Always looking for the new, different and unexpected, Beau, Chief Designer for Galpin Auto Sports, has come up with many innovative concepts and designs for Galpinized (customized) vehicles. Many of these vehicles have earned national attention, having appeared in Playboy, Architectural Digest’s Great Designs Issue, Stuff Magazine, FHM, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Robb Report, Truckin’, Muscle Mustangs & Fast Fords, Lowrider, and BLVD Magazine to name a few and he has customized vehicles for numerous celebrities.
Beau’s accomplishments are numerous and his credits include such acknowledgements as recipient of the Petersen Automotive Museum’s first Visionary award. He currently serves on Ford Motor Company’s Product Committee where they work on all upcoming Ford products well into the next decade. In addition, he serves on the Incorporated Board of Directors for Saleen, he is a member of The Pasadena Art Center College of Design Advisory Network and has been the featured speaker at both S.E.M.A. and the Detroit Auto Show AutoWeek Design Forum.
Not only does Beau play an active roll in keeping Galpin Ford as the #1 volume Ford Dealer in the World and in the ongoing success of the other Galpin franchises, he is an integral part of Galpin Motors outreach to the community. He currently serves on the Advisory Council for Wheels for Humanity, and was honored by the Boys & Girls Club of the San Fernando Valley with their Golden Hands Community Award. He was also recently honored with The Dignity, Love and Compassion Award from New Horizons, whose goal is to open new doors and realize new opportunities for individuals with disabilities.
Having been immersed in the car business all his life; Beau attributes his passion for innovation to his father, Bert Boeckmann, who pioneered customization in the mid-sixties and seventies with his concept of Galpinizing. The entire Conversion Van industry can trace its roots to Bert Boeckmann and Galpin Ford, as can the off-road 4X4 craze and numerous other firsts many of which went on to be standard equipment on Ford vehicles. Following in the footsteps of his father, Beau brings a fresh, new perspective to the automotive customizing world.
The infamous car customization specialist Mad Mike, a.k.a. the “Man with the Plan”, is widely known from the hit television show “Pimp My Ride”.
Mad Mike has been a whiz in the automotive electronics industry for over 25 years. He is recognized worldwide as the best of the best when it comes to customizing and tricking out automobiles. There’s no job too small, too big or crazy for him to complete.
Starting off at an early age playing with an electronic wooden clock, Mad Mike began his fascination with electricity and wires. He loves the daily challenge of using his creativity to strengthen his ingenuity with electricity.
Before Mike was known as a genius within the car electronics industry, he was a dedicated American Solider as a Radar Operator and Technician during Operation Desert Storm. His education and hands-on experiences with electronics in the Air Force catapulted his exposure in the auto industry.
Most notably, Mike can be seen weekly on MTV’s Pimp My Ride. Viewed in the U.S. and 20 other countries, Pimp My Ride is somewhat of the “ugly duckling turns to a beautiful swan adventure”. In addition to Pimp My Ride, Mad Mike has made appearances on several television and radio shows ranging from the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, TRL, G4Techtv, Jimmy Kimmel, Funk Master Flex Radio Show, X-Games amongst specialty car shows such as DUB Show, LA Auto Show, NASCAR and DB Drag World Finals.
When Mad Mike is not maneuvering wires and electrical parts, he is managing his many automotive enterprises, and proudly volunteering his time to several community organizations such as: Disabled American Vets, Keep America Clean, Susan B. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, and the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
He currently resides in Southern California and is employed full time at Galpin Auto Sports.
Luis has been painting and drawing most of his life. With over 10 years experience in custom paintwork, Luis recognizes the importance of remaining on the cutting edge when it comes to new tricks and techniques of the trade. Together, the Galpin Auto Sports paint team produces some of the best one-of-a-kind creations, many of which can be seen at car shows throughout Southern California or featured in national magazines!
J.D. hails from Eagle River, Wisconsin. At a young age, he was immersed in his family’s automotive business working his way up the ladder swiftly with his natural talent and enthusiasm.
After graduating high school, J.D. received more training at the Acoustic Edge Institute in Oklahoma where his passion for mobile electronics boomed. Shortly after completing his courses in Mobile Electronics and Fabrication he was offered a position at the school as a teacher’s assistant. This career move led him into numerous posts including, instructor, head instructor, and finally as the director of the school.
In October of 2007 he joined GAS as a Fabricator/ Customizer. At G.A.S. he was an integral part of the build for the outrageous “Scythe” – the one-off custom car project known to enthusiasts as the two-million dollar car. He was the team leader for the Air Force SuperCar builds, an incredible high tech project for a prestigious entity. J.D.’s latest accomplishments included lending his talents to the 1969 Ford Mustang 3-day build which was the main feature in the Ford booth at the Specialty Equipment Manufacturing Association (SEMA) in Las Vegas.
Dave Shuten has had an automotive passion all his life building model cars and playing with Hot Wheels since he was a child in Michigan. This passion turned into a 15 year career when he joined General Motors as a tool and die maker.
Dave’s enthusiasm with anything automotive steered him directly into designing and building one-off custom cars, first for himself, and then eventually leading into builds for private collectors. He has also done numerous restorations on famous historic customs including Ed “Big Daddy” Roth’s Orbitron, Dan Wood’s Milk Truck and Ice Truck, and Charlie Ryan’s Hot Rod Lincoln.
Dave went on to win the House of Kolor Prestigious Painter award in 2009 and 2010. His creations have graced the covers and pages of numerous automotive magazines such as Hot Rod Magazine, Rod and Custom, Street Rodder and Kustom Kulture.
Dave was recently brought on board to Galpin Auto Sports as the Custom Shop Foreman where he is the front man for all of the custom projects.