Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Christmas and New Years

All of us here at Barry's Speed Shop wish everyone out there a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS and A HAPPY NEW YEAR! We've had an awesome year and are looking forward to the products, customers, and projects the next year will bring us!

Here is to 2011!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Chevrolet's LSIII

One of our customers has been tossing around the idea of putting one of Chevy's new LSIII motors in his ride, and we are all for it.

Several thousand dollars later it was here. Now let me tell you, when you have a shop full of gear heads like we do a wooden crate tends to cause a feeding frenzy.

Never the less, Chevy has outdone themselves with this motor. It comes with every part you could think of to install it and have it run with the first turn of the key. Not to mention that it's a pretty nice piece to look at as well. We will have install videos, photos and tech pieces to come in the following days.

Today we are "unwrapping" our early christmas gift. We will have videos of this as well later today.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010


hear ye! hear ye!

Our new little retail corner in our shop is now up and running! Come out and take a look at it!

I would like to also announce that we are now selling parts from the following companies:

Phenix Industries, Randy Miller Headers, Lokar Performance, Holly, Edelbrock, I-did-it, Flex-a-Lite Cooling Fans, American Racing and Intro Wheels!

Call 951-273-9284 or email to get your order started today!

Turn around times on ordered parts are one day to one week, depending on availability. Don't fret, most items can be delivered to us in one days time and be available for same day or next day shipment or pickup!

Friday, October 29, 2010

Halloween...what to do?

It's halloween on sunday, what are we doing? nothing. the shops closed and I'm sure our employees will be out prowling partys or terrorizing kids tick or treating. I'm kidding, well not about the us being closed part... but anyway.

Lots of projects coming and going this week at the shop, most of them repair and adjustments which is good, we've been trying to beef this part of the business up so we are offering this:

Package includes:

-Tune Up
-Oil Change
-Bumper to Bumper inspection (*Please note that anything we find, we will bring to your attention and if you would like us to fix it, it will be billed separately.*)

All this for $175!

Call or email for your appointment today!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010


Dennis DeCamp and his Barry's Speed Shop built "John Henry" Mustang fastback was named the 2010 GoodGuys Muscle Machine of the Year! We are more than honored for GoodGuys to bestow this title on a car that we built, and beyond excited for Dennis to be the owner!

This is the third "of the year" title we have won under GoodGuys and we are thrilled! In 2000 Richard Berg and his AMBR winning "Impact" won the Street Rod of the year title, and we did it again in 2007 with Dennis DeCamp's AMBR Contender "F-32".

There is talk that Dennis wants to build another car and chase the GoodGuys Hot Rod of the Year award, but we will neither confirm or deny this. :)

To further prove that we don't just build "trailer queens" Dennis has driven his Mustang to every event he's taken it to, and we are pretty proud of that red rocket.


Friday, October 15, 2010

I know I know...don't judge

It's been a while since we posted something...ANYTHING really on this blog deal. We apologize, really, we do.

We have had projects come and go out of our shop, some general repairs, some not so minor, but we are plugging along non-the-less.

I'll post photos tomorrow of the project cars we are currently working on.

Friday, July 9, 2010

What a Week!

As you all know, the Fourth of July fell on a Sunday this year. Banks, the post office and quite a few others decided that Monday the 5th should be a holiday too...but not for us! And it was a good thing we came to work, we picked up 4 new cars to work on because their owners got the day off. The economy is definitely picking up, if the LA Roadster's Father's Day show is anything to go by. It was the biggest and busiest we'd ever seen it and we had a great weekend catching up with everyone. We like to say the Father's Day show is like a homecoming - everyone comes just to see people they only see once a year!

Another new development is we've been invited back to the Optima Ultimate Street Car Invitational held the weekend after SEMA. We'll be taking our new 2010 Mustang, which is getting her "Super Muscle Car" transformation as we speak. I'll post photos as we go.

Monday, June 14, 2010

A motorcycle no more...

I know last time I graced this blog, that I put shame on Chevrolet for making their V6 Camaro sound like a motorcycle off the line. I know that the the environment people keep the newly formed muscle cars from sounding like their predecessors, and I understand why, but when you sound like a yamaharley when you drive away, and you work where I's not exactly the sexiest thing around.

Enter Magnaflow. Their kits NEVER let us down and they are just the best people. period. They have a Cat-Back system for the V6. SCORE! :)

There she is, getting ready for her exhaust.

Ready. set go. This is the ONLY way to get the back half of the exhaust out. I promise.

Notice that I was the ONLY one reading the instructions. (men.)

Unclamp it, saw it, and yank it out.

The Cat-Back V6 system in all it's glory.

Compared to the yamaharley sounding stock exhaust. yikes.

Time to put the Magnaflow system in!!

occasionally, a clamp goes rampant and jacks your glove.

it's not's artsy.

No. This is NOT product placement. However, Magnaflow did provide the exhaust. :)
Gotta give credit where credit is do riiight? Right.

The entire install from start to finish took and hour and a half, which is super quick. The guys made it look easy and simple, which they have said it was. We recommend any of their systems for any vehicle you might have.

You can find out more by clicking the Magnaflow logo below.

Here are a couple of quick videos of the Camaro After the Magnaflow install. I must say it no longer sounds like a yamaharley.


P.S. : My parents bought a 2010 Mustang this last be prepared for the battle royal of Ford vs. Chevy.

Friday, June 11, 2010

the camaro gets stripes...

Well, I did it. I made a five year commitment to a little red Camaro this Memorial Day. As much fun as it was to drive stock, I started seeing myself on the freeway, not in red..but in grey, in black, in white. So I figured it was time to make my Camaro a little different. Stripes right? Naturally. What color? Black.

Ok. Easy enough, I'll get a sticker kit from the factory and it will be just enough different to set me apart from the sea of Camaros stalking the streets. Wrong. Not only do they want $800 for vinyl stripes but EVERYONE and their mother has them too. Solution? Paint them on, after all we do have a paint shop in the same building and said paint shop owner owes this girl a favor or two.

So, it's decided. We paint them on. Why? For one, we can make them any shape, size, or variation that we want. Two, NO ONE driving a Camaro with stripes will have MY stripes.

I like this. ALOT. :)

PPG is our friend, and my friend in this case, which is why we are using their fabulous paint to spray the stripes with.

To anyone wanting to paint on stripes. Be prepared for AT LEAST 3 hours of tape and prep.

This handle will be the downfall of the mob.

SO. everything is taped up, and ready to go...well..maybe not.

Three hours of laying out stripes will do this to you. I didn't ever want to look at blue tape again.

hahaha...If I get fisheyes in my stripes because of you.....

Ok. your safe this time, only cause they had to wipe it off.

FINALLY! paint. Guess what it took mayybee 10 mins. ugh.

Lets not forget the deck-lid Stripes!

40 Mins and a carl's cheeseburger later it was time to pull the tape on the stripes. woot!!

DONE! well, the spoiler is missing, it's painted too..
Now tell me, who has those stripes besides me? NO ONE! I like those odds. :)


Next up on the seemingly never-ending list of things to do to my little red wonder is the exhaust. Chevrolet, I love you, but you should be ashamed to let your V6 Camaro sound like a motorcycle. Shame.

Magnaflow Performance Exhaust is the best, hands down, and we will be installing their V6 cat-back system on my Camaro next.




Thursday, April 22, 2010

Yard Sale!!

That's right, we're having a yard sale. Tons of extra parts, wheels and more are clogging our back lot so Barry says it all goes! Come by on Saturday April 24 from 9am to 1pm and help us find our asphalt again!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Moving Day!

Not for us, but for our paint shop. Barry's been trying to convince Tony and our accountant that it would make more financial sense to move the paint shop into our building, and for five years they've been fighting it...but all of a sudden it's their idea and it's a GREAT one. So now we are condensing our 10,000 sq. ft of cars, machinery and assorted parts and pieces so we can fit the spray booth and all Tony's acoutrements in here. Who knew one could accumulate so much stuff in 5 short years? I see several days of long hours in my future...and another week running into the next. All in all, it will be a move that will benefit all of us, so I'd better go get busy.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010


I don't know how many of you know just how we became "Barry's Speed Shop". From the emails we get, most people think we only do a tv show, but we are so much more than that. Barry grew up in a drag racing family and always loved working on cars. Talk about a kid having a passion for was always all about the cars. I'll have to find some of the pictures of him with his dad and brother and put them up favorite shows them stuffing a big block Chevy in a Nash Metro. By the time we started dating, he'd already had 3 or 4 cars - and those were just cars he drove, not counting the race cars. Our Friday night dates consisted of us working on the race car of the moment so we could go race on Saturday. After we were married, we continued racing until all the local tracks were shut down. That's when we took a look at it and decided to get into the hot rods.

Our business started out in a 400 square foot garage in our backyard, and we worked nights, weekends and holidays to make it all happen. What started out as just doing work for friends grew, through word of mouth, to what we are today. I'm not saying it was was a long, rocky road that strained our nerves, our finances, and at times, our marriage, but we hung in there and today we've feel we've built a damn fine business. We were lucky enough to have the opportunity to do the tv show, and we don't regret doing it for a single minute. Would we do it again? Possibly, as long as it's all about the cars and not about drama...I don't know about you, but I hate all the yelling and arguing that some of the other shows are all about. And it's weird and cool at the same time to have people recognize us. It's one thing to be at a car show and have them do it, because you expect it there, but it happens wherever we are...whether we're in San Diego for the weekend or in Arizona for Angels spring training, or even just out for dinner in a local restaurant - it's "Hey Barry, I love your show!"

We appreciate every one of our fans and customers - without you guys, we wouldn't be here! Thanks to all of you!!

Monday, March 8, 2010

And It's Monday

As I took a look at my last post, it hit me that I didn't really give a lot of info about the event. So here it is:

What is the E-Rod LS3 Crate Engine?

SEMA challenged the GM Performance Parts Team to develop an emission compliant high performance crate engine which could be legally registered in the state of California under the new laws passed to begin in January 2010. The GM Performance Parts Team introduced a California emission compliant LS3 Engine and is now available for immediate purchase as a complete crate engine application.

The team at GM Performance parts are taking this new crate motor on tour around California to introduce it to the public, and our shop is scheduled for May 1st. Please come by and take a look at this new motor, and tour our shop as well! It's free...and you even get food.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Rainy Saturday

Nothing much going on today...rain must be keeping everyone at home. Just wanted to let you all know about another event at our shop - Saturday May 1st we will be hosting the GM LS3 crate motor traveling show...I know sounds kinda funny but it should be a cool deal. We'll have lunch and dessert for anyone who wants to show up and see the newest GM motor...but let me know ahead of time if you want to come so I have an idea of how much to make...

Friday, March 5, 2010

Could It Be?

I can't say too much, but there just might be a new show in the works...we'll keep you posted on that.

Barry and I snuck away last weekend and took a little road trip. As we're driving, he says, out of the blue, "Let's go see where Barona Raceway is". So I pull out the magic phone, get directions, and we're on our way. Now for those of you who haven't been there, it's a loooooong way from anywhere. The directions actually read "Take the road until it ends and turn right". Ok, we did that, and then followed that road until we came to the Barona Resort and Casino, which is a huge, gorgeous complex smack dab in the middle of....nowhere. But wait, the drag strip is 5 miles past the casino. Good thing it is beautiful country...huge oak trees, rolling green hills and impressive homes. The strip was closed, but from what we could see it looks like a cool little track. We'll be making the pilgrimage there with our race car later this year. PS - I really need to get on the ball about keeping my camera with me...could have gotten some cool shots to include here...DUH

Another event to add to our calendar - Saturday June 12, Rods and Hogs Poker Run will be stopping by our shop as one of their checkpoints. This run sounds like it would be a lot of fun - I love the driving aspect of it, way more fun than just sitting in a parking lot with the hood open! Rods and Hogs benefits the Ovarian Cancer Orange County Alliance, and $35 (before May 31st) gets ya a T-shirt, goodie bag and a meal ticket. Sounds like a great time, and it's a great cause too!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Been Way Too Long

Things have been busy around busy in fact we haven't blogged since November. Our last blog was about the GTO we built for the Optima Battery Challenge held the Saturday after SEMA, and Barry and I didn't even get to go! I had some health issues and ended up in the hospital two days before the event and was away from the shop for almost a month. I'm fine now and rarin' to get back into things.

We finished Dennis DeCamp's '70 Mustang for the Grand National Roadster show in Pomona, where the car was so well received it won several awards and garnered numerous magazine covers. I'll have some pics of it next blog.

Some other projects we have in the works now include a '69 Camaro for Toronto Maple Leafs player Jeff Fingers, a '66 Chevelle for repeat customer Kent Matranga, a '68 Charger for Monaco resident (yep, just like Grace Kelly) Mark Traglio and a twin turbo charged '55 Chevy for Kent's dad Bob Matranga.

We do more than just build cars...we maintain them too. At any given time we have a handful of cars in the shop for engine swaps, power windows, air conditioning or just a tune up. If your car's been sitting all winter, bring it by and we'll give it a once over to make sure it's in top shape for the upcoming car show season!

Speaking of car shows, we will be at the Goodguys Del Mar show April 9 to 11 and the LA Roadster's Father's Day show at Pomona Fairplex June 19 & 20. Stop by and visit us!