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What’s it like to drive a 600HP OUTLAW 1965 PORSCHE 356? Ask my boy Ken…

I get to drive a lot of cars. I mean, a lot.

And although driving a new Ferrari or some sort of exotic can be exhilarating, it’s when I get contacted by personal builders that I get really excited.
Last week, I did a Malibu Vlog episode on my buddy Ken Vela and his 1965 Porsche Speedster. A one-off hand-built replica that screams Hot Rod Outlaw Custom. If the OK Corral existed today, this car would have shut them down hard.

Ken’s company, WIKD KUSTOMS, focuses on unique builds for unique clients and when I say “unique,” I mean WIKD. As a Car Builder, Ken’s outlook on the extreme kustom world is peppered with historic data with influences from Ed “Big Daddy” Roth, Gene Winfield, George Barris and others. This Speedster is a true character car. But how about some specs from Ken?

“It’s got an HB Aircooled Type IV 225 hp 2.4 liter motor, 400hp shot of wet Nitrous, Porsche 911 5 spd. Accusump oil system, remote nitrous purge and electric deck lid with aluminum scoop. A low gloss black patina paint and body, shaved door handles, shaved front end, hand built flares, plexiglass windshield, UFO rear view mirrors, hand painted number 13 gumballs, kustom aluminum tonneau cover, Rollbar and complete cage, 4’’ dropped floor, Nitto street/strip tires wrapped on 15 X 10 & 15 X 9 Centerline wheels, kustom Black and red leather seats with black diamond tucked red stitched interior, rally stopwatch hidden stereo with steering wheel remote.” Yes, he said that all in one breath… Obviously, he’s been practicing.

But here’s where it started…

“I’ve had the car for 5 years and found it on Ebay. It originally sat in Santa Barbara for 20+ years, unfinished and abandoned. The new owner could not finish it and it was too far gone. So I rescued it or should I say, it rescued me?”  

Ken wanted back into Kustom car building … his life long dream. At age 5 in Indiana, he and his father learned how to do tune ups, oil changes and body work together on their new 1968 Malibu. “Rattle cans and Bondo” Dad saw Ken’s talent and saved enough money to buy a Sears compressor, tools and spraygun setup. The “Malibu” was the first car he painted and at 16, resulted in his first Kustom car.

“I was painting a new car every week out of my parents garage. My biggest influences were the 1966 Batmobile (George Barrris) and TV was my ‘window out of the corn fields’ along with Speed Racer’s MACH 5. (You can see some of the styling cues in WIKD) and in HotRod Magazine. I remember my Mom bought me my first Hotrod Magazine and it became my monthly bible. I was looking to build another car and my best friend  said ‘why don’t you build a Speedster?’

After entertaining the idea, he did some research on the history of Porsche and it bit him. He wanted a vintage race inspired 356 Porsche. After collecting over a thousand vintage race photos of all makes and models, he began the design.

“I wanted a mix of American ‘Hot Rod’ and German ‘Outlaw’ with modern upgrades and technology. The love and passion for building cars, along with the memories, came back to me with great vengeance… and the rest is history. I owe it all to my Dad and this build is dedicated to him.

Ken uses the car strictly for the Track, Car Shows and Events now like our WHEELS AND WAVES where you can come see it.

His best short story??

“The debut at Malibu Cars and Coffee with actor Keanu Reeves. My good friends Rolland and Cory pulled and all-nighter getting the car ready the day before… 18 hours straight! We started the engine at 2pm, began installing the interior at 9pm, test drove and adjusted the suspension at midnight, completed the interior at 5:30am, polished her up by 5:45am and loaded her on the trailer for the show! What a great event! There is so much beauty to see and experience here… From the breath taking coastline views to the serene canyons. It was perfect.”

It’s about the best experience you can get here as an Automotive Enthusiast. You can watch the Vlog, but better yet, come to the show and see it. Who knows, maybe Ken will inspire you to build your own WIKD Kustom.

What’s it like to drive a 500hp Pro Street ’57 CHEVY…

In my job, I get to meet some really incredible car people — people whose passion transcends above the norm and into the AutoSphere. When you talk with someone like that, you can’t help but get inspired to new levels. And this is the whole point of loving cars.

But every now and then you meet someone who not only loves cars, but who you can tell is simply an extraordinary person overall. Kind, warm, attentive and very, very serious about their rides. Oh sure, they’ll have fun at the shows and all that. But when it’s time to get the work done, it can only be done one way — the right way.

This week’s Ride of the Week goes out the burly Ken Vela and his insane cherry Pro Street 1957 Chevrolet 210.

Ken designed the motor, transmission and rear end combos resulting in a ridiculous 11.57 quarter mile time. 

“Rat DNA launches out of the hole at 5000 RPM,” Ken said. “The best part with this combo is that you can also get on the freeway doing 80 mph and cruising at 2,800 RPM at half throttle.” 

It’s just plain nuts. 

The body is all original — custom retrofitted ‘57 Corvette grille with chrome Dag Mars; Corvette 2 stage dark red metallic paint; period correct Burgundy and white tuck and roll interior; bench seat notched for the B&M hammer shifter; front disc brake conversion; dropped spindles and springs; Speed-O Motive assembled with engine room dyno. West Tech Performance Group, along with myself, did the installation. This list goes on forever and since my article is limited to a billion words, I’m going to let you imagine the rest. But it eventually leads to sweet Colorado Custom 15-inch by 10-inch rear wheels with Mickey Thompson ET radials 30-inch by 14-inch and 15-inch by 8-inch fronts with Goodyear Eagle GTs.

Ken has owned this car for 12 year,s resulting in three motors, two transmissions and two rear ends. He found it at a classic car dealership owned by a friend of Boyd Coddington. 

“It was in rough shape, sitting in a warehouse located in Huntington Beach,” he said. 

Why this car? 

“It reminded me of my first classic car, which was a 1963 SS Impala… and I also spent five years as a DJ behind a ‘57 Chevy at a club called Blue Suede Shoes in Chicago…It reminded me of happier times. I needed a project car to get my mind off of my divorce at the time.”

“When I am building and designing I have no concept of time, food or pee breaks for that matter…I am in the zone. Perfect therapy! So I traded in my fully optioned original, numbers matching 1970 Big Block Corvette and let the good times begin. One of the best things I have ever done.” 

See what I mean?

Ken heads to cruise nights and car shows, and does wedding rentals and weekend drives up and down the coast, stopping at this favorite spots. But his best story? 

“I was sitting beside my car at a local car show when I noticed this very cute elderly couple that came to admire my car. They were looking at  exterior of the car commenting how it brought back so many memories of when they used to date…at that same moment they looked inside the car to see the interior and they both looked in the back seat, then turned to each other at the same time with the biggest smile on their faces giggling like kids. That’s when it hit me…many children must have been conceived in the back seat of these cool classic cars. It makes me happy to share my passion for custom cars, and bring memories of a simpler time.”

On top of all that, Ken loves movie and television history and culture. Growing up in a small town in Indiana, his only escape was through TV and the silver screen. He knew at 10 years old that he wanted to move to California and go surfing; summer all year round, custom cars, beautiful girls and Malibu. It’s been 30 years and it is still magic.     

I’m proud to call Ken a friend regarding cars. But he’s just great people, reminding us that the key to all success is to give love to all things. Cars, Malibu, people and work. He’s a champion for all things good. Just don’t let the ‘57’s growl fool you.

 

WORLD’S MOST INCREDIBLE GARAGE! – FMV477

Fireball Malibu Vlog 477 takes Fireball to Price Transfer, the World’s Most Insane Garage filled with 80 100pt Classic Cars and Dragsters! Then, he finishes up his Cadillac illustration. SHARE Today’s Vlog!

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Automobile Driving Museum 1920-1930 Cars Edition – FMV255

Fireball grabs buddies John Grafman & Ken Vela and heads to The Automobile Driving Museum for cars from 1920-1930. Then drives in a ’32 Packard. SHARE Today’s Vlog!

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Christmas at the Grove – FIREBALL MALIBU VLOG 199

Today’s Episode : Fireball and the team head to the GROVE in Hollywood for Christmas celebration after Kathie goes to see EyeDoc2TheStars Dr. Elise Brisco. www.hollywoodvision.com

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