By Phil Sasso
“Hot rodding is about more than just owning a vehicle; it’s a lifestyle,” says Kevin Tully co-owner of Hot Rod Chassis & Cycle in Addison, Illinois ). He, along with co-owner Chad Hill built their shop from the bottom up back in 2004 based on this premise.
The shop exclusively builds traditional hot rods or customs from 1964 or earlier along with racecars and dragsters from any era. Not long ago, Raybestos chose the shop to build a promotional 1964 GTO. But Tully feels that along with good work, the shop needs to be part of hot rod culture to be successful.
When you walk in the door, Hot Rod Chassis & Cycle’s show room is basically divided in two. On your right is a parts and service counter where you can talk to the staff about the mechanical side of hot rods. On your left is what I’ll call the “Culture Center”. It features hot rod “swag”-like apparel, magazines, DVDs and CDs. Here you can immerse yourself in the culture.
This unique perspective, in part, sets Hot Rod Chassis & Cycle apart. It also may be what’s kept the shop in business during these tough economic times while several other nearby shops have been forced to close their doors.