Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Almost a Mean Mugging...

The backstory goes like this. I'm rounding the corner by the Cypress Inn in Carmel, and spot the "Moal" built rod sitting on the street. I was there to shoot photos for the Carmel Concour the next day, but this baby was too much to pass up. Grabbed my camera and prepared to get the shot, but before I knew it, a grocery getter pulled up inches from the back of the rod. I sheeplessly asked the driver to please back up for a minute so I could get a shot. He just smiled, winked at me and left it in place. I winked back all the well knowing, that in little more than a "Bam..." with post-processing he would no longer exist. Hope you enjoy the shot with a vintage flair.
Steve Moal built this sweet Rod.

The Moal tradition began when Steve Moal's grandfather William, a skilled wheelwright, emigrated from France just after the turn of the century and began outfitting horse-drawn wagons with hand-crafted bodies and wheels. By 1911 Moal's "Auto Metal Works" was doing a wide spectrum of coachwork and repairs, and in the '20s he began applying his skills to race cars and showcase speedsters. The tradition moved forward in the '40s when George Moal, Steve's father, founded a body and fender business on the current site of these modern works. George Moal was a skilled craftsman who fashioned bold instrument gauges, elegant wooden steering wheels and sleek, aerodynamic aluminum cowls and fins for high performance speedboats. Moal's was also a regular gathering place for race car drivers, hot rodders and painters like the legendary Tommy the Greek.

Today the Moal family, Steve and Theresa, and sons Michael and David, carry the tradition forward with a totally new approach to the creation, design, engineering, fabrication, machining and assembly of custom coachcraft vehicles for discerning motoring enthusiasts. You can find out more about "Moal Coachbuilders" here.

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