No LimitsFor over 20 years No Limit Engineering has manufactured and distributed high-performance hot rod components for gearheads everywhere. The company also builds multiple award-winning street rods. Rob MacGregor, the founder of No Limit, recognized the need to educate aspiring automotive fabricators on how to professionally build custom cars and trucks.
Along with longstanding automotive customizing master and friend Mike Queyrel, No Limit Fabrication Schools, teaches three separate six-month, twice-a-week classes in Basic Fabrication, Intermediate Fabrication, and Advanced Fab. The classes are three hours long, with one hour devoted to instruction and two hours of fabrication time in a shop that's fully equipped with the latest metalworking, machining, and customizing equipment. Class sizes are limited to 15 to 20 students, with two instructors per class and teacher aides, all structured to enable a five-student to one-instructor ratio. As fully accredited vocational schools, financial aid is available. Certified Installation Technician classes will also be available for various automotive aftermarket component companies' products, including Air Ride Technologies, Vintage Air, and various IFS and IRS manufacturers. For more information, contact No Limit Fabrication Schools, 909-888-3277, or visit www.nolimitfabschools.com.
Field Trip!The 55th Annual Murray's Discount Auto Stores Detroit Autorama, presented by Meguiar's, will host the 2nd Annual Autorama Educational Day at Cobo Center in Detroit on March 9, 2007. The Autorama will conduct the program to introduce high school and trade school automotive students to the aftermarket hot rod industry. Detroit Autorama features the hottest hot rods, custom cars, and '50s classics, and attracts more than 100,000 visitors yearly.
The decision to continue the program was made after last year's inaugural event attracted over 2,000 students from 46 schools and received positive responses from students and instructors. Part of the GM Performance Parts Show Car series sanctioned by the International Show Car Association, the Detroit Autorama is produced by Championship Auto Shows, Inc., and hosted by the Michigan Hot Rod Association.
"As much as these kids love cars, most of them have never had a chance to experience a behind-the-scenes look at a professional show like the Detroit Autorama," said Bob Larivee Jr., chief executive officer of Championship Auto Shows. "With the help of Meguiar's, Miller Hobart Inc., BASF, and other great sponsors, we're able to provide an exclusive look at how the show is produced and the preparation that is involved. This is an experience they will never forget."
The event will begin with a welcome reception featuring special guests Chip Foose, Troy Trepanier, and Bobby Alloway. These automotive legends, as well as Autorama representatives and various industry leaders, will share automotive stories and answer questions from the students.
Following the star-studded opening, the students will delve into the multi-billion dollar specialty automotive aftermarket industry. The hands-on experience will include access to many of the vehicles on display, show sponsors, exhibitors, and car owners who share the same passion for automobiles.
Upon arrival, the students will receive a wristband that will allow them access to the Detroit Autorama for the entire weekend. Miller Hobart Inc. Welders will provide welders to a select number of participating schools. After the strong turnout last year, the anticipated number is in excess of 3,500. For more information on Autorama Educational Day, call Bob Millard at 248-371-1600. Additional information about the show is available at www.autorama.com.
Pencil It InThe Goodguys Rod & Custom Association will stage 21 events in 2007, including a brand-new event in Chicago as well as a venue change for the annual Great Lakes Nationals. The event lineup features 18 National events and three Get-Togethers at the Pleasanton Fairgrounds.
A brand-new event, the 1st Peak Chicagoland Nationals, will be staged September 21-23 at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Illinois, marking the first time Goodguys have ever produced an event in the Land of Lincoln.
Several milestone events are on the docket as well. The 25th All American Get-Together March 24 & 25 in Pleasanton will celebrate 25 years this spring. The Goodguys PPG Nationals-the world's largest event for vehicles through 1972 vintage-will celebrate 10 years of Goodguys good times this July 13-15 at the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus. The signature Northwestern US Goodguys event-the Pacific Northwest Nationals held in Puyallup, Washington-will celebrate its 20th birthday the weekend of July 27-29 at the Western Washington Fairgrounds.
The 18th Great Lakes Nationals, formerly held in Waukesha, Wisconsin, will move west to the gorgeous summer resort town of Madison, Wisconsin, and will be staged at the spacious Alliant Energy Center grounds the weekend of August 17-19.
In other news, Napa Auto Parts has signed on as the official Auto Parts Store of the Goodguys Rod & Custom Association. Napa will have a major presence at all 18 Goodguys Nationals events in 2007, with special at-event midway displays, special product giveaways, as well as countrywide in-store promotions at participating locations. To join Goodguys, register for an event, or to find out what's going on with Goodguys, please visit www.good-guys.com
SurvivorWhere do all the old custom trucks go? Well, the truth is, everywhere and anywhere, and the sad part is, most of them found their way to that great big scrapyard in the sky without a trace. However, every now and then we hear about a few survivors that live to resurface. The latest truck we've heard about is Chuck Porter's '49 Ford. Built in the '50s, this chopped, channeled, and sectioned hauler was just as ahead of its time then as it is now. Back in the day, the '49 pulled double-duty advertising the Hollywood-based Chuck Porter's Body Shop, as well as gracing the show scene and magazine pages, including the cover of Hot Rod. Thanks to his daughter, Debbie Porter, this custom truck will live to ride again, and the best part is, Debbie plans to put the truck back to the way her dad built it. But enough of that- check out her story.
"My dad had a bodyshop in Hollywood in the 1950s, and two of the cars he built are still around. One, a Mercedes SLS, I could never afford to own, but it has been perfectly restored and is in good hands in Germany; and a 1949 chopped, channeled, and sectioned Ford pickup truck. On October 1, 2006, after many owners since my father, who has passed away, I was able to buy back my Dad's truck. It has had many alterations over the years, and it immediately went into the shop so it was driveable! This truck is very famous, and was featured in many magazines and books in the '50s. I had no idea where to start to find this truck, so I put an add in Hemmings and posted blurbs on every Ford, hot rod, and custom Web site, as well as any car clubs that I thought might remember it. Some people had seen it at various car shows, and one former owner in Oklahoma contacted me, but no one knew where the truck was. I go to Bob's Big Boy in Toluca Lake, California, for car night every Friday night, so I placed a poster in the window of my El Camino with pictures asking "Has Anybody Seen This Truck?" One night a guy said, "I know that truck," and took my phone number. He left Bob's, and 15 minutes later he had me talking to the owner of my Dad's pickup. I went to see the truck, and of course I cried when I saw it. The owner said he would sell it, but he wanted A LOT of money for it. I didn't have the money, but I asked him to give me the first right of refusal when he went to sell it. Meanwhile, I got engaged to another autophile and sold my house. With the proceeds of my house, I was able to purchase the truck. Now I am hoping to do a full restoration of the truck to put it back the way my Dad built it. It's now purple, and it was originally Goldenrod Yellow; it used to have wide-whites and moons, now it has mags."
To learn more about the truck and to see more pictures of it, log onto www.chuckportersbodyshop.com.
It's OfficialSnap-on is now the official tool of the Custom Classic Trucks Tech Center. Our new Tech Center will be exclusively outfitted with the high-quality Snap-on tools that have been serving both professionals and enthusiasts since the company was formed back in 1920. In addition to a complete assortment of hand, power, and air tools, the Tech Center will also utilize Snap-on storage cabinets and even a hydraulic lift for use in installation stories. We are excited by this new partnership and the chance to wrench on our projects with some of the most uncompromising equipment on the market.