I am a night owl. The early morning hours when everyone is asleep is such a great time for getting projects done or hearing the silence of the world. Well it is 4 am and I am stuck in a rabbit hole that is respiring my dreams.
I found a show called Car Masters: Rust to Riches. The show follows a custom car garage called Gotham Garage in Temecula California. I have always been interested in cars and business and this show combines both with a splash of creative artistry. The owner Mark Towle and his team do custom builds of hot rods and classic cars. In episode one my attention was grabbed by both Mark's business model and his love of creating cars that are both unique and support the Gotham Garage name.
His business model runs on the idea of trading one project for another project that will make more money. Mark referenced the story of that guy that started trading a paperclip and ended with a house. This has always been a story that has interested me and although the time is not right with the whole pandemic, I have been inspired to try this, like actually trying. I’m going to start with a paperclip and see where it leads me.
Mark has an employee named Shawn Pilot who is his deal finder. Shawn is an optimistic salesman who goes out looking for people that want to make the trades. He is the guy that knows a guy. Watching Shawn work on making deals is exciting because watching products move and bargaining deals is like a game with a rush. It is almost like the stock market but there it is in person.
I also appreciate Mark’s desire for quality in the projects that leave his shop. He wants every project to leave with the Gotham Garage stamp. Also his artistic creativity, with the help of his crew, creates amazing pieces of art. A couple of my favorite projects were their 1954 Ford Thunderbird, a hot rod that had a tequila bottle for the radiator overflow, and the Futura project.
On the car side of things seeing the cars go from rust buckets to these beautiful pieces of art. I have always loved cars and I always will. Seeing the crew take these cars that may have rusted in a field or been sent to a junkyard to be crushed and convert them into beautiful pieces that people will enjoy for years to come. I really enjoy seeing the creative process that they take to make a unique staple on each car.
One of the first pieces that they did was the ‘54 T-bird which had custom pieces built in the shop which left the car looking like a spaceship. They had chrome wrapped the whole car, gave it a red interior and added custom tail lights to give it that retro futuristic look. The amount of detail that they put into each car is amazing and inspiring. One day I hope to have a car that I can customize for myself!
That is all for now. If you are looking for a new show to watch go check Rust to Riches!
Be Safe Be Happy,