Brad stops in to visit with Hot Rod Bob in this episode of Stories N’ Steel, and discovers that you can reignite the fire for building hot rods at any age! Having retired at the young age of 48, Bob set out to follow his passion, and now spends his days chopping tops and working sheetmetal to create fun hot rods!
It’s an international episode seventy-four as the Gearheads are joined in The Round Six Experience at the Grand National Roadster Show by Jay Rushforth and Mike Keller to discuss their recent trip to Saudi Arabia and the Riyadh Auto Salon. Get the inside scoop on being hot rod ambassadors, what really went down with the dirty and damaged cars, and what it’s like to be American in the Middle East.
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.
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.
Episode twenty-four lands in your lap with an orange blur and a heaping plate full of our friend Brad Fanshaw, the man behind iconic action sports marketing, hot rod brands and so much more. We talk podcasting, television shows, first cars and billet guitars among other things… If you’re interested in what it tales to make a unique brand statement in the very noisy automotive aftermarket, you won’t want to miss this one.
Have you ever owned a “normal” vehicle that had a special place in your heart? Most of the time, these vehicles are the ones that are the least valuable and the least exciting. It’s like going to the dog pound and rescuing the best dog you’ll ever own. Maybe it’s Grandpa’s old farm truck, Aunt Joan’s 4-door Valiant, or that beat-up Chevy Sprint that got you through college. Whatever it may be, these vehicles didn’t win your heart by their looks. They did it by providing you with experiences that stayed with you for the rest of your life.
The jolly Engle giants sit and talk cars, V8 go-karts, kandy-colored strollers and life-sized, anatomically-shaped bottles of maple syrup with the Gearheads here on episode seventeen. We started with good intentions, honestly we did. Alas, it’s an entertaining time with guys whose work has some serious range from Drag Week cars to Lowriders and everything in between. To top it all off, the recurring theme was inspiration, and it’s a beautiful thing in this episode.
If you’re looking for more great podcasts to fill your commute or gym time, we invite you to join our good friend (and Round Six Podcast guest) Brad Fanshaw and co-host Dave arek on the aptly-named “Man Seeks Adventure” podcast, Filled wioth cars, drinks, food and driving adventures, it has a little something for every taste.
The best advice when starting a big project would be to bring on an experienced designer to help guide you along. As a professional hot rod and custom car designer with over twenty years experience in the auto industry (from parts and service to body repair/customization and after-market accessories), as well as training in design and fine art, I’m here to offer some advice on taking those first steps.