Showing posts with label Local Interest. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Local Interest. Show all posts

Friday, June 12, 2015

21st Annual Run Through the Canyon, June 27, 2015

Nor-Call ChevelleCamino Club member 1969 Chevelle SS396

For 21 years, the Nor-Cal ChevelleCamino Club has started summer in style with the Run Thru the Canyon. It's a celebration of classic muscle cars, good friends, barbeque, and the love of driving. Everyone is welcome to this family event for a day of cruising, a "scenic poker run" and prizes. Participants meet 9:00am at the Shinn House, 1251 Peralta Blvd., Fremont, California. For questions, call Steve 1-925-389-0900.

2015 Run Thru the Canyon Reservation Form

Saturday, March 14, 2015

First Guiness World Record for an Auto Body Shop?

At Almost Everything Auto Body we were flabbergasted when this plaque arrived via our friend Mike Camicia and his cabal of students & ne'er-do-wells. Mike is the local racing legend & Gunn High Auto Tech Instructor.

Gunn High/Almost Everything Pizza Planet Replica at Speed during world record attempt
Gunn High School Pizza Planet Replica at Speed during 24 Hours of LeMons, Sonoma Raceway
Mike & team won the award racing their their Pizza Planet Delivery truck (a replica of the cartoon version from the movie Toy Story.) According to Guiness, "Almost Everything Team Pizza Planet participated in the following record event: The most participants in a car race was 216 cars at an event organized by John "Jay" Lamm and The 24 Hours of Lemons racing series (USA) at Thunderhills (SIC) raceway park, California, USA on the 13-14 September 2014."

Mike Camicia's Gunn High School Pizza Planet Truck Replica
Gunn High School Pizza Planet Truck Replica
Almost Everything's admittedly small part in the adventure was sponsorship and moral support.
Almost Everything-mobile in front of Gunn High Auto Tech Team & Pizza Planet Racer
Almost Everything-mobile in front of Gunn High Auto Tech Team & Pizza Planet Racer
Micah McElravy, Matts Lark, Karl Rodgers, Mike Camicia & Nadine Camicia with Pizza Planet Racer
Gunn High Auto Tech Team: Micah McElravy, Matts Lark, Karl Rodgers, Mike Camicia & Nadine Camicia with Pizza Planet Racer
Mike Camicia's Gunn High School Pizza Planet Truck Replica
Mike Camicia's Gunn High School Pizza Planet Truck Replica at Sonoma Raceway
Obligatory view from Dirigible "Almost Everything" of Gunn High Pizza Planet Truck
Believe it or not, this is NOT the first World Record that Almost Everything has been a part of. We also sponsored the "Beaver Geezers" 2009 World Speed Record Volkswagen Beetle.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

ZZ chop: The FORCE

Almost Everything customer Billy Budde famed for his custom choppers & revolutionary motorcycle design
Almost Everything was honored to have had the one & only Billy Budde in the shop today. Billy is no longer building motorcycles and his Suburban needs a paint job. So he was here for a quote.

Billy is a local hero. His San Leandro motorcycle shop anchored the custom scene in California long before places like Orange County Choppers and Jesse James Choppers existed. Click the links below for vintage article and current discussions about his revolutionary designs.

Almost Everything customer Billy Budde famed for his custom choppers including "The Force."

ZZ chop: The FORCE: ... is very strong in this one. Built by Billy Budde's from san Leandro, CA. Great idea for paint I must say, the marbelizing effect is ...

1978 Street Chopper magazine cover featuring Billy Budde's "Sweet Suzanne"

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Summer in San Francisco

Okay, so we can only live & breath cars for 23.75 hours per day. Every once in awhile we notice that we live in a pretty amazing place. Thanks to our friend BK Mair for some very cool photographs of sunset over the Golden Gate Bridge and from a very nice spot on Russian Hill overlooking San Francisco Bay.

Sunset over Golden Gate Bridge, June 2014 by BK Mair
Sunset over Golden Gate Bridge by BK Mair, June 2014

Sunset over Russian Hill, San Francisco, June 2014 by BK Mair
Sunset through trees on Russian Hill, San Francisco by BK Mair, June 2014

Friday, January 31, 2014

Best Body Shop Competition

Best Auto Body Shop in San Francisco Bay Area Almost Everything Auto Body - Best Shop in San Francisco Bay Area

With just 30 days left in the annual San Francisco A-List Competition, Almost Everything Auto Body is in First Place out of 77 nominees. But vote counts keep growing and 1st, 2nd & 3rd place have changed a few times. Please help us stay in the lead for our 3rd win in 4 years.
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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Fremont's Paul Walker, Roger Rodas Tribute Meet

Almost-Everything's crew, as you can imagine, are a bunch of gear heads and are heavily into the local "Automotive Scene". "The Fast and the Furious" star Paul Walker and his freind Roger Roda's recent passing caused a giant shockwave through the car community, as they were a giant inspiration to many automotive enthusiasts. Recently plenty of meets and gatherings have been held in the local area, the largest being held at Fremont's Pacific Commons with easily over 1000 cars in attendance, all there to have a moment of silence for our "10-second-car-owing" childhood movie hero. Not all, but many of the cars pictured below were either painted by our shop, or have had work done by us. All photo credit belongs to Lower Standard's Ceasar Villasenor.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Bob Marley's Bimmer

Almost Everything's Car of the Day is a 1973 BMW Bavaria. Rumor has it that this very car was driven by Mr. Bob Marley years ago, supposedly he didn't care that this was the most luxurious BMW of its day, he bought it because he thought the BMW name stood for "Bob Marley and the Wailers." Years have since gone by and his car came to our shop with a new owner, and lots of bad paint and old rust holes. We repaired and smoothed all of the imperfections that the car's owner wanted gone, sanded down all of the old chipping paint, sealed the car with a primer and finally we repainted the Bavaria in its original blue color! We are not 100% certain that this was actually Bob Marley's BMW, but we like to believe that the rumor is true!


















Could it be the same car?

Eeeeehhhh, close enough.

Note: the current owner claims that he purchased the car at Marley's old recording studio in San Francisco and local residents told him that it was the car that Marley used while in San Francisco.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

USS Macon in Hangar One Near Almost Everything Autobody

USS Macon (ZRS-5) at Hangar One, Moffett Field, California, 1933
Great photo found at the site of Go Away Garage of the USS Macon dirigible at Hangar One in Moffet Field, Mountain View, California, just a few miles from Almost Everything Autobody. The photo is from 1933, about 2 years before the Macon was lost at sea (and 75 years before our shop was opened.) The Macon was just 20 feet shorter than the Hindenburg. She carried several airplanes inside her frame and could launch them in mid-air as a floating aircraft carrier.

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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Almost Everything Welcomes Intern Jinkie

Student Intern Jinkie working at Almost Everything Autobody 
Almost Everything Autobody welcomes our most recent intern, Jinkie. She comes to us from the College of Alameda and the California School for the Deaf here in Fremont. Jinkie has been studying auto body repair at school. She's proud to be a woman in what is often thought of as a male dominated field (although Jinkie is certainly not Almost Everything Autobody's first female employee.)

Jinkie is helping to prep cars for paint by learning to remove pinstripes and decals and to protect chrome mouldings in preparation for sanding.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Besler Steam Plane & Doble Steam Car

Amazing 1933 film from the Besler Company of the Doble Steam Car and the Besler Steam Plane. I actually lived in the old Doble/Besler factory in Emeryville, California from about 1986 to 1993, when Emeryville was still an old industrial wasteland and cheap housing for artists instead of the shopping mecca it is today.

The Doble is a little known but magnificent automobile that competed with the likes of Rolls Royce & Duesenberg. When the Doble brothers' company failed, William Besler bought the factory & continued to develop steam power. He worked with General Motors for many years on steam power. Besler also provided smoke screen generators to Allied forces during WWII.

More links on Doble Steam Cars & Besler Steam Engines:;developer=local;style=oac4;doc.view=items

Jay Leno writes about his Doble:

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