Ed 'Big Daddy' Roth, born March 4, 1932 was an artist and the creator of 'Rat Fink' and other characters, custom car builder, and one of the people responsible for the 'Kustom Kulture' / Hot rod movement of the 1960s in Southern California. He's best known for his grotesque caricatures, typified by 'Rat Fink,' depicting imaginative, outsized monstrosities driving representations of the hot rods he and his contemporaries were building. He's less well known for his innovative work in turning Hot Rodding from crude backyard engineering where performance was the bottom line into a refined artform where aesthetics were equally important, breaking new ground with fiberglass bodywork. He's also known as 'Mr. Gasser' to the hot-rodding community. As a custom car builder, Roth was a key figure in Southern California's Kustom Kulture and hot-rod movement of the 1960s. He grew up in Bell, California, attending Bell High School, where his classes included auto shop and art.

A Roth custom feared lost for many years was the subject of a number of articles in automotive enthusiast magazines in the summer of 2008. The Orbitron, built in 1964, was discovered in Mexico in late 2007. The car, in dilapidated, inoperative condition, had been parked for quite some time in front of an adult bookstore in Ciudad Juárez. The owners of the shop were also the owners of the car. It was purchased by Michael Lightbourn, an American auto restorer who did extensive business in Mexico and who in turn repatriated the car to the United States. The Orbitron has since been restored to its original condition by Beau Boeckmann.

Ed Roth was reportedly married four times. His fourth wife, Ilene, lives in Manti, Utah, where Ed Roth spent the final years of his life. Roth joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) in 1974.

Ed kept active in the field of counter-culture art and hot-rodding his entire adult life, and passed away April 4, 2001, working on an innovative hot-rod project involving a compact car that was a radical departure from the dominant 'tuner' performance modification style.

Since his death, an annual 'Big Daddy Roth' Open House has been held in Manti around the anniversary of his death. The museum that Ilene Roth created to honor her late husband includes displays of Ed's art work and other memorabilia. It is open to the public during the open house and year-round by appointment.

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See also: www.nitrosheriff.com

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37x Flamerite Collection Extremely Rare 06/2019 AU $11 361.85
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Ed Big Daddy Roth Signed High School 07/2019 AU $738.17
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Kustom Kulture Art Chantry 1994 Print 06/2019 AU $695.00
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Original 1964 Revell Surfink Ed Big 06/2019 AU $287.89
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Danbury Mint Big Daddy Rat Fink Figurine 06/2019 AU $265.73
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Mooneyes Dune Rat Fink Giri Giri Green 07/2019 AU $250.00
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Robert Williams Mr Bitchin Bust Print 06/2019 AU $260.00
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Rat Fink Fever Loose Toy Pizza Big Daddy 07/2019 AU $206.69
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Mooneyes Rat Fink Fever Black Gold Vinyl 07/2019 AU $160.00
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Rat Fink Big Daddy Statue Hot Rod Art 08/2019 AU $110.80
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Rat Fink German Surfer Helmet Ed Big 08/2019 AU $130.00
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Dune Rat Fink 194 Violet Blue Soft Vinyl 07/2019 AU $147.62
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Hot Wheels 100 Custom Series Ed Big 07/2019 AU $162.40
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Mooneyes Dune Rat Fink Pink Black Soft 07/2019 AU $130.00
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Rat Fink Rockin Jelly Bean Signed Screen 07/2019 AU $125.00
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Revell Ed Big Daddy Roth Mother S Worry 06/2019 AU $51.67
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Revell Ed Big Daddy Roth Mother S Worry 06/2019 AU $51.67
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Mooneyes Dune Rat Fink California Orange 07/2019 AU $100.00
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Canari Rat Fink Bicycle Bike Cycling 08/2019 AU $110.24
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Revell Ed Big Daddy Roth Outlaw Robin 06/2019 AU $36.89
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Custom Rat Rod Harley Rat Fink Shifter 06/2019 AU $100.00
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Von Dutch Resin Bronze Pistol Rat Fink 06/2019 AU $65.00
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Mooneyes Howto Book20 Stencils 20 06/2019 AU $34.40
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Mooneyes How To Book 101 Ideas 101 06/2019 AU $33.00
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Funko Rat Fink Grey Surf Special Ed Le 1 07/2019 AU $95.16
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Von Dutch Resin Colour Pistol Rat Fink 06/2019 AU $51.00
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Revell Ed Big Daddy Roth Scuz Fink 08/2019 AU $92.95
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Funko Rat Fink Neon Cherry Bomb Wacky 07/2019 AU $88.95
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Special Edition Rat Fink Coin Bank New 06/2019 AU $73.80
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Hot Wheels Collectibles 1 64 Scale Die 05/2019 AU $73.82
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Flametrick Subs Texas Rat Fink Poster 07/2019 AU $66.36
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Robert Williams Coochy Cooty Vinyl 06/2019 AU $80.00
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Castlereagh Dragway Pennant Flag Drag 07/2019 AU $80.00
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Funko Rat Fink Green Surf Special Ed 05/2019 AU $76.27
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Ed Big Daddy Roth Rat Fink Street Racer 07/2019 AU $89.00
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Revell Newsletter Custom Rat Fink 07/2019 AU $79.72
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Ltd Ed Revell Mysterion Custom Car By Ed 07/2019 AU $59.05
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Ed Big Daddy Roth Original I Hate Every 08/2019 AU $72.34
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Pewter Keychain Rat Fink Fever Ed Big 06/2019 AU $51.67
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Of 10 Original Small Rat Fink Ring 06/2019 AU $59.04
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Canari Rat Fink Bicycle Bike Cycling 07/2019 AU $54.12
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Mod Rods Rat Fink Orange Nova Die Cast 05/2019 AU $22.13
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Mod Rods Rat Fink Blue 57 Chevy Die Cast 06/2019 AU $22.13
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Original 1996 Mooneyes Rat Fink Trading 07/2019 AU $51.66
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Original 1996 Mooneyes Rat Fink Trading 07/2019 AU $51.66
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Original 1996 Mooneyes Rat Fink Trading 07/2019 AU $51.66
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Original 1996 Mooneyes Rat Fink Trading 08/2019 AU $51.66
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Ltd Ed Revell Mysterion Custom Car By Ed 08/2019 AU $51.67
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Rat Fink 07/2019 AU $51.67
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Rare Rat Fink Big Daddy Testor S Custom 05/2019 AU $14.75
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1960s Gold Rat Fink Charm Figure 06/2019 AU $44.22
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Japan Import Rat Fink Crazy Girl Action 06/2019 AU $35.43
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Rat Fink Penny Racer Keychain Car Figure 07/2019 AU $35.36
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Original 1999 Shadowbox Rat Fink Paint 07/2019 AU $29.51
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Ratfink T Shirts Rat Fink Choppers Big 07/2019 AU $41.38
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Original 1998 Rat Fink Trading Card Set 07/2019 AU $36.89
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Original 1998 Rat Fink Trading Card Set 07/2019 AU $36.89
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Original 1998 Rat Fink Trading Card Set 08/2019 AU $36.89
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Original 1998 Rat Fink Trading Card Set 08/2019 AU $36.89
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Purple Ratfink T Shirts Rat Fink Big 08/2019 AU $40.05
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Sick But Happy Rat Fink T Shirt 69 07/2019 AU $38.38
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Rat Fink Choppers T Shirt Big Daddy 08/2019 AU $38.64
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Rat Fink T Shirt Big Daddy C Hing 08/2019 AU $38.64
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Rat Fink Ed Big Daddy Roth Orange 1966 05/2019 AU $23.62
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Rat Fink Choppers T Shirt Big Daddy 07/2019 AU $37.96
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Rat Fink T Shirt 100 Ford Big Daddy Tee 07/2019 AU $37.96
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Street Racer Ratfink Tshirt Big Daddy C 06/2019 AU $36.07
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Wild Child Rat Fink T Shirt Big Daddy C 07/2019 AU $36.07
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Mint 100 Original 1963 Rat Fink 07/2019 AU $29.53
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Design And Build Sissy Bars Mororcycles 06/2019 AU $29.51
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Camaro Guts Rat Fink Tshirt Big Daddy 06/2019 AU $35.21
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Race Rat Fink T Shirt T Shirts Drag Nut 07/2019 AU $35.21
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Rat Fink Mooneyes Car Goods Antenna 06/2019 AU $32.11
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Original 1960 S Ed Big Daddy Roth Iron 06/2019 AU $44.28
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Black Shirt Keychain Mooneyes Rat Fink 06/2019 AU $29.53
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Rat Fink Hot Rod T Shirts Junk Yard Rat 05/2019 AU $32.54
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Drag Nut Rat Fink Paint Monster Figure 06/2019 AU $22.15
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Original 1960s Orange Rat Fink Charm 07/2019 AU $29.51
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Outrageous 1957 Chevy Rat Fink T Shirt 07/2019 AU $32.46
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Rat Fink T Shirt 33 34 Ford Bad Boys Ed 07/2019 AU $32.46
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1960s Orange Black Eyes Rat Fink Charm 05/2019 AU $29.51
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Ratfink Hot Road Rat Fink Tee New T 07/2019 AU $44.28
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Rat Fink Charm Green 1960s Rare Figure 1 08/2019 AU $22.13
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Rat Fink Blue Green Gumball Charm Toys 06/2019 AU $36.91
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Original 1960s Nutty Mads Style Iron On 07/2019 AU $22.13
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1990 Rad Rods Rat Fink Rockin Roadster 07/2019 AU $22.13
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Rat Fink Plastic Charm Light Blue W 06/2019 AU $29.51
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60s 70s Pink Rat Fink Gumball Charm W 05/2019 AU $29.51
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5 Ed Big Daddy Roth Wall Desk Plaque 07/2019 AU $20.59
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Wild Child Novelty Hat Pin Lapel Pin Rat 07/2019 AU $22.13
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Mysterion Novelty Hat Pin Lapel Pin Rat 07/2019 AU $22.13
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Of 2 Original 1996 Mooneyes Rat Fink 08/2019 AU $22.13
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Davis Haus Of Style T Shirt 50 50 Cotton 06/2019 AU $26.57
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Ed Big Daddy Roth Adjustable Black Hat 08/2019 AU $24.79
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1960s Rat Fink Charm Green Ring Hole 06/2019 AU $25.04
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Small Green Rat Fink Novelty Hat Pin 08/2019 AU $19.18
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Wild Child Novelty Hat Pin Lapel Pin Rat 06/2019 AU $20.65
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Rat Fink Designated Driver Kustom 06/2019 AU $27.91
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Rat Fink Big Daddy Print Street Racers 05/2019 AU $29.51
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1960 S Style Water Slide Decal The Red 06/2019 AU $29.51
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