We would like to introduce to you the newest member of our car family, Shawn Creswell. He has been employed with ARC since July 5th, 2019. We have grown very fond of him and plan to keep him around :) Shawn is very experienced in the automotive industry and car culture and has a very interesting past. Before joining our team, Shawn was a former volunteer structural firefighter for 13 years and an EMT-B for 5 years in the state of Oregon . We are excited to share a brief Q&A bio about this fun, kind-hearted guy.
Name: Shawn Creswell
Date of Hire: July 5th, 2019
Hometown: Bellflower, California
Siblings: Two brothers & Two sisters
Briefly explain your experience in the automotive industry: I've worked at a few shops that had very good clientel slowly progressing my interest and skills in all aspects of the ground up or minor r&r requirements but none of them have the drive and dedication as Anaheim Rod and Custom!
At what age/what got you into wanting to work on cars? I started building custom wagons and go karts with my dad when I was 2 years old. Going to Southern California car shows, showing off what he built and being around that quality of cars at a young age is what got me interested in building cars. Plus, you can't drive wagons on the road and we all grown up on the outside but we're all kids at heart.
Influences, mentors, or car culture icons that you look up to: I grew up around Larry Watson. My dad had cars painted by him in the late 50's and went to Bob's Big Boy in Bell Gardens when they would cruise around in the day. Bill Hines made numerous stops at our shop to chat and hang out and painted my first wagon my dad built. Ed Roth got me into pinstriping and gave me my first brush that I still use today. Llil Daddy Roth is a riot and I’m honored to know him on a friend base from shows as well. Von Hot Rod, Chainsaw Chuck, Jimmy C, George Barris, Gene Winfield are all originators of art and contributors to the automotive world and I have much respect for them.
Favorite car and why? There's to many lol but I’ll narrow it down to ‘54 Chevy, ‘64 Riviera, ‘64-66 c10, and ‘66 Impala
Favorite aspect of the automotive restoration process: Seeing the owner’s expression of what we have done and can do
Hobbies: Drawing, pinstriping, building anything from scratch and putting different twists on everything.
Tell us about your personal project vehicle: I have a 1964 c10 that I have built a frame from scratch, bbc, air ride front and rear and just to be different, right hand drive..The steering wheel isn't on the wrong side it's on the right side!!
Describe yourself in three words: creative, honest, confident
On a Sunday you can be found: FINISHING MY TRUCK!!!
Any other information or fun facts that you think our clientele would find amusing: I can wiggle just my pinky two on my feet (you probably just tried) and flip coins on my wrist..ask I'll show you lol!