I’ve been having this recurring dream about driving the Landmaster from Damnation Alley all over a ravaged wasteland. It’s sort of really nightmarish but every time I wake I feel like a giddy little schoolgirl.
Looking at photo’s of the Landmaster has me thinking of Peter Steele and his Mad Max inspired vehicles he would drive all over town when I was younger. I need some photos of those things - they were monsters.
Seen here in Hollywood, California wearing the airbrushed T. A medium he’s credited for creating. Probably one of the smaller credits he’s racked up in his life as a custom painter/fabricator. Among a few are his hand-painting’s on his race car buddy James Dean’s now infamous “Little Bastard” Porsche, his creation of the iconic Flying Eyeball symbol adopted by Ed"Big Daddy"Roth & Kenny"Von Dutch"Howard(inspired by Von Dutch’s habit of painting a third eye on his own forehead). Another, probably my favorite, credit oft given to Mr. Jeffries? Metal flake paint jobs.
These are stills from the 1954 movie Bikini Beach. The photos from Would Cruise Daily. At the very end of the line of dragsters in the 3rd photo is Dean Jeffries’ Mantaray. Dean Jeffries, wearing a long beard, is in the 4th photo,
RIP the genius that was Dean Jeffries. Creator of many famous film and TV vehicles…my personal favourite..The Green Hornet’s Black Beauty. He was a quiet man who let his work speak for him…not a PT Barnum huckster like George Barris.