Ryan Ford is a Pinstriping artist located in Central Victoria Australia. He is also the owner of Chopped Magazine and the Promoter of the Chopped Rod and Custom three day festival where pre-1965 style custom cars and music fanatics from across Australia roll into Victoria.
Taking place an hour and a half north of Melbourne, Chopped is a unique cultural experience similar to that of being thrown back to a 1950s/60s Hop Up Carnavale. Thousands of fans from around the country partake in a mix of traditional style hot rods & custom cars alongside bobber & chopper motorcycles with entrants running head-to-head throughout the show in two-lane old-style dirt drags entertaining the crowds.
Bandit Films and Fuel Tank TV will be producing a documentary of the 2011 Chopped Rod and Custom festival and will be distributing a DVD for sale. So support independent filmmakers to keep on making these productions (they aren't easy). Keep updated about the films progress and distribution at the following links:
Craig Metros is a Detroit born car designer, artist and hot rod builder. Craig moved to Melbourne, Australia five years ago on an international work transfer. The first film from new production house Fuel Tank TV begins the 'Factory 6' series by peering through the doors of a workshop deep in the suburbs of Melbourne. Craig is one of a handful of passionate and skillful guys, toiling away the winter nights, creating art and working on a multitude of automotive projects in the same shared space.
Craig talks to us about moving from Detroit to Melbourne, what inspires him, and what it's like to build a hot rod that has fulfilled a childhood dream.
Director: Tom Broadhurst
DOP: Daniel De Silva
Producer: Luke Ray
Editor: Daniel De Silva fueltank.tv fuelzine.com
"The year is 1947, an ex-serviceman returns home to Southern California. His old '32 Ford Roadster is removed from the shed, and the guts of a wrecked '39 Mercury sedan are transplanted in, giving more power, braking and top speed, essential for the dry lakes racing career he will embark on. He outfits the motor with products from the growing speed equipment industries catalogues, and races his car against fellow car club members and the clock. The car also serves as daily transport for him in the mild So Cal climate, the loud twin exhausts upsetting the locals still not used to the returned soldiers need for peacetime thrills. The era immediately following WW2 in Southern California was the time frame and inspiration for me to build an accurate recreation of a stripped down, dry lakes racing, late forties street roadster. Something of a time machine, so that a drive down the street or across the state could become a journey back sixty years.
Rancho Deluxe is my full time business, building traditional hotrod classics and components, and assembling period correct cars. The Rancho Deluxe roadster is my expression of a true Hot-Rod, a time machine back to when innovation was hand built, and the true test of man and machine was flat out across the Lakes"