Why Do We Even Bother?
As an automotive enthusiast first and a business owner second, I find myself constantly surfing the web trying to find that "one last mod and then I'll be done." (Come on now, we ALL tell the same lies, folks...) Last time it was an TST Integrated Sequential Tail Light for my Ducati 1098S Tricolore, which of course, turned into the ISTL, the Adjustable Fender Eliminator, and Under-tail Closeout cover.
You know, because reasons.
The time before that it was picking up a low-mile LS3 for our upcoming 64 Impala SS shop project, because OBVIOUSLY the warmed over 327 isn't going to be enough. (We're accepting project name suggestions, by the way.)
I also think the shop truck, our 2007 Trailblazer SS (long tubes, DJM lowered, e-fan converted, full Hochkis suspension having, ADDCO rear sway bar wearing...) needs a transmission refresh, so out will come the 4L80E (which will get a refresh and dropped into the unnamed Impala) only to be replaced with a 6l90E and maybe a mild cam, though this LS3 IS just sitting around, soooooo...
It never ends, does it? (Now my next, "last mods" for the Duc will be new tires, a new rectifier, and new battery, but I SWEAR that'll be it... until next time...)
Focus Vowelz. Focus.
Anyway, as I surf around, I'm absolutely blown away by the volumes of low cost, low quality carbon fiber out in the marketplace today. I'm seeing stuff that's yellow BEFORE it's installed and that's never a good sign. So, it got me to thinking about what we do here and why we fight the good fight as we do.
When I started the first iteration of the company out of my garage way back in 2011, it was with all of the greatest of intentions: to deliver world-beating quality made right here in the America, perfect fitment, easy installation, and and a service experience that leaves you coming back for more. Sure, we've had our growing pains (5 years and a failed partnership later and I can tell you some were REALLY painful, believe me), but when I see folks buying product elsewhere not because it's the best, but because it's all that's AVAILABLE, it tells me we're heading in the right direction.
As with many successful business that sprang forth from a suburban garage before us, we've moved on up like George and Weezy and are operating production out of a 3600 sq.ft. facility, complete with a dedicated installation center, a full sized automotive spray booth, a composite curing oven for pre-preg carbon fiber manufacturing, a full sized deep-freezer for chemical and carbon storage, and on, and on, and on.
We haven't "made it" yet, but we're definitely on our way.
So, what's next for us, you ask?
I've got one word for you: PRODUCT
We've already opened the doors in order to develop additional product in an effort to take our quality and service into more places. We've started with the 2016 Cadillac CTS-V and are actively working on a front splitter, rear deck lid spoiler, hood insert, and rear diffuser. We've also got a Mazda Speed 6 full carbon fiber hood in the works, and some VERY exciting BMW stuff in the pipeline.
...And of course, we've still got some tricks up our sleeve for both C6 (2005-2013) Corvette and C7 (2014+) Corvette. (The fender flares should make an appearance before too long!)
So, I guess what I'm trying to say is "thanks". If it weren't for fellow enthusiasts and generally like-minded folks like yourselves, we couldn't do what we do.
So keep the rubber side down and the shiny side up while we continue our carbon fiber shenanigans.
Your Main Man Vowelz
Oh, and for my fellow riders: check out TST Industries. The quality, fit, finish, and ease of installation is crazy good!
Here's the one I bought for my personal Duc: