John D’Agostino: Biography of a Legendary Car Customizer


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Born in Pittsburg, California, and now residing in Discovery Bay, California, John D’Agostino got into building and customizing model cars when he was a child. John was lucky because his hometown of Pittsburg and nearby Antioch were hot spots for custom cars when he grew up. Cars built by Barris, Bailon, Winfield and others showed up at the local Hazel’s and Panther drive-ins through the 1950s and 1960s.


Inspired by the works of Barris, Winfield, Hines, Starbird, and Watson, D’Agostino’s first custom was a ’56 Chevy hardtop that was lowered, molded, and painted in a two-tone royal triton purple and white by Frank DeRosa in Pittsburg. John was driving his kustom to high school and showing it at local shows. When he attended college in Phoenix, Arizona, he drove a mildly customized pearl white and gold ’63 Pontiac Grand Prix, cruising the streets with cool tunes spun on his 45-rpm record player, which was installed in the car.


Just before leaving college, however, John ordered a brand new ’70 Pontiac Grand Prix and took it straight to Art Himsl in Concord, California, to be customized. It was first shown at the ’70 Oakland Roadster Show, where it won “OUTSTANDING CUSTOM.” The car was lowered, molded, and painted different shades of candy gold and tangerine. Even in those early days, this car had D’Agostino’s trademark, chromed wire wheels. He showed the Pontiac at all the ISCA shows on the West Coast during 1970 and 1971 (about 14 shows in all).





We are very happy to report that our colleagues at TOP PERFORMANCE TV have announced that their new television show will debut this coming Fall on KVOS TV. If you're a regular attendee of the car show you probably have seen TV Producer Lorna O'Toole and her crew at our event over the last few years filming various features and interviewing celebrities and fans. There are a ton of TV shows about the car scene on American television but none that feature local and regional 'Made In Canada' motorsport / specialty vehicle events, cars and people... until now.



This production has been years in the making and I know I speak for a majority of enthusiasts when I say "It's about time that we had a show of our own!' In fact, over 2 decades have passed since BC car nuts had a dedicated TV production showcasing local talent (FYI - Larry Pfister's 'Motorsport People' was the last 'Car Show' which aired in the late 80's / early 90's) and we're excited to see the first episode of this highly anticipated production. Check out the promo video below, maybe you or someone you know will be included in an upcoming episode or go their website at and sign up on their Facebook page for more info.




On behalf of our entire staff, I would like to congratulate everyone at Top Performance TV for all their hard work. We look forward to seeing them once again at the 22nd annual BC Classic & Custom Car Show in 2018.





Continuing for 2018 the special price for Seniors has been dropped to age 55 and the youth age has been set for 13 to 18 year olds. The new age for children to get in for free has been raised to 12 years old.


Adults (19 - 55 years old) $18

Seniors (55 and up) $15

Youth (13-18 years old) $10

Children 12 and under FREE when accompanied by an Adult

Next Event: 22nd Annual BC Classic and Custom Car Show Fri- Sun April 20-22, 2018
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