ARMO General Membership Meeting and Panel Discussion: Trends in Restoration
Recorded On: 06/14/2022
Restoring a classic car is unlike modifying any new vehicle on the road today. With dozens of models that can be restored in different ways, staying informed on new trends and build request types can help businesses expand their customer base, as well as creative wit.
Moderated by Todd McClure of The Stop Shop, this panel discussion featured builders and business owners at the forefront of auto restoration sharing their take on current trends.
Join Lou Santiago, host of Garage Insider TV on YouTube; Amy Fitzgerald, owner of Cool Hand Customs; and Douglas Glad, head of editorial at Hemmings, as they answered the industry’s most pressed questions on:
- Top restoration trends for hobbyists and businesses
- What’s hot and what’s not at car shows
- Where restomods and EVs fit in the restoration world
The panel will be joined by the ARMO Select Committee as they discussed the current state of the automotive restoration market and the council’s current initiatives.
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Rattletrap Productions, Inc.
Stacey David is the person that every car guy wants in the garage to help on their project. With decades of experience working in restoration and hot rod shops, over 20 years on national television, and two hit TV shows to his credit, Stacey has been showing people how to build cool cars and trucks for a long time. Stacey’s mechanical abilities and fabrication skills have made him one of the most trusted and respected custom car builders in the world today. His incredible work and positive influence have earned him many awards and accolades from the automotive industry over the years, and he continues to work hand in hand with the OEM’s and aftermarket to keep new vehicles and parts in front of the gearhead public.
His current TV series, STACEY DAVID’S GEARZ®, is now in its 17th season with millions of viewers around the world. It features incredible project vehicles, historical pieces, as well as simple tips and tricks, all wrapped in Stacey’s contagious passion and humor for what he does. Known as “America’s Gearhead”. He is the definition of the “REAL DEAL.”
Hot Rod Builder / Shop Owner
Goolsby Customs Inc.
Growing up in Hueytown, Al, a hometown known for Nascar favorites made it easy for Jonathan Goolsby to find his automotive passion in racing and customizing cars.
Jonathan has been customizing anything he could get his hands on for more than thirty years. Starting at home in the garage then as the head painter for the local Chevrolet dealership for more than twelve years. During this time many friendships were born and custom cars built for both a growing customer base as well as many of his own personal vehicles. In late 2004 the allure of owning his own business along with the realization that in order to continue the quality of craftsmanship he decided to open Goolsby Customs. With over 15 years of attending and displaying at events Jonathan and his team have won top honors like Street Machine of the Year and the Mothers Shine Award at SEMA.
Chief Operating Officer
Scott Parker is the Chief Operating Office at Power Automedia, the leading source of enthusiast automotive media with eight digital magazines. He is also a father, husband, lifelong student, automotive enthusiast, and a New Jersey native that calls Southern California home. Scott holds a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Rutgers University and an MBA from the University of South Florida, and he’s been on the ground floor of the automotive media transformation since the early aughts. He’s published hundreds of articles, even a few books, built many successful project cars, but what he finds most fulfilling is the feeling he gets behind the wheel.