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Boyd Coddington's Memorial

Submitted By: Ron ronson

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Birth Date:
Aug 28, 1944
Death Date:
Feb 27, 2008
Los Angeles
United States

About Boyd Coddington

World-renowned tuner and hot rod king Boyd Coddington died at 6:20 am this morning. The cause of death is still unknown. Coddington, founder of Boyds Wheels and designer of prize-winning custom cars, had recently been hospitalized twice for an undisclosed medical condition.

Boyd Coddington's Legacy

Coddington grew up in Rupert, Idaho, where he got his first car (a 1931 Chevrolet truck) at age 13. He attended machinist trade school at Idaho State University and completed a three year apprenticeship in machining.

In 1966, he moved to California building hot rods by day and working as a machinist by night. He soon became known for building unique hot rods and in 1977 he opened his own shop, Hot Rods by Boyd, in Cypress, California.

His first customer was Vern Luce whose car (a '33 coupe) won the Al Slonaker Award at the 1981 Oakland Roadshow. In 1988, Coddington founded Boyds Wheels Inc to manufacture and market custom automobile alloy wheels made from billet aluminum. In 1997, Coddington (along with his then chief designer Chip Foose) was inducted into the Hot Rod Hall of Fame.


Mar 15, 2008
As a fan of the show. I love his honesty and his dedication to his workers and his family and fans. I mean friends his fans was his friends. He will be truely miss and love. Thank you very much for everything, god bless you.

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Mar 15, 2008
On behalf of the draggins car club in saskatoon, sk, canada, we offer our sincerest condolences to the coddington family and anyone who knew and worked with boyd. Not only are we fans of his captivating work and creativity, we had the priveledge to meet boyd when he visited our club house in april of last year. He was a true professional, and an honest and personable man. He will be remembered in his wonderful creations.
- Draggins Car-Club

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Mar 02, 2008
I looked up to the sky and seen the clouds then i realized it was boyd doing a burn out at the pearly gates. We will all miss u. Light'em up boyd r. I. P.
- william downing

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