Special shirt designs created for the “DECEPTION”

An other pleasure to create this design for my good friends Kenneth and Kenny Jr.
This graphic design based on the flyer I did recently for these cool guys, will be printed on a short sleeve work uniform they wanna wear at car shows, where they promote their “Deception”.
Watch out of the back of these guys!!!

The Deception is a Father/Son project – a 1964 Buick Riviera restoration which took many years. (I had already told about this car in previous blogs… Check them out!).


Flyer created for Kenny’s Deception

It was such a big pleasure to create an info flyer for my good friends Kenneth and his son Ken.
This Flyer is a give away they use at car shows where they promote the Deception – a 1964 Buick Riviera they restored while years! This car is just a bomb!!! 👊🏻🤪 (I had already told about this car in previous blogs…)

Clean ’65 Buick Riviera by Top Notch Customs

Coco Chanel once famously said, “Fashion fades, only style remains the same.” Some things just never lose their cool factor. Certain trends have come and gone in the car world, especially lowriding, but others never get old. Even unmodified, few would argue that a car like the 1965 Buick Riviera looks all that dated. In fact, according to its owner, Rudy Trevino, it even drives like a modern car.

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Kenny’s Deception at Chicago World Of Wheels 2018

Kenneth and his son Kenny Becker had a wonderful time at the Chicago World Of Wheels sowing their amazing “DECEPTION”, a full customized ’64 Buick Riviera. We had some lines about it here before. Find also a short interview with Kenny about his outstanding car here.
Kenny’s 64 Riviera made a good impression at the show. Won First Place in Class, Outstanding Engine, Outstanding Paint and a really Special Award from Rad Rides by Troy. THANKS Troy for selecting the Riviera!”

The award is in recognition of Troy Trepanier father Jack who pass a few years ago. Jack was a wonderful car guy that shared his love of cars with his son Troy and fellow car Enthusiast.

If you don’t know Troy Trapanier or Rad Rods by Troy check this link:  www.radrides.com …Kenneth say about him, he is the BEST Custom Car builder in the nation! Troy has built Riddler Cars and this year he was selected by his piers as the Best Car builder at SEMA.


Schmiddy’s ’65 Buick Riviera designed by Steve Stanford

After some deliberations – I was unsure if it would work at all – so I decided to contact Steve Stanford last year (2017)…
In my eyes, he is worldwide one of the best Hotrod draftsmen, if not the best, and I asked him whether he would draw me his vision of my ’65 Riviera… Right, even here in the small Switzerland he is quite famous! 😉

As I tried to find a webpage or any contact possibility to reach Steve, I found him on Facebook. So I dropped few lines with my request and Kat and her brother Sean Morris, both longtime friends of Steve and the masterminds of “Steve Stanford Designs”, answered me. Two wonderful people who helped me to get access to Steve… They coordinated everything very kindly and professionally in the background. After a very sympathetic and funny phone call with Sean and Steve, I could give some key points on how I would like to have the drawing of my Riviera (kind of hotrod, but not too exaggerated).

Few days after our call, Kat told me that Steve had started to draw my car. I was extremely excited and had no idea how the drawing would come out! I couldn’t wait to hold it in my hands and see what masterpiece Steve had created. At that time I was in Florida for a couple of weeks over Christmas/New Year with my wife and some friends, so I asked Steve to send the drawing to my local address in Kissimmee instead to my home in Switzerland where nobody could take care of.

When I received the package and opened it, the surprise was absolutely perfect and my joy was endless!!!

Today I am very, very happy, proud and so grateful to own an original drawing by Steve, this artwork is now in a special custom frame and in a well deserved place and I look at it every day for a few minutes! (…and discover little details each time…).

Thank you again Steve, Kat and Sean! I love you, you all are my heroes who made one of my dreams come true!
So, step by step, I will restore and customize my ’65 Riviera as a great man has designed it!

For those who doesn’t know Steve that well, check this cool youtube video:

Interview with Ken Becker Jr. about his 64 Riviera “Deception”

Nicknamed “Deception”, this beautiful custom Riviera was built by Ken and his father — also Ken — in a garage the low-slung street cruiser was a seven-year frame-off build. Power comes, appropriately, from a Nailhead engine, modernized by a Buick “Star Wars” air cleaner. The body modifications include shaved door handles, hidden headlights, and frenched 1989 Cadillac taillights, and that classy two-tone green paint. The interior features 2010 Cadillac CTS front buckets.
Ken said he likes the way the Riviera’s chiseled bodylines were a ’60s alternative to the round curvy lines of the ’50s.

Source: http://www.hotrod.com/articles/43rd-msra-back-50s/

Written by Tim Bernsau on August 29, 2016
Photographer: Robert McGaffin

1964 Buick Riviera Custom

1964 Buick Riviera Custom & Engine start up @ World of Wheels on My Car Story with Lou Costabile

This is Ken Becker being interviewed about his son’s (Ken Becker Jr.) 1964 Buick Riviera. The only thing more special than the car is the relationship between the two of them. The talent and knowledge they share about classic car restoration is secondary only to the bond they share, it’s quite special. “Deception” (The name of Kenny’s 1964 Riviera) took 7 years in a home garage and became such a work of art, such a labor of love… a must see for any classic car enthusiast!

(Citation of Ken’s daughter on Youtube)

1965 Buick Riviera on 15″ supreme wheels

1965 Buick Riviera slammed on air ride suspension. 15″ supreme wheels with whitewall tires and Bellflower pipes. Such a gorgeous car!

The 1965 Buick Riviera Custom that was debut by Alloway’s Hot Rod Shop at The SEMA Show 2016

Alloway’s Hot Rod Shop has been building cool for many years. This 1965 Buick Riviera is no exception. There are no major body mods but it has the “Look” that we are accustom to from Bobby Alloway.

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1966 Buick Riviera – Jay Leno’s Garage

Randy Cark, owner of Hot Rods and Custom Stuff, stops by the garage to show Jay a custom 1966 Buick Riviera that has an eye-popping gold paint job that took his team 1,500 hours to complete.

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Rodder’s issue #71 – Rivi-Design by Steve Stanford

I’ve always had a thing for Steve Stanford … His drawings are so perfect and no one manages to grasp the “soul” of a car better than he does! His grandiose art is to draw a car as if the car itself had been asked what it would look like!

I am as you all know, a Buick Riviera fan. Or rather a Riviera 65 fan! When I saw the drawing of a Rivieras 65 by Steve Stanford in Rodder’s #71, I knew I must have the original drawing. I got in touch with Rodder’s in good spirits and asked how I could come up with this drawing… I was almost laughed at and they told me that I had no chance to get this drawing because it was privately owned.

This somehow made me sad… But anyway, I will not give up and find another way to get a drawing from Steve Stanford!

For those who doesn’t know Steve that well, check this cool youtube video:

Mother of all Rivieras, the Buick Riviera Silver Arrow

Concept Car at The Sloan Museum
Buick’s iconic 1963 Riviera luxury sport coupe actually began as a Bill Mitchell concept attempting to marry the high-end sporting character and passion of an Italian Ferrari to the shear-edged luxury look of a British Rolls-Royce.
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1965 Buick Riviera “Gran Sport” from Mike Goldman Customs

The 1965 Buick Riviera built by Mike Goldman Customs. Mike and the Boys have made some slight adjustments. Made things fit a little better. Added a custom interior. Some cool wheels… Got the stance right. But didn’t lose any of the original cool.

Very nice build. Check it out!

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JF Launier 2014 Ridler Winner Owner/Builder Interview

The 2014 Ridler Award winner J.F. Launier tells how it feels to win the award… What it took to get there, what’s next and of course a little about the 1964 Buick Riviera “Rivision” the award winning car. ScottieDTV caught up with him at the Top five Street Machine Awards at the Goodguy’s PPG Nationals. It was a top five there to. Very cool…Check it out!!!