Noteboom's "Sport Wagon," 1946 Ford coupe.
Noteboom's '40s Buick
Helga Noteboom's '49 Fastback Cadillac
Jim Noteboom Sixty-year-old Jim "Bones" Noteboom is a resident of Hemet, Calif., and is recognized as one of the most innovative customizers in the industry. Like so many others, Noteboom's love for hot rods began at an early age. He built his first custom, a 1950 Chevy Hardtop, when he was just 15 years old. Several more Chevrolet-based customs followed shortly thereafter.
Between the years 1955-1960, Noteboom primarily worked at other customizer's garages in Southern California, including Larry Watson, a custom car painter for many Hollywood stars.
In the early '60s, Noteboom went into the construction trade as a carpenter, but still found the time to indulge his custom car passion by owning cars he commissioned from other builders. One example was a '63 Buick Riviera built by famous customizer Gene Winfield.
A move to San Francisco in 1964 ignited Noteboom's interest in fast boats. It wasn't long before he was racing at the Oakland Marina with a blown fuel hydro drag boat, which naturally had a wild pink and white flame paint scheme applied by noted painter Art Himsl. Noteboom continued boat racing until 1980, winning back-to-back NDBA National Championships in 1970 and 1971. He also built a custom Honda chopper motorcycle that was featured on the cover of Chopper Magazine in 1973.
By 1980 street rods were again gaining in popularity. Noteboom's customizing passion started once again, and he has been building and customizing cars and pickups ever since. His most recent high-profile projects include a '46 Sport Wagon (a highly modified Woodie that began life as a coupe), a '51 custom Cadillac and a wild '48 Chevy pickup.
In addition to the 52nd Annual Grand National Roadster Show, Dan Cyr Enterprises is also presenting the 51st Annual Sacramento Autorama Feb. 8-11 at the Cal Expo in Sacramento, Calif., the Third Annual Portland Rod & Custom Show Feb. 15-18 at the Expo Center in Portland, Ore., and the Second Annual Seattle Roadster Show at the Stadium Exhibition Center in Seattle, Wash., Mar. 15-18.