Goodbye Boyd, we’ll miss you…

Boyd Coddington, one of the greatest hot rodders of our time, past away at 6:20 am Wednesday morning from as-yet unknown causes. For the few of you that don’t know, Boyd Coddington was the founder and owner of Boyd Coddington Hot Rods, and the star of the hit Discovery Channel show “American Hot Rod.”

According to Wikipedia Boyd was a machinist by trade, working at Disneyland by day and building his early creations at night. Eventually, Boyd gave up the 9-5 to become a pioneer of the “billet-style” cars that gained popularity throughout the late 80’s and most of the 90’s. However, it was Boyd’s clean, creative design that made his cars (and sometimes trucks) stand out from the crowd. The look Boyd created was so defined and perfected, you could tell if a hot rod was one of his originals just from a first glance.

In most obituaries, this is where it should say “survived by his wife, Jo Coddington, and his five children.” Boyd, however, is survived by the entire global hot rod & classic vehicle community. We all drooled over pictures of his latest rolling sculpture. We all dreamed of getting him to autograph our air cleaners, our hoods, our dashboards. And for the past five years, we all watched him and his team create stunning works of art every week on American Hot Rod.

According to press reports, donations can be made to the Coddington Foundation, an organization set up in 2005 to help support various charities. The foundation’s primary fundraiser is building hot rods to be auctioned off, with all proceeds divided amongst the charities.

Boyd was 63.


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