Las Vegas, NV – Custom car stylist Dave Kindig was the recipient of this year’s Goodguys Trendsetter Award presented annually to rising talents in the realm of rod & custom car building. Kindig received the award in front of his industry peers at the Hot Rod Industry Alliance Industry Reception held Wednesday, October 31st during the SEMA Show in Las Vegas.
Fascinated with car designs since early childhood, Kindig worked as a sales and operations manager after high school where he was able to travel the country calling on the nation’s premier hot rod fabricators and designers. After a successful eight year run with that company, he decided to step out on his own in the late 90s to pursue his true passion – building and designing custom cars.
Starting with just a small workspace in his garage, he set out on a path that went from relative obscurity to being known today as one of the top designers in the world of hi-performance hot rods and custom cars. His hi-level projects inclde “THE BOSS” ’65 Mustang, a 1960 Chevy named “Bella”, a ’64 Cadillac for Olympic speed skater Apolo Ohno as well as designing and building the Goodguys 2011 Most Beautiful Street Rod award winner – Harold Wiley’s ‘39 Buick. His Kindig-It Design (based in Salt Lake City, Utah) went from the small garage to a sprawling, state-of-the-art 27,000 square foot facility where Kindig and his team work their magic.
In just over a decade creating automotive dreams, he’s been recognized as “Builder of the Year” at the Boise Roadster Show, inducted into the Utah Hot Rod Hall of Fame (2009) and his cars have received the ISCA’s “Utah’s Finest” distinction 6 years in a row. Dave was also the recipient of the GM Design award for the best GM Hot Rod at the 2007 SEMA Show. He and his team just finished building the Goodguys “Tribute ’32″ deuce sedan which will serve as the Goodguys 2013/2014 Grand Prize Giveaway Car. The Tribute ’32 is a modernized version of the Gary Meadors ’32 Ford Tudor long known as the Goodguys “logo car.”
Past recipients of the Goodguys Trendsetter Award include; Chip Foose, Troy Trepanier, Alan Johnson, Eric Peratt, Tim Strange, Dave Lane, Zane Cullen, Dean Livermore, Jesse Greening, Troy Ladd, J.F. Launier, Phil & Jeremy Gerber and Mike & Jim Ring.
To see what’s going on at his shop, visit http://www.kindigit.com/