A new episode of V8TV airs next week, and this time, we're taking you on a trip to the Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals in Chicago!   This is THE premiere Muscle Car show in the world, and we're dedicating several epsiodes of V8TV to checking out the cars and themed displays at the MCACN show.   You won't want to miss it!  Check http://www.v8tvshow.com/airtimes for channel and airtime info!  Book your trip to the 2017 Muscle Car and Covette Nationals at http://www.mcacn.com today!
 
MUSCLE CAR AND CORVETTE NATIONALS
November 18 & 19, 20176
Donald E. Stephens Convention Center
5555 N. River Rd
Rosemont, IL. 60018
We recently recieved a very cool email with a fantastic rendering of the '66 Ford Galaxie 500 7-Litre restored in our shop a few months ago.     The letter read:
 
Boy do I love a 7 Litre Galaxie. My name is Paul Eric and I'm an automotive artist living in Las Vegas. 
Saw the cover of the June issue of Hemmings muscle machines and flipped for that beautiful hunk of heavy metal. Inside of 30 minutes I was at my drafting table laying out this illustration! Thought I would share it w/ you. 
Thanks, and rock on!
 
Paul Eric
 
We were flattered and astonished by the artwork, and wanted to see more.    Luckily, Paul sent us more!
 
Hello Kevin
 
Thanks for taking the time to view my drawing. I appreciate your complements!
attached are a few of the 50 or so renderings I've completed in the last few years.
The images are approximately 22x28. I have a reference photo from a magazine or book in my archive file (an actual print)
I'll use a piece of color keyed Canson paper, lay out the drawing with an ordinary pencil. then finish out the details & reflections w/ colored pencils. About as low tech as can be! A lot like me!
 
Kevin, I am a complete cyber moron... no website, no social media. Just my android phone w/ a fantastic camera that I capture the original art with prior to framing. A few of these are commisioned by car owners, mostly I draw for myself. The cars take about 35- 40 hrs. to complete. About a month to finish. I have a great interest in corresponding with you about my craft, and "putting it out there" Fortunately, I work with graphic designers, media experts and photographers that can help me get up to speed! (DBDvegas.com., An event co.) Thank you again for your interest, It was great to hear from you. 
 
Best wishes, Paul Eric.
 
We hope that sharing these will help Paul get the word out about his craft.   Feel free to contact us if you'd like his info for a project of your own.
 
 
1964 Plymouth
 
64 Mercury
 
Mach 1
 
 
 
Rev'n on Roku
Chattanooga, Tenn. (September 7, 2017) – Rev’n, Luken Communications’ automotive broadcast offering, has further expanded its over-the-top availability by launching its channel on the Roku® streaming platform.
 
The new channel, available for free in the Roku channel store by searching keyword “Rev’n,” features the ability to stream the network live, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, in high definition. In addition to being able to view the network broadcast live, video on demand assets offer viewers the ability to watch Rev’n original series and specials any time they want, with complete season archives and the latest episodes available concurrently.
 
With this new Roku channel, Rev’n broadens its existing footprint in the over-the-top universe. In addition to its over-the-air broadcast availability and cable carriage in select markets, Rev’n is also currently presented via FilmOn and the Rev’n online stream at www.revntv.com, available for streaming on desktop and mobile.
 
Matt Winn, Executive Vice President and Chief Technical Officer of Luken Communications said, “Our viewers really enjoy Rev’n programming and having a Roku channel not only allows us to reach more viewers, it gives us a way to provide Roku users even more programming choices.  Content available on-demand on our over-the-top platforms give viewers the option to view what they want on their own schedule.  This flexibility not only increases the viewer’s experience, it also increases value for our advertisers and program providers.  We look forward to increased viewer engagement as we grow the Roku channel and expand into other offerings as well.”
 
The network, geared towards the performance enthusiast, initially launched as a broadcast diginet on December 1, 2014. Rev’n is dedicated to all things revving including cars, trucks, motorcycles, boats, ATVs, snowmobiles, events, auctions and more. With proven automotive content such as Stacey David’s GearZ®, Two Guys Garage, Truck U, V8TV, Sam’s Garage, My Classic Car and World of Collector Cars, as well as original special productions offering viewers a behind-the-scenes look into the industry, Rev'n is a hit with gearheads and advertisers alike.
 
To find Rev’n on Roku, just add the Rev’n channel from the Roku Channel store. For local broadcast and cable availability, visit www.revntv.com.
 
About Luken Communications, LLC:
Luken Communications offers diverse, family-friendly programming with its collection of networks delivered via a blend of over-the-air, cable and satellite television.  The current network offerings include Retro TV, The Heartland Network, Rev’n, The Action Channel, The Family Channel and Frost Great Outdoors (FGO). Luken Communications’ flagship Retro TV was one of the first digital broadcast networks launched in 2005.

One Cab's Family Cartoon

This is a favorite Tex Avery cartoon called "One Cab's Family" and we were always glued to the TV set  whenever it came up in rotation.   There is no doubt that the scene where the little cab turns into a speedy hot rod left a mark on us growing up!   This cartoon also seems to have inspired the Pixar "Cars" series and is just as entertaining.   Now it's back online to enjoy again!   We seem to recall another similar story about an airplane... we'll have to look for that one, too!  

 

One Cab's Family (1952) from Batraaf on Vimeo.

 

1966 Ford Galaxie Restored by V8 Speed and Resto Shop on Hemmings Muscle Machines Cover

We are honored and privileged to learn that the 1966 Ford Galaxie 500 7-L restored by the V8 Speed & Resto Shop has been chosen for a six page feature - including a cover photo - in the latest issue of Hemmings Muscle Machines Magazine!   The entire crew worked very hard on this complete restoration, and we could not be happier to have a future in such an excellent publication as muscle machines.   The magazine is a new stands as of April 21, 2017, and subscribers should have there copies already. Check your local new stands to get your copy today!

Click to Contact the V8 Speed & Resto Shop Today to discuss restoring YOUR dream car!  314.783.8325

 

Click HERE to see the entire build thread on this beautiful Emberglo 428 Galaxie! 

 
Kelle Oeste in Street Rod Life Magazine

Our very own Operations Manager Kelle Oeste is featured in the latest Street Rod Life Magazine! Thanks for the article, and thanks to Kelle for always working overtime to help our team build awesome cars our customers can be proud of! Read the article at the link:  http://www.streetrodlife.com/print-mag/street-rod-life-2017-spring-print-issue/

 

V8TV on TUFF TV 45.6 St. Louis

Now you can watch V8TV on TUFF TV in the St. Louis market for FREE on digital broadcast channel 45-6, WODK-LD TV!    V8TV airs Monday nights at 9:00 PM and 9:30 on TUFF TV, and shows the right way to restore and modify classic American Muscle Cars and takes viewers along to the hottest car enthusiast events like SEMA and the Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals (MCACN).   Each episode kicks off with a Muscle Car Of The Week from The Brothers Collection, and the tech and how-to programming leaves the details in, and the drama out!   TUFF TV is home to all kinds of action programming, so be sure to have your TV scan the channels to add it to your list.   If you don't have a digital TV antenna, you can grab one at your local Wal Mart and enjoy dozens of HD channels for FREE!    Click Here for antennas!    Learn more about TUFF TV here!     V8TV currently airs in over 70 US markets on three national TV networks including TUFF TV, The Action Channel, and Rev'n TV.   V8TV videos are also distributed online at www.v8tvshow.com and through YouTube, social medial, and other online automotive enthusiast websites.   

Rev'n Logo
Chattanooga, Tenn. (January 19, 2017) – Luken Communications, LLC, and Tait Broadcasting, LLC, have joined forces to bring Rev’n, the premiere automotive broadcast  network, to Motor City.   Viewers can now find Rev’n over-the-air on WHNE channel 14.6 in Detroit, Michigan (DMA 13). Rev’n joins its sister network, Retro TV, which can be found on WHNE channel 14.2.
 
Jim Lebrato, member of WHNE, said, “Serving the capital of America’s automobile industry, WHNE is thrilled to be the exclusive home of Rev’n, the nation’s leading broadcast network dedicated to top-quality automotive content.”
 
“We couldn’t be happier to expand our partnership with Tait Broadcasting,” said Dee Harlin, Luken’s Vice President of Affiliate Sales - East. “Detroit is a natural addition to Rev’n’s ever-expanding footprint.”
 
Rev’n, a network geared towards the performance enthusiast, officially launched on December 1, 2014. Rev’n is Television for What Moves You, including cars, trucks, motorcycles, boats, ATVs, events, auctions and more. With proven automotive content such as V8TV, The Appraisers, Stacey David’s GearZ®, Two Guys Garage, Truck U, Sam’s Garage, My Classic Car and World of Collector Cars, Rev'n is a hit with fans and advertisers alike. 
 
Luken Communications offers diverse, family-friendly programming with its collection of networks delivered via a blend of over-the-air, cable and satellite television.  The current network offerings include Retro TV, The Heartland Network, Rev’n, The Action Channel, The Family Channel and Frost Great Outdoors (FGO). Luken Communications’ flagship Retro TV was one of the first digital broadcast networks launched in 2005.
1968 Plymouth GTX at V8 Speed & Resto Shop

This very nice 1968 Plymouth GTX arrived at the V8 Speed & Resto Shop in search of repairs to some leaky seam sealer areas, as well as some general maintenance.   It is a 400 +6 car with an automatic, and it is wearing a beautiful Medium Turquoise Metallic paint scheme with original GTX stripes and wheels.   You can follow along in the photo gallery as we perform the repairs on this stunning GTX.  

1973 Plymouth Duster Gallery

This cool 1973 Plymouth Duster 340 arrived at the V8 Speed & Resto Shop in need of some metalwork and cosmetic restoration.     You can follow the progress in this gallery to see how this one progresses!  

Tom Fritz is an amazing painter, and his work captures light, reflections, and the illusion of speed in his stunning Hot Rod paintings.    Recently, he posted a very cool photo on Facebook, in which some fans of his re-created one of his paintings with their own cars and captured the action.    The post is below, and the result is outstanding.    You can see more Tom Fritz artwork on his website, FritzArt.com.     

Kruizin USA names V8 Speed in Top 25

The V8 Speed & Resto Shop crew is honored to learn that KruzinUSA.com just listed our shop as one of their top 25 in the country!     As part of their new Digital Hot Rod Builders Mall, they have selected what they believe are the top 25 shops in the country, and we're unbelievably humbled to be included with some of the most talented shops in the business.   Go check out http://www.kruzinusa.com or their Facebook Page to learn more about their Digital Mall, event coverage, videos, and more!     

 

 
Rev'n TV in Monterey
LUKEN ADDS RETRO TV AND REV’N IN MONTEREY
 
Chattanooga, Tenn., (September 29, 2016) – Luken Communications announced today a multi-network affiliation agreement with KMBY in Monterey, CA, serving the Monterey-Salinas market (DMA 125). KMBY, owned and operated by Cocola Broadcasting Companies, launched Luken’s Retro TV and Rev’n on Wednesday, September 28.  Area viewers can now find Retro TV and Rev’n over-the-air on channels 19.2 and 19.4, respectively.
 
Kevin Mosesian, Cocola Broadcasting’s Corporate Stations Manager, said, “Cocola has enjoyed great success with these networks in some of our other station markets.  We know the Monterey audience will also embrace the memorable programming on Retro TV as well as the unique lineup offered by Rev’n.”