advanced plating open house 2014 for goodguys rod and custom association nashville nationals

The After Party…One Month Later

June 18, 2014 by AdvancedPlating - No Comments

Every year when the open house rolls around we always speculate at how big of a turnout we will have.  Like anyone holding an event, you hope for a record turnout, but you are never quite sure how the attendance will be until the event is actually over.  Year after year we always think, “that is probably as big as it’s going to get”, but if hosting the open house has taught us anything it is that it can always get bigger.  This year was no exception.

attendees enjoy bbq at advanced plating open house 2014

It is hard to pass up an opportunity to enjoy some Nashville style BBQ and Cajun Kenny Jambalaya.

Although the event traditionally doesn’t start until 4pm, people were already starting to arrive as early as 2pm this year.  By the time of the official start the event you could hardly see the parking lot or the field in front of our facility.  From 4pm until around 7pm the place was packed with a steady flow of car show participants and members of the hot rod industry.  However, it is a safe bet that some of the early arrivers were just trying to make sure they got one of the gift bags available to the first 200 participants.  Who could blame them?  Most bags this year were stocked with hats, t-shirts, and other gearhead oriented goodies from some of our preferred vendors.

mothers polishes, galpin auto sports, ride tech, and other vendors gifts for our gift bags

Here is a glimpse at some of the goodies that our friends at Mothers Polishes, Galpin Auto Sports, and Ride Tech supplied for the gift bags for the first 200 participants.

product donated by mothers polishes galpin auto sports and lokar

However, gift bags were not the only reason people were eager to attend, many were ready to chow down on Nashville style barbecue from Whitt’s and jambalaya by Cajun Kenny.  The past couple of years we have been treated to Cajun Kenny serving up jambalaya, which has been a great addition to the meal and a popular choice of those in attendance.  The food is always a good indication of how much the event grows each year.  It seems like we always order more food year after year and still run out by the end of the evening.

america's most beautiful roadster contender at advanced plating open house 2014

Here is Ronnie and Debra Goodwin’s 1932 Ford Roadster built by Street Rods by Michael. The car was an AMBR contender and was a feature car inside our facility.

The hospitality and entertainment didn’t end there.  This year we were fortunate enough to get The Bart Walker Band to come out and perform for the crowd.  If you have never heard of Bart Walker you will want to check out his music.  He is an incredible guitar player and together with his band they create incredible rocking blues music.  There seemed to always be a crowd of people gathered around the stage in awe of his skills.  The sounds of The Bart Walker Band were the perfect soundtrack for viewing all the cars in the parking lot as well as the feature cars within our facility.

This year’s feature cars showcased an impressive array of award winners all equipped with finishes by Advanced Plating.  The group was headlined by a couple of Great Eight Ridler Award finalists, Dan Duffy with his 1956 Chevrolet 210 built by Tommy Manner and Rocky Boler with his 1933 Ford 5-window coupe built by Creative Rod and Kustom.  Also front and center was America’s Most Beautiful Roadster contender Ronnie and Debra Goodwin with their 1932 Ford Roadster built by Street Rods by Michael.  However the gallery of rides didn’t stop there.  Lokar brought out their Goolsby Custom’s built 1969 Camaro convertible, which was the 2013 Goodguy’s Muscle Machine of the Year, while Carrie Strange of Strange Motion showed off her 1964 Chevrolet Corvair she and her husband Tim built.  Furthermore, our own Steve and Sheri Tracy had a couple of their cars on display including Sheri’s 1955 Chevrolet 210 Wagon built by Larry Griffey Hot Rods and Restoration, as well as Steve Tracy, Chip Gerber, and Gene Gerber’s Salt Flat’s Lakester built by Syclone Motorsports.

rocky boler 1933 ford built by creative rod and kustom great 8 ridler award finalist

Rocky Boler had Creative Rod and Kustom build this 1933 Ford Five-Window coupe for him. It was a Great 8 finalist for the Ridler Award this year.

dan duffy 1956 chevrolet 210 great 8 ridler award finalist

Tommy Manner did an excellent job building this 1956 Chevrolet 210 for Dan Duffy. He did such a nice job it found its way into the Great 8 to be a Ridler award finalist.

carrie strange 1964 chevrolet corvair built by tim strange strange motion rod and custom

Carrie Strange of Strange Motion Rod and Custom displayed her 1964 Chevrolet Corvair that she and her husband Tim built.








1955 chevrolet 210 wagon

Sheri Tracy’s 1955 Chevrolet 210 wagon built by Larry Griffey’s Hot Rod’s and Restoration was hard to miss in the warehouse.

salt flats lakester

Steve Tracy, Chip Gerber, and Gene Gerber own and pilot their freshly completed Salt Flats Lakester, which will make its debut on the salt this August during Speed Week.








goolsby lokar camaro convertible at advanced plating open house

The 2013 Goodguys Muscle Machine of the Year was on hand. This cool convert was built by Goolsby Custom’s for Skip and Debbie Wall’s of Lokar Performance and features brushed nickel.

In addition to the incredible array of feature cars the last major facet of this year’s open house was the shop tours. This year, just as in years past, we had four of our skilled technician’s walk groups through the facility to see just what everyone’s parts go through start to finish. Not only is this highly informative, but it also allows everyone to see just how much work goes into the restoration of a part before chrome plating.

tour of advanced plating facility at 2014 open house

Not only is taking a tour of the place a way for us to show off our facility, it is also an educational look at how chrome plating is done.

At the end of the event it was hard to believe it was already over, but it was nice to know that all of the hard work and preparation had paid off. To all who attended, thank you for coming out to the event and checking out our facility. If you were unable to make the event this year, we hope you will be able join us next year. Until then, here are some photos from this year’s event for your viewing pleasure.



advanced plating open house 2014 hot rod porche

Just a couple of the cool cars that were parked out front during the open house.


advanced plating open house 2014

We were running out of room, so a few cars had to park in an area that is normally gated off.

advanced plating open house

The parking lot was always hopping with more cars to check out.







advanced plating open house 2014

Creativity never sleeps, especially on a parts display. Some of our crafty employees arranged music components that we manufacture and plate into this cool configuration.

super bell advanced plating open house 2014

Super Bell is just one of the companies that choose Advanced Plating for their plating needs. Here are some dropped axles that our copper plated awaiting chrome.








vintage air advanced plating open house 2014

Vintage Air is also a hot rod company that uses Advanced Plating for their plating needs. This table of front runner pulleys are ready for inspection.

lokar advanced plating open house 2014

Shifters need chrome too. Lokar has Advanced Plating chrome plate and powder coat all of the shifters and accessories they sell.








hot rod advanced plating open house 2014

If you didn’t see anything cool at the open house, you were not looking very hard.  See you next year!!!