Family, friends, past customers and former employees gathered on Saturday, May 11th, 2013 for the 5th annual memorial barbeque to honor one of the most famous custom car builders that ever lived. Boyd’s legacy lives on even more than usual each year on this day as many old stories are swapped, and while a few of them are emotional and bring on the waterworks, most of them tell of the early days or the television days and result in a round of belly laughs. And while only there in spirit, Boyd’s likeness mysteriously made its way around the party in the form of a cardboard cutout saved from the old Magnaflow ads.
While explicitly not a car show, a few former rides and fun builds are always invited and sprinkled around the grounds. We asked Chris Coddington, son of Boyd and owner of Hot Rods by Boyd, about the featured vehicles and he had this to say:
“The 57 convertible is Dan Carter’s. Dan is from Yorba Linda, CA and has been around the SoCal hot rod scene for some time. It has a set of HRBB Danville 18 and 20's and has tons of style and class. The aluminum roadster is owned by Walt Baynes, who has been our customer and friend since the early 80's. That car was started for another customer and the metal work was done by Craig Neff who also worked on Cadzilla. Walt ended up buying the car and seeing it to completion. Even though the front end is very Boydster-esque, my dad never really liked that car due to the hump in the back. It predates the Boydster by about 5 years.”
In addition to the stars of the show, there were a few trucks on hand to gawk at as well. American Hot Rod stars Mike Curtis and Duane Mayer each rolled their trucks in the form of a fendered A-pickup and a blacked out C-10, respectively. Gregg Coddington rolled up in a chopped and channeled F-1 pickup borrowed from Anthony and friends at Moto Loco. Of course, Chris’s personal rides were there, too, in the form of his Boyd Coddington-edition Chevy Tahoe, not to mention his newly acquired ’92 Ford Aerostar. This was a project of Boyd’s from 1992 that features a supercharged Thunderbird V6 and 5-speed along with custom scalloped pearl paint and Boyd directionals. No sooner than it resurfaced online was it back in the Coddington stables!
Perhaps the most significant thing about the party is the location. It’s held at the original checkerboard floored- shop where the first few of Boyd’s creations were crafted by day while he still worked the night shift at Disneyland as an “imagineer” machinist. As the company expanded during the 90’s and 2000’s, the old shop served many purposes for Chris and Gregg, including a music studio for various projects and a microbrewery, which Chris served samples from at the party and still wins awards with. With the passing of Boyd, the old floors were once again polished up. And in addition to being home base for the Hot Rods by Boyd wheel company, the shop now serves as a museum of sorts. Every inch of the walls are covered with Boyd memorabilia, automobilia, and pictures and stories from some of our favorite magazines that span nearly forty years. Even the buck that the sheet metal was formed around for the Road Star project was on display.
It’s an honor that we get to be a part of the celebration of someone that was so influential to our hobby. And if this sounds like a good time to you, stay tuned right here and check out the HRBB website as Chris and the family have plans in the works to make this a full-fledged event that is open to the public. www.hotrodsbyboyd.com