National Geographic : 1981 Feb 28
States and Europe mimicking the original that Pete Chapouris built-the hot-rod star of the movie The CaliforniaKid. If the Kid has become, as Chapouris says, "a piece of folklore" in a nation dedicated to the four-wheel pursuit of happiness, Second Decorated Car with its San Francisco area creator, David Best (right), is avant-garde rococo. Best belongs not to a salon but to an "art gang," where he holds the title of chap lain. His car is encrusted with found objects and about 500 glass eyes. Its motifs are death and violence on the highway, as influenced by the pageantry of Spanish religious floats and by Victorian sewing boxes. More re cently, the water buffalo hood ornament was stolen. "In a way it was an appropriate ending," says Best.