Performance & Hotrod Business - July '15

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HOTROD 54 n Performance & Hotrod Business n July 2015 Mike: He's not done. Jim: I'll keep after it and see if I can make something happen. 4. We're constantly inspired by the amazing build projects that shops com- plete—whether they do body, paint, mechanics or interior. In your opinion, what, if anything, does the automotive aftermarket lack? Mike: We were interviewed by, I think it was the Hot Rodders of Tomorrow. They said, "What do you think the industry needs?" I said, "Interior. People that have a passion to create interiors," because I think it is the biggest downfall in our industry, without a doubt. Jim: And a lot of them are going away. You can't find… I mean, there is an old guy that we grew up with building cars in our (town)… thank God he was down the road from us. He was incredible. He could sew. People would come from all over Wisconsin to have him put their top on their car or their headliners. Great guy and now he's taken all that knowledge with him and he's pretty well done and it's sad. 5. Your latest project, "Recoil," has been described as a "refined racecar." For me, the aspect of the car that most defines that refined racer look is its interior. Can you tell me the inspiration behind it? Jim: I guess what I would say about that is, I've never seen a racecar with a whole lot of stitching in it. We knew that whoever was going to sew the stuff up wasn't going to get rich on this one. There's definitely more bolts than stitches in this one. We try to use the mate- rial at a minimum, just to be able to pad your body where needed on both seats and maybe where you grab the handle to get out of the car. Like I said, I've never seen a racecar with a whole lot of interior in it. We knew we had to take that avenue and use water transfer on the panels to create texture instead of all paint and just doing it a dif- ferent way. I think it worked out. 6. "Recoil's" interior doesn't feature many soft-trim parts, but in many ways you did mimic a traditional interior. For example, the floorboard rises to connect to the roll bar behind the seats, creating the look of a waterfall center console. It does the same in the rear, connecting to the package tray and splitting the back cabin down the center to create the impression of bucket seats. What's more, the carbon fiber roof was designed to look like a one-piece headliner with sail panels. I especially like how the floor- board dons a weave pattern to make it look like there's carpeting when, in fact, there isn't at all. Mike: Oh, you did look at it! The pattern on the dash mimics a fabric texture.

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