Each year at The SEMA Show, PPG Automotive Refinish hosts the most unique booths, featuring a fresh theme. This year was home to Camp Wannapaintem, and the Gearheads were honored to host Cristina Fronzaglia Murray, the Director of Customer Communications and Service and Jeremy Seanor of Lucky Strike Designs fame live from the lodge. We talked paint, creativity, marketing and Dewey Cox.
The Engle Brothers team up to help build a radical lowrider named Helldorado out of a car that you don’t often see getting customized. The 1968 Eldorado originally came with front wheel drive, but the brothers convert it to rear wheel drive. Then, it gets out of control, with a chop top, suicide doors, an LS engine, and tons of other cool modifications.
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.
The Round Six Podcast is taking you deep inside of SEMA Show 2018. We’re also taking you deep beneath the cover of some of the coolest vehicles making their debut on the show floor with exclusive build and behind-the-scenes coverage. We have access to build pics, stories, interviews and more, like this 1976 GMC Indy tribute truck by Joe Yezzi. See it first right here!
While collecting parts for a prior Z/28 Camaro project, Chip Foose stumbled across a rare 302ci engine out of a 1967 Z/28. He thought it would be really cool to find a 1967 Chevy short bed pickup and then do something that the factory designers should have done back in 1967. How about combining the body of a C-10 with the drivetrain of a Z/28, and then sprinkle some first-generation Camaro bits into the mix? And when you’re done, call it a C/28.
On a special pre-SEMA Show 2018 episode, the Gearheads welcome David Salvaggio and Lyle Brummer of Speedkore. We talk carbon fiber, carbon fiber Chargers and then Alex asks more questions about carbon fiber. We also talk World Record-holding Dodge Demons, engineering, business, a plea for a Jamaican Rally Car Team, and then Alex asks about carbon fiber again.
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.
On episode thirty-one, the Gearheads talk project cars, photoshoots and the trials and tribulations of starting a car magazine from the ground up with Automotive Photographer Robert McGaffin. You’ve probably seen his work on a number of covers over the years, and on this episode, we pull the covers back on what it takes to make it as one of the best lens men in the hot rod world.
With Brad out on a super-secret, pre-SEMA Show mission, Alex and Brian discuss the performance enthusiast industry and signature automotive events with Jimi Day. As one of the founders of FM3 Performance Marketing, Jimi is an experiential marketer, meaning that he and his team provide not just an event, but a targeted experience for the attendees and participants. The guys dig into what all of that means, the life of an escort card distributor in Vegas, and Brian’s pitch for the Altamont of car events.