It’s Good to be the King
Brad’s blog entries
Steve Strope of Pure Vision Design decided he needed to build a cool daily driver, but he wanted something different. He wanted something that would stand out while still being just a bit subdued. He finds a solid 1964 Cutlass sitting in front of a local Yamaha dealership and buys it. Once it gets into the shop, he and his team begin the process of building a very simple, reliable combination with a few slick tricks and an incredible amount of attention to detail.
Three years ago, Roger Hickey lost his dad Harry. Wishing to offer a proper send-off for the man who so inspired him, Roger orchestrated a plan to properly lay his father to rest. In doing so, there was not only a fitting tribute, but a world record as well.
The 2018 running of Speed Week may be the best Bonneville event in decades. The condition of the salt hasn’t been this good in years, and along with the great weather, speed records are being broken every day. One thing is for sure, no existing record is safe at the 2018 Bonneville Speed Week.
Ever since I was a kid, I loved land speed racing. Guys like Gary Gabelich, Mickey Thompson, Craig Breedlove and Art Arfons seemed “otherworldly” in their quest to go faster than anyone. As I grew older, I decided there was some goals I needed to chase in this amazing form of “free-for-all” motorsports and this version definitely had my name written all over it. I decided to build a streamliner and go play with some crazy guys and girls and chase some crazy records.
I met Bob Bauder in 1984 in Hesperia California when he passed me going the opposite direction in his lowered 1947 Ford convertible. I did a quick u-turn, because I really wanted to check out the car. Little did I know, a simple u-turn would have such a profound effect on my life and a lot of my future friendships.
Being a custom painter for the last 25+ years kind of helped when I was taking a basic, somewhat clean ’72 El Camino that belonged to my Dad and built him a pretty wild hot rod and lied to him about the WHOLE project. It was a lot of work over a period of 4 years but it’s been fun watching the world’s oldest 15 year old have fun!
Danny D’s “Paint or Die” is an annual, invitation-only event that brings some of the world’s best custom painters, pinstripers and artists together for an epic festival of eye candy. Round Six takes you inside of the fabled party, and gets you up close and personal with the mind-bending talent on display.
Round Six’s brad takes you on a teaser tour, featuring many beautiful custom boat projects over at Billy B’s in Needles, California. Get a peek around the shop and see a bunch of powerful engines, eye-popping paint work and just general bad-assery.
In honor of his father’s passing, Pete Chapouris IV organized a memorial cruise which took place on January 6, 2017. Round Six’s Alex and Brad took part and share their experience, giving some insight to the man and his incredible contributions to the hod rodding world.