THE SHOP

July '16

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32 THE SHOP JULY 2016 'THE LEADSLINGER' DIES AT 94 Bill Hine's phenomenal 70-year career as an auto customizer has come to an end. Hines died at the age of 94 on May 20. Hines was called "The Leadslinger" because of his talent with old-school lead body filler in the days of the customized "lead sled" cars. Later, he picked up the nickname "Godfather of Hydraulics" after he took a liking to hydraulic suspension systems to lower custom cars close to the ground. Hines was sometimes overshadowed by his collaborators, such as George Barris. But in his later years, Hines began receiving the kudos he had long deserved, including having a custom 1954 Chevrolet featured on the Monster Garage TV show. Read more about Hines' life: shopmag.biz/Leadslinger RECORD BOOK TOPPER Stevie "Fast" Jackson and his Holley EFI-powered Pro Mod Camaro were the stars of the Radial Tire Racing Association Spring Nationals in Denton, Texas. Jackson registered a 3.75-second pass at 201.97 mph to shatter the current radial record and become the first to register a time in the 3.70-range. Rob Valden, Jackson's opponent in the final, gave Jackson a run for his money, registering a 3.80, resulting in the quickest side-by-side pass in radial racing history, according to the Radial Tire Racing Association. Watch the record-setting race: shopmag.biz/FastestPastus NEW LEADERSHIP DRIVING BESTOP Whatever John Larson has brought to the table since becoming Bestop CEO last August, something seems to be clicking. The company recently recorded its best sales month ever. "I want us to be the company that works for the Jeep community; that gives them what they want," he said. Larson was established as CEO of Bestop after Kinderhook Industries bought into the company last year to form a partnership with Magna International. He previously spent six years as CEO of radar detector company Escort Inc., and more than 20 years at General Motors, a stint that included him overseeing Buick, Pontiac and GMC as general manager. Now in Colorado, his new company is aggressively considering acquisition targets. "We're really looking to own this Jeep space on a premium level," he said. Read more of the Larson interview at: shopmag.biz/BestopCEO THESHOPMAG.COM Bestop CEO John Larson previously spent six years as CEO of radar detector com- pany Escort Inc., and more than 20 years at General Motors, a stint that included him overseeing Buick, Pontiac and GMC as general manager. Bill Hines, who died recently at age 94, was called "The Leadslinger" because of his talent with old-school lead body filler in the days of the customized "lead sled" cars. Stevie Jackson shattered the Drag Radial record.

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