Mitch Kelly had another successful run at the 64th Annual Grand National Roadster Show this past weekend in Pomona. The slick blue paint job caught the eye of many show attendees as well as the judges. “Bad in Blue” came home with 1st place in its category as Street Machine Custom 1949-64. Kelly was most proud of the other award the ’57 Chevy received, “Outstanding Paint”. Next stop, the Hot Rod Homecoming at the end of March. Stay tuned for more updates.
Check out our video from the SEMA “Bad in Blue” unveiling in Las Vegas!
“You’ll be doin’ all right, with your Christmas of white, but I’ll have a blue, blue Christmas…” While we did not have any snow, the rain did attempt to dampen spirits of the annual John Force Holiday Show December 2nd. Fortunately, car enthusiasts are not easily deterred! Donated toys once again piled up for the California Highway Patrol’s “CHiPs for Kids Toy Drive” as thousands came out to tour the Force facilities and the many cars on exhibit. The highlight of the day for us and our “Bad in Blue” was being awarded “Best in Show”. Mitch Kelly accepted the award from “the queen of cars”, Genevieve Chappell. We will be continuing our “Blue Christmas” at the Mooneyes Christmas Party Show and Drag at the Irwindale Speedway in a few days.
After all the awesome response at the SEMA show, it was time to show off “Bad in Blue” at the Goodguys Fall Nationals in Del Mar. This popular weekend event draws thousands of car enthusiasts from as far as Canada and across the U.S. We are excited to report that this beautiful ’57 was awarded one of the top 10 “Builders Choice” awards.
What a beauty! The Bad in Blue is getting its final touches and ready for its unveiling at SEMA. CPP has been excited to be a part of this project and you should be sure to check it out if you are in Vegas at the show. CPP parts that are featured: Upper and Lower Totally Tubular Control Arms, 500 Series Power Steering Box, 29 Gallon Aluminum Gas Tank, 13″ Drop Spindle Disc Brake Kit, Rear Disc Brake Wheel Kit and Conversion Line Kit, Steering Linkage Kit (with Idler Arm Bearing Conversion Kit), and LS Kit with Coated Headers.
When Mitch Kelly first began this endeavor, like most artists, he had a vision. Working closely with his dad, Tom, they began some initial renderings before the design was finalized. Envisioning black flames over blue on the top half of the car, and blue flames over black on the bottom half, Mitch picked up the paint gun and got to work. This bright blue gem also holds some hidden surprises underneath the hood and inside the vehicle. “We wanted to add something different and new,” Kelly explains about the hidden graphics. “It creates a conversation starter and makes our cars really stand out in a crowd.” And stand out it does!
The “Bad in Blue” project car — a classic 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air — is moving along nicely. Mitch Kelly of Kelly & Son Crazy Painters, located in Bellflower, California, is working with CPP and other vendors to have this project car ready for SEMA 2012, which will be held at the Las Vegas Convention Center in November. The project, which began last December, has reached the rolling chassis stage. All necessary parts have been assembled on the vehicles to test fit and operation. The next phase: an awesome paint job.
In the video, Mitch highlights some of the CPP products being used.