THE CASE FOR AUTOMOTIVE WRAPS  BY KATE NG Are paints going out of fashion in the autobody industry? The nitty-gritty of the answer comes down to economics. In terms of application, painting is an extended process. The steps of sanding, priming and layering are done in thin layers over time, finished off with a protective […]


CANADA’S FIRST GASOLINE ENGINE AUTOMOBILE BY JULIA LLOYD Have you ever heard of the Fossmobile? In 1897, the vehicle claimed the title of Canada’s first successful gasoline- engine automobile. “We grew up listening to my grandfather and father tell stories of the Fossmobile,” Ron Foss, grandson of Fossmobile inventor George Foote Foss told Bodyworx Professional. […]

PPG-painted vehicles reap honours at SEMA

SpeedKore Performance in Grafton, Wisconsin, received a Best of Show award from Ford for its superb 1970 Boss 302 Mustang SpeedKore Performance, built for Robert Downey Jr.

Strongsville, Ohio — December 4, 2017 — This year’s SEMA show hosted automotive industry professionals from around the world, with more than 100,000 visitors being treated to displays of custom-built vehicles exhibiting the latest trends in hot colours and advanced finishes. Among the cars and trucks on display were vehicles painted with PPG products, many of […]

Coventry Woodworks restores vintage cars with wood

A 1947 Chevrolet Fleetmaster Woody Wagon rebuilt by Karen Trickett. Karen noted that it was an extensive year-long project with a huge learning curve to boot.

 By Allison Preston Tuesday, November 14, 2017 — Cobble Hill, British Columbia — Coventry Woodworks, a woodworking studio in Cobblehill, Victoria, is no stranger to the wonderful world of cars. Owners Cam Russell and Karen Trickett have decades of experience working with wood, and have found a surprising way to incorporate their love of cars […]

Goodguys Rod & Custom Association announces SEMA Gold Award winners

Prestone: ’72 AMC Javelin AMX made by the Ringbrothers, is one of the SEMA cars awarded with a Goodguys Gold Award. (Photo courtesy of Goodguys)

Las Vegas, Nevada — November 14, 2017– For the fifth year, the Goodguys Rod & Custom Association team has chosen five exceptional vehicles from SEMA to receive Gold Awards. These awards are given to SEMA cars that the Goodguys considered to best show off the latest hot rodding trends, along with an outstanding attention to […]

SEMA in Review: Battle of the Builders 2017 feature

The Top 40 Finalists all pose for a photo op in SEMA Central Hall – at the top 40 event, 10 winning ‘young guns’ were specifically honoured (Photo: Barett Poley)

By Barett Poley Las Vegas, Nevada –November 14, 2017— A panel of judges named Troy Trepanier champion at the SEMA Battle of the Builders Competition, November 7. His winning build was a 1929 Ford Model A Tudor Sedan hot rod, “chopped and dropped” in the traditional style, and painted in clean golds and bronzes that […]

Passion racing at Pfaff Automotive

This year’s winning team was Pfaff Autoworks from Concord, Ontario, with a pink Porsche, inspired by the legendary 1971 Porsche 917-20 ‘Pink Pig’ design.

By Alex Dugas Toronto, Ontario — October 10, 2017 — Pfaff Automotive recently held its “8 Hours of Passion” challenge, where teams of employees from each Pfaff rooftop competed against one another in a budget track-car race. The event was held at the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park Driver Development Track in Clarington, Ontario. Each team […]

Build-Your-Own Education: SEMA Show reveals top courses for builders

Bobby Alloway of Alloway’s Hot Rod Shop will serve as one of the panelists for ‘Builder Peer-spectives: Resto, Hot Rod, Off-Road, Tuner (BD3),’ one of the builder-focused courses at the 2017 SEMA Show.

Las Vegas, Nevada — October 9, 2017 — Custom vehicles are always thick on the ground at the SEMA Show and this year’s event will be no exception. There will also be numerous educational sessions when the show opens on October 31 at the Las Vegas Convention Centre. Some of the sessions available at SEMA […]

Restored one-off XK120 by Pininfarina could be the rarest Jaguar ever

The 1954 Jaguar XK120 SE was unveiled at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in California.

Pebble Beach, California — September 29, 2017 — After a full nut and bolt restoration taking 6,725 hours by world-class specialists Classic Motor Cars (CMC), the wraps came off this unique Pininfarina bodied 1954 Jaguar XK120 SE at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in California, USA. The car was well received by the crowd of […]