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I have actually tried enduro riding, it truly tests your endurance, if you know people that do this, you are absolutely kidding yourself if you underestimate their strength, this is not easy, it takes allot of skill and endurance! Even cooler to see other females ride.
Loved it absolutely cool! Believe me you have to be in shape and very very strong!
Is dedicated to hosting Events in Motorsports and Motocross.
Anything in relation to motorsports. This family absolutely loves.
The only event they no longer provide (sorry to say) is FREESTYLE MX.
Their youngest son, Ricky Pentz from RAGEFMX.com.
(you can still locate his videos on “you tube”)
Ricky has moved on to pro- racing in motocross.
He also has moved out of the area.
I can personally tell you, this really shocked this close nit – family.
But they support him and hope Kansas will enjoy him and his racing skills.
Wichita Kansas is where he resides, and MOTORSPORTS are huge in the area!
In the ninety’s I would get a kick out of watching these guys, drive this sharp-looking (semi) a 1977 Kenworth, all the kids called it MAC from the Movie Cars, No child was ever turned down, if they asked for a ride, you would see this awesome site heading down the freeway on Riverdale road heading to the Lorrin Farr Park in Ogden Utah. For The Rockin 4th of July, demolition derby and FMX event, They would be pulling this huge landing Ricky and his father built. They also had this Forest green “86 Chevy” another sharp looking ride. Nevermind the yr of these vehicles, they were some well taken care of rides. One would never know the age of these vehicles by mere appearance. The “86 Chev” was pulling this beautiful home-made, welded ramp. To be a part of the big show.
These 3 man have some awesome skills -when it comes to mechanicing, restoring, welding, customizing and painting these rides, they literally pull out of a junk yards and restore. Literally being as good as new.
Jonny Pentz senior taught these boy’s skills most people would never take for granted, not to mention the years of schooling it would take these 3 man have so much knowledge and experience when it comes to Vehicle restoration.
Jonny Pentz senior was actually an entertainer himself in his youth, always up for the baddest meanest cars in Morgan Counties Demolition Derby’s. The name he had in these events was to put it lightly THREAT, also a hillclimber on his dirt bike and a bull rider, raised in a small town community and passed his love of a challenge on to his boys, who entertain to this day.
Senior learned at a very young age if he wanted a vehicle, then he better get one running, young Jonny senior would literally pull one out of a field that had been abandoned for centuries and make it run, this man has a knack for making any engine run, YES I said it any, ask anyone who knows him, he also has made Cars look like new, and run like new. He would sand them down, prep ,prime and re-paint them.
Jonny’s vehicles were always the best looking rides around. He is very knowledgeable about equipment, and truthfully senior absolutely hates mechanicing. Go figure!
Ricky the youngest son has the ability to jump on his dirt bike and do tricks 70ft in air. Jonny sr and Ricky truly figured out on there own, how this could be done safely, when they built this equipment.
Jonny Pentz jr, is an awesome announcer and entertainer, he has done Fairs, Weddings, and all kinds Fundraisers.
The day this child was born, he always enjoyed talking to people, he loved watching the work his Dad bring these poor sad abandoned vehicles, back to life and run like new and Jonny jr has become the absolute best at it himself, I have literally lost count of how many cars Jonny jr has restored.
Self-Esteem? This is not an issue for Jonny jr, he is very kind and will help anyone that asks, but do not get this guy wrong, he is not a push-over and will not stand for anyone mistreating him, nor his family. But he will listen and with an open heart even if someone is wrong, everyone has his respect from the start, its up to them if they wish to keep it!
He is very passionate about his Cars and he will stand up for what he believes in.
This year, I was absolutely amazed at the talent he has for putting on a great car show, every year he has done this, for the past 3, it is even better the next year, last year was great, I did not think it could get better than that but guess what it did.
Bands playing and cars lined up for miles, as well as bikes, trucks Semi’s anything that had a motor, if you have a passion and are proud of what you have, he wants you in the show. They also have an amazing support team, with the many family and friends that drive up from Utah where they are originally from that support this event every year. Those people make it all worth while and we are always glad to see them.
I have heard Jonny jr on the telephone arranging these Events for hours, talking to people, helping the vendors in the community, and even putting up wsayers and sabotagers of this at times, resented event. I am always proud to see him put his hand out there, and say hey ,come be a part of THE Car show- Jonny is all about making this event about everyone that attends, them from Attendees to spectators he makes it all about everyone, and I know the vendors are pretty stoked about what they gain as well, biggest most important thing to all of the PENTZ Family, make it fun for the little ones! Its all about family and will always be family orientated events.ith the Nay-
I am so proud of him taking on that kind of stress, still maintaining a professional manner with people that sometimes didn’t deserve the kindness nor his listening ear to another hateful word from, Jonny jr has the ability to understand where people are coming from and their passions for Cars as well. I have personally seen him allow people that did not even deserve a second look at, bring their cars to his show, even after they tried so hard to sabotage everything he was trying to do. I have seen all the hard work and time he and his wife spends on this awesome Event. Jonny jr has the equipment and all the fun anyone could ever want. Need a DJ?Call Jonny jr Pentz!
This coming Saturday some VIP will be attending The Evanston Car show – July 22nd, 2017 right here in Evanston Wyoming.
Ed Roth’s -Wife ILENE ROTH- will be attending, She is seriously A BIG DEAL! for those of you that don;t know who ILENE Roth is, she is Ed Roths wife,who is Ed Roth?
BIG DADDY ROTH? are you serious? well let me tell you!
Jonny Pentz my oldest son, say he cannot wipe the smile off of his face, when he got confirmation- Welcome To Evanston Wyomimg ILENE ROTH wooo hooo
Ed “Big Daddy” Roth (March 4, 1932 – April 4, 2001) was an artist, cartoonist, illustrator, pinstriper and custom car designer and builder who created the hot rod icon Rat Fink and other characters. Roth was a key figure in Southern California’s Kustom Kulture and hot rod movement of the late 1950s and 1960s.
Roth is best known for his grotesque caricatures — typified by Rat Fink — depicting imaginative, out-sized monstrosities driving representations of the hot rods that he and his contemporaries built. Roth began airbrushing and selling “Weirdo” T-shirts at car shows and in the pages of Car Craft magazine as early as July 1958. By the August 1959 issue of Car Craft “Weirdo shirts” had become a full blown craze with Roth at the forefront of the movement. The article featured Roth along with fellow Kustom Kulture pioneers Dean Jeffries and Pete Millar. Inspired by Roth and Barris Kustoms (whose shirts were airbrushed by Dean Jeffries), Detroit native Stanley Miller, a.k.a. “Stanley Mouse”, began advertising his own shirts in the pages of Car Craft in January 1961. The lesser-known Rendina Studios of Detroit and Mad Mac of Cleveland also joined in on the monster “weirdo” shirt craze, but Roth was certainly the man who widely popularized the “Monsters in hot rods” art form.
In 1959 Roth created The Outlaw. This fiberglass Kustom hot rod was featured in the January 1960 issue of Car Craft. The car was covered in Car Craft and Rod and Custom, and appeared at custom car and hot rod shows. Other hot rods include The Beatnik Bandit (1961), The twin Ford engined Mysterion (1963), The Orbitron (1964), and The Road Agent (1965) among others. In 1965, Roth’s surf buggy, the Surfite was featured in the film Beach Blanket Bingo starring Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello, and also in Village of the Giants, featuring Beau Bridges and Tommy Kirk. One of Roth’s personal drivers was a tangerine orange 1955 Chevy 2-door post with a Ford 406 cu. in. engine under the hood…he drove this car to his shop every day for years .
In 1962 the Revell model company began selling plastic models of Roth’s cars and from 1963 to 1965 Revell also manufactured plastic models of many of Roth’s monsters, including Rat Fink, Brother Rat Fink, Drag Nut, Mother’s Worry, Mr. Gasser and other weird creatures created by Roth. Revell continues to re-issue Roth’s Monsters and Kustom Car kits.
In 1963 The Hawk Model Company issued its line of “Weird-Oh’s” plastic models and Marx Toys issued Nutty Mads, both clearly inspired by Roth’s work. Both items were quite popular in the mid-sixties and remain sought after collector’s items to this day. Hawk Models continues to re-issue its “Weird-Oh’s” periodically.
Numerous artists were associated with Roth including artist David Mann, Rat Fink Comix artist R.K. Sloane, Steve Fiorilla who illustrated some of Roth’s catalogs, and most notably, Ed Newton, who worked for Roth and designed several of his cars and T-shirt designs beginning in 1964, and Kustom Kulture icon Robert Williams who began working for Roth in late 1965.
In the mid 1960s Roth began customizing motorcycles. Mainstream motorcycle magazines refused to run his articles and ads, so he started his own publication called Choppers, which featured articles on extending forks, custom sissy bars, etc. It was a small, black and white publication that ran from 1967 to 1970, and was the first magazine ever to exclusively feature custom motorcycles, or choppers. Roth also built the first known VW powered trike. Roth built many trikes for himself and others including Candy Wagon, California Cruiser, Secret Weapon, Rubber Ducky and The Great Speckled Bird.
In 1967 Roth built the Mega Cycle, Originally named by Robert Williams, “Captain Pepi’s Motorcycle & Zeppelin Repair” was later changed to “Mega Cycle” after a strong suggestion from car show promoters. Powered by a Buick V6 engine, Mega Cycle was designed to carry Ed’s Harley XLCH. Later Ed felt that the XLCH just didn’t work and through a series of trades ended up with Bob Aquistapase’s award winning Triumph. The Mega Cycle is currently on Display at Motorcyclepedia Museum in Newburgh, NY.
In 1968 Mattel introduced Hot Wheels and Roth’s Beatnik Bandit was one of the first 16 die-cast toy cars produced by the company.
From 1970 to 1975, Roth worked for Brucker’s Movie World and their “Cars of the Stars” display. Brucker said that Roth was very loyal and a very hard worker, even though he wasn’t making much money. Brucker said that when building something, Roth had a natural knack for seeing how things fit together — he would build something in a few days which would take others a couple of weeks. Although Roth was a laid-back and amiable, Brucker also remembers that Roth was a fighter and if anyone came through the museum causing trouble, Roth would put them in line. He was fearless. Roth’s Druid Princess was one of the many cars displayed there. Also during the 1970s, Roth worked for Knott’s Berry Farm as a sign painter and artist. He worked there for 10 years until about 1980.
In December 1977, Robert and Suzanne Williams along with Skip Barrett organized the first Rat Fink Reunion to celebrate the legacy of Roth. Rat Fink Reunions are still held to this day at the site of Roth’s final residence in Manti, Utah and near Los Angeles.
In 1993, a major exhibition was held at the Julie Rico Gallery in Santa Monica shortly after the Laguna Museum show “Kustom Kulture”. It was at this time that the low brow art movement began to take on steam. Featured in the exhibition titled, “Rat Fink Meets Fred Flypogger Meets Cootchy Cooty” were Roth, Willams, and Mouse and their creations. The L.A. Times placed Roth’s Rat Fink on the cover of the Culture section December 20, 1993 with a full article about the entire exhibition.
The Orbitron, a Roth custom car that was the subject of a number of articles in automotive enthusiast magazines (most notably, in Car Craft magazine in 1965) but was feared lost in subsequent decades, was discovered in Mexico in the summer of 2008. The Orbitron was built in 1964. The car, in dilapidated, inoperative condition, had been parked for some time in front of an adult bookstore in Ciudad Juárez. The owners of the shop were also the owners of the car. It was purchased and taken back to the United States by Michael Lightbourn, an American auto restorer who did business in Mexico. The Orbitron has been restored to its original condition by Beau Boeckmann
Roth was active in counterculture art and hot-rodding his entire adult life. At the time of his death in 2001, he was working on a hot-rod project involving a compact car planned as a departure from the dominant tuner performance modification style.
The year after his death, he was named as one of the “50 Who Made a Difference” at the 50th annual Meguiar’s Autorama in Detroit. He was also inducted into the show’s “Circle of Champions” in 2000, and was showcased as its “Builder of the Year” in 2006.
Mr. Gasser & the Weirdos
Mr. Gasser & the Weirdos was a 1960s novelty music group led by Roth, who was known as Mr. Gasser. Formed in the early 1960s, they released a few bizarre surf rock albums, most notably 1963’s Hot Rod Hootenanny. One Way Records released a two-CD set (S22-18319) containing the three LPs and the original artwork.
Roth and bikers
Roth had his shop, that he started in early 1959, at 4616 Slauson Avenue in Maywood, California (about 8 miles southeast of downtown Los Angeles) . He ran an ad in Car Craft magazine that year announcing the new address of his shop.
For a period in the mid 1960s, Roth associated with various outlaw motorcycle clubs who congregated at his shop as a lot of bikers were then living in Lynwood and Maywood. Musicians, police officers, FBI agents and various people involved in Hollywood would visit as well, providing an environment for one of Ed Roth’s most creative periods, and an important period in Kustom Kulture.
Roth incorporated the Iron Cross into his artwork (surfers had previously been using the iron cross as a symbol of youthful, carefree rebellion). Roth didn’t own a bike at the time so he bought a brand-new Harley-Davidson Sportster and then proceeded to paint its gas tank a flat black color. Roth painted white lettering on one side of the tank that said: “Love is Hate”; and on the reverse side: “Hate is Love”.
Roth had taken black and white photos of different bikers. He made posters, with titles like “Beautiful Buzzard”, or “Gray Cat” out of these photos, and sold them at car shows. Roth would periodically give these bikers small amounts of money, but soon some of the bikers started to feel that Roth was “getting rich” off of them and they wanted a larger cut. Despite Roth’s agreement, rumors began to circulate that a certain club intended to attack Roth’s shop. The gang arrived at the shop with guns drawn, but Roth’s crew defended themselves. Roth challenged the head biker to a one-on-one fist fight to settle matters in the middle of the shop. Eventually Roth gained the upper hand and “just started to beat the living crap out of the guy”.
After this incident, Roth burned his biker posters, leaving the lifestyle behind at the same time. Things started winding down at the shop in the late 1960s, and in 1970 the shop closed.
Ed Roth was married four times. His fourth wife, Ilene, lives in Manti, Utah, where Ed Roth spent the final years of his life. Roth joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1974. Roth shaved off his goatee and was heavily involved in social work through his church. His brother Gordon also became a Mormon.
At a 1999 lecture given at Brigham Young University’s Museum of Art, Roth shared some lessons he had learned in life: “expect criticism; if you can’t do it get help; you don’t need fancy tools or a fancy garage; and if you fulfill your duty Heavenly Father will bless you in what you do.”
Since his death, the official Rat Fink Reunion has been held in Manti, Utah the first weekend in June. The museum that Ilene Roth created to honor her late husband includes displays of Ed’s art work and other memorabilia. Roth’s son Darryl has been working on collecting and displaying his father’s work.
The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby
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