When I was a kid I loved to draw monsters and hot rods and monsters driving hot rods! It's what every little boy seemed to be drawing back then. The inspiration for our crazy car art was Ed "Big Daddy" Roth. As far as I know Ed Roth was the father of the whole Monster-Hot Rod movement.
Ed passed away recently, I wish I could have met him, I've heard from several car enthusiasts that he was a real nice guy. Check out the official Ed "Big Daddy" Roth site, ratfink.com .