Dave Shuten – The Man Behind the Cars
Shuten, a lifelong resident of Detroit, was first exposed to the automotive world through model car building and Hot Wheels at an early age. Later on he pursued real-life custom car building.
Galpin Speed Shop was established by David Galpin and Beau Boeckmann to restore classic show rods and construct one-off custom cars. His Iron Orchid project – a 1934 Ford 5-window coupe that pays homage to master show car builder Dan Woods – stands as an example.
Early Life and Education
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Dave Shuten was raised in Detroit, Michigan and developed an interest in go-karts and model cars at a young age. He was particularly inspired by the creative works of hot rod builders such as Ed Roth and George Barris.
He began as a tool maker for General Motors, but his passion for customizing and building vehicles only intensified over time. Together with Beau Boeckmann he founded Galpin Speed Shop together.
Shuten and his team utilize the most current in automotive technology to craft period-correct hot rods and custom cars that not only look stunning, but can outrun competitors when it comes to performance. Their list of accomplishments includes designing the Pink Panther Limo, Ed “Big Daddy” Roth Orbitron, as well as the iconic ’34 Ford 5-window coupe known as Iron Orchid.
Achievements and Honors
Dave Shuten has earned himself a long list of accomplishments. As the head mechanic at Galpin Auto Sports in Van Nuys, California, he has won many trophies for his passion for cars. But more than that, Dave is also hands-on, family oriented, green-minded and doesn’t shy away from getting his hands dirty. With expertise ranging from Bugattis to Mercedess, BMWs and Toyota Camries alike – his skillset also knows no bounds!
Dave Shuten, a Detroit native, grew up watching car shows in the 1970s and idolizing legendary artists like Ed Roth, George Barris and more. Eventually he started customizing cars and building show rods in his free time as an outlet.
He earned his stripes as a journeyman die maker at General Motors, honing his craft and honing his attention to detail. Today, he specializes in period-perfect hot rods, customs, and restorations of historical significant cars.
Shuten has an insatiable imagination and a love of hot rods. He’s featured on Discovery Channel series Car Kings and recently opened Galpin Speed Shop to specialize in period perfect hot rods and customs. Additionally, he teaches workshops at Galpin Seedshop while taking on various customer projects.
Shuten was raised in Detroit, Michigan and as a teenager he began building his own go-karts and mini bikes out of scrap parts. Inspired by Hot Rod and Model Car legends such as Ed Roth and George Barris, he spent his teenage years honing his creative skills.
Shuten left his job as a tool maker at General Motors in Grand Rapids, Michigan to pursue cars full time. He relocated to California and joined Galpin Speed Shop where he creates and restores some of the world’s most renowned customs and show cars alongside President Beau Boeckmann of Galpin Motors. Their latest project is the Galpin Iron Orchid: an award-winning 1934 purple, white and chrome Ford five-window coupe built by Shuten that won numerous awards.