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March 4, 1932 – Iconic custom car builder Ed “Big Daddy” Roth is born
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March 4, 1932 – Iconic custom car builder Ed “Big Daddy” Roth is born

Iconic American hot rod builder Ed “Big Daddy” Roth was born on this day in 1932 in Beverly Hills, California. Growing up, Roth attended Bell High School where he took auto shop and art classes. Both played key roles in a career that'd come to be filled with grotesque characterizations and one of a kind hot rods.  Above: Ed Roth at his home on San Feliciano Drive, in La Mirada,Ca 1987. By Paul Conroy, CC BY-SA 3.0Top: 1961 Beatnik Bandit by Sicnag CC BY 2.0 He first made a name for himself in the hot rod world by selling airbrushed “Weirdo” t-shirts at car shows and out of Car Craft magazine in the late 1950s. In 1959 he opened a hot rod shop in Maywood, California. The next year he had one of his custom cars, The Outlaw, featured in Car Craft and Rod and Custom magazines. This ...

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