DICK "MAGOO" MEGUGORAC began building street rods in 1944. He was one of the true pioneers of the Rod & Custom Industry, in almost every Hall Of Fame there is, and ran his own rod shop for many, many years...breaking new ground, creating new equipment, and, building a reputation second-to-none.
He, and his wife Lois, were old friends. We met many years ago when we had both driven down to Darryl Starbird's National Rod & Custom Hall Of Fame Museum for the Annual Induction Ceremonies. SO, it was only fitting that when we finally got together to do this Interview, it took place at Darryl's in May of 2009.
Dick was one ot the BEST story teller's you'd ever find, and his memories of those early SoCal days are priceless ! As you listen, remember: In that time period most street rods were HOMEBUILT ! There were no 800-Build-Me-A-Street-Rod phone numbers. And, they were the only cars that the builders had...they were daily drivers !
Street racing is not now, nor has it ever been, the "approved" way to test the power of your ride. But, let's face it...it happens now, AND it sure happened then. And, Dick's tales of his own cars, and the era in which they were created, are a true, honest, look at how it was at the dawn of Hot Roddng...and a testament to the men that built 'em. JK
NOTE: TO HEAR DICK'S STORY of his first custom, a chopped '49 Merc, a beautiful testament to his spot-on, perfect ability to "hammer, torch, and, slice", simply CLICK-ON-RIGHT-HERE !
(Above photo of Dick & Lois in Dick's Hi Boy courtesy of its original owner/copyright holder...with sincere thanks.)
A TRIBUTE TO AN OLD FRIEND:
DICK "MAGOO" MEGUGORAC PASSED AWAY 1-12-2016...
A friend to everyone who met him, Dick was not only a Hall Of Famer, but one of the most-respected Hot Rod Builders on the Planet.
He and his wife, Lois, were friends who I knew for year's. The last time we saw each other was at the 20th Anniversary of Darryl Starbird's National Rod & Custom Car Hall Of Fame Museum in June of 2015. Dick was in good health then, and was just so much fun to spend time with. (Dick was a Charter Member of the NR&CC HOF Museum since its founding in 1995.)
He will be missed by all who knew him, and, since ALL Dick's car's were built not just to look at but to drive...you'll still see most of 'em on-the-road when their owner's take a Road Trip, or, head-out for a Cross-Country Tour
My sincere thoughts & prayers go out to Dick's wife Lois, and, their family & friends. It was truly an honor to know Dick, and to document his stories & history here on the Hall Of Fame Legends Site.
Dick loved doing the Interviews, it was all new to him, and his memories of all his cars, events, and, his personal rodding history, were a personal pleasure to record !
R.I.P. Dick, and thanks for the memories & your friendship.
Jonnie King (1-13-2016)