When Customs Were King We have to go way back for this archive photo. It was taken in the early days of Car Craft when it was as much a custom car book as it was "The Show How Magazine." Among the kings of the kustomizers in 1955 was the man himself, George Barris (left). Then-current Editor Dick Day (right) thought customs were what would grow this fledgling title, as at that point CC was barely two years old. Later, Car Craft would survive an escapade with karting and finally find a home with drag racing in the mid-'60s. While these may have been the CC offices, the small photos pinned to the wall are stills from the then-popular Dragnet TV show starring Jack Webb as Joe Friday. In this particular episode called the "The Big Rod," Friday and his partner, Frank Smith, investigate the theft of four hot rods. Friday got help from the NHRA on his way to busting the bad guys, and our sister book Hot Rod did a story. The board on the far left lists all the story assignments for the Oct. '55 issue, which had the cover theme "Build a Fiberglass Car," and the tech column back then was called "What's Your Problem?" The classics never go out of style. By Jeff Smith Enjoyed this Post? Subscribe to our RSS Feed, or use your favorite social media to recommend us to friends and colleagues!