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Yin or Yang - The Styling Debate


Creating an Eagle’s Nest


Exponentially Micro


Vic’s Garage


Taking Control


On the Cover

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Publisher’s Note


Lance Lambert’s Column


Phil Berg’s Column


Garage News


Tales from the Garage


Business Profile


Auction House Journal


Fireball’s Column

Garage Makeover

Hoader or Historian?

Larry’s New Garage

Minty Green


The Secret to Being a Successful Auto Enthusiast


Book Reviews


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Buyer’s Guide


Matt Stone’s Column


Garage Bazaar


Garage Meanings

You’ll Miss it When it’s Gone

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Garage Makeover


hen we launched Garage Style Magazine nearly a decade ago (the May issue will mark 10 years of publishing GSM), garage renovation had become one of the top interests of home owners. This was very unique, as it was the first time ever that garages were even making the list of the top 20 home makeovers. But, with higher product availability, more homeowners watching reality television and seeing more and more that garages could be as entertaining, inviting, and enjoyable as any room in the house, change is afoot. Even as the economy fell apart in 2008, homeowners were still gently improving their investments through renovations. Interestingly, one reason so many homeowners sought to redo the garage had to do with the economy of scales associated with garages – simply put, they cost less to renovate than, say, a bathroom, kitchen, or other room in the house, and can offer as much return on the investment, financially and realistically. For years, according to Remodeling magazine’s Cost vs. Value Report, garage doors came in as one of the highest value-returning home improvement investments. Studying 30 projects in nine U.S. regions and 101 U.S. cities, garage doors always ranked high, second only to a new steel entryway door, fiberglass insultation, and remodeled exterior entryways. In terms of most bang for the buck, though, a garage door can’t be beat. The sheer size of a front-facing garage door generally trumps the curb appeal of an entry door, commanding roughly six times the visibility, and while it might compete with a new exterior entryway for large-scale visibility, the costs are night and day. “For so many house styles, the garage door is a home’s largest exterior feature,” said Joe Dachowicz, vice president of marketing at Overhead Door. “By upgrading an ordinary garage door with one that complements the rest of the home, owners can dramatically improve their home’s curb appeal at a very affordable price.” To this, I say, check out our little garage door buyer’s guide in this issue. It offers a few ideas in styling and materials. Also check out the work we did on a small garage makeover with some help from Gladiator and SwissTrax. All in all, the costs involved in making over a garage compared to any other room in the house is astonishingly less expensive. And, because of the size of the garage, the rewards can be even higher – most people don’t host parties in the bathroom, and while a number of parties spend time in the kitchen, the costs to upgrade either can be staggering. Now, this isn’t to say don’t renovate a room other than the garage if you want to, or certainly if you need to. Just consider the garage for a light upgrade – the results will surprise you. - Don Weberg

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Lance Lambert’s


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esterday I came home with another interesting sign for the garage, along with a mint condition 1950 Model E15 Crosley radio to enjoy both visually and audibly. My buddy Duane accompanied me, as he often does, to the antique store in nearby Tacoma where these new additions were acquired. On our automotive related memorabilia quests, he usually supports my decision to purchase an addition to the garage, or attempts to protect me from returning home with something that may later cause a mild case of buyer’s remorse. We’ve been close friends for 55 years and have walked antique store isles together from various locations in the United States and a few as far away as the United Kingdom. He knows when to encourage me and when to give me the, “Are you sure?” lift of the eyebrow glance. Yesterday he gave nothing but approving nods. We loaded up the new treasures and headed back to Seattle. A question often asked by my wife, family, and friends is, “Where are you going to put it?” Nearly every square foot of the garage walls, ceiling, and doors are covered with old signs, glowing neon, and various banners proclaiming the virtues of the new “Styled Ahead for Years to Come!” Studebakers, “The Newest Idea in Automobiles!” Ramblers, and other manufactures of the curvaceous cars of the 1940s through the 1960s. My reply is always the same: “The garage is like a giant Rubik cube. I just keep shifting things around until they fit.” I admit that the garage is beginning to look like an episode of television’s “Hoarders” show, and it may be time to stop checking eBay and Craigslist every day, stopping at garage and estate sales on weekends, and attending the local swapmeets. But the compulsion that we garageophiles live with will not allow this to happen. Much of the time we may have no intention of purchasing anything as we scroll down our computer screens, pull into the driveway at estate sales, or pay the entry fee at swap meets. It may be nothing more than keeping up on the memorabilia market and staying current on the insurance value of our collection, along with learning more about automotive and petroleum industry history. Sometimes we are a buyer in search of an addition to our collection, or a seller thinning the collection to make room for more desirable items, and frequently the search is purely for enjoyment. Various screens, front yards, and fairgrounds provide us with the chance to find new treasurer and gain more knowledge.


My job now is to figure out which pieces of the Rubik cube to shift in order to hang up the new sign, and, with the shelves being so full, the best place to display the radio. In a few weeks I will be hosting a tour of the garage for six car clubs, so the hoarder hideaway needs a few days of spit shining and polishing. On the morning that the guests arrive the sign will be proudly displayed and the 70-year-old Crosley radio will be filling the garage with the smoothness of Sinatra and the stimulation of the Stones. The following day Duane and I will again be walking into our favorite antique shop. They have a sign that I’ve placed a deposit on and I’m sure I can find a place for it somewhere in the garage. - Lance Lambert

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Phil Berg’s Dispatches from the Ultimate Garage Tour

Larry’s New Garage


here are two Larrys that run the Michigan car club scene, Larry Smith is one of them,” according to Bruce Meyer, founding member of the Peterson 200 car nut club in Los Angeles. The other one, Larry Moss, is chairman of the Concours d’Elegance of America at St. John’s in suburban Detroit, which replaced the 32-year-old Meadow Brook Concours d’Elegance in 2011, of which Smith was once a chairman, and has always been a Detroit-area notable in collecting and preserving car culture. So a couple of years ago, after shuffling all of his 35-car collection around in his completely overstuffed 16-car garage, Larry Smith finally found a structure that could hold everything under one roof. “Believe it or not there is a theme to these cars. All the cars run, they’re all licensed, they’re all insured. I used to have a goal of using one full tank of gas per year in each of them, but to drive all these things is way more driving than anyone can do.”

“The longest I’ve had a car is that TR3 over there. That was my first restoration,” says the long-time Detroit-area transplant. When Smith was 6 months old his family moved to the area so he could eventually go to some of the acclaimed schools of the time, but he didn’t follow that plan: high school was a place to “think about cars,” Smith has reported. He played with car models and built go-carts, and when he was 16 he found a decrepit 1957 Triumph TR3, which he restored. The years he spent working on the Triumph led him to mechanical and bodywork, and he opened his own shop, which he built into a chain of top-rated repair facilities in the region, known as Autometric Collision. His long hours paid off with a reputation for good work. Today Smith’s collection includes everything from Alfa Romeos, Corvettes, a Graham Sharknose, Porsches, a Bonneville from the 1960s that may have been built for then


Pontiac boss John DeLorean, and a unique Stout Scarab that’s been shown at both Pebble Beach and the Peterson museum. Smith bought Scarab in France in 1986. “It was in bad shape, but pretty much all there. The guy [owner] had a museum and he had a story that [presidents Charles] de Gaulle and [Dwight] Eisenhower had a meeting inside it once in Algiers--I don’t believe that for a second.” The famous Dearborn Inn built by Henry Ford is across the street from the carmaker’s original proving grounds, which once included an airport, where America’s first airline was born from Henry Ford’s pal William Bushnell Stout, who also designed the concept for the Ford Trimotor passenger airplane. Stout designed in the 1930s the rear-engine Scarab, which is likely the world’s first minivan, and built versions for Harvey Firestone and William Wrigley prior to series production. Although Smith has a chain of successful body shops, the only cars they restore belong to Smith’s private collection. “Restoration and collision work appear similar, but they really don’t mix,” Smith says. “It’s difficult to make a profit doing collision repairs and nearly impossible in the restoration business.” - Phil Berg


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SEMA 2017 Text by Ron Lampley When we were kids, summer ended and off to school we went. The first day back often meant counting the days to the next holiday. First was Halloween then Thanksgiving and Christmas, but Christmas was the best, you had more time off. Today as an adult car guy we have to add one more date, and for a car guy maybe October/November is a better date. The SEMA Show for many are four days of pure fun. Talking with the spectators at the Show for many, SEMA is an adult Christmas every year and it’s a four-day extravaganza. Walking eight hours a day and viewing all the automotive products, and running into friends new and old, what can be better? Don’t forget the car show that goes along with the event. If you like to see what someone can do to a car, truck, or bike in modification form, this is the place. The SEMA Show (Specialty Equipment Market Association) is the premier trade show setup to help all automotive businesses grow. It’s a place that enables automotive specialty equipment manufacturers, retailers, and services to show their product lines and new innovative products. Held at the Las Vegas Convention Center, the four-day event will have more than 140,000 individuals searching the vendors looking for new and old products, to enhance their business. This year, 2,400+ companies were on hand presenting automotive accessories, tools, services, garage equipment, and much more. In total, it’s 1.2 million square feet of space inside for venders, and 1.5 million square feet surrounding the outside area. They even offer classes on technology, estimating and marketing. Some more high-profile players include Chip Foose, Chris Stephens from “Garage Rehab,” and air airbrush artist, Hal Loo. I also bumped into Michael Malamut, one our friends from Southern California. He offered his 1957 Fiat 600 Miarfiori, originally commissioned by Gianna Agnelli, the president of Fiat for many years, from his museum collection. Peter Brock was also moving around among the vast spectators. Check out our visit with him in this issue. Modified Corvettes seemed like this year’s theme. Since I grew up on Mid Year Corvettes, I’m always attracted to them. There was a modified 1963 Corvette coupe done by Eddie Pettus, it was powered by a custom fuel injected 500hp 327, and a Tremec six speed. Jeff Page showed a modified 1963 Corvette coupe with a Grand Sport theme. His included a Brian Thompson built LS7 with LS9 supercharger, and it moved down the road with TS6 six speed. Okay, I didn’t forget the Mustangs. There were so many, we just don’t have enough space. But there was a 1965 Ford Mustang built by Bobby Alloway with a Robert


I stopped by Pit Stop Furniture (Intro-Tech Automotive), one of Garage Style Magazine’s advertisers, to say ‘hello,’ but they were so busy I couldn’t get a word in edgewise. People were just loving the automotive furniture they had to offer. Our fearless leader, Don Weberg was able to touch base with them though, as well as Save-A-Battery. Both companies always put on a nice booth. Can’t wait to see what they do next year – hopefully we’ll see you there too.

Yates Trans Am Engine backed up with an American power six speed. Many of the exhibiting companies had contacted builders to get their most famous vehicles on display. Many of the vendors had contacted Steve Darnell from “Vegas Rat Rods” (Welderup) fame and displayed many of his famous creations. Order your subscription now for Garage Style Magazine if you don’t already have one, so you won’t miss Steve’s interview in a future issue.

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In the Passing Lane Ronald J. Kellogg July 28th, 1935 – January 30th 2018 The man. The myth. The legend. Men wanted to be him and women wanted to be with him. Ron Kellogg passed away on January 30th 2018 after battling with Dementia, he endured his skirmish with courage, patience and dignity. Ron had a passion for cars that he shared with anyone who entered his life, he even had a love for the finer things in life like individually wrapped Reese’s Cups and Sees Candy molasses chips. Ron was born in Monterey Park, CA and attended Montebello High School where he met his future bride to be Sonya Shubin we married shortly after graduating. Ron

then joined the Army where he was stationed in Germany, this might have helped bolster his love for German cars a smidgen. After serving his time in the Army he began working for Sam Winston at the Winston Tire Company and retired from the same company. Once retried he began what some would call an unhealthy obsession with cars, others would call it a dream come true. Collecting everything from Aerodyne Jaguars, Scarab Roadsters, Bugatti’s, Ferrari’s, and a couple 300 SL Gull Wing’s for good measure. Receiving countless awards and trophies for the collection we had built. You name it we had it! Ron is survived by his wife of 60 years Sonya, son Doug (wife Carolyn, children Ani and Shaun and grandson Landon), daughter Shari (children Shelby and Shantal, granddaughter Annaleia). Viewing is at Rose Hills February 6th at 5 PM to 8 PM Funeral is February 7th at 1 PM Rose Hills Gate 17, Hillside Chapel

Hugh Tackett Garage Style Magazine had the privilege of featuring Hugh’s garage several years ago, and it was well received by many. An interesting feature of Hugh’s garage is the weather vane upon the garage roof, which is topped by – of

course – a Porsche! A good car guy through-and-through, his name was easily found throughout Porsche circles especially. A great garage guy, Hugh had a fantastic space that balanced well a clean, uncluttered aesthetic with a touch of zany.

Travis Tyler For 10 years, Garage Style Magazine has been printed by the same printer, and handled by the same representative, Travis Tyler. He became fast friends with Don Weberg, and they frequently enjoyed time together discussing business challenges and solutions, cars, surfing, old music and movies and much more. He was more than a


sales representative, he helped keep the magazine on track in more ways than one, helped to make sure prices were kept competitive and palatable to a tiny operation like GSM, and always had an upbeat demeanor about him. His sense of humor was lightning quick and razor sharp. He’ll be deeply missed.

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hile there are no significant collector car garages on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi it’s a great starting point to compare two distinct ways to approach two extreme “garage styles.” Sulawesi is home to a cave with the oldest cave paintings in the world. Forty thousand years ago a cave dweller concocted some red paint and with a few strokes portrayed the image of human hands pushing a barbirusa or pig-deer. Compared to other cave paintings this was minimalist; a single image. Other caves have a multitude of paintings depicting battles, disease, migration, disasters, mythology, emerging civilizations, hunting, exploration and religions. They represent two schools of expression, the minimalist school and the maximalist school. “Minimalism” is a design or style in which the simplest and fewest elements are used to create the maximum effect. The phrase “Less is more” is used as its battle cry. The phrase is often associated with the architect and furniture designer Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe (1886 - 1969), one of the founders of modern architecture and a proponent of simplicity of style. At the opposite end of the styling bar we have “maximalism.” In the arts, maximalism is a reaction against minimalism, it’s an esthetic of excess and redundancy. The philosophy can be summarized as “more is more,” contrasted with the minimalist motto “less is more.” But this is Garage Style Magazine not Art News or Art in America; so, what’s the tie in? Over the years GSM has covered a multitude of garages from the “over the top Garage Mahals,” to the modest single car garage. Each has had its own style, its own layout and its own message. Each one has been distinct, novel and personal. Each one personified the vision, tastes, needs and personality of the owner. And while the obvious commonality is the universal allure of automobiles, all the garages can be classified (to a degree) as to belonging to either the “minimalist,” or “maximalist” school of life in the garage. 20

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n this Tales From The Garage we visit the children’s section. What children’s section you ask. In the background I can hear a quiet chorus of “We have a children’s section? Who knew?” Yes, cars and car stories are not the exclusive experiences of adults. Ask any adult about their first car memory and sit back, you will get a story. Here’s mine… When I was growing up my family was not wealthy. We fit perfectly into the post-war ethos of middle class America. Father worked, mother was a homemaker who cooked, cleaned and ran the house while raising three boys. Suburban house, mortgage, refrigerator, no dishwasher, no garbage disposal, Sears lawnmower (non-riding) and one family car. The first family car of memory was a very classic 1950 Ford Custom Deluxe Fordor Sedan. Since it was our only car I assume that it was my first car ride, from the maternity hospital to the suburban homestead. It served the family well and I vividly remember it looking very much like the cars in everyone else’s driveway during that period. Those post-war cars had a similarity of design that spoke to a country recovering from a war that actually touched everyone. Once most people had achieved postwar prosperity–house in the suburbs, wife/husband, children and all the important appliances–only then did middle class cars begin to make statements. Chrome and fins, the more the merrier. My family was no exception. The Ford was beginning to look like an old suit your grandfather would wear. Serviceable yes, stylish, no. New cars began creeping into the neighborhood. One by one the sedate grey, blue, black and brown sedans gave way to festive pastels -- pale blue, yellow, coral, pink and minty green. Cars became the party and we were all invited. In the 1950’s the family car of choice was, without a doubt, the station wagon. At some point, rarely did you see a family with children without one. It was expected. Our family was always a little late to any party mostly due to a very cautious and conservative streak in my father. We were never the “first” to have any of the 1950’s goodies that became available; no color TV, no dishwasher, no air conditioning. This was true of the required station wagon. I do not remember the day exactly, but safe to say it was most likely a Saturday since that was the day I would accompany my father on errands. The usual drug store, hardware store and my favorite, the feed store to buy birdseed. My father loved feeding the birds in our backyard. I liked the feed store because they had a cat who pretended to know me whenever we arrived. On this particular Saturday my father, unexpectedly and unannounced, pulled into the local Dodge dealership. Whoa…..for a nine-


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Creating an Eagle’s Nest The journey is the fun part Text by David Curro Images by Jeff Watts


ife has a way of taking a simple thought and turning it into something spectacular. Such is the case with Rick Dresang’s journey. A family life filled with racing snowmobiles, karts and automobiles led him to desire an Offenhauser engine to spice up a lake house bar as an ornamental art piece. In the summer of 2004, an ad in Hemmings Motor News mentioned a complete Offenhauser Indy motor with race history for sale in St. Louis, Missouri. A trip ensued and an engine was selected. However, the Offy was attached to a car. A call to his wife, Alison, confirmed another quandary, that the Offy was overbudget. But, a chance at rescuing and restoring a bigger piece of racing history was on the table. Soon, an All American Racers Eagle Indy car was on its way to the Dresang family. Not just any Dan Gurney Eagle, but chassis number #7225, a 1972 AAR Eagle which ran in the 1973 Indianapolis 500 for Penske Racing with Mark Donohue in the cockpit.

The four-lap average of 197.412 mph qualified the Sunoco-DX Eagle third in the 33-car field. Out of the 17 1972 Eagles in the field, Donohue had managed the quickest time by a customer car, only bettered by Johnny Rutherford’s Team McLaren McLaren M16 entry and Bobby Unser’s 1973 model Eagle, an All American Racers’ exclusive team car at that point. Unfortunately, the Offenhauser engine aboard Eagle #7225 suffered a broken piston on lap 92, crediting the 1972 champion with a 15th-place finish. This would prove to be Donohue’s last Indy 500. In September of 1976, then owner Bill Simpson called on a rookie to drive #7225 in his first USAC race, the California 500. The rookie would move on with the car later that fall when Simpson sold Eagle #7225 to Art Sugai. Sugai repainted the car pink in honor of his wife Midori. The Eagle was then nicknamed ‘The Pink Lady.’ The rookie in question was Rick Mears. In 1976, Mears earned the USAC Rookie of the Year honors as he finished in the top ten in all three races he contended.

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The perfect reading room, literally thousands of die cast cars occupy hundreds of shelves.

Exponentially Micro When the real things are too big Text by Don Weberg | Images by Joe Tipton


omewhere along the sunny shores is a collection comprised of 2,400 toy cars in various scales and brands, mostly replicating numerous vintages and models of Mercedes-Benz. A few surprises lurk within, but the majority wear a three-pointed star. The owner built a career in the early days of data collection, storage, and management working for RCA, the main competitor at the time to IBM. We’re talking 1960s, James Bond-style reel-to-reel tape data machines that take up entire rooms. “It was fun work, a little grueling at times, but it was cuttingedge work, which made it really interesting,” he said. “IBM had their machines with their pros and cons, and RCA had its’ machines with their pros and cons. Each would revolutionize


the industry in their own way and pave the road for future technological advances. I was part of that.” But when some simple time was needed away from hightech responsibility, he often turned to cars. Real or toy, he loved them all, but has long had a special place in his heart for Mercedes-Benz and Porsche. “I bought my first Mercedes in 1963, it was a 1959 190SL Roadster in red,” he said. “Since then, I’ve had about 15 various Mercedes-Benzes.” The 1960s were a formative time for the owner, establishing himself in a solid (dare we say, “state?”) career, beginning to enjoy the niceties of a well-paying job and adulthood. It was during this time that he also began collecting toy cars,


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tis Victor Edelbrock Jr. passed away June 9, 2017, at the age of 80. That name most likely rings bells as one of the world’s premier performance products company. Edelbrock’s original products were intake manifolds, and high performance heads for Flathead Ford V-8s. The company was founded by Otis Victor Edelbrock, Sr., as an allaround garage and then race shop – Vic Sr., was a formidable midget racer, and midget race car builder and preparer. Sr. passed away in 1962, leaving the stewardship of this bourgeoning aftermarket performance company to son Vic Junior, who at the time was in his mid-30s.

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A regular two-car garage can quickly become overwhelmed.


Taking Control Gladiator and SwissTrax help us harness a two-car garage Text and Images by Don Weberg


he standard-issue, two-car garage can become overwhelmed with ‘stuff’ all too easily. Frankly put, they’re just not big enough. The average two-car garage uses a 20-ft x 20-ft layout, with some expanding to 22-ft x 22ft, and the larger ones bringing a nicer 24-ft x 24-ft plan. With the help of Gladiator and SwissTrax, we had the opportunity to reorganize and restyle a regular-sized garage, and the results were amazing. The first step was to pull everything out of the garage, organizing the contents into three categories of items to keep, discard, or donate. Simply put, it’s amazing how many things end up in the trash or going to a local charity – and maybe more amazing is the amount of space created by doing so. This exercise alone takes the garage to a whole new level of enjoyment. But, with SwissTrax and Gladiator helping, the little garage was going to get even better. Interestingly too, while moving everything out of the garage, it was fun having the neighbors wander over to see what was going on – many volunteered to help, which was fantastic. With everything out of the garage, the floor was swept and cleaned and the SwissTrax boxes were opened to bring out the new blue, silver, and black snap-together modular tiles. One amazing thing about SwissTrax tiles is the quality that’s built into them – the tiles originated from Europe where it was required they withstand the rigors of forklifts, something many felt couldn’t be done. But, with proper design engineering,

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aerovault The trailer with racecar DNA Text by Ron Lampley | Images by Don Weberg Designed by a race car builder, the Aerovault uses aerodynamics and downforce for stability.



t seems Peter Brock just can’t stop designing automotive products. He has recently put his design skills to work to develop and patent a sublime lightweight car hauler aptly called the Aerovault. It has largely redefined the art of car hauling. Instead of a big, blocky cube with a multitude of sharp corners and flat surfaces, Peter thought like a racecar designer and crafted a low profile, aerodynamic form with perfect curves and angles designed to slip through the air, cheating the wind and reducing drag all around. Constructed of high-strength, lightweight aluminum and composites, the Aerovault takes a little getting used to, but once you’ve tested it, you’ll never go back to a conventional square-front shape. “When I finished redesigning the Cobra Daytona GT Coupe for series production by Superformance down in South Africa, I needed something to haul it. Because they arrive completely finished as rollers, without engine or gearbox, there had to be a way to transport it around to finish the install of the engine and running gear. So, I really needed something that matched my car.” Peter started looking for a trailer, and the more he looked the more apparent it became that the trailer industry simply wasn’t up to date in vehicular structural engineering and aerodynamics. This inspired him to design his own. Then he had to find someone who could build what he wanted. He finally found an ex pro-rodeo cowboy/trailer builder who could relate to his design and understood many of the options he wanted. “He built the first one, and when I got it out on the road, everywhere I stopped people would ask, ‘Where did you get that, that’s what I want, I want to order one,” he said. At this point Peter and his wife, Gayle, discussed going into the trailer business. He went back to his friend with five new orders, but he didn’t want to give up his horse trailer business to build car haulers, but he did agree to build five more. Well, 35 trailers later, it had come to a point where Peter had more orders than his friend could handle, so they parted amicably, and Peter and Gayle moved south. This venture took them from the state of Washington to Henderson, Nevada. Aside from the fact that both Peter and Gayle like the weather in Southern Nevada, many of the critical raw material suppliers he was using were in the area. With his new manufacturing site right where he lived, Peter now had had complete control. He hired workers with exceptional qualifications to produce his trailers and fabricated his own tools using a highly reworked vintage press-brake and selfbuilt bending machines that offered a higher build quality than previously available. The Aerovault offers a fabulous number of useful features, like an integral

Garage Style Magazine Spring 2018


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Lot F133 – “1911 Harley-Davidson Twin” Gently restored, excellent condition, long-term ownership, the Twin is considered one of those Holy Grail collectible American motorcycles. Sold: $154,000

Lot F191 – “1917 Henderson Four” Once owned by Steve McQueen, final year of production, Hendersons were known as ‘the Duesenbergs of motorcycles,’ purchased at McQueen’s estate sale in 1984 at the Imperial Palace Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada as Lot 642. Sold: $110,000.




The Secret to Being a Successful Auto Enthusiast


es, we know that Car Culture is the single largest enthusiast base in the world, right? I mean, you can’t put a football, baseball, and soccer guy in the same room and expect them to get along. It’ll get messy. But put a Classic Car Girl, Vintage Car Old Dood, kids with Hot Wheels, and a Muscle Car guy in the same room and they’ll play like their sandbox is the best place ever. But why? Let’s reverse engineer this for a scoshe... Car People are made up of a very specific set of skills. Like Liam Neeson, they’re badasses when it comes to being around cars, but each one comes from a slightly different angle. But all are bound by one thing... and we’ll get to that. At my show Wheels and Waves in Malibu each month, car people flock in droves with one specific desire. Swap stories over coffee for two hours. But as you peruse these peeps, you’ll notice which funnel they’re coming through. So, let’s begin with CAR BUILDERS. You know, the grease monkeys, motorheads, and other terms that define them as the guys and girls who will rip apart a car and slap it back together with a few extra details and voila... the Kustom Beast of Burden. People like Ken Vela of WIKD Kustoms, the doods of Galpin, and the hundreds of others that really know the nuts and bolts of cars. Lots of them in all shapes and sizes, ranging from the extreme to the tinkerers. Full size cars and trucks to Pedal Cars. Then, you’ve got the CAR COLLECTORS. Guys that have the dough to build a collection of their favs, paying others (for the most part) to restore them to their former glory. Got some dough, you’re good to go. And that brings me to the RESTORERS themselves. They guys and gals that are paid to bring life back to that original Mustang, Tri5 or Jaguar. If they’re good, then the result will be a brand-new classic. Then, we move on to CAR DESIGNERS and ARTISTS like me. Slap a piece of paper down with a pen, or learn to stripe and voila, instant car coolness. Whether it’s a vehicle for SEMA, Grand Nationals, a Movie Car, Auto Shows or just your own vision, we’ll whip that sh%$t together in no time flat. And finally, to AUTOMOTIVE ENTHUSIASTS. The people

that dream of one day having a cool car or maybe have one they take to shows, photograph cars, video them, read about them, and basically fill their lives with awesomeness. Now it is true that all of these can bleed together and create an infinite amount of variations, as in a Car Designer/Collector that hits shows and video cars. Hm, sounds familiar. Or a Builder that restores cars and collects Hot Wheels. Or maybe a Car Photographer that works on his own car and shoots shows up the wazoo. Anyway, you get my point and my show in Malibu is a place among many other places where we congregate to spread that passion. But as I said in the beginning of this article, there is one thing that binds us all and makes us strong. Something so powerful that it’s the actual all-consuming one power in the world. Have you guessed it? Yes, it’s LOVE. The most important aspect of not only being a good car enthusiast, but being a good human being. So, join me today to spread your love of cars, however you do and however you identify yourself with the above. Whether you’re into Rats, Muscle, Electric, Trucks, Off Road, Drift, Vintage, or Antique... just smile and give each other the thumbs up. As an Automotive Enthusiast, a city, a country, a nation and a world, the change begins with you. So, slap that puppy into gear, and let the world know that coolness begins from inside. Peace out, my brethren. - Fireball

Scott Martin @CarShowAholic (R2D2 Photo) Garage Style Magazine Spring 2018




Kar-Kraft: Race Cars, Prototypes and Muscle Cars of Ford Specialty Vehicle Activity Program by Charlie Henry

The murky history of Kar Kraft, a company with only one customer, Ford Motor Company, is the stuff of legend. Sometimes, the murkiness makes it more fun for conversations, but Charlie Henry straightens out a lot of the mystery with factual accounts of the relationship between Ford and Kar Kraft. Charlie is a second-generation automotive industry professional who spent much of his days working for Kar Kraft. With his recollections and those of friends who worked there with him, a fascinating account of the inner workings of how cars were developed, how the two companies, Ford and Kar Kraft, worked with one another, how Kar Kraft did things that Ford otherwise couldn’t handle in house for a variety of reasons. Some fantastic photography brings the stories to life, and illustrates the old ways of constructing a car. A must read for Ford fans, but an absolutely enjoyable read for any car fanatic.

Ultimate Garages

By Phil Berg An older read, but nonetheless enjoyable is the original Ultimate Garages by our own, Phil Berg. Packed with great interviews of fabulous collectors, and images of outstanding garages, the book is inspiring to say the least. If you don’t already have it, it’s a must-get – along with versions two and three.

Match Race Mayhem: Drag Racing’s Grudges, Rivalries, and Big-Money Showdowns

By Doug Boyce Veteran race, Doug Boyce, tells about the various vendettas behind some of the most well-known racers in the history of drag racing through his own accounts and the accounts of other racing drivers. Like so many books documenting historical accounts, the photography is absolutely riveting and sure to bring back a flurry of memories for anyone who was there in the heyday of the ¼-mile.

Automobilia By Leila Dunbar

One of Publisher Don’s favorite books is this one by Automobilia – look at the photograph, you can tell it’s his relatively well-worn, personal copy by the wear upon the cover. An older title, Leila has an amazing story herself, being brought up in an automotive wrecking yard, buying and selling cars with her family, working on her own Oldsmobile Cutlass – in her time, she has gained an astonishing amount of knowledge pertaining to automobilia and petroliana, all of it applicable today – just add more to the percentages as time has marched on since this book was first published. Encouraging, right?

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Matt Stone’s


You’ll miss it when it’s gone


s I write this, I’m in the middle of remodeling about a third of my house, including kitchen, laundry, and dining rooms. Serious job: out to the studs, down to the subfloors, new windows, new cabinets, appliances and floors. There’s a lot of carpentry work involved; a 10-foot long palette’s worth of new kitchen cabinets, which arrived in knocked down, to-be-assembled form, plus all framing, drywall work and such that are involved. So my contractor needed a “staging area” to build cabinets and framing, cut moldings and such. Not to mention my entire dining room, which had to leave the building. Plus we needed a place to store my new appliances prior to install. I’d briefly toyed with the idea of setting it all up on my driveway, perhaps draping it all off from street view with some of that green plastic temporary fencing that contractors and landscapers use. Until my project manager asked “well, what’s in the garage?” At that point I knew my special space was in peril. The answer of course was “a 911 and an SL500.” My very understanding neighbors are already used to my house looking like a used car lot anyway so I figured, what the heck, it’s only two more, and they’d all be under covers, so hopefully less ugly looking than crates, boxes, stacks of wood, table saws and such would appear. So with grudging willingness, I rearranged all the cars on the driveway, set up battery tenders, and made way for the construction onslaught. Other than cars sitting outside 24/7, and having to survive the occasional rain (and unfortunately here in Southern California, the rain is still all too occasional) everything would be fine. Which it generally has been, but of course every car now needs a near full detail job each time I want to drive it. I attempted to prep the garage for the pending tsunami of construction activity, with those big blue tarps you often see cast over stored boats or leaky roofs, and they came in darn handy in covering up tool boxes, benches, and the bookcases that house my library of thousands of car magazines. As much as I physically readied the space, I wasn’t mentally

prepared for the layers of general dust and sawdust that all of this work would create in my previously immaculate garage; it proved a good space for my contractor, being insulated, drywalled, lighted and powered. Now all the tarps are blue brown, and it’s an archeological dig to find a magazine, can of spray paint or a tool. But this too shall pass, and I know the result inside will be worth it. How to recover? I’ve given that much thought, and it’ll probably start with my gardener working the place over with his leaf blower, then lots and lots of ShopVac work, I’m sure. Then a stiff hose over my SwissTrax covered concrete floor. I realize of course that these are “First World” problems, as so many of our fellow enthusiasts don’t even have garages. But, GSM is of course all about garages, and I can’t tell you how much I’m missing mine. Not only because it’s filthy beyond words at the moment, which causes me much consternation, but that I can’t just go out there and get or work on something. A couple of my cars are cold and lonely, but this too will be remedied very soon. The point of all this is to remind you to never take your garage for granted, no matter how humble or fabulous it may be, because if you ever have to give it up, even temporarily, it will be a fervent reminder of how valuable the space, and the institution, of a clean, well equipped garage means to you. - Matt Stone

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Garage Style Magazine Spring 2018




In the Garage with Cindy Meitle

Dave Handy, Car Collector Dave Handy was born and raised in Redding, Connecticut. An all-American boy, he played baseball, football and other sports. In 1974, his father took him to Lime Rock Park and from that moment on, he was hooked on racing automobiles. After high school, he worked in mechanical shops and in 1977 was invited to work at a friend’s garage on his cars. In 1988, the two moved into a commercial space and Sasco Sports was born. Today, the company does maintenance and race prep for numerous customers, as well as providing their tire needs at over 30 events each year. His wife Robyn can often be found at the track as well. Their home is located in Semora, North Carolina, where Dave routinely enjoys his 1500 sq. ft. detached garage. What is your favorite item in your garage space and why? My favorite items must be the various posters and pictures. From pictures of my family, to racing pictures from my various Can-Am drives in the Shadow DN4, to a few cool movie posters from my wife’s brother, these always remind me of the great times with cars and friends over the years. When I go up there and turn on the lights, these are the things that immediately catch my eyes. What’s one item you would like to have in your garage? I really wish I had a small 9” lathe. Doing a lot of race car assembly, there is always a bushing or spacer that needs to be made that would just take a few minutes and allow the project to continue. Fortunately, I have one at our race shop, Sasco Sports, along with mills, welders, shears etc., so making a list of what I need, and making them later is not a huge deal. What is the strangest item in your garage? Hmmmm. The strangest? That’s a hard one, let me look around…might be the dog crate that a friend donated to our dog rescue effort. My wife Robyn is heavily involved and frequently fosters multiple dogs and puppies, and people are sending her stuff all the time. We have even had to keep a few foster pups in the garage (which is climate controlled for their comfort and mine), so the crate stays up here for the dog’s safety if they need to be up here. When I am in the garage, the dogs, both fosters and our own, are great company. What are you doing most of the time when you are in your garage? Mostly I am working on the various race cars we have here. Whether it’s getting one ready for our next race, as with the Swift DB2 and the Brabham BT29, or doing the rebuild of the Ralt RT1 that has been apart for over 10 years, there is always something fun to do. If I get stuck or want to do something different, there are always more posters to figure where to 66

hang, or other memorabilia to find a home for. Did you grow up around the garage? From back when I was a little kid, my brothers and I always spent the weekends in the garage working on lawn mowers, or trying to build a homemade go-kart, or just hanging around. As we got older, we all became more interested in cars and restoring and hot rodding them! We pulled so many engines from cars with tree branches, and back in the day taking pictures that had to be developed, our mom said she wouldn’t get any more pictures developed with engines hanging from trees anymore! She said they all looked the same. Really? We did use different trees depending on 4cyl or V8, how could they look the same? Sorry mom :) How does your garage make you feel? My garage makes me feel proud. We took a while to decide to build it, and then to make it our space. When I am in it, with the radio playing country music, or listening to NASCAR on the weekends during the season, it is a peaceful and warm space. As I said before, it brings back so many memories of family and friends that have been involved in my life over the years of my working on cars, that it always makes me happy to be in it. I have been very fortunate to have been able to make a living in the racing business and meet and get to know so many amazing people that have influenced my life and career. They are all with me in my garage. | GSM

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The cover of our latest issue showcases a great collection of Mercedes-Benz and Porsche die cast and tin toys from all scales. Several deca...

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The cover of our latest issue showcases a great collection of Mercedes-Benz and Porsche die cast and tin toys from all scales. Several deca...