FOR CLOSE TO FIVE DECADES BO HUFF, built some of the coolest cars you'll ever see...first for himself, then for some very lucky customers. At the 29th Annual KKOA Lead Sled Spectacular in Salina, Kansas, Bo, ALAN MAYES (OSR/CKD), and myself, settled in for some quality time and a lot of interesting conversation.
BO WAS BORN IN ARKANSAS, and also lived for awhile in California. But, he had his shop & compound in the State Of Utah for many, many years, and I wanted to find out how he decided on that part of the Country. Also, we touched on Bo's Museum, located on his property, and, what was on his plate in the future...which turned out to be his wanting to do some more extremely do-able cars like the '61 Pontiac he did for Alan Mayes.
Bo Huff was a lot of fun to hang-out with, had years of hammering & welding experience, and, dearly l-o-v-e-d the Rock-A-Billy scene. He was also honest, and straightforward in his Interview answers, so I hope you enjoy listening to these stories as much as I did getting 'em first hand ! JK
(Above Left: Bo is featured in Alan Mayes' "Old School Customs" Book; Above Right: A shot of Bo's Museum showing my fave Merc of his...Black & Red and a true Monster Machine !)
(Above Left: A fresh 2015 build from Bo's Shop...a stunning '63 Oldsmobile, that Bo designed, with paint & major body work from Junior Huff, and the Crew. Above Right: Bo in healthier days with the Legendary Gene Winfield at the KKOA Lead Sled in Salina in 2011.)
ABOVE '63 Olds photo courtesy of Monique Wood at 8skullz Photography...with thanks !)
(Jonnie King, Bo Huff, and, John D'Agostino at Bo's 2012 KKOA Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony)
BO HUFF WAS A GREAT FRIEND, and was one of the nicest, most talented builder's to ever light-up a torch. He went through a lot with many health problems the last few years of his life, and, sadly, passed away on August 4th, 2015.
We usually talked to each other every week or so, and, even during his illness, his spirit and desire to keep cranking out great customs still ignited him to not only want to "raise the bar", but to "set the bar" for others to follow.
I'm so glad that we were able to do all of the Interviews that we did during the year's, because now Bo's great stories about his life, his cars, and his passion for everything to do with Rods & Customs, can be heard right here on the HOF Legends Site for all to learn from and enjoy World Wide...24/7/365 !
R.I.P., my friend. Like you always said, we were like "family".
NOTE: All photos/images on this page courtesy of their original owners/copyright holders...with sincere thanks.
FOR MORE INFO ON BO...just go to his Facebook page !
Some Photos Courtesy Of Rik Hoving's Great Car Photo Site: http://public.fotki.com/Rikster/11_car_photos/beautiful_custom_cars/bo-huff-custom-cars/