubs from around the country that come to the Hunnert

    Kustoms of the Pileup

    Hot Rods at the Hunnert

    Pileup Vendors

    Hot Rod Chassis & Cycle (owned by 2 of the Chrome Czars)

    The Art of Keith Weesner

    Art of Chad Hill

    Shaun Nadolny Kustom Photography

    Timebomb Kustom Pinstriping

    Ed Tillrock Automotive Art

    Vintage Photos Section - Ron Ek (one of Chicago's ORIGINAL Kustom Car afficianados)

    Same great Flip Book Format - Half Cars Half Art - ALL TRADITIONAL

    Cover Artists this issue: Keith Weesner and Chad Hill

    click here to see the Chad Hill cover:

    CLICK HERE to see Chad Hill's Cover for Vintage Torque #3

    click here to see the Keith Weesner cover:

    CLICK HERE to see the Keith Weesner Cover for Vintage Torque #3

    Same great digest sized pocket book format.

    Price is $5 + shipping $1.65

    DVD #2 - OUT NOW!!! - 2 DVD set for $23

    To pay with Paypal click the button below.

    Click the above image to see the trailer!

    DVD #2 covers events from 2008 like

    Lonestar Round Up


    Billetproof FL

    Shifters Car Show at Viva Las Vegas



    Ski Shores Cruise in Austin


    Other coverage includes

    A look into the Gasoline Gallery in El Segundo CA

    The Art of Doug Dorr (who did our DVD cover this time!)

    Voodoo Larry & the Voodoo Idol (the Gene Winfield tribute car)

    Gene Winfield interview - he tells us about the cars that were featured in Detroit

    The Finkosel (Rat Fink Carousel)

    The Jeff Myers Cadillac

    Dice Man From Japan and his '47 Ford Custom

    Slideshows from Santa Maria and Viva Las Vegas

    Bonus coverage from Tulsa and Boston.

    Over 3.5 hours of Traditional Rods and Customs on 2 DVDs

    Rolls and Pleats Magazine did a review of our DVD! Here is the website:

    ISSUE #2 of Vintage Torque Magazine - OUT NOW!!!

    CLICK HERE to see 1 of the Covers for Vintage Torque #2

    We are still bringing you half cars and half art - ALL traditional stuff.......and yes we are STILL keeping the flip book format 1/2 cars on 1 side and 1/2 art on the other side.

    We have heard you - we have ADDED MORE PAGES! After the favorable response to the first issue of Vintage Torque #1 - the main complaint we heard was - MORE - we have added more!

    Also the paper quality will be far superior to the last issue and the other thing that we have done is we have deleted many of the advertisers. This means that you will see more Cars! and more ART!

    Issue #2 Features coverage from:

    Paso Robles OOOPS I mean - SANTA MARIA!!!!! 2008 was the first show in the new location and we are bringing you some cool photos from the show!

    Viva Las Vegas Shifters Car Show 2008

    Lonestar Roundup 2008

    Chicago World of Wheels 2008

    San Francisco Rod & Custom Show 2008

    Chicago Polar Cruise 2008

    Matt LaButte cover artist and profile

    Ron Myers Legendary Pinstriper

    Lucky Lily Photos Studio

    Cheaters Car Club profile with photos by Shaun Nadolny

    Vintage Pix from the 50s and 60s

    Gasoline Gallery California Screamin 3 Coverage

    Feel free to give out our info to whoever you want and it is ok to publish the following email and website.


    John Wells


    Vintage Torque DVD #1 - Running Time 2 Hours 40 Minutes of traditional coverage.

    PLUS a bonus disc of other hot rod events from around the country.

    Bonus DVD runs 50 Minutes!

    So you get 3 hours and 30 minutes of footage!!!

    First DVD features:

    The Polar Cruise - this is a mid winter cruise just outside Chicago where kool kats that are NOT afraid of the elements take their cars out and run 'em!

    Gene Winfield Interview - talking about the BEGINNING of the whole hot rod scene and his influences on it!

    Yokohama Hot Rod Show - event coverage of one of the best car shows outside the USA

    Blackie Gejeian Interview - reflecting on the traditional movement of today and the ORIGINAL hot rodders

    DETAILS - this is the section of the DVD that we have already been told is the coolest part - This is the part that features guys that have BUILT their cars and DRIVE their cars. Details on what they have done to the cars and some back story on the cars. Each segment lasts about 1-3 minutes. Traditional car from kustoms to hot rods and there may be a Volksrod included in the mix

    Rick Dore interview - telling us the full details of the cars he built that were included at the San Francisco Rod & Custom Show

    Kustom Kulture ART - featuring the Ghetto Art Gallery in Tokyo - Featured Artist: KRNPX

    Event Coverage from the San Francisco Rod & Custom Show

    Mooneyes Japan Shop Tour

    Alex Gambino Interview - telling us about the rides that he brought to the San Francisco hot rod show

    Feature Car - Monster Bob and the Big Blue Car - this is the car that Monster Bob purchased from Reverand Horton Heat - this car was also in the Petersen Auto Museum

    Steve Caballero Interview - talks about his new car - it is niiiice!

    The Bonus DVD will feature more classic car/muscle car related event's not necessarily what fits "in the scene" but they are still cool cars and this is just a bonus that is thrown in for grins.

    Vintage Torque DVDs are $22 (email for wholesale inquiry) + $3 shipping

    WHEN YOU PURCHASE THE DVD and the MAGAZINE - PAY $25 for the 2 items - please add $3 for shipping

    Send Check or Money Order to:

    John Wells PO Box 1733 Bettendorf, IA 52722

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    If you would rather just log in on your own - send $25 (this price INCLUDES shipping) to: Please allow 2 weeks for checks to clear. This is due to bad checks I have received in the past. Money order payments sent within 4-8 BUSINESS days from the time I receive payment

    Vintage Torque is a zine that I have made up to show some of the stuff I see around the country when I go from show to show.

    I needed to put out a catalog with all my merchandise, and I used to have an old lame list that had many items in there....but it was Black and White and just not pleasing to the eye.

    So my buddy told me he could do a color catalog - but I would have to charge people for the catalog. In my mind I could not do this - cause it seems like a rip he suggested since I am always at these shows taking pix - why not include them in the that is what I have done. I will try to update pix on this page about 1 time a month - so check back and we will also try to list new items for sale as they become available. Please also check out - and

When you see us at a show - you will notice that we carry many Big Daddy Roth / Rat Fink items and many of the hard to find Classic Car Films. In addition to these we also have Weesner shirts and posters, other vintage style posters/car related movie poseter, and a full line of traditional magazines like Church, Hot Rods Illustrated, Kustoms Illustrated, Powerglide, Smokin' Shutdown, Burnout, Wizz, Hop Up, etc. So if there is something you need let us know and we will try to bring it to you at the show and you wont have to pay shipping!

PRICES: All VINTAGE TORQUE Magazines are $5 each - please inquire for multiple copy discounts (10 or more)

If you are interested in any of these titles and want more information, email me at

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DVD OUT NOW - Please Purchase Multiple Copies!

Here is some footage of some shows I have been to recently:

DVD #4 will be out in the Summer of 09 - here is a preview!

DVD #3 will be out in Early 09 - here is a preview!

Yokohama Hot Rod and Custom Show 2008

Las Vegas - Viva Las Vegas 2008

San Francisco Rod & Custom Show 2008

San Francisco Rod & Custom Show 2008 Part 2

Yokohama Hot Rod Show 2007

Chevy Vette Fest Nov. 2007

Charlotte NC Oct 2007

Texas Motor Speedway Oct 2007

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