Dave Kindig, owner of Kindig-It Design in Salt Lake City, was named the recipient of this year’s Goodguys Trendsetter Award at the Hot Rod Industry Alliance Industry Reception Wednesday during the SEMA Show in Las Vegas.
The award is presented annually by Goodguys to rising talents in the realm of rod and custom car building.
Fascinated with car designs since early childhood, Kindig worked as a sales and operations manager after high school where he was able to travel the country calling on the nation’s premier hot rod fabricators and designers.
After a successful eight year run with that company, he decided to step out on his own in the late 1990s to pursue his true passion-building and designing custom cars.
Starting with just a small workspace in his garage, he set out on a path that went from relative obscurity to being known today as one of the top designers in the world of high-performance hot rods and custom cars, according to Goodguys.
His high-level projects include “THE BOSS” 1965 Mustang, a 1960 Chevy named “Bella”, a 1964 Cadillac for Olympic speed skater Apolo Ohno and the Goodguys 2011 Most Beautiful Street Rod award winner, Harold Wiley’s 1939 Buick.
In just over a decade creating automotive dreams, Kindig has been recognized as Builder of the Year at the Boise Roadster Show, was inducted into the Utah Hot Rod Hall of Fame in 2009 and his cars have received the ISCA’s Utah’s Finest distinction six years in a row.
He was also the recipient of the GM Design award for the best GM Hot Rod at the 2007 SEMA Show.
He and his team just finished building the Goodguys “Tribute ’32-³ deuce sedan which will serve as the Goodguys 2013/2014 Grand Prize Giveaway Car.
The “Tribute ’32” is a modernized version of Gary Meadors’ 1932 Ford Tudor long known as the Goodguys “logo car.”
Past recipients of the Goodguys Trendsetter Award are Chip Foose, Troy Trepanier, Alan Johnson, Eric Peratt, Tim Strange, Dave Lane, Zane Cullen, Dean Livermore, Jesse Greening, Troy Ladd, J.F. Launier, Phil and Jeremy Gerber, and Mike and Jim Ring.
To learn more about Kindig-It Design, read Hotrod & Restoration‘s Restorer Profile of the shop here.
For more information on the Goodguys Trendsetter Award, visit www.good-guys.com.