DICK "MAGOO" MEGUGORAC, began building Street Rods in 1944...and his passion for these "drivers" (and if Dick built 'em they were "DRIVERS" ! ) carry's on to this very day !
In his early years, Dick was one of SoCal's most active Street/Strip Racer's, hitting El Mirage...and the boulevard's of L.A. Later, he and his brother-in-law, Al Riggen, were in the "slot car" business...and did quite well.
All during that time though, Dick kept on building street rod's out of his garage, and, at the urging of those who saw the quality work that he was doing, started putting cars together for others.
One of his first customer's was the Legendary Photographer/Street Rodder, ANDY SOUTHARD. Andy wanted Dick to work-over his '29 A, but didn't want anyone to know about it ! But the secret was out, others came following...and Dick was in business !
Dick was one of the prime movers in Street Rod fabrication & innovation. Some of his Industry Leading "firsts" were the use of Teflon bushings, packaged disc brake kits, and many other innovations that we'll cover in another part of this Interview.
BUT, IN THIS GREAT one-on-one session that Dick and I shared at Darryl Starbird's, I wanted to know how he began what was to become one of the most Legendary building career's that the Street Rodding Industry has ever had !
NOTE: TO HEAR DICK'S STORY of the fantastic, multiple-award winning, AMBR award-winning, "DEUCARI", just CLICK-ON-THIS-LINK !
(Above photo 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)