Every year for the last five, HRE Performance Wheels has opened up its doors and parking lots to the public for what is one of the most eclectic car gatherings in Southern California. 2015 marked the largest turnout for this event ever, with over 700 vehicles on site (and in the surrounding lots, streets and any imaginable area you could park a car) and nearly 2,000 attendees. READ MORE...
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2015 HRE Open House

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Every year for the last five, HRE Performance Wheels has opened up its doors and parking lots to the public for what is one of the most eclectic car gatherings in Southern California. 2015 marked the largest turnout for this event ever, with over 700 vehicles on site (and in the surrounding lots, streets and any imaginable area you could park a car) and nearly 2,000 attendees.
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The Rad Ford

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It’s the original and unrestored body that’ll make you look at Page Rad’s ’39 Ford pickup, but it’s the details that’ll keep you from turning away. Details like the 1950s sprint car gas cap that was massaged into the 76-year-old body, or the ’61 Gibson guitar rhythm-and-treble switch that’ll bypass the MagnaFlow exhaust with nothing more than a flick. Rad’s ’39 breaks as many rules as it can. “I wanted the oldest, most original truck possible,” he says about why he shied away from more prevalent ’50s- and ’60s-era metal for the extraordinary.
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Staying Power

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June 21, 2001, wasn’t all that big of a deal. Orange Toyota Supras were still orange Toyota Supras, and jet-black Dodge Charger R/Ts were still the sort of American muscle cars you’d expect to trample all over anything with fluorescent highlights. But June 22 changed whatever preconceptions anybody might’ve had. Preconceptions of a burgeoning sport compact car performance industry that seemed to be poised to overthrow its domestic counterpart.
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The Hollywood Chevelle

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Sal Perez will be the first to tell you that building a 1967 Chevelle in front of a smattering of video cameras and mics isn’t easy. In short, “it was tough,” he says about MAVTV’s Chop Cut Rebuild production that, for the most part, took place behind the doors of his Southern California workshop, American Muscle Cars. Film crews and builders occupied the same close quarters throughout, which meant seven-day work weeks that burned into the night to make up for lost time became customary.
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The Lifelong Hobby

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Gil Losi Sr.’s rapport with Plymouth’s 1950s Belvedere goes back some 60 years to the ’54 that his dad owned. Vividly, Losi illustrates dad’s ’54’s flathead-six and black-and-green color scheme in the sort of nostalgic way you’d expect any son to look back on his old man’s wheels: “It was the ugliest car I’d ever seen.” Ugly, yes, but, according to Losi, he stole the keys when pop wasn’t looking, thus laying the foundation for a half-century-plus relationship between a man and a car that often goes unnoticed.
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Kin You Dig-It?

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Pay close attention to fast-talking Kindig-It Design owner Dave Kindig or else you’ll miss hearing about the details that make a Kindig-It build so special. Like the modern-day A/C system his team concealed beneath the hand-crafted aluminum subfloor on a 1934 Dodge sedan. Crawl underneath Justin and Randi Semadeni’s inherited ’34 that can be traced back to its original owner—great grandma Semadeni—and the fully restored steel floorboard leaves no indication of the car’s climate control bits that’ve been carefully stowed away just above.
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Cross-Platform

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Visit Fat Jack’s Garage today and you’ll find yourself in the middle of Jack Taylor and his wife’s Knoxville, Tennessee, homestead. Come back in a few months and Fat Jack’s will have transcended into a full-fledged hot rod shop. The independent and adjustable suspension Taylor hand-made from scratch, the Mazda Miata rag-top frame he cobbled into place, and the fuel-injected, Japanese V8 he shoehorned into a ’34 Ford roadster are all examples of Taylor’s capabilities...
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Superformance

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A little more than a half-century ago motorsports legend Carroll Shelby decided it’d be a good idea to order up several hundred British roadster chassis, stuff Ford V8s and Borg-Warner four-speeds into them, and sell them for a whole lot more than what just about any already validated sports car was going for. It didn’t make sense. And it didn’t matter. Today, a genuine Shelby Cobra can fetch more than a million bucks. But you don’t have a million bucks...
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On the right track(s)

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There are really only two reasons why you might not know anything about Daystar’s Hemi-powered and tracked Jeep FC-170: You either didn’t make it to last year’s annual Las Vegas SEMA show or you’ve shunned civilization and the internet for a life of hermitage. The rest of us know about the off-road component maker’s resurrection of the seldom used much less remembered Forward Control. Jeep’s 1958 FC-170 probably isn’t the first thing you’d consider building for the automotive aftermarket’s largest yearly gathering, of which millions of eyeballs have access to, but you’re not Daystar CEO Mark Turner...
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boden autohaus

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The first automotive air suspension system was patented and put to work more than a century ago. It’s taken nearly as long for it to be adopted by carmakers and even enthusiasts in earnest, though. For decades, coil-type and leaf-type springs just made a whole lot more sense. All of that is changing, though, in part because of customizing outfits like Southern California’s Boden AutoHaus. Boden’s doors haven’t even been open for a year but the company’s already made strides in assimilating the air-filled bellows into nearly any make or model.
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CHIP FOOSE

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Get an in-depth, behind the scenes look at one of the most iconic designers and builders of our time. The one and only Chip Foose sits down to explain his early days of creativity, his fascination with building and his unrivaled attention to detail...
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The Tjin Edition

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It’s the show that every year, whether you’re an industry insider or simply an automotive fiend, you’re no doubt looking forward to and talking about for months. Planted firmly in the halls of the massive Las Vegas Convention Center, SEMA is unquestionably the mecca for gear heads worldwide. Domestic, import and everything in between can be found scattered over miles of red carpet and a crowd that seems to grow larger by the year. One man that never misses the annual event is Neil Tjin.
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Mustang mashup

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What do you do if you’re a Mustang lover and you want something with insane power, but you also want it to be comfortable, reliable, handle great, while built like a Swiss watch? Well, if you’re smart, you call Bodie Stroud at Bodie Stroud Industries, a shop builder who’s earned a reputation for building exactly that type of car. George Russo and his son Adam knew that and decided that Bodie was the only guy who could build the Mustang of their dreams; the GT700.
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The Modern Classic

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A limited-production, mid-engine, 550hp Ford GT that pays homage to the automaker’s legendary GT40 race cars of the 1960s. That’s what you get someone like renowned hot rod designer and television personality Chip Foose to celebrate his 50th birthday. Scratch that. That’s what the founder of Foose Design and star of Velocity channel’s Overhaulin’s wife gets him for his birthday. Ford first introduced what would culminate into the GT in concept form at 1995’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
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Breaking the Mold

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The 2014 SEMA show was seemingly overrun with the highly anticipated 2015 Ford Mustang. Countless vendor featured builds stood proudly on the red carpet in various states of tune - from the ultra high performance, to mild versions with nothing more than excessive visual changes. But just outside the massive Las Vegas Convention Center’s climate controlled halls cracked the fury of 500 screaming horsepower, smoking tires and the unmistakable glory of 8,000rpm blasts. Yeah, it was Vaughn Gittin Jr. behind the wheel of RTR's latest creation.
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THE MAD HAMMER

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Despite all of the rust, the handmade, copper-appointed interior, the art-deco grille, and the hand-formed and fluted exhaust manifolds, Joe Magliato will be the first to tell you that the rat rod that he says once had something to do with a 1935 Ford truck cab is anything but finished. An ornamental blacksmith and coppersmith by trade who specializes not in cars but in residential projects like stylized iron hand-railings and backyard water sculptures, Magliato’s craft is nonetheless evident throughout this old-time chassis.
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The King of Automotive Aftermarket Shows

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There are a few automotive aftermarket shows around - and then there's the world event, the one every important manufacturer, vendor and buyer has to be at: SEMA. Once again taking place at the massive Las Vegas Convention Center (November, 4th to 7th), SEMA is a celebration of automotive aftermarket creativity, and of the cars, SUVs, light trucks and motorcycles that drive a level 10 passion. It's where you'll find more specialty and performance parts and accessories than anywhere else on the planet.
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’66 C-10 Showcase

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Eric Connor and his crew at SoCal Suspension have been working long days, late nights and lots of weekends to put the finishing touches on the newest addition to their stable of creations – a 1966 Chevrolet C10, dubbed 'Showcase.' A build designed to draw people’s focus to the performance and structure of the truck; focusing on the passion and detail that Eric feels often gets tucked away, covered up, or goes unnoticed.
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