About Big Daddy
1932, Ed Roth was born to German immigrant parents in Beverly Hills,
California. He grew up in Bell, just south of Los Angeles, and
according to his brother, Gordon, always had an aptitude for things
both mechanical and artistic.
In the '50s and '60s, Ed's unique
personality would combine those mechanical and artistic abilities to
create some of the most memorable custom cars ever built.
But Ed's life was much more that bubble tops, fiberglass and chrome
wheels. His mind was constantly inventing and innovating, coming up
with new ideas, new characters, new cars, trikes, and bikes.
creation of Rat Fink, pinstriping and scallops with Baron and Kelly,
VW-powered trikes, battles with biker gangs, the Roth Studios, Revell
model kits, sign painting at Knott's Berry Farm, and the eventual
return to building V8-powered trikes, cars, and even little red wagons,
the guy just never let up.
Ed died unexpectedly in 2001, but he left behind a rich, creative
legacy, and an entire generation of fans who grew up doodling Rat Finks
in their notebooks. Today his cars are ensconced in museums or sought
after and restored by collectors. Original Ed Roth artwork hangs in art
galleries, his model kits are back in production, and Rat Fink has
broken free of the two-dimensional world and appears on toy store
Ed Roth is one character that won't soon be forgotten.
(From Pat Ganahl's book "Ed "Big Daddy" Roth, His Life, Times, Cars, and Art)