The Houston Autorama over Thanksgiving weekend was a huge success! It was a great time and good to see everyone that made it. Variety was the name of the game. There was truly something for everyone. Our pal and talented photographer John Jackson of Not Stock Photography shared with us some pictures of the weekend. See what you missed out on if you weren’t there…….
Francis Reissig passed away Friday morning December 4th, 2009 at 6:50 am. He was 94 years old. Mr. Reissig meant a lot to us at the Austin Speed Shop, more than he’ll ever know. I think about him literally every day. We didn’t know him very well directly, but did have the honor of meeting him a few times, and we’ve had the pleasure of getting to know one of his son’s Skip very well. Here is a brief segment of Mr. Reissig’s history and how it became intertwined with the Austin Speed Shop:
SafePlace Is celebrating its achievements with GSD&M this month and is having a benefit Charity Auction. Our good friend Dave Rockwood called over and asked if we could help out with a donation. After a little brainstorming we called our pals over at Fender Guitars Custom Shop and in no time a rockin’ creamy white Stratocaster showed up at our door. We had it pinstriped with some tasty licks by Dart…..who is one bad mofo when it comes to striping. It looks great! Thanks to everyone who pitched in and glad to be a part of such a wonderful cause!
Jesse James came by last week and took some pictures while he was at the shop. His photography is really impressive. Seeing the shop through his lense made me think about how lucky we are to be doing what we’re doing.
Cars and Guitars…….they’re like Peanut Butter and Jelly. The NAAM Show in Anaheim, California is the big show for the Music industry much like SEMA is to the automotive industry. Our pal Mike at the Fender Custom Shop asked us to help them style out their NAAM booth this year with some Austin Speed Shop goodies. We’re taking care of the decor and seating, and our friends at Sucker Punch Sallys are building a custom bike to throw in the mix.
THEM! Car Club’s Texas chapter put on The Invasion car show earlier this month. It’s always fun to be at a car show in its first year and have the opportunity to watch it grow. These guys really had it together and put on one heck of an event! We took the ‘55 Chevy and were VERY proud to take home 2 of the coolest trophies ever made. They’re constructed from the guts of an old blown up Ford transmission. We brought home Best Paint AND Best of show! What an honor. Thanks to THEM! Texas for all of their hard work. We’ll be back next year.