Rod Authority first caught wind of Brent Rothweiler’s stellar kustom at the 2014 Temecula Rod Run. Amongst droves of beautifully restored muscle-era and pre-60s cars and trucks, Brent’s ’54 Buick Special had a flavor that was undeniable, unforgettable, and masterfully built.
Upon closer inspection we found the badge of renowned builder, Oz Welch of Oz Kustoms adorning the fender panel of Brent’s ’54–this was the one car that had us stopping and staring during the Temecula Rod Run, and we certainly weren’t alone amongst the droves of event attendees flocking and inspecting every detail. From custom Lincoln taillights and a convertible conversion to the pearl white interior and smoothed body–this vehicle embodies the spirit and potential that lies within every kustom project.
It wasn’t until a few months later that we got into contact with Brent. To our joy and distinct pleasure, he was more than willing to get together, talk shop, and let us shoot and film his ’54. With a kustom as finely crafted as his, we knew that we needed to do our part–after some brainstorming the Rod Authority team came up with the perfect setting to compliment the aesthetics of the ’54.
Much like the rest of the Los Angeles County region, Long Beach, California has a deep-rooted history with kustom kulture and hot rodding. Brent’s ’54 quickly conjures images of the romanticized imaginings of California beaches and the laid back lifestyle often attributed to Southern California. If there was ever a list of vehicles that serve as a beacon of “California-cool”–Brent’s ride nails it ten times out of ten.
Brent, also a member of Sled Kings car club, felt more than obliged to pull his car onto the sandy shores of Long Beach. What we ended up with was one of the most compelling photo sets and video features to date. It’s not everyday that you get to pull a car as pristine as Brent’s onto the sand. Without a doubt, this kustom is a rolling avatar spreading surreal notions associated with Pacific pleasures.
Be sure to check out the exclusive video feature below for some moving and detail shots of Brent Rothweiler’s kustom ’54 Buick Special. Below is a Q&A session that we had with Brent. In the interview, he sheds some light on his longtime love affair with vehicles, backstory on the Sled Kings car club, and also offers some advice to the new generation of car enthusiasts getting into the culture.
Q&A With Sled King, Brent Rothweiler
Rod Authority: What do you do for a living?
Brent Rothweiler: “I’m a project manager for a construction firm.”
RA: If we were to ask those close to you, “What’s Brent like at a glance?” What do you think they would say?
Rothweiler: “I’m the type of guy who doesn’t sit still very well. I’m always moving or doing something. I’m either working, in the gym, or in my garage tinkering with some type of project.”
RA: What would you say is your first car-related memory?
Rothweiler: “I have several memories of cars from when I was a kid. Especially the times I shared watching or helping my father with his. My first own experience was when I got my 1972 Chevy pickup at the swap meet when I was 15. It had a built 327 ci motor and I couldn’t wait to get it home to wrench on it.”
RA: What is the most important car-related lesson you’ve learned?
Rothweiler: “I’ve learned that cars take time and patience. One may think you can install something in just minutes–hours later you realize your still thinking of a way to finish it.”
RA: What motivates you to build?
Rothweiler: “A finished product is what motivates me the most–to stand back and look at the outcome of the hard work and sweat you put into projects is priceless. At times, when you’re wrenching it can become tedious. Once you see it complete and enjoy it you’re right back out there looking for that next project.”
RA: Do you have any other automotive passions or interests aside from kustoms?
Rothweiler: “Yes, I’m also into car racing. My pops, uncle, friends, and I have a few cars–Corvettes and Mustangs with roll cages and performance modifications done to them–that we race at the local road course tracks. Some of the spots that we frequent are Fontana Speedway, Willow Springs, and Button Willow. It’s like most sports, you have to have focus and have to practice in order to get good at it as well as maintain consistent lap times–mentally, it drains you turn after turn for 15-20 laps.”
Article courtesy of Rod Authority, written by Andrew Almazan.