Von Don Koolkat

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About Von Don Koolkat

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  • Location California
  • Full Name Don 'Koolkat' Graham

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  1. Von Don Koolkat added a post in a topic Los Banos Model Car Show and Swap Meet   

    I'll be there. It's a good show.
  2. Von Don Koolkat added a post in a topic Cruisin' Nationals Model Car Show on Memorial Day Weekend, 2016   

    Russ Beckwith took the photos. I thank him for doing so.

    I've been running this show in Paso Robles and Santa Maria since West Coast Kustoms started their show.
  3. Von Don Koolkat added a post in a topic Cruisin' Nationals Model Car Show on Memorial Day Weekend, 2016   

    Here are Russ Beckwith's photos. Many many of the real cars, some of the model show too.
    Thanks, Russ!

    http://public.fotki.com/RussB/rod_and_custom_car/35th-wck-cruising-n/

    The model show 'Theme' for 2017 is "Nifty Fifties"
  4. Von Don Koolkat added a post in a topic Cruisin' Nationals Model Car Show on Memorial Day Weekend, 2016   

    It was a good show!!! People liked the Wolfman DJ and all the celebrity pick awards!
  5. Von Don Koolkat added a post in a topic Cruisin' Nationals Model Car Show on Memorial Day Weekend, 2016   

    Great to hear! The more the merrier. We ran out of room last year. This year we are supposed to be inside the Convention Center. Saturday is the best day!  Half the time our hotel is in Arroyo Grande since Santa Maria is usually full.
    There are supposed to be SoCal and NorCal modelers. Often out of state and sometimes international builders.
  6. Von Don Koolkat added a topic in Contests and Shows   

    Cruisin' Nationals Model Car Show on Memorial Day Weekend, 2016
    This Saturday, Memorial Day weekend 2016, is the annual model car show at the West Coast Kustoms 'Cruisin Nationals' car show in Santa Maria, CA. If you are interested in going, please email kustomandhotrodmodelsmag at gmail dot com. If you are on Facebook, there is a FB group for the model show.
     
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  7. Von Don Koolkat added a post in a topic NNL shows - what is the norm?   

    Eliminate the door prizes and it'll save people having to wait around....  

    Not a serious suggestion...
  8. Von Don Koolkat added a post in a topic Custom coupe   

    Awesome! I've got a version of that same car going myself!
  9. Von Don Koolkat added a post in a topic Dave Puhl`s Illusion   

    I'd suggest those that critique vintage models like this post their own version of the Illusion. Oh... I see... nobody else has attempted to build one? Too difficult, I presume?
  10. Von Don Koolkat added a post in a topic UPDATED: Stockton CA NNL and Swap Meet Sunday July 12 2015   

    Had my camera and phone, but had such a good time, I forgot to take photos!
     
     
  11. Von Don Koolkat added a post in a topic Dave Puhl`s Illusion   

    Make that 3 people that want it!
     
  12. Von Don Koolkat added a post in a topic SO CAL NNL XI MAY 3 2015 plus round 1 of The Golden Age of Kustoms Challenge   

    Next round is at West Coast Kustoms "Cruisin Nationals" in Santa Maria on Memorial Day weekend. Saturday is the big day!
  13. Von Don Koolkat added a post in a topic Look What I Found - Magazine Coverage of the Origins of the NNL West Events   

    The 54 Merc model was actually built in the early 1970's when I lived in the SF area East Bay, and was built from a first issue AMT 49 Ford coupe kit. I still have the model, and it's still in decent shape. It was a replica model of my 1:1 car which I owned from 1963 to about 1968. I believe resin models were still in their infancy. Most resembled a solid paperweight.

    I see some of my other models in the first photo.

    NNL West #2 took place at the El Rancho Motel or Inn in Milbrae, California, near San Francisco. Yes, JBWELDA, Mark Townsend was at the #2 NNL West, along with others from California like Bob Woolley (Model Car Journal), Doane Yawger, David Dale, Gary Gollehon, Pat Ganahl (Pat and I both brought our built in the 1960's real 'bubble top' models), also guys from Oregon like Bob Paeth, Bob Robinson, Rick Rothermel, and from the Midwest, Andy Martin, Bob Bost, and Tom Dillon, and maybe 40 others whose names I can't recall at the moment. Oh yes! Tim Boyd was the emcee, and showed slides of various models from around the country.

    Back then, these NNL's included all meeting for dinner at a nearby restaurant, and were non-competitive (no awards, no door prizes, no swap meet, and no carnival atmosphere) and they were the most fun of all, in my opinion. They spotlighted the social aspect of the hobby, and sharing info. Unlike contests prior to that time. NNL West #1 in California's Central Valley in Modesto, California was most enjoyable for me. I invited a couple local modelers to attend it, but they poo poo'd the idea of attending a show where there wasn't a contest.



  14. Von Don Koolkat added a post in a topic Why was the AMT 1941 Plymouth kitted ?   

    As I understand it, it was originally going to be a 41 sedan delivery, as promoted by Jim Newcomer of Iowa, but AMT decided the coupe would be a better seller.