20 Years of great cars, great stories, and great people!

What started as an idea to produce honest, straight-forward car enthusiast television grew into a world-class shop with an amazing and inspiring Team building important cars for owners who love them. Without the tireless dedication of our team – starting with family, friends, and automotive companies that believed in us – the V8 Speed and Resto Shop would never exist as we know it today. Check out the timeline to see the humble beginnings and how we’ve grown over the past 20 years! Thank you for your support!

V8 Speed and Resto Timeline

Kelle and Kevin Meet on Hot Rod Power Tour 1999

Kelle and Kevin Oeste meet on 1999 Hot Rod Magazine Power Tour

Kevin Leaves Hot Rod Magazine TV, V8TV Concept Born

Kevin Oeste Hot Rod Magazine TV Producer

First V8TV Productions Ad Runs in SEMA News Magazine

First V8TV Productions Print Advertisement, 2004

V8TV Productions, Inc. First Incorporated

V8TV

First V8TV Episode Completed

Kevin Oeste holds the first V8TV Television episode betacam SP tape in March of 2005

Kevin Oeste holds the first V8TV Television episode betacam SP tape in March of 2005

V8TV First Airs On Dish Network Satellite

V8TV airs on Dish Network starting April 6, 2005Our TV show debuts nationally on Dish Network satellite TV.

V8TV Airs 10th Episode

V8TV Episode 10 8.17.2005 Schwarz Performance

Building The V8TV Farm Shop

Converting a farm building into the V8TV Shop in 2005

 

 

 

V8TV’s First Car: The Royal Purple “Royal Sport” Camaro Begins

V8TV Airs 20th Television Episode

Brent Jarvis Corvette on V8TV episode 20

V8TV Publishes First Daily Video Weblog – Building Royal Sport Camaro for 2006 SEMA Show

First Car Build Video Blog of Royal Sport Camaro V8TV October 2006
First Car Build Video Blog of Royal Sport Camaro V8TV October 2006

The Royal Sport Camaro Unveiled At SEMA 2006

 

After a record thrash, our first car debuts at the 2006 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, Nevada.

V8TV Expands to DirecTV Satellite

The Men’s Channel becomes Men’s Outdoors and Recreation and adds DirecTV Distribution

1969 Chevelle “SS496” Build Begins

1969 Chevrolet Chevelle SS496 Build Begins

V8TV YouTube Channel Launched

V8TV YouTube Channel Launched September 2007
V8TV YouTube Channel Launched September 2007

1969 Chevelle SS496 Debuts at SEMA Show

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The 1969 Chevelle SS496 at the 2007 SEMA Show in Las Vegas.

“Splitter” Pontiac Firebird Featured on Popular Hot Rodding Magazine Cover

1970 Pontiac Firebird Splitter featured o Popular Hot Rodding Magazine Cover

V8TV Channel Reaches 1 Million Plays on YouTube

V8TV Channel reaches 1 Million Plays on YouTube

V8TV Produces Optima Ultimate Street Car Challenge Invitational DVD OUSCI

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V8 Speed and Resto Shop Restored 1965 Chevrolet Chevelle SS Scores Gold Spinner at Chevy Vettefest

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1969 Pontiac Firebird “Routy” Featured at 2010 SEMA Show

1969 pontiac firebird routy sema 2010

V8TV Added To TUFF TV Network

TUFF-TV

1969 Pontiac Firebird “Routy” Takes 2 Awards at 2011 Trans Am Nationals

V8 Speed and Resto Shop moves to 817 S. Main Street, Red Bud, IL

Owner Steve Prouty flanked by his trophies at the 2011 Trans Am Nationals!

Kevin Oeste Named Official Emcee of Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals

Kevin Oeste Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals Official Emcee
Kevin Oeste unveils the prototype 1969 Hurst Olds at the Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals in Chicago.

RELOADED Camaro makes 2011 SEMA Show Debut

Reloaded Camaro Scores 991 / 1000 at MCACN

1968 Camaro Reloaded Built By V8 Speed and Resto Wins at Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals
 

Routy Scores Gold At MCACN 2011

1969 Pontiac Firebird Routy Wins Gold at 2011 Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals

1969 Pontiac Firebird Routy Featured on cover of High Performance Pontiac Magazine

1969 Pontiac Firebird Routy on cover of High Performance Pontiac Magazine

V8SR Builds 5.0 Coyote Powered 1955 Thunderbird

1955 Ford Thunderbird powered by 5.0 Coyote V8

1971 Oldsmobile Cutlass S71 Featured at SEMA Show

1971 Oldsmobile “S71” Featured On Popular Hot Rodding Magazine Cover

Popular Hot Rodding March 2013

V8 Speed And Resto Builds All-New 1969 Camaro

All New Dynacorn 1969 Camaro Body

1969 Chevrolet Camaro ZR9 800 HP Pro-Touring Camaro Build Photo Gallery

1968 Camaro RELOADED Featured in Hemmings Muscle Machines Magazine

1968 Chevrolet Camaro RELOADED

V8 Speed and Resto Shop Moves to Red Bud, IL

We moved into the 817 S. Main Street, Red Bud, IL  address “officially” on August 17, 2013.

2013 Hot Rod Drag Week Rolls Past V8 Speed and Resto Shop

Hot Rod Drag Week 2013 rolls past V8 Speed and Resto Shop

Muscle Car Of The Week Video Series Launched

Muscle Car Of The Week Episode 1 1969 Chevrolet Camaro ZL-1 number 1

V8 Speed and Resto Shop Facebook Page Launched

First V8 Speed and Resto Shop Facebook Header

Lou’s Change 1969 Camaro in Hemmings Muscle Machines Magazine

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V8 Speed and Resto Shop Featured in Parts and People

V8 Speed and Resto Shop featured in Parts and People

V8SR Adds Citrix Business Systems Management Backbone

V8 Speed and Resto Shop Citrix Backbone

V8TV YouTube Channel Reaches 10 Million Video Plays

V8TV Channel reaches 10 million plays on YouTube

V8 Speed & Resto Shop in Car Craft Pro-Builders Shootout at the 2014 Summer Nationals

V8TV Channel Ranks 3rd on StreetFire.net Automotive Video Streaming Site

V8TV Channel Ranks 3rd on StreetFire.net

Lou’s Change Wins Editor’s Choice Top Ten at Super Chevy Show

Lou's Change Super Chevy

Mr. Chevy and Reloaded Camaro Displayed at 2014 Street Machine Nationals

Mr. Chevy 1955 Chevrolet Gasser and Truck at Street Machine Nationals 2014

V8 Speed and Resto Shop Displays “Mr. Chevy” at SEMA Show

Mr. Chevy on Hot Rod Website

1968 Chevrolet Camaro Reloaded in December, 2014 Car Craft Magazine

1968 Chevrolet Camaro Reloaded in December, 2014 Car Craft Magazine

1969 Chevelle Featured in Hemmings Muscle Machines Magazine

1969 Chevelle Featured in Hemmings Muscle Machines Magazine

Mr. Chevy Gasser Featured in Hemmings Muscle Machines Magazine

Mr. Chevy Gasser Featured in Hemmings Muscle Machines Magazine

Mr. Chevy Gasser Featured in Hemmings Muscle Machines Magazine

Mr. Chevy Featured in Hot Rod Magazine

Mr. Chevy Hot Rod Magazine Jan 2015 Mr. Chevy Hot Rod Magazine Jan 2015

V8 Speed and Resto Shop Logo

This 1967 Chevrolet Camaro convertible is receiving a variety of repairs and upgrades at the V8 Speed and Resto shop. Plans call for a new fuel injected engine and automatic transmission, restored subframe and all new suspension, upgraded Dakota digital gauges, a complete under hood detail and paint treatment and more.

If you’ve tuned into a live audio stream of an SCTA race, you’ve probably heard the coverage and insights of Seldom Seen Slim, also known as Jon Wennerberg.   But did you know he’s also a motorcycle record holder?    Tune in to hear the stories from the salt on the Bonneville Up To Speed Podcast!

Seldom Seen Slim a.k.a Jon Wennerberg on the Bonneville Up To Speed Podcast
Bonneville Up To Speed Podcast
The Trackside View with "Seldom Seen Slim" a.k.a Jon Wennerberg on the Bonneville Up To Speed Podcast!



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1937 Buick 40

1939 LaSalle JF

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