It’s the triumphant return of the Pirate and Turtle as the Gearheads spend some time taking art, cars and taking major life risks to chase a dream in the automotive industry with Chris Dunlop, aka “Pinstripe Chris.” Truly a man wise beyond his years, it’s an episode that any artist, fresh or established will find invaluable in terms of shared experience and advice.
The Gearheads offer their expanded thoughts and opinions on the topic of the Street Machine of the Year award, as well as the state of the hobby in general. Building from the eighth episode of the podcast, it’s a brief yet insightful look on where we are, and where the whole thing is headed, street machine-wise.
Until bears start using lock picks or bump keys, I feel safer not being in the equivalent of a sandwich bag.
When you hear the word Aztec, you think of a beautiful, ancient and powerful civilization ripe with culture and riches. However, when you hear the name Pontiac Aztek, you can’t help but think of a fugly old wheezing heap ripe with PBR cans and someone’s stained underwear. We can fix that.
“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.
“The Craigslist ad I answered didn’t say, “Looking for someone to be a process engineer, a tooling engineer, a mechanical engineer, a welder, a painter and a sculptor for a huge opportunity to work with Disney.”
It just said “Looking for an artist.”
History always begs to be rewritten. Being a physics aficionado, the theory of multiple dimensions holds a special place in my brain. Couple that with a love for all things science fiction, and my synapses light up with boundless ideas and tales of the bizarre. Taking the above into consideration, behold the final iteration of the winningest Thunderbird on the opposite side of the space-time bubble.
I like looking at things from a decidedly different angle. I am often inspired to seek out the inspiration behind a trend, or a particular style. Such was the case here once again. This time, the path leads us to Bellflower, California.
Everything I’ve ever built had to have a certain “look” by having the front a little lower and ALWAYS staggered front to rear tire sizes (because you can’t rotate cool!) and drive nice. Sitting level with even size tires is just too boring (plus a true car guy would NEVER rotate tires) for me and my fellow motorheads know exactly what I’m talking about.
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.
Originality just ain’t what it used to be.
Why is is that every time an automaker re-designs a particular model, or brings back a nearly-forgotten nameplate, or even mid-cycle facelifts a car, that the very first thing I have to read is every self-important know-it-all posting that they should have made it look like the 1961 model? SERIOUSLY?!