For a job that I only worked for 4 years of my life, my love of hot rods, and V8 engines was in place long before I worked for Lee Bumgardner, and is still in place to this day. After working on hot rods for 4 years I pretty much burned out on them, being burnt by welders, shocked, inhaling exhaust fumes, and the rest of the chemicals that go along with the auto industry, I had reached my limit and needed a change. Being a technical guy, I moved into computers and while working for Zoomers attended night school and earned a MCSE Certification. Having left Zoomers employment, I still remained friends with Lee and my colleagues at the hot rod shop. Recently Lee finally got his web site up on Google sites, and his administrator gave me a log in so I can start creating blogs about the cars that Lee has documented for some time with photos, but never gotten around to posting on the web.
My association with Lee and Zoomers Auto had a profound effect on my life. While working at Zoomers building car after car, making each and everyone of them into a work of art, it dawned on me that there was nothing in the world that I couldn’t do if I put my mind to it. The complexity and detail that it takes to build a show car from frame up is something that I mastered in my few years with Lee. Having the drive, and capability to build those cars gave me a confidence that has been with me ever since, and has carried over to the rest of my life, and my work in other fields. One of them being this website. Believe me, as complicated as it might seem to put all the pieces of a website together, advertise it, SEO optimize it, and write and publish out on the web advertising and driving traffic to your site, those tasks seem easy compared to building a whole car.
I love it. Fun on the web with hot rods, I’m going to be posting the blogs on my site as well as Zoomers site. The pictures I have to work with date back to 2002, prior to that the technically challenged owner of Zoomers didn’t have a digital camera. He also has volumes of pictures from the 13 years of cars built by Zoomers in 35mm format, and if I ever run out of things to post I can always start scanning from the archives.
Zoomers Automotivee has been in business for 22 years restoring, building, and customizing some of the most beautiful hot rods in the world. He has had more cars featured in magazines than I can remember, the list is long, and includes all the top publications in the industry, names like Hot Rodder, Street Rodder, Rod and Custom, Car Craft, and more. February 2011 Lee added another car to his long list of achievements with a write up and photos in target=”_blank”>Street Rodder Magazine! Lee has even been referred to as the Chip Fooze of Colorado. His innovative and imaginative designs have made him and Zoomers Automotive one of the most respected builders in the United States, and quite possibly the world.
So if you have come to my site to see pictures of cool cars, learn about the hot rod industry and see the work involved in building custom cars and hot rods, then book mark my page and stay tuned, as I grow my site working with write ups from one of Colorado’s renowned hot rod shops.
I’m proud to have worked for Zoomers Automotive and to be counted as one of the few people that Lee would hare back to build cars, and I’m excited to have the once in a lifetime opportunity to publish and write about the cars of Zoomers Automotive!