Custom Instrumentation


New “Retrofit” Gauges by Con2R


So often we look inside an awesome custom or hot rod and see the same digital gauges with a black face and no design, or, it’s a cookie cutter gauge design that “looks retro”. At the recent SEMA Show we found a fresh new look with Con2R’s custom instrumentation.

We spoke with Bob and the boys at Con2R about the “Retrofit” gauges displayed.

“When we went looking for instrumentation that was appropriate for our 1964 Ford ‘PH100’ project, all we could find were the same old ‘needles in a pre-sized can.'” Said Bob.

So as is the case with everything they do at CON2R, combining their creative and technical capabilities to develop their own instrumentation – complete from the working components to the one-off raised lettering and dimensional faces to the domed glass and backlighting – that fits aesthetically and functionally. Using the original panel and gauges as their guide, they create a complete set of instrumentation that appears to have come direct from the factory when the vehicle was built.

If you don’t like what you see in the catalogs and want to do more with your gauges, give Con2R a call. They enjoy the opportunity to put their talented crew to work for you to create instrumentation that is yours and yours alone.  Check out some of the other instrumentation they have built in their Instrumentation Gallery.

Make A Statement with DynaBuckle


Dynabuckle640Have you been searching for a custom metal shop to build just the right piece to finish off your ride. Imagine a custom emblem or dash bezel. Maybe you are planning an event. Can you picture a custom medallion for your show? Club plaques have made a great comeback. What would your members think if they could wear the plaque on their belts? We have just the right place for you.

Enter DynaBuckle

For over 40 years, DynaBuckle’s team employs the lost art of American Craftsmanship, to create your item that will endure both time and impression.

No order is too big or too small from stock retail pieces to fully custom designed items. Each piece is finished by hand, by our craftsmen, in-house, in the U.S.A. Whether it is a piece of jewelry for your car, a custom award for your show or a symbol of pride for your club, DynaBuckles attention to detail, excellent customer service and quick turn around is sure to impress.

Bring your imagination, and we will bring our artistry. Visit:

Rocket Strikes at 17″


Rocket Strike delivers more visual impact with new larger diameter

Photos and Story by Rocket Performance Machine
The word “striking” is defined: to make an impression on the mind, senses, as something seen or heard; attractive, impressive. Upon its conception, the Rocket Strike, defined itself as an unmistakably, classic wheel that commands attention. Since its debut in 2010, the Rocket Strike has driven everything from Muscle Cars to Lead Sleds and Hot Rods, cross the globe. Now, the Rocket Strike is making impact again with all new larger diameter sizes: 17×7 and 17×8.   There is no better way for you to deliver a bigger impression and visual impact than increasing the wheel diameter with the new sizes of Rocket Strike.  The new 17″ diameters will be available Spring of 2016.
The award-winning Rocket Strike defines hot rods, muscle cars, and classic trucks with clean, timeless lines and finishes.  The Rocket Strike is touted as the perfect boulevard cruiser and is available in Fully Polished, Full Satin “As Cast”, and the custom RPM 7 finish – a nod to the classic, gold Dow 7 coating of the 60’s and 70’s.
The Rocket Strike wheel offers a longer center cap tower that resemble push through center caps of wheel designs of the 60’s. The Strike Series wheels are precision-crafted from cast one-piece A356 aluminum and topped off with a vintage style aluminum o-ring center cap. Add Rocket Vintage Knockoff with thread-on adapter and bullet lug nuts for the perfect Rocket Strike accessory.

Scratch This


A Blacktop Book Review:

Featuring the scratchboard art of BOMONSTER


Self-published book that starts off with a bang! Visually and verbally as we open the cover to find a cool review of the cover image; “Bolts”. This sets the tone to a personal visual dialog with a creative artist who pays homage to the men before him. Most importantly his father.

I expected the book to be like most artist tomes, as a chronological portfolio. Instead, the pages tell different stories from BOMONSTER’s past, his friends and of course the incredible rides. The pieces are assembled like the loose hardware in your pockets. Dimes and washers, cotter pins and pennies, the commodity of the working man. Who knows what he will pull out next.

Ever since I first met BOMONSTER at a Mooneyes X-Mas party, his polite smile and gentle voice shared the passion he has in the industry and in art. He is quick to show his appreciation of his fellow artists and vendors who have helped him to present his work in a professional and effective manner. Mrs. BOMONSTER is always a pleasure to see at shows and events.

This book is similar to seeing him at a show. The work welcomes you with open arms to learn more of the subject, the process and the culture. Get this book! You can follow BOMONSTER on your favorite social media site or visit his website at

2015 SEMA Show Recap

Recap Trailer of the 2015 SEMA Show

T-Bone, Billy, Travis and John run the show to find new trends, and meet new friends.

Whew! What a crazy week that was. Billy and I left a bit late from the homestead so we didn’t get a chance to stop at KC’s Fool Service Garage museum on the way out to the SEMA Show. Next time. We arrived in the valley in time to check-in and get our media passes for the show start the next morning.

We set out with a couple of missions: Find cool new products. Discover trends in the industry and help some of our design and marketing clients to get exposure.

I rolled up early to set up our banner and hit the New Products awards breakfast. Congrats to Shawn Gibson for their Best New Powersports Product, their 2016 Yamaha Dual Exhaust. We will be presenting highlights on many new products from the SEMA Show in the coming weeks. C10. What’s with all the Chevrolet C10’s? Dang. They were all over the place, in every hall. The big ticket item for aftermarket parts these days I guess. We will be sharing some of our favorite rides from the show like Mark Johnson’s gasser: The Tire Fryer.

We didn’t notice any other big trends going on besides the influx of C10’s. A lot of the same products from two years ago, however with expanded line offerings. Almost every motorcycle in the show had one of them big stupid wheels up front. Sorry to offend, but these bikes are like cartoons. I haven’t seen one with a big 300+ rear wheel yet, but I am sure that is coming soon. My prediction on the future trend in motorcycles will be a reversion to the baggers of the 60’s with all the lights and accessories on them. They will be welcome with open arms here at Blacktop away from these crazy-ass “choppers”.

Yet I digress, for this show, the most outrageous the more appropriate. It is Las Vegas after all. It was a nice respite however, when we ran into a mild custom or subtle restoration among the clutter of craziness.

We met some great people, collaborated with awesome friends and mourned at the loss of an icon. There was a cloud over event as we all thought about how George Barris touched our lives. It was two years ago when I watched him get inducted into the SEMA Hall of Fame. This year I am grateful for my friends Sheila Perkins and Dennis Gage for inviting me to sit at their table as Dennis was inducted this year in the SEMA Hall of Fame.

We hit each mission and will be sharing the results in the near future. We will be installing a Kleinn Air Horn on my Harley, and a sweet Custom Autosound system in the ’56 and more. Stay tuned.