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 something...it 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 here...my 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 easy...it 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 here...so 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!