Hotrod & Restoration

January/February '13

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Bonowski said. "It will look totally stock on the outside, but inside it [will] have a lot of modern amenities." Bonowski is also building a 1957 Chevy from the ground up for comedian Mike Epps. The car, which will eventually be candy red, will have a Corvette motor, and will be a completely aftermarket car with no original parts. It also features a full custom prototype chassis from The Roadster Shop and many hand-fabricated parts made in-house at Hot Rods & Hobbies. Radio host Mike "Psycho Mike" Catherwood and "Rules of Engagement" actress Bianca Kajlich are also having their cars worked on by Bonowski and his team. Showing Off Call now and see how the new Street Demon can put more cash in your pocket! "I think it's really important to take cars to shows," Bonowski said. "We always do the Grand National Roadster Show and L.A. Roadster Show every year." The shop usually brings about six cars and sets up a lounge area in their booth with couches, so that potential and former customers feel comfortable coming in and hanging out in their booth. "We always take cars that are in different stages as far as progress," Bonowski said. "I think it's fun to take cars like that, so people get to see them in various steps along the way." One car in particular that became a mainstay on the show circuit was the 1948 Chrysler Town and Country woodie that the shop built for Goodguys Rod and Custom Association president Gary Meadors. "We showed that car in all of its different stages," Bonowski said of the woodie that arrived at his shop in "hundreds of boxes of unusable and rusted parts." "That was a tough job. It took about two-and-a-half years to do," he said. The car was such a hit that Bonowski was asked by another customer to finish a 1947 Chrysler Town and Country woodie convertible in a similar fashion. The car is currently in progress at the shop. Whether his customer is a well-known actor, or simply a guy who wants his dream car built, Bonowski knows the importance of building a relationship with them. "The way I see it, if you meet a great customer and have a great relationship with them, you will end up with a great car," he said. "Talking and understanding what the end result is will make the car look as if it was 'meant to be.'" With a Rolodex of well-known clients, and a trophy case full of awards, Scott Bonowski's Southern California shop, Hot Rods & Hobbies, is known for producing eye-catching custom cars of all makes, models and years. HRR 270-901-3346 • Quik-Link: 1-800-306-0133 ext. 12115 2013 January/February Hotrod & Restoration HRR_Jan/Feb13_Pages1-63.indd 29 29 1/25/13 3:13 PM

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