First off, Happy New Year! Better late than never! We've just finished up in Shreveport at their 2012 World of Wheels Autorama. We brought along an old friend and a new one: Blue Belle
(Penny Weiss' 1955 Thunderbird) and Blew Bayou
(Noel Irvin's 1967 GTO). Both of them were extremely successful and really well received by the show goers. I never get tired of watching people enjoy what my crew and myself are blessed to be able to create.
I'll be brief, mainly because its late here and the drive home starts very early tomorrow (actually today at this point). Noel and his GTO won Best in Class, Outstanding Interior, Outstanding Engine and the Outstanding Custom of the Show. Not too shabby for a rookie. I especially like the Engine award because we beat out a lot of very expensive, 'blinged' out engines with our subtle paint and minor chrome details. We don't get that award often, so when we do, its really appreciated.
[caption id="attachment_661" align="aligncenter" width="450" caption="The Outstanding Custom Engine, Shreveport 2012"]
Blue Belle won Best in Class and People's Choice. Out of all the awards we are honored to receive, I think People's Choice is my favorite. For whatever reason, not many shows offer it. I am always humbled by the fact that we build vehicles that people would actually want for themselves. To me, People's Choice means if they could take one car home, it would be ours. That is nothing but cool to me. A big high-five to my guys (Bruce, Mike, Tim, Steve, Craig and Ramon) and what they do to make us look good. I COULD NOT do it without you.
So, that's all for now. We are off to Pomona and the Grand National Roadster Show next Saturday. We love this show and it has done us well throughout the years we've been going. I hope we don't disappoint with our projects this year. It will also be the debut show of Night Mare
, formerly called Stampede, Dana Irvin's '65 Mustang that we are finalizing this coming week. So, we will have three projects going out this year, the most we've ever taken at one time. All we need now is CB radios and our convoy can roll.
Until next time,
Monday, January 16, 2012