Special guest Dave Kindig of Kindig-It Design and the host of the hit TV show Bitchin’ RIDES will appear at the 2017 Hot August Nights event. Since 1999 Dave and his wife Charity have built Kindig-It Design together. A one stop, complete custom shop where autos turn into spectacular works of art. With his engineering degree in Hot Wheels and Legos, Dave and drawing go hand in hand. With Dave at the helm Kindig-It Design continues to turn out some of the most Bitchin’ RIDES on the planet.
Dave Kindig is the owner and Chief Designer of the custom Fabrication automotive shop, Kindig-It Design. Since 1999 Dave and his wife Charity have built Kindig-It Design together. Kindig-It Design is a sprawling 27,000 sq. ft. state of the art one stop custom shop where automobiles are rendered, designed, built and restored into spectacular works of art.
They say car design is an art form with few true masters, but from concept and design to build and finish product, Dave Kindig has led the field with his special skills and vision to craft the most unique one of kind vehicles on the planet.
Dave was born and raised in Salt lake city, Utah and creativity was definitely flowing through his blood at a very young age. Dave started drawing his works of art at the young age of 5. Dave likes to say he has a engineering degree in Hot Wheels and Lego’s, as this is where he started his creative design and ideas. Growing up, Dave would take Hot wheels and chop them and redesign them, he loved to change the color wheels and stance of the model cars.
Dave started his automotive career at high Performance Coatings in salt lake City, Utah for 8 years and was able to travel the US and meet many car builders and designers. He received his first design job from Arizona Speed and Marine designing their 1999 Chevrolet Silverado ASM/SS which was featured in Truckin Magazine. From there his design career took off designing for many car builders and magazines. Shortly after Dave left High Performance coatings to pursue a career in designing and building custom vehicles in his own shop. In 1999 with nothing but $4,700 from his 401k and his determination and a dream, Dave and his wife started what is now known as Kindig-It Design. They leased a 4500 sq. ft. shop in Salt Lake City and they went to work. Today they own that same shop which is now 27,000 square feet and is home to Kindig-It Design world headquarters. The shop today has a state of the art metal fabrication/paint facilities, 4000 sq. ft. show room and offices and a in house upholstery.
Dave and his team have had many accomplishments on the way and so many of their projects have been featured in numerous magazine and TV programs that have received worldwide attention. Dave and his shop became so recognized and respected that Velocity channel gave Dave and his crew their own Television show, Bitchin Rides. Debuting in 2014, Bitchin Rides was an instant hit and put Dave Kindig in the upper stratosphere of celebrity auto enthusiasts. Bitchin Rides follows the everyday work of Kindig-It Design. Dave’s dedicated team of automotive masters have been customizing automobiles for customers across the world since 1999.
Dave is so grateful for his family, friends, clients, vendors and everyone that has supported him along the way. He is an example of someone who set out on a dream, took a chance and accomplished his goals. Dave is completely self taught. He didn’t go to any fancy art school, he didn’t even go to college. But his love for cars and drawing, as well as his hard work, determination and never give up attitude has helped him build one of the top custom automotive design businesses in the country.
Special guest Dennis Gage of My Classic Car will return to Hot August Nights for the 2017 event. Dennis is the owner of MadStache and host of the classic automobile show, My Classic Car. While visiting our cherished event, Dennis will be filming an episode for his series that are aired on Velocity, NBC Sports Network, MAVTV and Rev’n. Dennis is known for his seemingly boundless enthusiasm, his trademark handlebar moustache and the catchphrase with which he ends every episode, “Honor the timeless classics.”
Dennis grew up on a small family farm in northwestern Illinois. He started tinkering with machines early on and purchased his first motorcycle, a Honda 50 at age 12, his first car, a ‘59 T-Bird, at age 15. He also played guitar and trumpet in a variety of rock, folk, and school bands.
He went to North Central College in Naperville, Illinois where he majored in both chemistry and physics. His undergraduate research in quantum physics received an American Chemical Society award. He continued his automotive interest and, through the course of his college years, owned a number of muscle and sports cars. He also kept up his music, playing in local coffee houses.
After receiving his Bachelor’s degree, Dennis took up the pedal steel guitar and started playing in country-rock bands in the Chicago area. He has opened for acts such Charlie Daniels, Waylon Jennings and Dr. Hook. However, after two years, Dennis decided to retire from the music scene and go to graduate school.
He attended the University of Idaho, where he received a Ph.D. in chemistry. While there, Dennis became an avid climber and winter mountaineer. He also finally married his high school sweetheart, Ellen.
After receiving his doctorate, Dennis accepted a position as a product development scientist at The Procter & Gamble Company in Cincinnati, Ohio. There he either worked on, or created, most of P&G’s food products in the 80’s, including Pringles, with which he bears a striking resemblance to the handlebar mustachioed character on the can. Dennis received a number of patents while at P&G. Once again having some disposable income, Dennis got back to playing with classic cars. This is also where he and Ellen had their three children, Emily, Jillian, and Sam.
After 10 years at P&G, Dennis took a position as Director of Product Development at a Bristol-Myers Squibb company in Evansville, Indiana where he led the development of Boost nutritional energy drink, among other products. In 1995 he met the founder of the fledgling Bradley David Productions, Inc., and he became co-owner of the company shortly thereafter. A My Classic Car pilot series, hosted by Dennis, was developed for TNN and received strong ratings when it aired in early 1996. Based on this success, the show premiered as a weekly series on TNN in January, 1997. It hasn’t been off the air since.
In 2000 the show moved to the SPEED channel where it ultimately reached over 85 million households and was one of the highest rated programs on the network. Now in production for its 22nd season, My Classic Car is carried on Velocity, NBC Sports Network, MAVTV and Rev’n networks reaching over 100 million households. In addition, Dennis is the Executive Producer of the motorcycle television programs, Trippin’ on Two Wheels and Corbin’s Ride On, and the reality series, Texas Hardtails, as well as the independent film, Novem.
Dennis and his business partner received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award for Indiana in 2000. He received the Lee Iacocca Award in 2014 and was inducted into the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Hall of Fame in 2015. Dennis has also served on the SEMA Board of Directors, as well as a number of academic and industry advisory boards.
In 2010 Dennis became sole owner of the production company and renamed it MadStache, Inc. With his lifelong love of cars, motorcycles, and the creative process, he states, “This has got to be the ultimate job!”
Justin & Anna established Flyte Camp in 2010. With a family history of travel trailering that dates back to the 1940‘s, Justin grew up with the love of trailer camping. In his earlier years his father Harry, traveled the country with his parents in various travel trailers of all makes & models, eventually becoming an aircraft sheet metal mechanic by trade. As a child, Justin found himself fascinated not only with vintage travel trailers, but especially ones manufactured by aircraft companies. In 1998, with some persuasion, he talked Anna into taking a look at an “old trailer” for sale. She instantly fell in love with the cool lines and mid-century styling of the 1958 Shasta Airflyte that inevitably became their first baby. Justin and Anna have been enjoying traveling in and restoring vintage travel trailers as a hobby ever since. A contractor by trade, Justin found himself spending more time working on trailers than on homes. Flyte Camp was born! They are dedicated to preserving these amazing rolling pieces of art and the vintage trailering experience for generations to come.
Alan’s expertise and quick wit entertain millions and he has been a featured automotive expert on ABC, CBS, CNN, FOX, NBC and others, including over 18 years on daytime’s #1 morning talk show, “LIVE! with Kelly.” Alan lends his expertise on many car and truck related topics for as a contributor to Car and Driver Magazine and a consultant to USA TODAY Network. Alan is also an in-demand guest speaker where his up-beat presentations provide both insight and motivation. Alan is the co-host of Motorz TV, seen in over 150mm households in the USA and Canada.
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Alan Taylor is an entrepreneur, a award winning radio and television host and a 30+ year broadcast professional. As a founder of Benchmark Entertainment in 1995, Alan pioneered the business of creating radio shows as an extension of the magazines and brands they represent. Alan orchestrated innovative partnerships with leading publishers to replicate their content on-air, bringing their brands alive to much larger audiences. Today, Alan partners with the nation’s largest publishing houses. He is, on behalf of the ERN, the host of some of the most popular weekend talk shows in radio today: The Drive with Alan Taylor and Entrepreneur Radio.
Alan produces and co-hosts a new video series in partnership with Microsoft, Business & Burgers, which seeks out the best burger in America with a side of tasty business advice from today’s top entrepreneurs.
Alan Taylor is an advocate and the spokesperson for Patriot Outreach; an organization focused on providing support to all military service men, women, veterans, retirees, government civilians, battlefield contractors and their families. Alan also supports the Little Rock Foundation; an organization benefiting the blind and visually impaired, the Austin Hatcher Foundation for those affected by pediatric cancer, and others.