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
Kevin Leaves Hot Rod Magazine TV, V8TV Concept Born
V8TV Productions, Inc. First Incorporated
First V8TV Episode Completed
Kevin Oeste holds the first V8TV Television episode betacam SP tape in March of 2005
V8TV First Airs On Dish Network Satellite
Our TV show debuts nationally on Dish Network satellite TV.
V8TV Airs 10th Episode
Building The V8TV Farm Shop
V8TV’s First Car: The Royal Purple “Royal Sport” Camaro Begins
V8TV Airs 20th Television Episode
V8TV Publishes First Daily Video Weblog – Building Royal Sport Camaro for 2006 SEMA Show
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
V8TV YouTube Channel Launched
1969 Chevelle SS496 Debuts at SEMA Show
The 1969 Chevelle SS496 at the 2007 SEMA Show in Las Vegas.
“Splitter” Pontiac Firebird Featured on Popular Hot Rodding Magazine Cover
V8TV Channel Reaches 1 Million Plays on YouTube
V8TV Produces Optima Ultimate Street Car Challenge Invitational DVD OUSCI
V8 Speed and Resto Shop Restored 1965 Chevrolet Chevelle SS Scores Gold Spinner at Chevy Vettefest
1969 Pontiac Firebird “Routy” Featured at 2010 SEMA Show
V8TV Added To TUFF TV Network
1969 Pontiac Firebird “Routy” Takes 2 Awards at 2011 Trans Am Nationals
Owner Steve Prouty flanked by his trophies at the 2011 Trans Am Nationals!
Kevin Oeste Named Official Emcee of Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals
RELOADED Camaro makes 2011 SEMA Show Debut
Reloaded Camaro Scores 991 / 1000 at MCACN
Routy Scores Gold At MCACN 2011
1969 Pontiac Firebird Routy Featured on cover of High Performance Pontiac Magazine
V8SR Builds 5.0 Coyote Powered 1955 Thunderbird
1971 Oldsmobile Cutlass S71 Featured at SEMA Show
1971 Oldsmobile “S71” Featured On Popular Hot Rodding Magazine Cover
V8 Speed And Resto Builds All-New 1969 Camaro
1968 Camaro RELOADED Featured in Hemmings Muscle Machines Magazine
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
Muscle Car Of The Week Video Series Launched
V8 Speed and Resto Shop Facebook Page Launched
Lou’s Change 1969 Camaro in Hemmings Muscle Machines Magazine
V8 Speed and Resto Shop Featured in Parts and People
V8SR Adds Citrix Business Systems Management Backbone
V8TV YouTube Channel Reaches 10 Million Video Plays
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
Lou’s Change Wins Editor’s Choice Top Ten at Super Chevy Show
Mr. Chevy and Reloaded Camaro Displayed at 2014 Street Machine Nationals
V8 Speed and Resto Shop Displays “Mr. Chevy” at SEMA Show
1968 Chevrolet Camaro Reloaded in December, 2014 Car Craft Magazine
1969 Chevelle Featured in Hemmings Muscle Machines Magazine
Mr. Chevy Gasser Featured in Hemmings Muscle Machines Magazine
Kelle and Kevin Oeste are often asked how the V8 Speed and Resto Shop came to be, and on this special episode of the V8 Radio Podcast, they recall some of the many twists, turns, risks, cars, media, people, and more that evolved into where they are today, 20 years later! Mike “Q-Ball” Clarke goes along for the ride, from the initial idea to present day, assembling a world-class team that builds awesome cars for great customers all over the globe. The mission is to connect people with the best time of their lives through things with wheels, and the V8 Team is hard at it every day. And Kelle dealt out a heck of an automotive trivia question, and much more on this V8 Radio Podcast!