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10 THE SHOP OCTOBER 2019 SCULPTURES & LUGGAGE Alan Taylor Company (www.taylormadefit- of Escondido, California specializes in "the exquisite restoration and repair of collector cars." The company's full menu of services includes interior restora- tion, panel beating, metal finishing, paint and body repair, restoration and general maintenance—ranging from work on one car to maintaining collections. A few unusual sidelines add to its bottom line. Over the years, Alan Taylor started cre- ating automotive sculptures. "Art was always one of my passions," he says. "At first, I did them with visual satisfaction as my ultimate goal." Taylor even turned a camshaft into a work of art by painting and chroming it and mounting it on wood. He sold about six of them. Inspired by classic radiator caps and hood ornaments and trophies won at car shows, he then started sculpting stylized, art deco-type cars and has even done sculptures of custom cars for their owners. After years of making custom-fitted luggage for world-class, award-winning automobiles, Taylor also developed a new product line of custom-fitted luggage for all automobiles, vintage, classic or new. These are custom-designed and crafted in unlimited color-matched choices of fine fabrics, exotic leathers and skins to comple- ment or match any automobile. Customers choose from materials, closures and fittings ranging from standard to hand- made sterling silver with unique designs. VINTAGE CLOTHING, PHOTO STUDIO & HAIR SALON In August 2016, Greg Stelse decided to sell his trucking company and buy a building and some land in Waupaca, Wisconsin to create a new business he loves. Now, he is working 9-to-5, seven days a week, to make his vision a reality at Greg's Speed Shop ( Stelse turned the first building into a showcase and put up two other buildings to build hot rods and classic cars. He also bought 80 acres of land on which to build a 1940s-'50s town with functioning car- related businesses like an upholstery shop. Inside the original building is a two- story vintage clothing shop that his wife Leah currently runs. A vintage beauty parlor is part of the clothing store. There is also a photo studio in another part of the building that Greg rents out for pinup girl-style photo shoots. It looks like a living room from the late 1950s or early '60s. All of these lifestyle sidelines fit into Stelse's passion for old-school hot-rod- ding. He seems to stack one idea on top of another to add to the overall success of his shop. Automotive Work & More Classic cars often carried spare tires and fitted luggage on the rear of the vehicle. The Alan Taylor Company is custom-manufacturing fitted automobile luggage today. Alan Taylor developed a new product line to create custom-fitted luggage for all auto- mobiles—vintage, classic or new—as well as airplanes and boats. Krista Peters—a pinup queen known as Candy Girl—tries out the vintage beauty parlor at Greg's Speed Shop in Waupaca, Wisconsin. Greg Stelse rents out his pinup girl photo studio for several hundred dollars per session. It looks like a typical American living room of the late-'50s or early '60s.

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