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Episode 1: Tom Fritz Masterclass, Part One

tom fritz semaWe set out for an interview, and got a masterclass instead. The Round Six gearheads were fortunate to spend nearly five hours hanging out with legendary automotive artist Tom Fritz. We learned and laughed more than we have in years.

Going well beyond the palette and canvas, Tom drops common sense and essential wisdom. You’ll learn about color theory and marketing strategy, the value of a hook in your work, and so much more. Tom has more on offer in just part one of this series than any of the Round Six guys could have imagined, and this is barely the tip of an incredible two-plus hour, two-part journey.


Things you’ll learn just in episode one of this series:

  • Marketing yourself and your work as an artist
  • Building your portfolio
    – From day job to self-employment
  • How Tom went from cartoon background layout to technical illustration
    – Working through day job frustration as a freelancer
    – Growing a client list
    – Working in the Aerospace industry
    We learned that Tom and our own Alex have a bit in common, working for Northrop Grumman  (and that Tom’s father had worked in the Stealth Bomber!).
    – The value of diversity and deadlines in your work
  • The value of not making your artwork appear photographically realistic
  • Tom’s hot rodding roots
  • The genesis of Tom’s automotive paintings
  • School, and whether it’s best to draw the pirate or the turtle
  • Tom’s early attempts at selling his art
  • Paying your dues, literally and figuratively
  • The value of social media and the internet
  • An awesome cliffhanger!

Episode 2: Tom Fritz Masterclass, Part Two

tom fritz sema paintingWe set out for an interview, and got a masterclass instead. The Round Six gearheads were fortunate to spend nearly five hours hanging out with legendary automotive artist Tom Fritz. We learned and laughed more than we have in years.

Going well beyond the palette and canvas, Tom drops common sense and essential wisdom. You’ll learn about color theory and marketing strategy, the value of a hook in your work, and so much more. We had a ton of laughs to cap-off this incredible two-plus hour, two-part journey, and cannot thank Tom enough for his time, wisdom, humor and candor. We truly hope that you enjoy this episode as much as we have enjoyed putting it together for you.

Things covered in episode two of this series:

  • Continuing Tom’s recollection of early visual inspiration
  • Use of dramatic lighting
  • Drawing on personal experiences to create work
    – The universal draw of humans to machines
    – Telling a story in the work
  • Selecting a historical era or subject for your work
    –What sells?
    –Avoiding being too specific
    –Learning to tailor the work to your market
    –Balancing a personal taste for the subject VS what will sell
  • When drag racing was raw
  • Reference materials
    –Avoiding Copyright issues
    –The value of creating your own reference materials
    –Knowing the historically-accurate details
  • Commissioned work
    –Selecting which jobs to take, and which to turn away
  • Tom’s US postage stamp project
    –The process of landing the job
    –Working with a team of Art Directors
    –Not being able to sign the original paintings… and why
    –The original paintings are now in the Smithsonian National Postal Museum
  • Painting medium
    –Surface substrate selection, the Tom Fritz way
    –Feel of the brush on the surface
  • Chemistry
    –A discussion on painting medium
    –The value of using your intuition and experience to select the right mixtures
  • Supplies
    –The changes in standards of pencils, paints and more
    –The value in being adaptable to new technology
    –Sourcing older supplies
  • A business pitch that may or may not involve a deceased artist’s hair
  • Tom’s favorite color, of course

Episode 3: Chad Reynolds Hangs Out

chad-reynoldsIn this interview, the Round Six Gearheads sit and talk story with the one and only Chad Reynolds from . We discuss everything from project cars to a forgotten and later-liberated fridge. Heck, we even hear about testifying in Federal court. Yep, you read that correctly.

Things covered in this episode:

  • Chad’s introduction to hot rodding
  • His career in corporate America via a Chinese-owned company
    –Chad testifies before a grand jury
  • Accidentally building the ’56 Chevy wagon in 59 days
  • Hardcore road tripping
  • The genesis of livestreaming at events (the California Hot Rod Reunion)
  • Why ProStock is near and dear to Chad
  • Getting kicked out of tech for not having a rollbar
  • Questionable Questions of the Day
  • Working with sponsors
    –The biggest piece of advice you can get regarding sponsorships
  • Why print is not dead…yet
  • The importance of working your ass off at what you love
  • Pitching “One Guy, One Taco Shell”
  • Liberating a kustom fridge

Episode 4: Pre-GNRS Benchracing With the Veazie Brothers

benchracing episode four pomonaThe Round Six Gearheads sat down with the Veazie brothers, Evin and Justin of So-Cal Speed Shop fame for an evening of benchracing and story-telling. From humble roots sweeping the floors of the famed hot rod shop to putting together the 2012 AMBR-winning Indy Speedster… and perhaps mention of a fenderless ’79 Monte Carlo with a severely-raked ’33 Ford grille shell, this episode has it all.

And then some.

Things covered in this episode:

  • That audio podcasts are just sound
  • Rediscovering the joy of old-school benchracing
  • Brian asks a very “Facebook” question
  • How the guys started at So-Cal Speed Shop
  • The importance of truly caring about every aspect of the business
  • The joy of brotherly abuse in the workplace
  • Defining the line between “traditional” and “rat rod”
  • The darker side of hot rod-based TV
    – When non-car people create car-based entertainment
    – Fake drama meets scheduling nightmare
  • Traditional Lowriders and Kustoms
  • Eric’s stash of Truxarossa body kits
  • Frenching Cadillac tail lamps into truck beds for fun and profit
  • Being mentored by Pete Chapouris
  • Building the world’s largest mini truck
  • Round Six’s Brad and his contribution to the truck being debuted in Pomona this week
  • The immortal Beugler striping tool
  • What cars the boys have in their stables
  • Putting together an America’s Most Beautiful Roadster-winning car
  • Grille shell rake, and an observation that it’s much bigger in a certain state
  • Why AM/PM probably won’t be sponsoring any of us

Episode 5: The Hills are Alive With the Sound of Suzy

suzy bauter semaThe Round Six Gearheads sat down with autocross enthusiast and 2017 SEMA Show sensation Suzy Bauter.

We learned a lot, had a bunch of laughs and said a bunch of stuff we all pinky swore to never mention again.

Suzy articulates the draw of the sport of Autocross, and its appeal to women, and issues an invitation to all to come out and give it a try, if not at least a ride-a-long with her at any of the many events she races in each year. It’s a good thing to drive like a girl.

Things covered in this episode:

  • Brian’s encyclopedic knowledge of females in racing history
  • German podcast awards
  • Eric’s voracious appetite for tacos
  • How wearing an official-looking shirt can make women talk to you
  • How we all met
  • The Rambler wagon
  • How masking tape can ruin your timeline
  • Suzy’s SEMA Ignited parade experience
  • The craziness of a SEMA build with regard to sleep
  • Competing in Goodguys autocross
    – The great fans
    – The awesome support
    – The coming up-to-1987 vehicle year inclusion
  • Rookie mistakes and learning from them
    – It’s not always the parts, sometimes it’s user error
    – The dangers of liquid Mercury-filled shocks
  • Suzy on being the lone girl in her High School Shop Class
    – Being kicked out of Home Economics
    – “It’s a broad issue.” Thanks, Alex.
    – Sewing VS latch-hooking metal
  • The history of the Rambler project
    – From trailer park to SEMA
    – Eight-tracks to glory
    – Performance testing an eight-track tape under high-G loads
  • Hammer pants, LA Gear high-tops and matching scrunchies
  • Brian’s equipment failure breeds a great back massager joke
  • Suzy turns the tables, and asks the Gearheads a question
  • Brian messes up; it was the 1960 Buick Electra w/the reflecting speedometer
  • Alex’s super-low production sequence number ’71 Camaro RS
  • The growing trend of third-gen F-bodies
  • Waxing nostalgic over first cars
  • Learning to drive Autocross
  • A discussion of island-y people
  • The Round Six Gearheads have a sleepover
  • Brian sings!

Episode 6: Slinging Paint With Mick Jenkins

painter mick jenkins interviewThe Round Six Gearheads sat down with painter Mick Jenkins for an hour of paint talk.

In Episode Six, we discuss the latest tools and techniques, the time and effort required to paint cars at the AMBR and Ridler level, and even wax a bit nostalgic.

We laughed, we learned, and we asked a ton of questions that Mick was kind enough to answer. Even after Brian called him Mick Jagger. And Mickey Dolenz.

Things covered in this episode:

  • The difference between a painter and a custom painter
  • The Pure Vision ’57 Ford wagon’s SEMA debut
  • Mick hints at a Ridler project in the shop
  • Brian coins a phrase
  • Rare and notable cars
  • Mick’s favorite project: The Anvil Mustang from Fast and Furious
  • The guys do their homework
  • The time required to turn out an AMBR-winning finish
  • The fine line between passion and a job
  • The difference between hot rodding in England VS the United States
  • Working from a great career to going back to starting at rung one
  • Starting out in the US with Dan Fink, Chip Foose, So-Cal and more
  • Mick’s personal roadster project
  • Working to a level and not wishing to back down from it
  • Staffing a high-end shop with the right personnel
  • The importance of being one’s worst critic, but in moderation
  • The continual evolution of paint quality
  • Advancements in paint materials and chemistry

Episode 7: Four Plus One Gigglenuts

fastest-delorean-in-the-worldThe Round Six Gearheads sat down with documentarian Adam Kontras, and talked DeLorean DMC-12’s, time machines, Back to the Future movie cars, LS engine swaps, family drama, Shakesperian betrayal… and Eric’s eating habits.

All of this as Adam’s documentary, Fastest DeLorean in the World hits Amazon Prime Video, sharing fortuitous timing with another story about a kid from Columbus Ohio who happens to race a DeLorean. Ready Player One ironically has more screen time of Doc brown’s stylish time machine than does the original Back to the Future. Talk about things being delicately interconnected.

SPOILER ALERT: Watch the documentary first if you don’t want to spoil anything. It’s a big spoiler.

Wish to have the DeLorean time machine appear at your Birthday, wedding, bris, whatever? Hit up Adam’s site here.

Things covered in this episode.

  • How a non-car guy becomes a car guy by way of necessity
  • The incredible sense of community in the car world
  • Hindsight being 20/20
  • The variables involved in building an engine vs purchasing a salvage motor or crate engine
  • Brian ponders mounting turbos in the rear exhaust vents
  • The benchmark of 12.6’s in the 1/4 mile
  • The hard part of having to rely on the car to earn a living while risking breakage
  • Troubleshooting a power dip
  • Sorting gremlins
  • Faked dyno pulls
  • The effect of the new movie Ready Player One on the car’s popularity
  • The incredible tie-in with Don Fullilove, aka Mayor Goldie Wilson
  • Did you happen to know that Suzy is a publicist?
  • Double-feature o Back to the Future and Fastest DeLorean with a Q&A with Adam and The Mayor
  • The polarizing nature of the f-bomb
  • Creating a f***less version of the documentary
  • The neat coincidence of the shipping of the DeLorean
  • Questioning the manufactured drama of automotive reality television
  • “Ha-ha” vs “horrifying” funny
  • Enjoying a tasty timeslip sandwich with the kids
  • Overlooking the small things when rushing a project
  • The true cost of budget knock-off parts
  • Brian’s endearing soft-ball joke delivery gets a name
  • Where and how to watch the film, and how to help support it

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