The Gearheads sat down with JF Launier, Erik Hansen and Tim Strange at the 71st Grand National Roadster Show to discuss the state of the hobby, and building cars to compete at the highest level. It’s an interesting look at the hobby from the perspectives of owner, builder and designer. We cover a lot of ground.
On episode forty-three, Dave Lane joins the Gearheads to talk hot rods, inspiration, and running a one-man show. Conversation turns to design and the importance of communication and becomes a masterclass in planning your shop’s future. If you’re working to decipher the mystery of customer attraction and retention, this is your episode.
Episode twenty-nine brings it all your way, courtesy of the very vocal and always insightful and entertaining Steve Strope of Pure Vision Design in Simi Valley, California. The guys talk vintage BMX bikes, bass guitar, reality TV and more. We get into the SEMA Show talk, Joe Rogan’s Nova and even a bit of serious health and family discussion, and learn a lot form a very driven and passionate designer and builder. If you’re looking for the ultimate kick in the pants to go and do your thing, this is your episode. Especially if you wear a man bun.
What differentiates a builder from an installer? Reality TV has blurred the perception of so many defined values in the industry, and with the potential to damage it. There are many half-finished projects on the market die to a customer taking a “builder” project to an “installer” shop. If you have fallen victim to this, you know what I’m talking about.