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How did Dave Kindig go from Utah obscurity to being the star of Velocity Network's popular TV show “Bitchin Rides”?
Well it all started with Lego’s and Hot Wheels. You see, as a kid Dave would come up with these wild car designs using Lego’s or he’d modify a Hot Wheels by chopping the top and hand painting a radical paint job. In fact one of his first real world projects was a VW bug where it’s most notable modifications were ironically a chopped top and a radical paint job.
Dave worked on the side modifying cars but for a little over 8 years Dave’s day job was working at High Performance Coating (HPC) where he came in contact with a lot of people in the hot rod industry. A long the way Dave began to sketch out some of his ideas and he got pretty darn good at it.
All the while his prolific mind never stopped churning out unexpected treatments for modifying hot rods, most of which he’d bring to life with his very detailed, unique sketches. The walls of HPC were soon adorned with so many of Dave’s drawings that some referred to HPC’s headquarters as Dave’s “private gallery”.
It was one of those renderings that caught the eye of a Rod and Custom magazine representative that was visiting HPC. He ultimately commissioned Dave to do a Kindig rendering of a special edition Chevy Silverado for his magazine, and that started the ball rolling.
It occurred to Dave that since people seemed to like his renderings so much, maybe he ought to think about starting his own business actually building them. He had $4,800 in his 401K, cashed it in, & thus was spawned Kindig - It Design. It consisted of Dave, a “tee-niny” garage, and 2 helpers.
Fourteen years later Kindig-It Design occupies a state of the art 27,000 square ft. shop that employs 21 people many of whom in varying degrees are featured on “Bitchin Rides”.
But the real stars of every show are those brilliant hot rod creations that come roaring out of the back roads of Dave’s pulsating mind - unexpected, elegant, understated, museum quality hot rods.
In the final analysis even though he looks like a teenager with a crazy beard, Dave Kindig is certainly one of the nicest, most talented hot rod builders around!Read More