Red Kap’s rich 90-year tradition has been built on three core values: heritage, craftsmanship and passion. We’re honoring an amazing group of builders whose lives and work reflect these same high standards.
Each Craftsman is chosen for his authentic character, style, passion and overall commitment to the auto world.
These guys are all genuine and one-of-a-kind.
They’re not afraid to put in long hours and late nights in the name of pushing the envelope. They love to win, but know there’s more to it than that.
Matt Harris first burst onto the custom bike scene when he appeared on Discovery Channel’s Bike Live TV show. Harris won the show’s viewer poll, marking his introduction into the ranks of elite custom bike builders.
Most recently, Harris won the Hot Bike Magazine’s Speed and Style Fabrication Showdown. In the hyper-competitive Hot Bike Speed and Style Build-Off, six carefully selected builders were each given a Harley-Davidson power plant. Their mission: to build a ground-up custom motorcycle around the engine.
Beyond earning the trophy for Speed and Style, Harris also took home the 2015 Firestone Award, presented by Coker Tire at the 2015 Born Free Motorcycle show.
Harris was selected to be profiled in The Craftsmen series because he is a builder true to his craft, a devoted family man and a hardworking entrepreneur who is passionate about living the American dream. He hails from Alcoa, Tennessee, located near Knoxville.
L.A. Roadsters 2012 Builder of the Year Troy Ladd owns Hollywood Hot Rods in Burbank, CA. Ladd has been designing, building and restoring incredible custom hot rods out of that well-known shop for more than a decade.
This Newport Beach native’s trademark touch combines a strong reverence for past icons with an eye toward the future. Almost as soon as Hollywood Hot Rods began lighting up the auto world with a series of incredible custom builds, plenty of industry heavyweights began to sit up and take notice. It wasn’t long before enthusiast mags like Hot Rod Magazine, Street Rodder Magazine and Rod & Custom were all singing his praises.
California native Heath Pinter is a professional BMX rider, X Games champion and classic car builder. He also built Red Kap’s featured vehicle at the 2014 SEMA Show, a 1950 3-window Chevy truck.
Pinter’s distinctive build style and relentless passion for improving his craft has made him a natural fit to be featured in the series. Though he started out building vehicles for personal use, his creations attracted enough industry attention to turn the hobby into a much more serious effort.
Previous builds include a 1965 Lincoln Continental, 1954 Shoebox Ford, 1955 Buick Special, 1931 Ford Model A and 1950 Chevy Truck.
Clearly, this guy has the magic touch.