In 1945, after returning from the war, Blackie built his first hot rod, a 1926 Ford Model T roadster. Named "Blackie," it became the fastest car in Fresno. The black roadster would ultimately earn Blackie his well known nickname.
After crashing the roadster in a race in 1948, Blackie turned it into a show car named "Shish Kebob." The "Shish Kebob" featured a chromed undercarriage, and Blackie is known for starting the tradition of placing a mirror underneath the car to showcase the undercarriage. In 1955 the "Shish Kebob" won the prestigious America's Most Beautiful Roadster award at the Oakland Roadster Show.
Around 1956 - 1957, Blackie helped Richard Peters build the chassis on the Barris Kustoms restyled Ala Kart. Once completed, the Ala Kart went on to win more than 200 trophies, and it took home the America's Most Beautiful Roadster award twice, first in 1958, and then again in 1959. Just like Blackie's "Shish Kebob," the Ala Kart did also feature a fully chromed chassis.
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