Throwback Thursday and Brian suspends rational thought, and toys with the idea of creating a cool custom from an overlooked ride.The Nissan Cube isn’t exactly the first thing that pops into many peoples’ minds when asked “what late-model cars have some potential, custom-wise?” We can’t imagine that it enters most sane people’s minds for any reason, really. Yet, back in 2009, this was precisely what he was considering. You’re welcome.
A long- (and probably for the best) forgotten Progressive Rock assemblage who drew inspiration from Astral projection accidents, purple nurples and pre-Columbian history, Helium Submarine’s story is one of a tragic rise and fall. Today, we’re going to explore the final days of the band as never before, drawing from the surviving pages of Ashton Mung’s personal journals, and discover how something so brilliant could tumble so awkwardly to number two.
“The forbidden-ness of the place” is what made it “so compelling.” Greg Noll once said of his decision to surf Waimea Bay in November of 1957, around five years after Sam Barris chopped his 1950 Buick. How does surfing relate to a kustom car, much less have anything to do with designing hot rods?
Plenty more than you might think.
It was the car guy equivalent of having that friend stop by and immediately locate the missing half-inch socket that you’d been searching for hours to find. My belief that “all things are delicately interconnected” was vindicated once again, via a man I will never have the pleasure of shaking hands with on this Earth. His tragic loss of life would, some fourteen years later, play a part in giving me a fresh perspective on something. All through a few words typed onto a laminated card attached to a flag pole in a park.
In this second chapter of the Round Six series, “The Unsung Heroes of Motorsport,” Alex and Brian go behind the Iron Curtain with Grzegorz Zdzieszkocziewninski. Spotting his work on race day would be a breeze, but few outside of the fold would recognize how deep of a crease it has left on loads of drivers. Still, he’s not the sort to get steamed over it, he simply presses on. Meet the starched sultan of speedway signals, and learn how he went from folding overcoats to the pole position.
When working on a drawing, little can create impact like line weight. From the most basic uses in describing weight, position in space or even highlighting a featured subject in your work to defining motion, the width of a simple stroke can do many things. I implement this thinking into each piece I create, right from the start, and today I’m throwing down a masterclass on the essentials and value of using line weight to carve out your own signature style.
If I were to ask you to name the first car that really did it for you… the one car that sparked your interest in hot rods or fast cars in general, what’s the first car that comes to mind for you? For me, there was always some interest in cars. It was and is in my blood. I’m convinced that it’s genetic. My parents were rabid car fanatics, and here I am, passing that gene on.
If I were to ask you to name the first car that really did it for you, the one car that sparked your interest in hot rods or fast cars in general, what’s the first car that comes to mind for you? What sparks your imagination? For me, those answers come from some relatively humble and common places. It seems that the car thing is held together by a common adhesive, no matter what kind of cars you like.
Round Six’s Brian looks back to his involvement in the 2013 Dodge Dart Road Trip, and one very memorable stop following the Carlisle All-Chrysler Nationals. Famed NHRA drag racer Jerry Stein had opened his doors to the motley crew of Brian, Steve Magnante and Dodge historian Dave Hakim, an treated them to a day loaded with Max Wedge history and more. We thought it only fair to share a bit of that here with you.
Being a bit of an engineering-minded car geek, I like to tinker. However, with respect to having a warranty, I needed to restrict my tinkering to either factory-approved mods and pieces, or just throw all of that payment-offsetting goodness when it comes to repairs. Playing the grown-up, I opted for the former over the latter, and developed a cold air intake solution using budget-friendly, mostly factory parts. Follow along with long-term Project Life Partner, my ’16 Challenger R/T.
A peek at the process involved in the creation of the Big Red Camaro SEMA poster, from loose sketch to final detailed illustration, Round Six’s Brian takes you inside of his head, and shares a ton of tricks, tips and deep into some personal history.