1969 Camaro ZR9

The 2015 Car Craft Summer Nationals event is right around the corner, and we'll be there with the 1969 Camaro "ZR9!"   Our crew will be there participating in the Pro Builders Shootout, but there will be thousands of awesome cars to check out.    See you in Milwaukee!

Hot Rod Power Tour Comes To Town!
Hot Rod Power Tour
The 2015 Hot Rod Magazine Power Tour will be coming down Illinois Route 3 on Tuesday, June 9, after leaving Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, IL outside of St. Louis.   Route 3 is the very same street that the V8 Speed & Resto Shop and V8TV call home.     The next stop for the Power Tour is Memphis, TN.  

The "Mr. Chevy" 1955 Chevy Gasser and it's "Carried Away" Hauler will be on-hand for the day to greet the thousands of Hot Rod Power Tour Participants.
Our shop will be open and we will be here to extend a helping hand to any Power Tour participants that might need assistance, or who just want to stop in and say hello.   
The V8 Speed & Resto Shop will be open all day... and night if needed!    V8 Speed & Resto is a full-service restoration and performance center with lifts, tools, welders, and highly-capable technicians ready to help anyone who needs it.  Replacement parts are also available locally.  

We've been on many Hot Rod Power Tour Long Hauls and know what it is like to need a hand on the road!
We will also be shooting video and streaming live on the V8TV Website! 

We'll also be releasing a special Power Tour V8 Radio Episode 
you can download and stream on the road!  (Power Tour Episode Goes Live Thursday, 6/4!)

The towns along Rt. 3 will all be rolling out the welcome mats for Power Tour participants, including Columbia, Waterloo, Red Bud, Evansville, Chester IL, and more.    There have been meetings to discuss ways to make the Power Tour experience a smooth one, as well as to prepare the towns along the route to assist participants however they can. Restaurants, gas stations, and other stores will be open and fully staffed. 

We welcome everyone to come out and see the Power Tour, or stop by the shop any time to see the latest project updates!     

V8 Speed & Resto Shop
817 S. Main Street, Red Bud, IL 62278 - 314.783.8325

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1969 Chevelle

Congrats to the V8 Speed & Resto Shop crew and to car owner Al on scoring 994 / 1000 points and winning a Street Modified Gold award at the 2014 Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals! The crew did a fantastic job on the 1969 Chevelle!


Mr. Chevy Gasser on Las Vegas Strip

The 1955 Chevy Gasser "Mr. Chevy" and his matching 1955 Chevy Hauler have officialy landed in Las Veags for the 2014 SEMA show!    The hauler had bodywork and paint applied by the V8 Speed & Resto Shop.   Stay tuned to V8TV all week as we bring you excluisve photo and video coverage from the show!


Now is the time to start planning your trip to the 2014 Muscle Car And Corvette Nationals. MCACN is one of the greatest car shows on the earth. There are tons of rare and significant cars that you wont see anywhere else. So make plans to be in Chicago at the Donald E. Stephens Convetion Center in Rosemont, IL, on November 22nd and 23rd for the 2014 MCACN Show!
Mr. Chevy Award
Rick Schutt Photo
June 29, 2014
DuQuoin, IL - Area resident Larry Frees and his grandson Nick Schmidt proudly display the 2014 Car Craft Magazine Publisher's Choice award presented to them at the Car Craft Street Machine Nationals in DuQuoin, Illinois.    
The recently restored "Mr. Chevy" hauler and accompanying 1955 "Mr. Chevy" race car were hand selected by Car Craft Magazine Publisher Ed Zinke as his choice for the most unique vehicles of the event.  Even more exciting, the car and truck were photographed by veteran automotive photographer/writer Jeff Smith for a feature in an upcoming enthusiast magazine.
The car / truck combo beat out thousands of entrants for the honor, one of only 9 magazine editorial awards given.   
"This weekend was a dream come true" Frees said smiling.  "Yesterday was the first time in 38 years that the race car took its place on the back of it's matching car hauler, and we could not have asked for a better outcome!" he beamed.    
"Mr. Chevy" will no doubt be riding a little higher on the back of it's hauler as they attend automotive events throughout the summer.  
You can see photos of the V8 Speed & Resto Shop restoring the Mr. Chevy Hauler HERE.  

Car Craft Summer NationalsWHERE:   Minnesota State Fairgrounds

St Paul, MN

July 18 ..... 10am - 8pm
July 19 ....... 9am - 6pm
July 20 ....... 9am - 3:30pm

Chevrolet Performance presents the Car Craft Summer Nationals, a three-day event showcasing over 6,000 street machines and muscle cars.  The event will roll into St. Paul at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds, July 18, 19 and 20, 2014 attracting more than 40,000 spectators and featuring all makes and models of street machines, muscle cars, street rods and light trucks as well as feature cars from all over the country. 

1966 Chevelle

There were many V8 Speed & Resto Shop customers and cars our crew had worked on at the 2014 Car Craft Street Machine Nationals in DuQuoin, IL over the past weekend.     Shown is the House Of Kolor TruBlue '66 Chevelle, a car that spent some time in our shop getting some mechanical maintenance, a new hood, and some other paint work.     Overall, there were at least 6 cars in the show that we've helped restore or maintain.     It was a fun event!