A while back, our friend Casudi introduced us to Chris Holstrom out of Washington state. He grew up in a gearhead family; his father a professional mechanic and his brothers Mustang enthusiasts. In 2007, he took a leap of faith – he started his own vehicle restoration/customization business: Chris Holstrom Concepts. Have you taken such a leap? How do we, as gearheads, drive change in the automotive culture?
Why muscle cars?
I’ve worked on muscle cars since I was 12. I was indoctrinated at a very young age by older brothers who had Mustangs. My dad was a mechanic and could fix anything with his hands – at least that’s how I remember it!
I was building an old-school ’41 when a friend introduced me to Lateral-G.net and the whole pro-touring movement; it was over! The Ford was sold and I found a ’68 Camaro and begin the transformation.
Why Chris Holstrom Concepts?
I was at a dead-end job that paid really well, but I was getting tired of it. I was managing an auto repair shop for a local dealership. I was turning 40 and knew it was time to make a change to something I truly enjoyed. I begin a transition plans in 2007 and pulled the trigger and went full-time this past year.
Even though we can facilitate complete turn-key builds, we specialize in pro-touring transformations.
How do you see the muscle car culture changing?
Modified cars are hot! People are wanting to drive their cars more than ever before. The aftermarket is supplying the necessary components to transform muscle cars that turned, stopped and handled poorly into corner carving supercars.
How do you see yourself driving those changes?
The young builders coming up through the ranks are incredibly talented. Fresh visions and cutting edge styles are evolving rapidly, probably due to the increase of technology and automotive forums. Build styles are over-the-top cool. My style is clean and simple. Less is always more. Stance and wheels mean everything. I try to envision what the original designer had in mind when he or she came up with the concept before production limitations compromised the final product. For example, the ’69 Camaro had horrible gaps and fitment. It came with bumpers that were too wide and government-mandated side marker lights. A simple treatment to tighten up all the gaps, weld up the side marker lights, and narrow the bumpers might go unnoticed by the untrained eye, but to others, the car will stand out. Fabrication, LS motors and custom suspensions are all the rage.
We hope to hear more from Chris in the future. If something’s worth doing, it’s worth doing right the first time, and a conversation on the phone a couple months back leads us to believe this is exactly how this gearhead rolls.
- How do YOU see car culture changing?
- How do you see YOURSELF driving those changes?