The greatest stories come from the humblest of beginnings, and the story of The Garage Shop was no exception. Aaron Brown formed a plan to take control of his destiny which included building vehicles that are more than great looking, they were vehicles with a soul. Through this desire, his first creation of Project 39 was born. In only six months, he hand-built a street legal truck to go more than 215 mph that went on to set more than 30 land-speed records. Project 39 became the standard of excellence The Garage Shop team continues today.
“How you begin says a lot about your company. I made a promise to myself to go out and build that car with my own two hands, and I went out and did it. It feels good to say you are going to do something and then do it – that is how we have done every project since.”
We design our cars to be the best in the business. Our goal is to honor each vehicle's unique history, while preparing it for a ground-breaking future.
After finishing Project 39, Aaron set his sights on creating a new breed of record-breaking vehicle. The mission was to rebuild a 50-year-old truck and drive it completely off-road across the entire USA...East to West...North to South. No interstate or gravel road. Just open country. They called their first journey “Expedition SEMA” from Charlotte, NC to Las Vegas, NV through The Oregon Trail and down the Continental Divide. Aaron and his team showed they have the drive and ability to create innovative products. From there, more builds and adventures have taken place in a multitude of platforms.
“We went places that Google doesn’t have pictures on record. We were able to see the same views our forefathers saw, the brave souls who pioneered wagon trails into the unknown. By experiencing similar trials and tribulations they did, we were humbled with the reality of how lucky we are today.”
Once the team took a break from their bold, off-roading adventures, they went back to The Garage Shop and refocused efforts on designing beasts of speed. Creating the Cup Car was a great opportunity to take a current NASCAR Cup Series car and race it on a big stage in Land Speed Racing. Aaron and the TGS had no idea the impact the Cup Car would have when they started, and certainly didn’t expect it to set more than 25 records. The fabrication of this vehicle was the beginning of learning teamwork and what it took to make their next projects - a Ford Talladega and Dodge Daytona - a huge success.
“We don’t just create cars with speed, we create cars with stories. They are relatable; they have a soul.”
As The Garage Shop began to grow quickly. They set up a challenge like no other in re-creating the iconic Bobby Isaac No. 71 Dodge Daytona and taking it to the historical Bonneville Salt Flats. Aaron went from working hours alone in an empty garage, to re-creating history with a team of passionate, mechanical and engineering experts. He realized surrounding himself with people who understood and appreciated the TGS vision, he was able to deliver something bigger than ever imagined. .
“Having the trust of someone like Vance Kershner validates the fact of how far The Garage Shop has come.”
Aaron found a turning point for The Garage Shop came with the support of his trusted friend, Vance Kershner. As an internationally-successful business owner and founder of Labware Inc., Vance is known to have good instincts and business practices. Vance believed in Aaron’s vision being a trailblazer in the racing world. The partnership between them led to creating the Talladega, a car that not only went 225 right off the trailer, but went on to spark a national interest in The Garage Shop's work and grow the company in dynamic ways.
“When you try to intertwine old school looks with new school technology, everything has to flow. You are given an engineering challenge that comes with 2 million problems, and you have to have the mental state of mind able to see the big picture, while understanding the intimate details of how to bring it all together.”