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Austin Speed Shop

Mar 30th, 2009 | Categories: Americana, Austin, Cars | by Michael Williams

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: 18

18 Comments to “Austin Speed Shop”

  1. JP
    on Mar 30th, 2009
    @ 10:46 AM

    that custom aluminum bench seat is sick.

  2. plaidout
    on Mar 30th, 2009
    @ 11:39 AM

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

  3. lanceunemode
    on Mar 30th, 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.

  4. Michael Williams
    on Mar 30th, 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.

  5. Chris
    on Mar 30th, 2009
    @ 1:14 PM

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

  6. Michael Williams
    on Mar 30th, 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.


  7. JP
    on Mar 30th, 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.

  8. Phil
    on Mar 30th, 2009
    @ 2:32 PM

    What’s the significance of 1963 as the cutoff?

  9. Sean
    on Mar 30th, 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.

  10. JP
    on Mar 30th, 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).

  11. Fender Custom Shop
    on Mar 30th, 2009
    @ 3:05 PM

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

  12. Michael Williams
    on Mar 30th, 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.


  13. SS
    on Mar 30th, 2009
    @ 5:08 PM

    Awesome. That door panel is ridiculous good.

  14. Sam Jacobs
    on Mar 30th, 2009
    @ 5:33 PM

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

  15. Michael @ Baxter
    on Mar 30th, 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.

  16. OZZY
    on Mar 30th, 2009
    @ 7:36 PM

    You guys are pretty smart

  17. OZZY
    on Mar 30th, 2009
    @ 7:37 PM

    I diddn’t realise my 89 chevette was fiberglass

  18. OZZY
    on Apr 1st, 2009
    @ 8:11 PM

    crazy train