Dusk 'Til Drawn
SEMA Show: Foose’s ’57 Chevy
For SEMA 2018, Chip Foose brings a 1957 Chevrolet convertible done in a “restomod” style, with an extreme attention to detail and the perfect color choice. The car has the perfect blend of strength, reliability, and performance while still maintaining it’s iconic style that makes the 1957 Chevrolet one of the most recognizable automobiles in history.
SEMA Show: Joe Ray’s Helldorado
The Engle Brothers team up to help build a radical lowrider named Helldorado out of a car that you don’t often see getting customized. The 1968 Eldorado originally came with front wheel drive, but the brothers convert it to rear wheel drive. Then, it gets out of control, with a chop top, suicide doors, an LS engine, and tons of other cool modifications.
SEMA Show: Cotati Speed Shop Camaro
The gang over at Cotati Speed Shop have been busy busting along on this radical 1968 Camaro for USAC Silver Car champ Brian McClish and his dad Mike. While the car may look like some modern racer, it has some great styling ties to the old days at LeMans, and really brings the Sprint Car flavor, using the very engine that Brian won his championship with for motivation. It even has ties to our podcast team. Get the full scoop here.
SEMA Show: Yezzi’s Syndicate Series 02
The Round Six Podcast is taking you deep inside of SEMA Show 2018. We’re also taking you deep beneath the cover of some of the coolest vehicles making their debut on the show floor with exclusive build and behind-the-scenes coverage. We have access to build pics, stories, interviews and more, like this 1976 GMC Indy tribute truck by Joe Yezzi. See it first right here!
Exploring the Strange Parallels of Kustoms and Monsters
Round Six’s Brian explores the shocking parallel of custom car build stories and the motion picture special feature. Taking a look at a side of George Barris’ career that is often overlooked, Brian finds that the King of Kustomizers had a kindred spirit in Forrest J Ackerman, another Hollywood fixture bent on preserving the history of his passion.
Cube-ist Customization, or The Art of Making a Finky Square Look Cool
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.
Fill Up on a Rock-n-Roll Legend
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.
Treading Forbidden Ground is the Kustom of My People
“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.
More Delicately Interconnected Things
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.
Line Weight is Everything
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.
FAST Thinking. What Gets You Going?
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.
Max Wedge Heaven in a Two-Car Garage
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.
Miles Per Smiles: Using Factory Parts for Cold Air
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.
Illustration: Creating the Big Red Camaro SEMA Poster
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.
Facebook: Fractally Speaking, It’s Just a Lot of Empty Space
Continually working to make you the smartest bastard near the water cooler, today I present the Brian Degree of Injective Idiocy, which aims to illustrate the vast complexity of idiots and their behavior, describing said behavior as a sort of Menger sponge (that being something which exhibits an infinite surface area and zero volume) based on the idea of the Facebook news feed. See that? Practical, fun applications of higher math.