Stroker McGurk: Celebrating the Artwork of Tom Medley
Join us as author Gary Medley celebrates the legacy of his father, artist Tom Medley, best known for creating Hot Rod magazine’s popular cartoon Stroker McGurk. This presentation will include an inside look at Gary’s recently published book about his father, a 20-minute documentary of Tom Medley’s life, and a viewing of Tom’s appearance on Jay Leno's Garage. There will also be a rare showing of "Record Run," a film shot and edited by Tom Medley about Bonneville racing in 1952.
This talk is free to attend with museum admission.
About Tom Medley:
Oregon native Tom Medley joined Hot Rod magazine on its second issue in 1948 as "humor editor." He went on to create the Stroker McGurk cartoon character, as well as photograph the seminal events of hot rodding's early days — Bonneville, the dry lakes, Indianapolis 500, drags, car shows, and more. Later, as publisher of Rod & Custom magazine in the late 1960s, he created the first Street Rod Nationals event in 1970 in Peoria, Illinois.
About Gary Medley:
His son, Gary, recently published "Stroker: The Artistic Works of Tom Medley," a beautiful coffee-table book that showcases Medley's seven decades as an artist, from WW2 to Hot Rod and beyond.