November 20th marked the 88th birthday of legendary custom car builder George Barris, and we were fortunate enough to be a part of the celebration at Barris Kustoms…

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If anyone knows how to throw a birthday party, it’s the folks at Barris Kustom City…

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… every available spot, from lawn to curb, was filled with crazy “kustom” cars!

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Where else would we find George, but with glamorous girls and Hollywood cars?

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Inside, everyone gathered to talk cars and wish George a happy 88th…

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We loved this custom Batmobile cake!

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We were delighted to run into our friend Dave Kunz, seen here with George, who gave us the heads-up about this event (thanks, Dave!).  Dave received this favorite book as a child, which profiled many of the “star cars” that George built.  It fueled his early love for custom cars, and he was thrilled to snap a pic with George and his vintage copy of “Cars of the Stars.”

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Gifts for George filled this table, but we want to know – who gave George the gold-clad Barbie?

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Everyone mixed, mingled, snacked on tacos, played some Barris trivia, and even enjoyed an Elvis entertainer!

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George greeted many friends, fans, customers, and industry legends throughout the afternoon.

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And many friends brought their cars by to honor George on his special day.

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We loved the fine detail on this truck, particularly the clever pinstriping.

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We’re so happy we were able to join in wishing George Barris a happy 88th birthday…

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… and didn’t miss the opportunity to sign the giant card, “To the man who makes our automotive dreams into reality – We love you!”

Stay tuned this week as we take you behind the scenes into Barris Kustom City – wait until we show you all that we found during our Shop Crash!  Don’t miss it!

3 Responses

  1. Mike Osterhaus

    Congratulations George! Your creativity and ingenuity inspired many of those in the automotive market today. I am one of those…thank you. Best wishes, Mike

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