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  • Eastwood’s ‘Shop Talk’, Episode 29: JF Launier - 2014 Ridler Award Winner

    ‘What does it take to win the Ridler Award?’ is a question many fabricators would love to know the answer to.  Click Here To Read Full Post...
  • Eastwood’s ‘Shop Talk’, Episode 28.5: JF Launier - 2014 Ridler Award Winner

    It’s probably safe to assume that the Detroit AutoRama Ridler Award is the most prestigious honor in the fabrication world.

    Typically two people will receive a trophy: one to the builder and one to the shop that financed it.

    In the case of JF Launier, he was awarded both trophies: A testament to JF’s work ethic, confidence, and craftsmanship.

    Sit tight & listen to Kevin as he previews things to come on next week’s episode of Shop Talk, where JF explains what it takes to win the coveted Ridler Award!


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    In this episode listen up for the PROMO CODE and enter to win the ‘Improve Your SKILS Giveaway’ brought you by Eastwood’s Shop Talk!

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  • The Bonneville experience in SoCal- El Mirage Dry Lake Racing

    Going fast has been a fascination since the beginning of time. Before motorized vehicles our ancestors were racing horses and horse carriages. As time went on and cars were invented, man has become obsessed with going as fast as possible in a motorized vehicle. These days drag racing is a BIG thing and every weekend people get together to watch men and women launch themselves down the 1/4 and 1/8 mile paved race track. You may not realize it, but drag racing and high speed runs in motorized vehicles originally started in dry lake beds. Back in the 30's a few car clubs filled with racers came together to form the SCTA (Southern California Timing Association) and create a set of rules and regulations for land speed racing on the dry lakes. Today the SCTA is still around and runs on one of the first dry lake beds (El Mirage) where it all started.   Click Here To Read Full Post...
  • Eastwood’s ‘Shop Talk’, Episode 28: Nick Licata, editor of Camaro Performers Magazine

    In this episode of Eastwood’s ‘Shop Talk,’ Kevin Tetz talks with Nick Licata, who answers the age-old question, ‘How do I get my car into a magazine?  Click Here To Read Full Post...
  • How to Make your barn or garage find road-worthy- Part One Assessing the Vehicle

    In the past 5-10 years the buzz words in the automotive hobby are "barn finds" or "garage finds" and "picking". This is just a car guy or gals way of explaining automotive treasure hunting. The dream is to find an untouched car or parts that's been stashed away and forgotten in a barn, garage, yard, etc. and you pull it out and put it back into use. There's practically an entire subculture in the classic car world dedicated to this with shows like American Pickers, Chasing Classic Cars, Backroad Gold, etc making it look like an easy process. I've been doing this sort of thing for quite a while and it can be as easy as knocking on a door and handing over a stack of cash, but the process to make these cars and parts usable again IS NOT. Any car that's been sitting for more than a few years is going to need a LOT of work to get it ready to cruise the streets again. Not only that, there are some key steps you should take to avoid causing damage to the vehicle when trying to get it going.   Click Here To Read Full Post...