I had the pleasure of visiting some automotive restoration, fabrication, and speed shops today in berkeley. .
in just a three block radius, there are over half a dozen shops specializing in various restoration aspects, all of which stemmed from griswold’s parts/race/resto shop back in the day. for more than 30 years, these men have lived and died by the term “friendly competition”. .
the industrial neighborhood is home to epifani’s restoration, norman racing group, patrick otis & co, conrad stevenson’s, hasselgren engine building, denis etchevery fabrication, and more; all of which began their careers at griswold’s, and have since become some of the biggest names in vintage automotive racing and restoration. .
here are some pictures from conrad stevenson’s alfa shop. conrad is, simply put, the premier alfa restorer in the u.s. he has raced and built cars for the mille miglia and la carrera panamericana, as well as meticulously restored pebble beach quality cars. the attention to detail and work ethic of this man are unmatchable. he purchased his first alfa at 15 and hasn’t looked back since. his shop is beyond simple: he claims to not like tools. conrad has a couple welders, an english wheel, a shrinker/stretcher, a janky belt sander and an old band saw. everything else is done by hand, using hammer and dolly, files, and wrenches.
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