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Show Notes for Episode 2 – “TV” Tommy Ivo Interview

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When I first saw TV Tommy Ivo’s T-Bucket:

Hot Rod magazine August 1957 TV Tommy Ivo T-Bucket

What Tommy drug home from the desert to start his T-Bucket build:

Tommy Ivo’s “under construction” T-Bucket roadster:

Tommy’s fun T roadster for the street.

And a winner at the strip.

And after much success, with fenders and added pickup bed length to appease the competition.

The official Tommy Ivo website: http://www.tommyivo.com/

Recommended Tommy Ivo biography:

TV Tommy Ivo Book Drag Racing Master Showman

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The Fractals Death by Fender album



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12 Comments

  1. Absolutely great. Loved the interview. I grew up in the 50’s and 60’s reading these publications and dreaming of owning one of these. Have owned over forty old cars but never a T. Still time yet. Keep it coming.

    1. Thanks Bryan, one of our primary objectives is to inspire those who’ve dreamed about them to become T-Bucket builders and/or owners. You’re gonna love what we’ve got coming! John

  2. GRABOWSKI MADE ME DO IT.. BUILT ONE IN HIGH SCHOOL.. THE STORY WAS VERY NEAR THE SAME AS TOMS. AND YES, THOSE WERE THE DAYS.. I STAND GUILTY OF ALL HE TOLD ABOUT.. THANKS TOM, FOR THE MEMORIES. I’M GLOWING..
    (( LOVED TOMMY’S, BUT MINE HAD EVEN MORE RAKE THAN NORMS..))

    1. Thanks for sharing about your T story, Rick! Yep, it’s amazing how many T-Bucket builds were inspired by Tommy and Norm’s legendary T’s. And I bet there are quite a few out there hiding in garages! Thanks again, John

  3. I am now 65 and my best friend growing up was the nephew of Tommy Ivo, so he was always one of my hero’s growing up thanks for the memorys

    1. You’re more than welcome, Greg. That’s a cool connection. It’s kind of interesting that of the responses we’ve gotten to the podcast so far they’re just about split equally between guys who appreciate the memories and young guys who are inspired by what the others did. Thanks for your comment, John

  4. Great I got see Tommy Ivo and his T bucket up close at the old town Temecula Ca. car show. It’s been a number of years ago now sure is a Beautifully built car I think he had another car there too but am not remembering for sure. Thank you for making the pod cast with him!

    1. Thank you, Robert. All of Tommy’s cars were so beautifully done that many have been recreated like his Barnstormer AA/FD.
      Tommy Ivo Barnstormer AA/FD
      Fortunately, his T-Bucket was restored to it’s original look so it’s possible you may have seen it with one of the other recreations of a Tommy car.

      1. John, thank you for the extra info and picture of the Barnstormer AA/FD this triggers some more memories are of that day too. That maybe the other car that was at the old town Temecula Ca. car show with his T Bucket. I also used to enjoy seeing all the front engine dragsters run in the mid 1960’s at the SoCal drag strips too.

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