Today is the day, rock and roll, hot rods, a raffle to raise funds for the Sacramento SPCA Behavior Dept. Tickets are available at the door for $15. 21+ over inside for the bands, outside is free to all! Culinerdy Cruzer will be dishing up good eats all day, the beer will be flowing courtesy of 805, cool hot rods about and Come meet CJ Ramone, the Guest of Honor! Also on hand, the California Auto Museum and the Sacramento SPCA with demos, information and more!
Doors open 12 Noon
12:30 Public Eye
1 pm Color TV
2 pm Fur Dixon
3 pm Ms. Gearhead Contest
4 pm The Control Freaks
5 pm Infamous Swanks
6 pm Wooly Bandits
For more information, visit the Gearfest Page
Pure Grain Audio has posted an article about Gearhead and Gearfest, as well as some personal reflections by Gearhead owner Rev. Michelle Haunold Lorenz.
Gearhead owner/operator, Michelle Haunold Lorenz, joins us to share her thoughts on the struggles of launching and re-launching a record label and curating the Gearfest festival, and why it’s all worth it in the end.
Gearhead Records began at the turn of the century as an offshoot to Gearhead Magazine, a lifestyle publication that highlighted subcultures such as hot rods, punk rock, and lowbrow artwork. The label paralleled the magazine’s values and tastes, resulting in them being the first US label to break Swedish rockers The Hives and opportunities to work alongside such groups as The Hellacopters, Electric Eel Shock, Lord of Altamont, The Wildhearts, Turbo A.Cs, Riverboat Gamblers, and many more. As the label grew, so did its cult following, which made its way around the world. It was an icebreaker; if you saw someone donning attire with the crossed checkered flag and red logo, read more....
Some great press is starting to run about Gearfest, the alternative punk rock hot rod festival hosted annually by Gearhead. If you're on the fence about attending or maybe just want more information, check out this killer article written by New Noise about Gearfest 2018!
by Jason Mueller from A1 Auto Transport
photos by Michelle Haunold Lorenz
For the classic car connoisseur one of the most important investments you can make is to build a large garage to store your collection. The perfect garage gives you a place to stash your vehicles while keeping them protected, and it leaves you with space to work on your projects out of the weather. Below are some considerations to help you design the ideal classic car garage. Once you do that you’ll just have to work with a local contractor to have it built.
1. Decide on the Size
One of the most important considerations to make about your garage before it can be built is how large it needs to be. You will want to consult with a local contractor to get the specifics on how large, or small, the garage should be to hold the number of classics you own, or plan to own. The main point of a classic car garage is to keep all your high-quality cars in out of the weather. That means you need space for your cars. That might mean having a two or three car garage, but consider how many vehicles you want to house currently, and think about vehicles you might want in the future. Try to plan for the next ten years or longer and get a garage size that you’re going to be happy with over the long term.
2. Consider Climate Control
If you really want to extend the life of your vehicles as much as possible, it’s important to go with a climate controlled garage. When you have a garage that maintains a constant temperature and humidity level, you’ll prolong the life of your vehicle and maintain a better car in the end. Make sure that you have a cooling and heating system in place and some way to manage the humidity when the garage is finished.
3. Consider Gravel
While most contractors will push for a concrete floor, which makes a lot of sense in a heated space, gravel is the better option when you’re storing your cars in an unheated space. That’s because gravel helps control moisture levels more effectively in the space, and will leave you with a healthier air quality in the garage than concrete would. Not to mention that gravel is more affordable, and using it could help lower your building costs.
4. Get a Quality Ventilation System
Most people get a garage for more than just storing their vehicles. If you plan to do any painting, cleaning or working on your vehicle and there are going to be toxic fumes, make sure that you have a high-quality ventilation system. Sure, a ventilation system will increase the cost of your garage, but it will make it more useful as well.
5. Consider Drainage
An effective drainage system in the floor of your garage makes it much more convenient to wash your vehicle in the middle of winter. If you’ll be taking your classic cars out for a spin when the weather isn’t great, adding drainage to the floor of your garage allows you to wash away salt before it has a chance to do damage to your vehicle.
It takes time to design and have a high quality classic car garage built for your specific purposes. Make sure that you have all the important features added to your space and that you have enough space for all your current vehicles and any future ones that you may add. Take your time deciding on the specifics of your garage and you’ll be much happier with the finished results in the end.
Editors note: Don't forget to have fun with your space; personalize it with collectibles and other cool memorabilia!
Goombah's Car Club is once again throwing their Cruise For a Cause Car Show and Food Drive. Head to the Willow Glen area of San Jose at 1319 Lincoln Ave, San Jose, CA 95125 Sunday Sept. 9, 2018 from 9 am to 4 pm and check out the over 700 cool cars, vendors, food and activities. And don't forget to bring some canned food and cash for the raffle with all proceeds going to Second Harvest Food Bank. Last year they raised $18K and over a thousand pounds of food! Special guest of honor this year is the legendary builder Gene Winfield.
Gearhead will have a pop-up store along with other local businesses so come support a good cause and make sure you stop by and say hello! For more information, head over to their website.
Join Gearhead for some hair-raising racing fun Sept. 4, 2018 at KYLE LARSON'S OUTLAW KART SHOWCASE. Presented by Brandt , the event features the World of Outlaws winged sprint cars with the largest purse and biggest kart count of any event in the country! Gearhead will have a booth at The Cycleland Speedway during the races, so come out for some fun and pick up a shirt or two from Gearhead! Gates open at 5 pm
CYCLELAND SPEEDWAY 47 Nelson Road Oroville, CA 95965 530.342.0063
Yup! Gearhead Magazines for only $1 plus shipping! Now until Sept. 3, 2018. No need to enter a code. Just select the issues you want, head to check out and voila, they will be on their way to your mail box, where you can lay in the shade, sipping a cold one and get caught up with one of the coolest magazines around. Shop dog Dooly says "What are you waiting for?!" Go Shopping Now!
Kickoff car week with this free welcome party! Gearhead will join Classic Motorsports on Lighthouse Avenue in Pacific Grove to gather together with amazing cars, cool music, fun prizes and more. The local SPCA will be there with information and cute animals available for adoption.
Tuesday, August 21st, 3–7 p.m.
525 Lighthouse Ave.
Pacific Grove, CA 93950
by Juan Torres
DIAMOND BAR, Calif. (Aug. 14, 2018) -- The SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund awarded $297,000 to 102 individuals this year, including scholarships for current students and loan-forgiveness awards to employees of SEMA-member companies.
"This year’s pool of scholarship winners represents the diversity of interests and disciplines that the automotive industry attracts," said SEMA Board of Directors Chairman Wade Kawasaki. "SEMA is committed to offering support to the next generation of young men and women that will drive this industry for years to come."
More than $2.5 million has been awarded to over 1,400 deserving students since the program's establishment in 1984. The SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund and the SEMA Loan Forgiveness Program are dedicated to fostering the next generation of automotive aftermarket industry leaders and innovators by helping them get off to a successful start in their education and automotive aftermarket careers.
Online applications for next year's awards will be accepted Nov. 1, 2018, through March 1, 2019, at www.sema.org/scholarships.
For questions or additional information, contact SEMA Student Programs Manager Juliet Marshall at 909-978-6655 or julietm@SEMA.org.
SEMA Scholarship Award Winners
Recipient (Institution Name, Major)
Emily Acs (Kettering University, Industrial Engineering & Design)
Blake Adams (North Iowa Area Community College, Automotive Technology)
Gabriel Anderson (University of Northwestern Ohio, Automotive Aftermarket)
Trevor Andis (University of Northwestern Ohio, Automotive Technology)
Elizabeth Avitia (School of Automotive Machinists, Applied Science-Automotive Machining)
Sarah Beardsley (Lake Superior State University, Mechanical Engineering)
Julia Berger (McPherson College, Automotive Technology)
Taylor Bostick (Oklahoma State University, Mechanical Engineering)
Alexandra Broom (Kettering University, Mechanical Engineering)
Bradley Brown (University of North Dakota, Mechanical Engineering)
Arthur Cartwright (Clemson University, Automotive Technology)
Jakub Celinski (University of Iowa, Business Management)
Cole Cerull (University of Colorado at Boulder, Computer & Information Sciences)
John Clark (University of Northwestern Ohio, Automotive Aftermarket)
Ian Clark (University of Wyoming, Mechanical Engineering)
Rene Coddens (Embry Riddle Aeronautical University-Prescott, Mechanical Engineering)
Nathaniel Colena (University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Mechanical Engineering)
Houston Comer (Georgia Institute of Technology, Mechanical Engineering)
Christian Crow (University of Colorado at Boulder, Mechanical Engineering)
Jeremy Curley (University of Northwestern Ohio, Business Management)
Sophia Dancel (Kettering University, Mechanical Engineering)
Justin Davis (Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis, Automotive Engineering & Tech.)
Katherine Dooley (Northwood University, Automotive Aftermarket) *top student
Blake Dunkleberger (University of San Diego, Mechanical Engineering)
Adrianna Dunlap (University of Akron, Electrical Engineering)
Benjamin Falconer (McPherson College, Automotive Restoration / Communications)
Robert Fisher (University of North Florida, Marketing)
Candelaria Flores (California State University, Long Beach, Chemical Engineering)
Liron Fridman (University of Illinois at Chicago, Mechanical Engineering)
Paige Garbett (University of Colorado Denver, Mechanical Engineering)
Spencer Gerren (University of Northwestern Ohio, Automotive Aftermarket)
Alton Henry (North Georgia College & State University, Physics / Mechanical Engineering)
Andrew Hettinger (University of Northwestern Ohio, Automotive Aftermarket)
Kali Holt (The University of Tennessee, Business Management)
Nicholas Huey (University of Northwestern Ohio, Diesel Mechanics)
Almambet Iskakov (Georgia Institute of Technology, Mechanical Engineering)
Andrew Jackson (York College Pennsylvania, Mechanical Engineering)
Andrew Jefferson (Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis, Engineering)
Alec Jobbins (University of California, Berkeley, Mechanical Engineering)
Brent Jones (Brigham Young University-Idaho, Automotive Technology Management)
Trevor Jones (University of Northwestern Ohio, Automotive Technician)
Allen King, II (Prairie View A&M University, Mechanical Engineering)
Dillon Kovar (University of Oklahoma, Mechanical Engineering)
Kenton Kyger (Kettering University, Mechanical Engineering)
Angela Lee (University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, Engineering)
Alexander Lehn (McPherson College, Automotive Restoration Technology)
Zachary Mans (Michigan Technological University, Mechanical Engineering)
Derrick Martin, Jr. (San Diego State University, Business)
Andrew Masters (University of New Hampshire, Mechanical Engineering)
Richard Mauge (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Mechanical Engineering)
Alejandro Mejia (The University of Texas at El Paso, Mechanical Engineering)
Bethany Moler (University of Northwestern Ohio, Automotive Technology)
Dudley Moore (University of Alabama, Mechanical Engineering)
David Nary (University of Akron, Mechanical Engineering)
Thomas Nelson (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Mechanical Engineering)
Brooklyn Noell-Baba (Clemson University, Mechanical Engineering)
Dominic Norko (Northwood University, Automotive Aftermarket)
Hunter O'Gorman (SUNY Institute of Technology at Utica-Rome, Mechanical Engineering Technology)
Connor Osbourne (Purdue University, Electrical Engineering)
Jennifer Oseguera (Santa Barbara City College, Business)
Hunter Pauloski (Minnesota State University-Mankato, Automotive Engineering & Tech.)
Aversa Prentosito (Miami University, Computer Science)
Andrew Rampersaud (University of Northwestern Ohio, Automotive Aftermarket)
Matthew Rippen (Northwest Kansas Technical College, Automotive Technician)
Christina Schneider (Mt. San Jacinto Community College, Automotive Technology)
Blake Serpa (Universal Technical Institute-Houston, Autobody Collision)
Daniel Shanebrook (University of Northwestern Ohio, Automotive Technology)
Andrew Shaw (Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Automotive Technology)
Jordan Sloss (University of Northwestern Ohio, Automotive Technology)
Josiah Smith (Milwaukee School of Engineering, Mechanical Engineering)
Kyle Sonnen (University of Northwestern Ohio, Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technology)
Ethan Stockbridge (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Electrical Engineering)
Dakota Szalony (University of Northwestern Ohio, Automotive Technology)
Robert Taylor (University of Northwestern Ohio, Automotive Technology - High Performance)
Nicholas Tolan (University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth, Marketing)
Jesse Toombs (Pittsburg State University, Automotive Technology)
Dylan Turnbow (Brigham Young University-Idaho, Automotive Technology)
Maxwell Urquhart (Michigan Technological University, Electronics Engineering)
Nathan VanWagnen (Cleveland State University, Journalism)
Mark Vaszary (Pikes Peak Community College, Automotive Technology)
Austin Vawser (Idaho State University, Automation Technology)
Michael Wagner (University of Northwestern Ohio, Automotive Aftermarket)
Shane Walker (Brigham Young University-Idaho, Automotive Technology)
James Watson, Jr. (Coastal Pines Community College, Autobody Collision)
Ethan Wayman (Palomar College, Welding)
Trevor Wells (Ferris State University, Automotive Engineering & Tech.) *top student
Joshua Wilhelm (Kansas State University, Mechanical Engineering)
Aaron Wimmer (NASCAR Technical Institute, Automotive Technology)
Chad Workman (University of Arkansas, Electrical Engineering)
SEMA Loan Forgiveness Award Winners
Recipient (Employer, Institution Name, Major)
Cynthia Bullion (Competition Cams, University of Mississippi, Journalism)
Nicholas D'Orazio (FOX Factory Inc, Georgia Institute of Technology, Mechanical Engineering)
Collin Gentry (Meyer Distributing, University of Southern Indiana, Education)
Christopher Harubin (University of Northwestern Ohio, University of Northwestern Ohio, Marketing)
Steven Kester (Summit Racing Equipment, University of Phoenix, Business)
Jennifer LaFever (Roush Yates Engines, NASCAR Technical Institute, Automotive Technician)
Reuben Latigo (Ford Motor Company, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, Automotive Engineering & Tech.)
Kaylie Null (Truck Accessories Group, LLC, Indiana University-Bloomington, English)
Angel Scharklet (Holley Performance Products, University of the Cumberlands, Business Management)
Sarah Spoto (General Motors, University of Rochester, Marketing)
Justin Steller (Diode Dynamics, Lindenwood University, Business Management)
Kirstin Stone (Radians, Inc., University of Redlands, Business Administration)
Heather Wilson (Kahn Media, California Lutheran University, Graphic Design)
SEMA, the Specialty Equipment Market Association founded in 1963, represents the $43 billion specialty automotive industry. The industry provides appearance, performance, comfort, convenience and technology products for passenger and recreational vehicles. Association resources include market research, legislative advocacy, training and product development support, as well as leading trade shows such as the SEMA Show in Las Vegas, NV, and the Performance Racing Industry (PRI) Trade Show in Indianapolis, IN. For more information, visit www.sema.org, www.semashow.com, or www.performanceracing.com.
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But most importantly, tickets are now on sale for Gearfest! Read on….
We are in the dog days of summer here in the Sacramento Valley. Smoke fills the air from multiple wildfires plaguing the state. It is hot and hard to breathe, so activities outdoors are limited. My daily joy of walking the Gearhead Shop Dogs Dooly, Twix, and Luci is confined to the early mornings when it is still relatively cool.
Vending has been stressful due to the extreme heat but it is also the only way to meet you, the loyal Gearhead customers, face to face, so I pull on my tank top, slather on the sunscreen and head out each weekend to set up a tent and show off the cool Gearhead Brand Merchandise that is available for sale.
There’s a bunch of cool new stuff, including thee limited edition Kustom Kulture poster created and signed by tattoo artist extraordinaire Mike Adair from Electric Boogaloo Tattoo, as well as the new All in Ones (onesies) featuring the Gearhead Logo and the Sparkplug Logo for the littlest Gearhead.
August also means Gearfest 2018 is right around the corner. Tickets are now on sale for perhaps one of the most fun events of the year. Saturday Sept. 29, 2018 from 12 noon-7 pm at The Blue Lamp (Sacramento, CA) we’ll take over the club and the surrounding parking lots to celebrate and rock out. This year, the fundraiser is for the Sacramento SPCA Behavior Dept., who work with dogs and their owners to rehabilitate the animal rather than surrender it.
The Woolly Bandits headline the event this year; you can count on an eye-popping, jaw-dropping show when Christa and band take the stage. Gearhead recording artist TILLI will also be performing, as well as Color TV from LA (check out their track on the Rodney On The Rock Christmas Album), The Infamous Swanks featuring Jen Long from The Merry Widows (and our very first Ms. Gearhead) and the youngest band ever to perform at Gearfest, School of Rock Elk Grove’s house band Public Eye, featuring a revolving cast of enthusiastic youngsters learning how to tap into their inner rock stars.
The whole shebang will include a Blessing of the Cars (bring your favorite ride for a blessing, hot rods, cool customs, traditionals and bikes get rock star parking) and a Ms. Gearhead contest, honoring and validating the women who work hard in this scene but are often overlooked. Proceeds this year go to the Sacramento SPCA Behavior Dept. who to work tirelessly to teach humans how to work with their dogs unwanted behaviors to keep them from being surrendered. Culinerdy Cruiser food truck will be on hand to feel the hungry crowd with gourmet sliders, fries and their mouth watering balsamic glazed Brussel sprouts.
We’re still looking for sponsors so please get in touch if you are interested or have something really cool to donate for the raffle!
Gearfest 2017 t-shirts are on clearance now for the low low price of $10; these way, cool 2-sided garments commemorating last year’s event feature the bold word GEARFEST on the front, and the list of bands and venue on the back. If you forgot to pick one up, or weren’t able to attend to get one in person, now’s yer chance to snag one at this discounted rate while supplies last!
Make sure to follow Gearhead on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or Pinterest for show and product updates as well as cool pics from the past and live video. Don’t be the last one on the block to one to get the behind the scenes scoops!
Finally, mark your calendar for other upcoming events where the Gearhead pop-up store will be: Cruise-in Monterey, Beers and Gears in Davis, and Grudge Fest at Sacramento Raceway.
Till next time, keep the rubber on the road,
Rev. Michelle Haunold Lorenz
Rock 'n' Roll/Automotive Journalist, Influencer, Editor and Publisher of Gearhead Magazine,