WHEN ELVIS PRESLEY TOOK A BACKSEAT TO CLAMBAKE’S RED HOT ’59 STINGRAY RACER

“For Corvette enthusiasts, the real star of ‘Clambake’ is the 1959 Stingray Racer concept— the car that is said to be the opening design salvo in what became the 1963 Corvette Stingray. While Corvette innovation was experience an exciting acceleration, the days of big money movie deals for Elvis were downshifting. Riffing on the similarity of every Elvis movie to every other Elvis movie, a studio executive once quipped: ‘Why do we bother to give his movies titles – couldn’t they just be numbered?'”

“The ’59 Stingray Racer has its own unique history. Designed by Peter Brock and Larry Shinoda, the chassis was provided from one of Duntov’s 1956 Corvette SS tubular frame racers. GM’s styling chief Bill Mitchell purchased the chassis and then directed and funded the design of the car in Chevrolet’s secretive Studio X. Once completed, Mitchell took the car racing as a privateer. The Stingray Racer was raced in 1960 SCCA competition by The Flying Dentist, Dr. Dick Thompson, who would bring home the C-Modified class championship in the car.

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JESUS TAKE THE WHEEL | TSY NEW ARRIVALS

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“JESUS TAKE THE WHEEL” The Selvedge Yard T-shirt in Black  <click here to shop>

TSY‘s latest artist collab “Jesus Take The Wheel,” with Doug Werner the talented eye and artist behind @muchomoto on instagram. How inspiration struck– As a youngster, my family abruptly transplanted to West Phoenix and I found my sorry, red-headed, 10 yr old ass in Cholo central. It was an experience in survival for sure, and left me with an affinity for Lowriders, Cholo Art, and Rick James (Give It To Me Baby)…

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“JESUS TAKE THE WHEEL” The Selvedge Yard T-shirt in White  <click here to shop>

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THE BODACIOUS BETTIE PAGE SHOT BY NYC STREET PHOTOG PHENOM WEEGEE

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1956~ Bettie Page photographed at Headley Farm, New Jersey by WEEGEE; Discovered after WEEGEE’s widow, Wilma Wilcox, bequeathed his archive to the ICP museum in 1993. WEEGEE (Arthur Fellig) and Bettie Page were friends, for years living only three blocks apart from each other just off Times Square, NYC. There is a story that WEEGEE once climbed into a bathtub fully clothed with Bettie hoping for a better photo until she literally kicked him out.

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“BLESS THIS MESS” TEE | TSY NEW ARRIVALS

BLESS THIS MESS! Reflecting our current state of mind at TSY!

All tees printed in Philadelphia, PA as we band together to keep our small businesses pumping! We’ll be adding more new designs in the coming weeks to keep us all active, engaged, and moving forward!

Hope you all are staying safe, and doing as well as can during these troubling times. There are brighter days ahead my friends, hang on! We are all in this together!

BLESS THIS MESS T-SHIRT ONLINE HERE.

TSY CLSSIC DESIGNS ALSO BACK IN STOCK:

KEITH RICHARDS FOR PRESIDENT, BLACK T-SHIRT

BAD NEWS TRAVELS FAST, BLACK T-SHIRT

GREASER MICK, BLACK T-SHIRT

TRIUMPH DRAG DAZE | DICK RIOS’ LEGENDARY TWO-TIMER DRAG BIKE

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CYCLE WORLD magazine, 1965–

“In less that 10 seconds the Two-Timer Triumph accelerates to 155.17 mph, a mark which rider  /  builder Dick Rios claims as ‘the all-time mph (record) for a bike in the quarter-mile.’ Rios also claims his 9.74 seconds elapsed time, recorded on the Fontana (Calif.) dragway clocks as the ‘lowest E.T. ever turned by a bike in the quarter.’ If anyone wished to dispute these assertions, he can find Rios and Two-Timer at drag strips across the U.S. (and hopefully, Europe) this summer on a coming exhibition tour.

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JIMI HENDRIX HAWAIIAN HAZE | DUNE BUGGY RIDE OVER THE RAINBOW BRIDGE TO THE AFTERLIFE

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In 1970 Jimi Hendrix was sent off to Hawaii to film a movie called “Rainbow Bridge.” His entourage rented a Bushwhacker dune buggy that was over-the-top. It was customized with a metal-flake paint job overlaid with pin-striping, and a loud floral-printed rag top and interior. The crew unbolted the top and Hendrix would flip himself around on the roll bar like a gymnast. Barry Hilton had about 50 customized Bushwhackers at his hotel painted light blue & Gold with big rainbow stickers on the top and sides that were used used in the movie– making the Bushwhacker dune buggy an icon of the psychedelic era.

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