Fans celebrate legacy of Ed Roth: counter-culture innovator, Mormon convert
Rat Fink. Boy! Does that image bring back some memories of early boyhood in the
mid 1960s! I remember the associated decals and model cars we thought were so
"cool". Manti, Utah! Whodathunkit?
I too was a huge Rat Fink enthusiast growing up in the 60's. I put
together the model cars and collected trading cards with the artwork.
Big Daddy Roth was one of my first 'Heroes' as a kid. I used to be in
awe of his creations, and envied his ability to do with real cars what I only
tried to do with plastic models. His custom cars were often featured in the
monthly 'Hot Rod' and 'Car Craft' magazines that I poured
over like most kids poured over comic books. I had no idea that he still had a
following. Very cool!
As owners of a hotel, we can tell quite a bit about groups who come by how they
interact with us and each other. Because our hotel is just six miles from Manti,
each year we get to see the pilgrims who come to visit Rat Fink.The
folks who come not only come in great old cars, but come with attitudes and
behavior that mirrors what this article reveals about Ed Roth.
I must have put together about 20 models of "Rat Fink" characters as a
kid. One of my favorite gifts as a young teenager.
So Kool! Always good to see more variety in the LDS community! Sounds like Big Daddy Ed Roth's life and contributions definitely deserve
to be celebrated!
As a teenager in the 60's I loved Rat Fink artwork and dreamed of being an
artist myself. I owe a lot of who I am to the inspiration I received from Big
Daddy Ed Roth. I had no idea there was an annual reunion/festival in Manti...
I hope to attend next year!