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Gene Winfield's 1927 Ford Model T Roadster of Modesto, California. Gene was a member of the Modesto Century Toppers when he bought the car. After buying it, he rebuilt it using a Z-ed Model A frame. The build was completed in time for the 1950 National Roadster Show in Oakland, California.
Les Johnson's 1932 Ford 5-Window Coupe, was built by Huffman's Body Shop, in Modesto, California.
Lew Thompson's 1932 Ford Roadster of Modesto, California. Lew's roadster was originally hot rodded in the Los Angeles area in the 1940s. In 1948 Gene Winfield reworked the car at Winfield Custom Shop for current owner Joe Cardoza. Joe sold the car to Modesto Century Toppers member Lew Thompson. Circa 1960 Joe sold the roadster to fellow Modesto Century Toppers member Peter Hischier, who gave it a Candy Apple Red paint job. Circa 1963 Peter had Gene Winfield rework the car and give it a black paint job. This incarnation did also feature a fully chromed undercarriage.
Jim Musick's 1950 Chevrolet Bel Air of Modesto, California was restyled by Gene Winfield of Winfield's Custom Shop, and completed in 1954.

Modesto is a city in California. Legendary kustom car builder Gene Winfield opened his first custom shop, Windy's Custom Shop, behind his mothers house on 1309 Figaro Avenue in Modesto. Modesto was also the home of the Century Toppers car club. A club that Gene Winfield formed with some local hot rodders in 1946.

Gene and his fellow club members used to race out on Paradise Road in Modesto. Later on they had a country road out by Empire that they used. They would go at night and do all kinds of racing. They marked off a 1/4 mile and a full mile track. They tok off with a rolling start, and people would go down and wait in a driveway to watch the racers come by.[1]

When Gene and his buddies were not busy racing, they would cruise on 10th street. In the beginning it was only 10th back and forth. Later on they opened it up and made 10th one way. Then they took 11th back and made a loop. They would go down and around Burge's Drive in and then go back. Go down the other way around the Grey Hound and Pep Boys, before turning around and go back.[1]

Hot Rods of Modesto, California

Gene Winfield's 1927 Ford Model T Roadster
Les Johnson's 1932 Ford 5-Window Coupe
Lew Thompson's 1932 Ford Roadster
Jon Enberg's 1940 Ford Coupe

Custom Cars of Modesto, California

Jim Musick's 1950 Chevrolet Bel Air
Jake Melson's 1954 Ford F-100 Helen Avila's 1956 Chevrolet - She Devil
Jon Enberg's 1957 Ford
Winfield's Custom Shop's 1958 Oldsmobile

Custom, Hot Rod and Upholstery Shops in Modesto, California

Bunch Brothers
Frosty Furtados' Custom Shop
Huffman's Body Shop
Shaw's Upholstery Shop
Windy's Custom Shop

Car Clubs of Modesto, California

Modesto Century Toppers

Citizens of Modesto, California

Gene Winfield
Helen Avila
Jake Melson
Jim Musick
Jon Enberg
Les Johnson
Lew Thompson
Peter Hischier



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