Author Archives: Gary Ragle

SEMA 2013

After missing the show last year, it was great to be back in Vegas for SEMA.  It was super-crowded…more than I’ve ever seen.  I guess that’s a good thing, but it made it quite difficult to look at some of the vehicles on display.

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This ’32 Ford coupe was my favorite car of the show.  It didn’t seem to be getting a lot of attention, which is a shame.  A really tasteful, quality car.

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This thing makes me so happy!  Why doesn’t anyone build stuff like this anymore??

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Mint green continues to be a popular color with the import crowd.  Street Rodders went through this in the 90′s.  Is it time for a comeback?

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SEMA 2013Alloway’s Chevy Fleetline looks great.  Typical Alloway formula: stock-ish body + big motor + big 5-window wheels + low stance + exellent craftsmanship = awesome car.  It always works and probably always will.

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These bolted-on widebody flares were a big trend this year.  I believe they are all made by the same Japanese shop, but they’re showing up on all types of vehicles.  Actually, widebody conversions of any type are hot right now.SEMA 2013 SEMA 2013 SEMA 2013SEMA 2013

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Thundergod

I’ve added a new project to the portfolio. I’m calling it the “Thundergod”. The design is not really based on any existing car…I’ve just been thinking about a different way to execute a street rod. What would Al Capone’s dream car be??

Check it out here.

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2013 Street Rod Nationals

The Louisville Street Rod Nats has come and gone once again.  It continues to be one of my favorite events of the year.  The laid-back atmosphere, the sheer size, and the nostalgia of the event (I’ve been attending this show for as long as I can remember) all add up to a big, sweaty pile of hot rod awesomeness!

33 Ford Coupe

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Model A

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34 Ford

33 Chevy

This ’33 Chevy coupe really caught my eye. The color combination is awesome!  You don’t see many ’33 Chevy’s…especially ones built to this level.

Fairlane

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Coupes

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Ridler winner

The indoor vendors’ area at the Nats is really good.  This year, one of the booths had the latest Ridler winner, a ’40 Ford coupe built by Andy Leach at Cal Automotive Customs for owner Ron Cizek, up on a lift for everyone to check out.  The bottom of this car is even more impressive than the top.  The effort and craftsmanship that went into the creation of all of the one-off parts is staggering.

Ridler Winner

Ridler winner

Ridler winner

Hello!

 

Gary Ragle

Welcome to the Ragle Design website, and my blog in-particular.  I intend on updating this blog regularly with new design projects, event coverage, inspirational imagery, design-process info, and anything that may be relevant to car design or gear-headedness in general.  So check back often.  I hope you enjoy it!

_Gary Ragle