DICK "MAGOO" MEGUGORAC was one of the Street Rodding Industries true Legends & innovator's. With many "firsts" to his credit, Dick's personal choice of rides was always a '29 Hi Boy, but it better be Red ! Through the years he built scores of rods for his clients as well as himself.
HOWEVER, at the dawn of the new millenium, Dick decided to tackle building a Chopped '49 Merc. Now he had NEVER built a Custom up until that time, in fact, in all of his years building some of best Roadsters & Hi Boys to ever hit the streets, Dick had NEVER chopped a top !
Once a Montana rust free-dry '49 was acquired and in the garage, Dick proceeded (with some encouraging help from his friend, Mr. Darryl Starbird !) to craft one of the smoothest Mercs ever done !
The chop was spot-on perfect, the running gear was all-Ford, and the Lincoln seats were upholstered by Dick's wife, Lois...who even imported the Wilton Wool headliner fabric from England. And the color ? Can you say "Red" ? !
Dick & I met and became friends at Darryl Starbird's many years ago when I drove the "INVICTA" down to Starbird's 6th Anniversary of the Hall Of Fame Museum, and Dick & Lois drove in with their stunning '49 Merc !
It was at the 14th Annual Induction Ceremonies in 2009 at the Hall Of Fame Museum that we sat down to do this Interview. Dick, and his wife Lois, came to the Museum many, many times, through the years, and Dick has some very great observations about both the Museum AND Darryl Starbird.
LISTEN AND ENJOY THIS story from a life-long street rodder/builder/owner, and a man who was one of the nicest people in the Industry: Dick "Magoo" Megugorac. JK
(Top of Page: Dick's Chopped '49 Merc on the cover of the 2003 Custom Rodder Calendar from my personal collection; Above: Dick's '29 Hi Boy; Center: Dick's Hi Boys on the 1979 & 1987 Covers of Street Rodder Magazine; Below: Photo courtesy of Custom Rodder Magazine.)
NOTE: HERE'S A STORY FROM DICK'S History that you won't want to miss ! It's about how he started his rod-building business, after doing his own hot rods for years ! To listen, just CLICK-ON-RIGHT-HERE ...and, your on your way !!
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 at our last meeting, 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)