Aaron Groesbeck and Brandon Flaner are the incredibly talented builders behind East Bay Speed & Custom. In this interview I went out to their shop in Concord, CA to talk with these two about their most recent project Mickey’s Mouse, a hot rod with deep roots in the Bay Area show scene from the early 60’s. The conversation gives you a pretty good insight into how these young guys are putting out the amazing work that they do, and why legendary custom car builders Art & Mickey Himsl trusted them to handle the restoration of a car so important to them. Aaron and Brandon have a great reverence for tradition and are overflowing with hot rod and Custom car history, so it was great to hear what’s important to them and what goes into a East Bay custom. We touch on just about everything in this interview from what draws them to the type of early Ford customs that the shop is known for, how they got started working on Hot Rods & customs, and what makes the Bay Area such a great place for the community of custom car builders. This interview was a ton of fun, and I can’t wait to see what rolls out of their shop next. Recorded 2/24/16 in Concord, CA
My rage is quiet, it seemed to have slipped out of bed hours before me and circled the house before I awoke. I found my rage sitting silently in the bathroom, seeping into the broken tiles, lurking behind the peeling wallpaper. I thought I saw my rage hiding in the bare cupboards, in the maggots in the rice, the eyes on the potatoes that grow completely unswayed by their lack of earth. I go to turn on the stove but my rage snuffs the flame. Not today. Today you don’t get comfort. Today I win, today I control you.