By now, if you haven't seen Rik's fotki site....then you seriously are lost in the custom car world. Rik has been involved in many publications and has been archiving legitimate information from a historical aspect for years. There is no site around that houses as much history and inspiration as Rik's fotki site. It's very well known in the custom car community, even by the people who really built those beauties. Names like George Barris, Gene Winfield and the list goes on....if they are still alive and have access to the internet....they have more than likely heard of or visit and contributed to this massive archive. Rik travels far and wide to meet people, experience what it's like to be inside famous custom autos as well as record history with his camera. Imagine how cool it would be to sit in the Hirohata Merc! Rik has done it.
Not only is Mr. Hoving involved deeply in the 1:1 scene, but he is also very well known in the small scale model car hobby. He has mastered model car parts for companies like Replicas and Miniatures of Maryland a resin after market company. His attention to detail and "cool" is far exceeding the average modeler's dream.
I have never met Rik in person, but I have known him online for a few years as he joined as a member of my forum Traditional Rod and Kustom in scale and I was happy to contribute some of my own 1:1 car show photos for his site.
I asked for permission to use Rik's archive for my own enjoyment and to help spread the word and history by blogging right here! He was more than happy to oblige. So from this blog forward, expect to see some of them killer photos and maybe some words to go with them right here on TRaKables!