Celebration of Life – Dean Jeffries

On Sunday June 2nd, 2013 a special gathering of long time friends & acquaintances – including custom car innovators, pinstrippers, painters and fabricators, as well as Indy racing friends and motion picture stuntmen will be on hand to Celebrate the Life and accomplishments of Dean Jeffries.

The Celebration of Life is by invitation only.  The family and close friends have been reaching out to Deano’s friends to extend invitations. If we have missed contacting you – please promptly drop us an email or phone call (see contact info below)

The Celebration will be held at:

The Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum
1101 W. McKinley Ave, Pomona, CA 91768
Building 3A, Gate 1

Please do NOT call the Museum for reservations.

Start time:  Given upon RSVP  (be sure to ask).

Seating will be limited so you must be on the guest list and RSVP.

This will be a Celebration – so bring your pictures & stories!!

Email contact:  Kevin Jeffries at:  Kevin@KevinJeffries.com

Phone contact: “Red” Harden at:  661-979-0450

Be sure to provide your contact information and your background with Deano.    Fake’s and crashers will be bounced out on your ass!

 

In memory of……..

Edward Dean Jeffries 1933 – 2013

 “ Bitchin’ ”

 

Dean Jeffries Passing

Dean Jeffries, a man with a brush.

One of history’s preeminent automotive sculptors and engineers passed away at home on Sunday, May 5, 2013.  Dean Jeffries, also known as “Deano” began pinstriping cars with the legendary Von Dutch in Lynwood, California, in the early 1950s.  Jeffries pinstriping lead to custom painting, and then to custom fabrication.

Jeffries started his craft in Lynwood before moving to Sunset Blvd, then to his long-time shop on Cahuenga Blvd in North Hollywood. Jeffries fabricated some of the most innovative custom cars and hot rods of all time.  Jeffries painted the infamous words “Little Bastard” on the tail section of actor James Deans Porsche. Other stars that would visit his shop included Gary Cooper, Steve McQueen, James Garner and Jay Leno.

Jeffries first major success was in the 1964 Grand National Roadster Show with his asymmetrically styled Mantaray, which featured a Maserati Grand Prix chassis and a Cobra engine.  Other cars from the Jeffries stable include the “Monkeemobile”, the original Green Hornet’s “Black Beauty”, James Bonds’ “MoonBuggy” from Diamonds Are Forever, and the 35 foot long 12 wheel “Landmaster” built for the movie Damnation Alley.

Jeffries was also enamored with the Indianapolis 500, where he crewed for many years for the legendary AJ Foyt.  Jeffries also painted many of the Indy 500 entries, and in fact one year painted 22 of the 33 starters in the field.

Later in his career, Jeffries was involved in motion picture production, not only from a vehicle construction standpoint, but also as a stunt driver and stunt producer.  Some of the movies he was involved in included “What’s Up Doc?”, “The Blues Brothers”, “Honky Tonk Freeway”, “Roger Rabbit”, “Romancing The Stone” and “Die Hard: With Vengeance”.

In his semi-retired years, Jeffries could occasionally be found as a special guest at car shows across the country, but his passion was to be at his shop five days a week restoring his personal car collection and meeting with old friends.

Dean Jeffries was born on February 25, 1933, and is survived by his sister Evonne and his son Kevin Dean Jeffries of Lake Elsinore. Those close to Jeffries know that he is now reunited with the love of his life, his beloved Row, who preceded him in death by 4 years.

A private family burial will be held, and a Celebration Of Life with Jeffries’ friends is on the drawing board for late May.  Details will be posted at www.DeanJeffries.com