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Rat Fink rules!
Kudos are due to students in the College of Alameda’s Auto Body and Paint program, who took top honors in the California Autobody Association East Bay Chapter’s annual customized model truck design contest.
The students won second place overall and “educational best of show” for their “Rat Fink” model truck, which was inspired by cars designed by California artist, cartoonist and custom car builder Ed “Big Daddy” Roth that students saw on a class trip to Danville’s Blackhawk Museum.
Roth’s “Rat Fink” character, a ferocious green mouse with bulging, bloodshot eyes and a huge mouth filled with narrow yellow teeth, has been an icon of American custom car culture since the 1950s, according to a press statement from the college.
The students won $500 and equipment for the school’s auto body program, and eight students got to attend the awards dinner with about 300 industry types. In the photo above we’ve got students Andrew Mayne (left) and Juan Gonzalez with their award-winning truck.