We recently came across this eye-catching miniature display seat on the Instagram account of Dane Utech, a talented auto trimmer employed at Customs by Vos. Having built a few display seats of our own and shared with The Hog Ring community why and how to fabricate them, we thought it would be great to hear the story behind this unique design.
With the 2014 SEMA Show less than two months away, Performance & Hotrod Business magazine has published a timely article titled “Industry trade shows — are they worthwhile or a waste?” The piece provides great insight on why you should consider attending trade shows, as well as advice on how to maximize the opportunities they offer.
With the rising popularity of DIY kits, it’s not often that an automotive journalist pens an article about why drivers should take their cars to professional trim shops to have their upholstery repaired. However, that’s exactly what Tom Moor of Angie’s List did in his latest piece titled “Reupholstering your car can be well worth the cost.”
Auto upholstery shops produce a lot of waste — including scrap foam, vinyl, cloth, canvas and leather. While most of it is recyclable, the sad truth is that most of our scraps end up in the trash. Not because auto trimmers aren’t Earth friendly, but because our industry lacks the infrastructure to collect and process the materials in any meaningful way.
Southwest Airlines recently faced a similar problem. Upon upgrading all of its 747 aircrafts with new upholstery, the company found itself with an excess of 80,000 old leather seat covers. Being a multi-million-dollar company, Southwest Airlines had the resources to research and coordinate ways in which it could have the covers recycled. But since it was going to all that trouble, the company figured: Why not do something more inspiring?
While most auto upholstery shops repair, restore or customize car interiors, some also specialize in preserving them. The customers that these shops attract are a rare breed — more interested in freezing their classic cars in bad state than rehabilitating or enhancing them.