Upon arriving we were greeted by Michael Cooper and given a personal tour of his studio. Many readers may remember the Tubester pick-up truck with its unique header system and wooden insert in the bed. Michael built that truck in 2001. His real passion and main focus is very unique works of art that combine creative wood carvings, laminates and metal crafting to become amazing visual statements. Each has its own story and Michael was good enough to spend time and give us some background on each piece. It was definitely sensory over load and everyone enjoyed the stop at Michael Cooper’s studio.
From Sebastopol it was a short drive to Cotati Speed Shop in Santa Rosa. Zane Cullen and the crew at Cotati were the folks who built this year’s Road Tour pick up. Formerly know as Creative Concepts, these folks have been turning out award winning vehicles for a decade. Zane was recently inducted into the Grand National Roadster Show Hall of Fame and is one of it’s youngest members. There were many projects in the works at Cotati and crew were very helpful in answering questions about each of the vehicles in the shop. The 23,000 miles on the odometer of this years Road Tour vehicle is a tetement to the fact that Zane and the Catoti crew can build vehicle sthat can go as well as show.
It had been a fun filled day on the Sherm’s Custom Plating Tour and it was just the beginning of our week on the road. Monday we are scheduled to visit Steve Castelli and see his amazing collection of automobilia. After Steve’s we will see the car collection of Al Engel in Richmond, California and end our Monday at the shop of Steve Moal in Oakland. Check back here for all of the updates as the Sherm’s Custom Plating Tour makes it’s way to the HNRA California Hot Rod Reunion.