Austin Speed Shop

As mentioned in the SXSW photo diary, the Austin Speed Shop was an amazing place to visit on my trip to the Texas capitol. Mr. Cory Moore — who is part owner — was kind enough to give me a tour and let me take a bunch of photographs. The Speed Shop is a partnership between a group of hot rod fabricators and craftsmen, with Mr. Jesse James being the most well known. The shop specializes in hot rods and all sorts of other pre-1963 rides. While I was checking things out there were some great looking cars being worked on. Plus, behind the garage there is a cool graveyard of rusting old rides awaiting a rebirth. If you are visiting Austin anytime in the near future make sure to stop by the Speed Shop and take a look around.


In addition to Mr. Moore’s other businesses, he recently opened a cool little men’s and women’s retail shop on South Congress called Luther’s.


Comments on “Austin Speed Shop

    JPon March 30, 2009 @ 10:46 AM:

    that custom aluminum bench seat is sick.

    plaidouton March 30, 2009 @ 11:39 AM:

    Ditto, JP. Everything about that door, too. Hardware, leather, stitching. It all works magnificently.

    lanceunemodeon March 30, 2009 @ 12:27 PM:

    Love the shots from the “graveyard” . . . they’re full of potential. What model of camera do you use? I’ve been wondering for awhile now and thought I’d ask.

    Michael Williamson March 30, 2009 @ 12:46 PM:

    I shot those photos with two cameras (don’t ask why). A Leica D-LUX 4 and a Nikon D-300.

    Chrison March 30, 2009 @ 1:14 PM:

    Interesting aluminum bench seat but holy crap imagine hot hot it would be in the Texas sun.

    Michael Williamson March 30, 2009 @ 1:17 PM:

    That seat is from a Hughes airplane. I tried to take a photo but it came out shitty. That particular car has a roof, so I don’t know how hot it would really get.


    JPon March 30, 2009 @ 1:56 PM:

    aluminum is known for dissipating heat very well. I don’t think it’s an issue. it’s actually a very good choice- but a lumbar pillow would be nice for us old farts.

    Philon March 30, 2009 @ 2:32 PM:

    What’s the significance of 1963 as the cutoff?

    Seanon March 30, 2009 @ 2:46 PM:

    The cutoff is normally pre-’65 as that is the year Detroit stopped making steel bodied cars.

    Not sure why those guys do pre-’63. Or I could just be off on my years.

    Damn..this makes me miss my ’64 Nova. 383 Stroker small block. Hauled ass.

    JPon March 30, 2009 @ 2:58 PM:

    Aside from the aesthetic piece- another reason is probably as straight-forward and simple as paperwork.

    If you’re chopping and fabricating cars from parts, etc., pre- 1963 cars would be more preferable, as the title requirements for cars dated after Jan. 1, 1963 are much more demanding (it’s a major cut-off date for most DMV’s, I believe).

    Fender Custom Shopon March 30, 2009 @ 3:05 PM:

    Dem boys must be hopped-up on sumpin’!!! Most Bueno! FCS

    Michael Williamson March 30, 2009 @ 3:12 PM:

    I may be slightly off with the pre-1963. I was pretty giddy when I was asking the questions. Let me circle back on that.


    SSon March 30, 2009 @ 5:08 PM:

    Awesome. That door panel is ridiculous good.

    Sam Jacobson March 30, 2009 @ 5:33 PM:

    Looks like the inside of my garage…minus the Rolls and the Aston.

    Michael @ Baxteron March 30, 2009 @ 7:12 PM:

    Nice peek inside – the smell of oil, welding, gas, rubber and leather is a nice blend for the senses – it all adds up to horsepower.

    OZZYon March 30, 2009 @ 7:36 PM:

    You guys are pretty smart

    OZZYon March 30, 2009 @ 7:37 PM:

    I diddn’t realise my 89 chevette was fiberglass

    OZZYon April 1, 2009 @ 8:11 PM:

    crazy train

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