The gang over at Cotati Speed Shop have been busy busting along on this radical 1968 Camaro for USAC Silver Car champ Brian McClish and his dad Mike. While the car may look like some modern racer, it has some great styling ties to the old days at LeMans, and really brings the Sprint Car flavor, using the very engine that Brian won his championship with for motivation. It even has ties to our podcast team. Get the full scoop here.
On a very special episode thirty-two, Zane Cullen of Cotati Speed Shop joins the Gearheads to talk SEMA, project cars and the day-to-day ins and outs of running a multi-person hot rod shop. Things go wildly sideways but get back on track deftly as we explore the science and psychology of managing personnel, evolving a brand and business, and finally the super-secret SEMA Show debut plan. Boom.
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!
Being a bit of an engineering-minded car geek, I like to tinker. However, with respect to having a warranty, I needed to restrict my tinkering to either factory-approved mods and pieces, or just throw all of that payment-offsetting goodness when it comes to repairs. Playing the grown-up, I opted for the former over the latter, and developed a cold air intake solution using budget-friendly, mostly factory parts. Follow along with long-term Project Life Partner, my ’16 Challenger R/T.