Formula Drift Champion Chris Forsberg has wrapped up another awesome season of Garages Tours on Network A. So we thought it would be a great time to bring all the episodes together for you in one nice easy to read post. Forsberg takes us around 10 very different workshops including Top Gear co-host Rutledge Wood’s “museum”, Jeremy Baye’s period correct hotrods and Luis Miranda’s custom lowriders to name a few. We saw it all from classic luxury cars, to off road truck fabrications, to Supercross bikes. I guess the only thing we want to know is where will Forsberg be going next season?
For the start of the season Forsberg headed out to Atlanta, GA where Rutledge Wood, co-host of Top Gear USA and Lost In Transmission, shared his eclectic car collection. Inside a hangar on an old grass airfield Rutledge tours us through his wide selection of unusual cars and trucks including a 1966 VW Double Cab, a Mark IV Jetta, a lifted E-30 BMW 4X4 and a 1949 Chevy Step Van. Rutledge then lets Forsberg in on a few secrets on how he scored these unique vehicles to add to his collection.
In this episode we got a final tour of TwoTwo Motorsports before it closed its doors. TwoTwo is the official team of multiple time AMA/World Supercross champion Chad Reed. Reed’s independent team was headquartered is in Temecula, California where his crew of skilled technicians service the Kawasaki 450 team bikes to prepare for the grueling Supercross and Outdoor Nationals seasons. Team Manager Dave Osterman tours Forsberg and special guest Ryan Tuerck through the facility. This gets us a look at the machine shop, engine shop, suspension room, and the dyno room.
For episode three Forsberg visits Coupe King in Long Beach, California. Coupe King started as a hobby in the early 80s, but has since evolved into a highly recognized full-service BMW restoration and parts business. Coupe King is owned and operated by Peter and Erik “Slick” Sliskovich, a father and son team. Slick shares their enormous collection of BMWs including a pair of rare orange 1971 ultralight 3.0 CSL. In the garage we see just how busy this shop is with an incredible number of full restorations in progress. Then it’s time to get behind the wheel as Forsberg takes a 1974 3.0 CS to the streets of Long Beach.
Fast Intentions in Simi Valley, California specialize in exhaust systems and twin turbo kits. Co-owners Dan Akre and Tony Meyerson give Forsberg a tour through the development and fabrication process for the exhaust and twin turbo systems. Then we get a look at some of the new prototypes including a twin turbo kit for the Lamborghini LP and Audi RAV 10 engines. The tour wouldn’t be complete without seeing a high HP car, cue the 1978 TransAm with custom upgrades to create a 1000 HP motor with an additional 300 HP thanks to its nitrous boost!
In this episode Forsberg visits Redline Restorations in Black Rock, Connecticut, a high-end restoration shop focused on the classic European cars including the likes of Ferrari, Maserati, Aston Martin, and Bugatti. Owned by Colton Amster, this bright brick shop prides itself on its top down concours-quality restorations. The tour includes a 1937 Bugatti Type 57S, a 1939 Delage D6 race car, and a 1961 Ferrari GTO. However the highlight was an unexpected 1970 Chrysler Hemi ‘Cuda with an incredible backstory. After a behind the scenes tour of the garage, Forsberg gets behind the wheel of a Ferrari 250 T before enjoying a few burnouts in a “lightly modified” Fiat 500.
1945 Speed And Custom in Troy, New York is owned by Jeremy Baye, and it is Baye who shares his love for building some of the coolest custom hot rods in the world. Baye is a master designer and fabricator creating classics reminiscent of a bygone era with a focus on high-quality metalwork. Baye tours Forsberg through finished works including a custom Rail Dragster, a late 40s Big Car, a 1927 Ford Model T, and Baye’s own ’51 Ford Flathead V8 Truck.
Here Forsberg visits Geiser Brothers, an iconic winning off road racing shop in Phoenix, Arizona. Sean Geiser tours Forsberg through the truck design and fabrication garage where trucks are built from the ground up. We then get a look at the CNC shop, the chassis build area as well as a unique rotisserie welding station. Sean shares the backstory on Geiser’s custom suspensions, a key component in off road truck racing. Aside from the manufacturing Geiser also features a maintenance shop for keeping race trucks in prime race condition including the winning 2015 Baja 500 truck.
In this episode the camera gets turned around on to two of the most popular drivers in Formula Drift, Chris Forsberg and fellow driver Ryan Tuerck, to take a look inside their mobile garages. Forsberg takes us inside his 75-foot two-story rig complete with car and equipment storing capacity and indoor work stations. We also see the mobile work stations that keep these cars in prime competitive condition throughout the race weekend. Tuerck tours us through his 53-foot trailer and shows us how his crew stays on top of maintenance and repairs throughout the race weekend
Miranda’s Custom Car shop in Phoenix, Arizona, is a lowrider shop driven by the passionate mechanic Luis Miranda who has built a reputation for attention to detail and artistic paintwork. Miranda handles every process of the vehicle’s fabrications from sourcing parts to engine fabrications, custom upholstery, paintwork, and importantly hydraulics. Forsberg gets a tour of the yard where vehicles, including some long lean ’58 and ’59 Impalas, are waiting for their transformation. Inside we see works in progress and lowriders in the final stages of customization. And this episode wouldn’t be complete without Forsberg getting his first ride in a slammed lowrider.
In the last episode of the season Forsberg visits Nameless Performance in Woodland, Washington. Nameless is one of the largest manufacturers of custom performance exhaust systems for the Subaru market. Jason Griffith gives Forsberg a tour of the manufacturing division including the fabrication room, welding stations and the final assembly area. John Hoyenga then continues the tours through the Motorsports division introducing Forsberg to the rally program and the new Formula Drift program. Nameless driver Ryan Tuerck pops in to talk about his relationship with Nameless and to show off his 2015 Formula Drift FRS!