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DAVE KINDIG, BITCHIN’ RIDES, KINDIG-IT DESIGNS

(Video from 2017 MSRA’s 50th Anniversary year. Thank you Dave Kindig for being here)

We love those Bitchin’ Rides! And, MSRA is very excited to announce that Dave Kindig, Kindig-it Design, is returning to this year’s Back to the 50’s!! Dave, his beautiful wife Charity who is also the co-founder and Vice-president, and Kevin Schiele (Kevdogg) who is the Shop Foreman and drives that beautiful KindigIt-Designs rig, will be here all three days; and, again this year, they are bringing a couple of those “Bitchin Rides”!

The Kindig-Designs big rig will be located near the fairgrounds main entrance at Cosgrove and Dan Patch. Dave and Kevin will sign autographs on:
Friday and Saturday at 11:00am – 1:00pm*, and 2:00-4:00pm*
Sunday from 11:00am – 1:00pm*.
(*if there is a schedule change a notification will be posted on this webpage and the Entertainment webpage)

Dave Kindig“I am a Hot Rodder married to my beautiful wife Charity and we have two amazing children, Baylee and Drew. I love what I do everyday!”
Dave Kindig – Owner/Designer

Dave started as a young child, drawing cars and playing with hot wheels and turned that passion for cars into the self-taught entrepreneur that he is today. Dave’s imagination and keen sense of style continually produce some of North America’s most beautiful hot rods and customs. Dave continues to push the envelope on what is possible with car design and year after year his shop churns the best Bitchin’ Rides on the planet. 
(They) say, car design is an art form with few true masters. From concept & design, to build and then the finished product. It takes a person with special skills and vision to craft manufactured automotive vehicles into customs. It takes an entirely separate set of skills to turn these vehicles into masterfully designed One Off Custom Car Design fabrication business.

MotorTrend Channel – Season 4, Episode 6 – Land of 10,000 Bichin’ Rides
Website:  http://www.kindigit.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Kindigitdesigns
Facebook: Kindig It Designs
Facebook: Dave Kindig
Instagram: @DaveKindig
Instagram: @Kindigitdesigns


JUSTIN NICHOLS, WRENCH’D (Motortrend TV), Nichols Paint and Fab

MSRA and the Westend Shakedown committee is fired up to announce that Justin Nichols and some of his crew from Wrench’d will be joining us this year!  Now in it’s second season on the MotorTrend channel Justin will be bringing their big rig and a couple of their vehicles along with them!

The Nichols Paint and Fab big rig will be located on Ligget Street just north of Carnes Ave. (Block 39 on Fairgrounds Map) and the Wrench’d crew will sign autographs on:
Friday and Saturday at 10:00am – Noon*, and 1:00-4:00pm*
Sunday from 10:00am – noon, and 1:00pm – 2:30pm*.
(*if there is a schedule change a notification will be posted on the this page and the  Westend Shakedown webpage)

Born and raised in Watseka, Illinois Justin Nichols was a by product of his father a man genuinely connected to the life of fast cars and flashy paint jobs.  His love for anything automotive led to his creation of Nichols Paint and Fab.

In a relatively short time Justin has already accomplished what many fabricators and builders around the world seek from their careers.  Own tv series on Velocity, A three time builder on Spike TV’s Search and Restore, featured twice on Powernation, Justin has become a automotive icon.  His ability and passion to create some of the most amazing hot rods and custom rides to ever cruise the streets of Illinois has become an inspiration for many automotive enthusiasts statewide.

Beyond the Search and Restore TV series Justin’s work has been showcased in Classic Truck, Street Rodder, Raw Bike, Hot Rod, Bagger, American Bagger and Built Not Bought magazines as well as being awarded for many other top of class, Top 20 at World of Wheels Chicago, Street Rodder top 100 in the nation, Top 10 at Syracuse Nationals, Builders Choice, best of show and paint awards.


Recently Justin and his staff won Best Traditional Hot Rod and best in Class with their 1929 Ford Sedan at World of Wheels in Chicago.  Shortly after a chance meeting with Courtney Hansen landed him a interview on Powerblock TV.

Along with  CNC Designer Nick, welder/fabricator/body guy Ziggy, and welder/fabricator Maegan, Justin continues to run his business Nichols Paint and Fab, where he designs and fabricates some of the most appealing hot rods and kustom motorcycles to come out of the state of Illinois.

1960 Chev C10 “Street Slime” SEMA 2017:  Click here

Website: nicholspaintandfab.com/ 
Facebook: @nicholspaintandfab
Instagram: @nicholspaintandfab
2018 Maverick of Color –   Click here
MotorTrend Wrench’d episodes: Click here