Galpin President, Builder Among Hall of Fame Inductees

Mar 8, 2014

Beau Boeckmann, president of Galpin Auto Sports, and Dave Shuten, the company’s lead rod and custom builder, were recently inducted into the National Rod & Custom Car Hall of Fame in Afton, Okla.

Boeckmann was recognized as a car collector, while Shuten received the builder/owner award, according to Los Angeles-based Galpin Motors.

“Being inducted into the hall of fame is such an incredible honor, especially coming from the legendary (builder and hall of fame founder) Darryl Starbird,” Boeckmann said. “To be in the same company as many of my heroes in the hot rod community is absolutely surreal and very humbling.”

Boeckmann, who also serves as the vice president of Galpin Ford, grew up in the car business, according to Galpin Motors. His passions include hot rods, show cars and customs, especially from famed builders such as George Barris, Ed “Big Daddy” Roth and Von Dutch.

Shuten has worked on a number of projects as a designer/builder of his own creations and restorer of historic Galpin-owned customs. Shuten’s unique expertise was represented in Galpin’s “Iron Orchid,” a 1934 Ford five-window coupe built in-house by Galpin, according to the company. His work has been featured in publications such as Hot Rod, Rod and Custom, Street Rodder and Kustom Kulture.

The 19th hall of fame induction ceremony was held in February in Oklahoma City. Living members of the hall of fame vote each year to nominate and induct a new class of honorees. The other inductees included Pat Keating (custom/rod inductee), Harold Murphy (custom/rod inductee), Herb Martinez (designers hall of fame), Tom Vogele (auto journalist/photographer) and Bob Larivee (lifetime achievement).