Coast Choppers' Jesse James Joins a Powerful Lineup of Dynamic
Designers at AutoWeek's 2008 Design Forum
courtesy of TheBeachCruiser.com
-- Jesse James, owner of West Coast Choppers, will be the
keynote dinner speaker at the 15th annual AutoWeek Design
Forum, 8 a.m. -- 9 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2008, in the
Riverview Ballroom of Cobo Conference/Exhibition Center
in Detroit, Michigan.
Rounding out the list of speakers sharing their insights
on design in the automotive and consumer arenas are the
founder and principal, Priority Designs
design manager, Chrysler LLC
president, Rad Rides by Troy
Holzhausen, director of design, Mazda North American Operations
director of exterior design, HUMMER, General Motors
The Discovery Channel's "Monster Garage" catapulted
James to national fame as the leader of televised teams
of experts who built "monster machines." The hour-long
program showcased the groups' adventures in transforming
stock vehicles into other types of vehicles or machinery.
Some of the more memorable projects included transformation
of the Chrysler PT Cruiser into a wood chipper, a Lincoln
Continental into an open road racer and a Ford Model A into
a rat rod, just to name a few.
owner of West Coast Choppers, a Long Beach, California,
custom motorcycle fabrication shop he founded in 1992, James
developed a following with the special-order motorcycles
he painstakingly tailors for each buyer. Ranging in price
from $60,000 to $150,000, one-of-a-kind bikes were created
for such famous riders as basketball legend Shaquille O'Neal,
musician Kid Rock, NASCAR driver Kyle Petty, NFL wide receiver
Shawn Jefferson and model Tyson Beckford.
for Fun is the theme of the daylong AutoWeek Design Forum,
celebrating design as the ultimate differentiating factor
between products, the catalyst of passion and the primary
force that drives consumers' interest and purchase decisions.
The event features individual morning presentations, afternoon
tours of the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS)
and a dinner program.
the Design Forum attendees throughout the morning will be:
of Priority Designs -- Kolada's industrial design consulting firm
-- which boasts TaylorMade, Adidas, Lowe's and American Standard among
its clients -- is internationally recognized for its creativity and
problem-solving capabilities. The firm specializes in three major
design areas, including sporting goods, home products and medical
devices. Kolada is a native Detroiter and a graduate of Cass Technical
High School and the University of Michigan.
of Chrysler LLC -- "Raised in a puddle of gasoline" in the
family garage, Pizzuti's creativity has earned him patents for the
Durango and Jeep(R) Hurricane, which also snagged an IDEA silver award.
The Hurricane was further recognized as the "Best of What's New"
Popular Science and received an AutoWeek Editors' Choice Award in
Most Fun category.
of Rad Rides by Troy -- Rad Rides by Troy is one of the most
well-known and respected custom automobile companies in the business.
Clients include many of the nation's top collectors, celebrities and
manufacturers such as Chrysler, Ford, General Motors and Toyota.
Trepanier's creations include the Chicayne, the first twin-turbocharged
small-block street machine and the nation's only EPA-certified e85
which he's currently developing. The Grand National Roadster Show
recognized Trepanier as the 2007 Builder of the Year.
of Mazda North American Operations -- von Holzhausen is
responsible for Mazda's North American Design Center which houses
design and development of all concept and production vehicles for
North America. As design manager for General Motors prior to joining
Mazda, von Holzhausen oversaw concept and production design for several
vehicle programs, including the Pontiac Solstice and Saturn Sky.
of General Motors -- A self-proclaimed "truck guy," Zipfel's
career began as a professional off-road motorcycle racer and a
motorcycle mechanic. Following a track injury that sidelined his
racing, and a degree from the Cleveland Institute of Arts, Zipfel
General Motors in 1993 to work on the C5 Corvette interior. He moved
quickly to the Truck Studio and has been the exterior design director
for Hummer since 2003, leaving his mark on the popular H2 and H3 models.
His most recent work can be seen on the new HUMMER HX concept.
The AutoWeek Editors' Choice Awards, presented annually during the Design
Forum dinner program, will recognize the Best in Show, Most Fun, Most
Significant and Best Concept vehicles of the 2008 NAIAS.
Advance registration for the daylong program, which includes continental
breakfast, lunch, NAIAS tour, reception and dinner, is $275.
Advance tickets for the full
day or dinner program only are $225 and $175 each, respectively. Deadline
for online registration is Friday, January 11. Limited on-site registration
will be available during the Design Forum at $325 for the full day and
$225 for dinner-only attendance.