When it comes to iconic names that have traveled from generation to generation in hot rodding, its hard to beat Isky. Ed Iskenderian was a pioneer in early hot rodding, creating custom cam grinds and valvetrain for those early street machines. The test mule for much of Iskenderian’s speed parts was his 1924 T-Bucket roadster somewhat-comically-named “La Cucaracha” (Spanish for “cockroach”), undoubtedly for its ability to never die.
Isky’s “Cucaracha” quickly earned a name for itself in the street racing scene after its pre-war assembly in 1939. Nearly a decade later, the ‘bucket would appear on the cover of the-then-new Hot Rod Magazine in 1948. Amazingly enough, the roadster slipped in between the cracks of history and vanished from hot rodding radar, stored and nearly forgotten, having not been washed or dusted in over 20 years.
Thankfully, the roadster was not forgotten and will be on display – along with Pink’s red ’29 and a few others – inside the Ed Pink Racing Engines booth at the up-coming Goodguys 12th annual Meguiar’s Del Mar Nationals this March 30-through-April 1st at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Both Iskenderian and Pink will be honored as Hot Rod Heroes, and that Saturday, Pink and Iskenderian will participate in a special meet and greet with fans where the two will be interviewed, share “career highlights” and answer fans’ questions in an open forum, as well as sign autographs.
Pink was able to reproduce a historic old photograph of the two men together at a 1960s era drag race that will be given out for free to fans seeking autographs (while supplies last).