Have you heard about Artie’s Party Cruiser? No? Well then, here’s your chance to learn about a super cool restomod project that has been attracting all kinds of attention as it raises hundreds of thousands of dollars for the care of seriously ill children.
Things began in 2013 when legendary pinstriper, “East Coast Artie” Shilling decided to start a pinstriping party event at the illustrious Syracuse Nationals Car Show. The idea was that he would assemble a group of automotive body and paint technicians to clean, paint and pinstripe a project car and then auction off the vehicle, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to Shilling’s favorite charity, the Ronald McDonald House of Central New York.
Right off the bat, Artie’s pinstriping party was a huge success. Last year’s party was the greatest event to date, with $66,000 being raised from the sale of the project vehicle at auction.
Determined to build on the snowballing momentum of the 2017 event, Schilling’s long-time friend George Munsterman offered to give Schilling a car – a 1964 Pontiac Catalina Safari station wagon – as the project vehicle for the 2018 Syracuse Nationals party.
Owing to Munsterman’s generosity, things quickly took a life of their own, and the project, now known as Arty’s Party Cruiser, has moved beyond a simple paint and pinstiping affair. Dozens of aftermarket manufacturers including Eaton Detroit Spring, Jasper Engines and Ames Performance have donated parts to what will ultimately be a full rotisserie resto-mod.