so cal speed shop

I just heard of the passing of Pete Chapouris founder of Pete ‘n Jakes, builder of the California Kid coupe and ZZ Top Eliminator coupe among others. He also was responsible for the building of numerous record setting Bonneville cars.  He partnered with the legendary Alex Xydias to reform So-Cal Speed Shop in 1997 and was inducted into countless Hall’s of Fame for both his building and manufacturing skills.  His talents were extraordinary and his influence in the hot rod world was enormous.  I’m proud to say that I knew him.