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James Dean purchased his new 1955 Porsche 550 Spyder which Dean Jeffries would paint 130 "Little Bastard!" along the back of the silver aluminum sports racer immortalising James Dean forever. The car came from John Von Neumanns Competition Motors on Vine street in Hollywood. Dean would collect the Spyder that fateful September morning to head north for the Salinas races. On the way he would collect a speeding ticket! but this did not slow him down. Accompanied by Rolf Wutherteich his Porsche mechanic. They would make there last stop at a diner on route 41. Dean would chat to a couple of racer friends before donning his red jacket from rebel. The sun would soon be setting making it a chilly drive along the forthcoming coastal route. At 5.45pm James Dean succumbed to his injuries sustained in the road accident with young Donald Turnipseeds automobile on the junction where route 41 and highway 466 meet. James Dean was a relatively unknown actor when he died. Rebel without a cause and Giant were yet to be released. But his star was about to light up the heavens and touch the hearts of generations to come. RIP James Dean September 30th 1955.
Often copied, but never surpassed- the original vintage style slub yarn Johnson Motors t-shirt. 100% ringspun slub cotton, in our traditional slim fit with the Johnson Motors signature self rib and suture stitch.
We knit our own yarn that we cut, sew, dye, print and hand finish in the city of Los Angeles. All graphic art is hand drawn. T-shirts are garment dyed and pre-shrunk.