Last Call- The T and Mr. Barris Edition

That’s Steve Scott and his creation, the Buick Nailhead-powered Uncertain-“T” hotrod, and it was at the center of a lawsuit between Scott, who hand-built the car when he was still in his early 20s, and George Barris, who took umbrage at the car beating his entry upon its debut at the 1965 N.H.R.A. Winternationals Custom Auto Fair. In fact, Barris ended up slapping Scott at the end of the show, which engendered the suit.
Scott contended in his suit that the altercation resulted because Barris had promised the family that commissioned his entry that they would win the top prize, and was mortified that this car from some no-name kid – that had in fact been taken from a high schooler’s doodle – had beaten him. That’s just show business, I guess.
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  1. JayP2112 Avatar

    Didn't Barris buy the "T" and call it his own?
    Don't sue me Barris! Just kidding!

  2. 2cver Avatar

    So Barris was 'Tee'd off'. <insert laughing emoticon here>

    1. tiberiusẅisë Avatar

      No one ever said he was a Model citizen.

  3. Batshitbox Avatar

    News Flash!
    Jaywalking tickets are part of a vast Automobile Industry conspiracy!
    "Most notably, auto industry groups took control of a series of meetings convened by Herbert Hoover (then Secretary of Commerce) to create a model traffic law that could be used by cities across the country. Due to their influence, the product of those meetings — the 1928 Model Municipal Traffic Ordinance — was largely based off traffic law in Los Angeles, which had enacted strict pedestrian controls in 1925."
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  4. dukeisduke Avatar

    The Uncertain-T was another one reproduced in 1/25 scale by Monogram – my older brother had one. As for Barris, yeah, he's talented, but he's also an asshole.

  5. Batshitbox Avatar

    That's a pretty bonkers build, the lede photo doesn't show how radical it was. Not just the body, but also the steering column was angled backwards! I think the radiator cap is what makes it a "T", the rest is custom fabricated or Buick. Note: wind-up key.
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    I'm a little befuddled by the stoppers in the intake stacks, and the combed cords that lead up to them. They look like spark plug wires, so maybe that's the joke? "Plug" wires? Also, velocity stacks on a fuel injected motor. Hmm.
    EDIT: Very tall distributor, hiding behind the stacks. Those really are spark plug wires, they're just the same color as the stoppers.

  6. Lokki Avatar

    Those plugs in the velocity stacks are removed when the car is driven. They're just there to keep dust and things from falling into the intakes while the car is parked since there are no filters. It is (or used to be anyhow) fairly common practice. Here's a better picture showing them on a different engine
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