Petersen and Barris have a personal history that dates to 1948, when Barris exhibited the only custom car in Petersen’s first hot rod show in L.A. “When Pete started Hot Rod magazine, I started taking pictures of all these cars. That was really big because suddenly people all across the United States could see what we were doing,” Barris says. Along with his wife, he often worked around the clock on magazine layouts of his custom creations for the magazine that always sold out when Barris’ cars were on the cover. Born in Chicago in 1925, Barris moved in with relatives in Roseville, Calif., three years later, after the death of his parents. Uninterested in the Greek restaurant his family owned, Barris turned his attention to design, where his talent for building balsa models of planes and cars won competitions. By age 13, he performed his first full-scale custom job. Barris received a hand-me-down 1925 Buick. “Customizing at that time was going to the hardware store and picking up mud flaps, fox tails, antennas and paint for scallops. My aunt was so angry when she found out I stole all the door knobs and drawer knobs in the house to use in the grille. I just thought it made the car look better.” The first Barris Brothers custom car was born.