It was one of those opportunities you won't want to pass up. A car, a bunch of friends from back home and a day off. And as always a brilliant idea: Let's go to Santa Rosa and visit Vern Tardel.
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To some it's just the old part of town. Some call it the surf ghetto. I for myself think it's some kind of paradise. The Los Molinos business district of San Clemente is the fertile soil for a diverse mix of surfboard shapers, artists, car restorers and other talented craftsmen. One of them is Roy. So, after my little feature of Chad's shop a couple of weeks ago, it was time to visit Roy's garage on my tour through San Clemente.
It's not a Ford. It ain't a Chevy. It's a Studebaker.
Being accompanied by some hot rodders from Switzerland, Roy just jumped on the opportunity to have a few good men at his shop to help him lift the freshly built hot rod body on the frame.
Developing and building exercising machines for a living, Roy sure knows something about design, function and craftsmanship.
And his Studebaker will be rolling proof for his skills.
And every shop needs a shop dog, right?