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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.[2] 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.[3]
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.[4]
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.[5] Roth also built the first known VW powered trike.[2] Roth built many trikes for himself and others including Candy Wagon, California Cruiser, Secret Weapon, Rubber Ducky and The Great Speckled Bird.[2]
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.[6]
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.[7] 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.[8]
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)[9] 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[10][11]
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.[citation needed]
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.[12] He was also inducted into the show’s “Circle of Champions” in 2000,[13] and was showcased as its “Builder of the Year” in 2006.[14]
Mr. Gasser & the Weirdos[edit]
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[edit]
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).[9] 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”.[15]
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”.[9]
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.[16]
Personal life[edit]
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.[17]
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.”[18]
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.[19]
See also[edit]
The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby
Von Dutch
References[edit]
Sources consulted[edit]
Ganahl, Pat (2011). Ed “Big Daddy” Roth: His Life, Times, Cars, and Art. Car Tech Books. ISBN 978-1934709672.
Larivee, Bob (2015). Hot Rod Detroit. Oxford, Michigan: GP Publishing. ISBN 978-0-692-30899-8.
Notes[edit]
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^ “Obituary: Edward Roth”. Deseret News. 2001-04-07.
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^ “Remembering Revell Model Kits by Thomas Graham-2nd Edition-Shiffer Books”. ISBN 0764320297
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^ “Hawk Models”. Retrieved 2011-05-04[specify]
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^ “Ed “Big Daddy” Roth’s Chopper Magazine”. Retrieved 2011-05-04
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^ “Toy Collector.com -1968 Hot Wheels, First 16”. Retrieved 2011-04-19.

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The company, which was now officially called ‘Kronreif, Trunkenpolz, Mattighofen’, immediately took up racing and the successes started piling up. Erwin Lechner was among the riders who enjoyed victory after victory in 1960, racing the KTM motorcycle with an engine designed by engineer Ludwig Apfelbeck. KTM entered the US market with a 125cc motocross motorcycle in 1968, and word of the overseas race wins soon began to circulate in Europe. The highlights of the 1970s included the powerful 50 cc models and the first motocross World Championship title, won for KTM in 1974 by Russian rider Gennadij Moiseev in the 250cc class. Riders Heinz Kinigadner and Trampas Parker laid the foundations for the modern KTM legend with three World Championship titles in the next decade and unassailable offroad competences of modern times. In 1984, KTM started to develop a liquid-cooled four stroke motorcycle, commencing mass production of the first LC4 engine in 1987 – also a concept that over decades became a typical KTM success story. The motorcycle industry hit hard times at the end of the 1980s. The KTM Motorfahrzeugbau AG is no exception and is seriously affected. Finally, in 1991, the KTM Motorfahrzeugbau AG had to file for bankruptcy. One year later, the newly formed KTM motorcycle division KTM Sportmotorcycle GmbH re-opened under new management with a new Hard Enduro concept and new design styling. Hungry for success, the company began to engage in rally sport, launched the first DUKE in 1994 and just one year later acquired both WP Suspension and the sports motorcycle manufacturer HUSABERG. Shane King’s Motocross World Championship title in the 500cc class and numerous other victories breathed now life into sporting heritage of long-standing KTM brand. In 1999, the company moved into its newly built factory in Mattighofen. The Austrian company has been a dominating force in the legendary Dakar Rally since 2001 and after adopting the now well known “READY TO RACE” philosophy has turned racing into the brand‘s main identifying feature. The 950 ADVENTURE long-distance, dual-sportmotorcycle made its first appearance in 2003. At the same time KTM entered successfully the road racing world championship – Casey Stoner gained the first victory on the orange 125 cc-Grand-Prix motorcycle. Shortly afterwards, KTM launched its first thoroughbred street bikes, the 990 SUPER DUKE and the 950 SUPERMOTO. The first ‘Made in Austria’ Superbike followed in 2008 – the attention grabbing 1190 RC8, which the Mattighofen team entered into the International German Superbike Championship (IDM) one year later, finishing runner-up in their first season. Over the years, the orange racing strategy is constantly extended. While KTM is still dominating the international Enduro, Motocross and Rally events, it also accelerates its effort in important US Supercross and is rapidly able to celebrate considerable successes and championships. In 2015 the past experiences have once more been exceeded: Ryan Dungey earned the first-ever Supercross title for the Austrian manufacturer and his US Pro Motocross championship win clinches the double success. Not to forget the entry in the newly established Moto3 World Championship with a completely ‘Made in Austria’ developed racing motorcycle in 2012. At the first go, Sandro Cortese won the title, which was successfully defended in 2013 what represents another milestone in KTM history. For 2017, KTM CEO Stefan Pierer announces that KTM will enter the MotoGP-class. All experiences gained in the international paddocks of numerous race series are continuously integrated into series production and a constantly growing team has the ability to annually present product highlights and innovations. No matter if on tarmac or offroad – KTM already presents itself as globally operating brand with a gapless product range, that in 2015 reaches from 50 cc to 1300 cc. Models like the extremely successful naked bikes 125, 200 and 390 DUKE and RC 125, 200 and 390 also inspire young motorcyclists. At the same time, high end developments in the form of the 1190 ADVENTURE (2013), equipped with the Motorcycle Stability Control MSC jointly developed with BOSCH, and 1290 SUPER DUKE R (2014) underline the intention to be a trendsetter even in high segments. For model year 2015 KTM further extends its ADVENTURE range; with the 1050 ADVENTURE and the fully equipped 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE KTM sets the new benchmark in the travel enduro segment. With regard to new technologies, especially in the area of E-Mobility, KTM takes a leading role in the development of new products and presents two electrically driven offroad motorcycles, like the FREERIDE E-XC and E-SX. In 2015 this lineup is joined by the E-SM, KTM´s electrical solution for road applications. With unabated power in the offroad segment and a consequently extended street range the former motorcycle workshop now represents itself as an economically healthy, highly motivated and the leading European motorcycle manufacturer, that pursues a two-brand strategy after taking over the Husqvarna brand in 2013. Despite all the success KTM looks permanently ahead. KTM CEO Stefan Pierer’s vision reads as follows: “KTM intends to become the world’s leading provider of sportmotorcycles.” INFORMATION GTC Privacy Policy Imprint

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The company, which was now officially called ‘Kronreif, Trunkenpolz, Mattighofen’, immediately took up racing and the successes started piling up.

Erwin Lechner was among the riders who enjoyed victory after victory in 1960, racing the KTM motorcycle with an engine designed by engineer Ludwig Apfelbeck. KTM entered the US market with a 125cc motocross motorcycle in 1968, and word of the overseas race wins soon began to circulate in Europe. The highlights of the 1970s included the powerful 50 cc models and the first motocross World Championship title, won for KTM in 1974 by Russian rider Gennadij Moiseev in the 250cc class.

Riders Heinz Kinigadner and Trampas Parker laid the foundations for the modern KTM legend with three World Championship titles in the next decade and unassailable offroad competences of modern times. In 1984, KTM started to develop a liquid-cooled four stroke motorcycle, commencing mass production of the first LC4 engine in 1987 – also a concept that over decades became a typical KTM success story. The motorcycle industry hit hard times at the end of the 1980s. The KTM Motorfahrzeugbau AG is no exception and is seriously affected. Finally, in 1991, the KTM Motorfahrzeugbau AG had to file for bankruptcy. One year later, the newly formed KTM motorcycle division KTM Sportmotorcycle GmbH re-opened under new management with a new Hard Enduro concept and new design styling. Hungry for success, the company began to engage in rally sport, launched the first DUKE in 1994 and just one year later acquired both WP Suspension and the sports motorcycle manufacturer HUSABERG. Shane King’s Motocross World Championship title in the 500cc class and numerous other victories breathed now life into sporting heritage of long-standing KTM brand. In 1999, the company moved into its newly built factory in Mattighofen. The Austrian company has been a dominating force in the legendary Dakar Rally since 2001 and after adopting the now well known “READY TO RACE” philosophy has turned racing into the brand‘s main identifying feature. The 950 ADVENTURE long-distance, dual-sportmotorcycle made its first appearance in 2003. At the same time KTM entered successfully the road racing world championship – Casey Stoner gained the first victory on the orange 125 cc-Grand-Prix motorcycle. Shortly afterwards, KTM launched its first thoroughbred street bikes, the 990 SUPER DUKE and the 950 SUPERMOTO. The first ‘Made in Austria’ Superbike followed in 2008 – the attention grabbing 1190 RC8, which the Mattighofen team entered into the International German Superbike Championship (IDM) one year later, finishing runner-up in their first season.

Over the years, the orange racing strategy is constantly extended. While KTM is still dominating the international Enduro, Motocross and Rally events, it also accelerates its effort in important US Supercross and is rapidly able to celebrate considerable successes and championships. In 2015 the past experiences have once more been exceeded: Ryan Dungey earned the first-ever Supercross title for the Austrian manufacturer and his US Pro Motocross championship win clinches the double success. Not to forget the entry in the newly established Moto3 World Championship with a completely ‘Made in Austria’ developed racing motorcycle in 2012. At the first go, Sandro Cortese won the title, which was successfully defended in 2013 what represents another milestone in KTM history. For 2017, KTM CEO Stefan Pierer announces that KTM will enter the MotoGP-class.

All experiences gained in the international paddocks of numerous race series are continuously integrated into series production and a constantly growing team has the ability to annually present product highlights and innovations. No matter if on tarmac or offroad – KTM already presents itself as globally operating brand with a gapless product range, that in 2015 reaches from 50 cc to 1300 cc. Models like the extremely successful naked bikes 125, 200 and 390 DUKE and RC 125, 200 and 390 also inspire young motorcyclists. At the same time, high end developments in the form of the 1190 ADVENTURE (2013), equipped with the Motorcycle Stability Control MSC jointly developed with BOSCH, and 1290 SUPER DUKE R (2014) underline the intention to be a trendsetter even in high segments. For model year 2015 KTM further extends its ADVENTURE range; with the 1050 ADVENTURE and the fully equipped 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE KTM sets the new benchmark in the travel enduro segment. With regard to new technologies, especially in the area of E-Mobility, KTM takes a leading role in the development of new products and presents two electrically driven offroad motorcycles, like the FREERIDE E-XC and E-SX. In 2015 this lineup is joined by the E-SM, KTM´s electrical solution for road applications.

With unabated power in the offroad segment and a consequently extended street range the former motorcycle workshop now represents itself as an economically healthy, highly motivated and the leading European motorcycle manufacturer, that pursues a two-brand strategy after taking over the Husqvarna brand in 2013. Despite all the success KTM looks permanently ahead. KTM CEO Stefan Pierer’s vision reads as follows: “KTM intends to become the world’s leading provider of sportmotorcycles.”