What Happens When You Cross an Engineer with an Artist?
Easy – you get Spook. A vintage steel restoration guru with a passion for paint, Spook dreamed of Airkooled Kustoms long before opening the shop in Hazel Green in 2004. The mastermind behind the proprietary processes that yield darkside dubs that Volkswagen and Porsche enthusiasts drool over, Spook doesn’t do anything halfway.
Ask him about buying a classic air-cooled vehicle made by Airkooled Kustoms, and you’ll probably be surprised to hear him advise against it. See, the process is long, it’s expensive, and it requires a level of commitment few would-be buyers possess. The process is not cheap. It is not for the faint of heart.
If you CAN settle for anything other than driving an Airkooled Kustoms Classic Volkswagen or Porsche, you should. If settling is simply impossible, you should contact Spook and get your dream car onto the always full production schedule.
Shannon may not have come out of the womb wrenching on Volkswagens and Porsches, but it’s possible. His “mechanic-ing” abilities are a sight to see, almost leaving us wondering if some sort of manual was downloaded into his brain at birth.
Even more impressive is his can-do attitude and willingness to take on even the biggest challenges. We’re not sure what exactly puts the perpetual smile on his face. Could be the Slim Jims. Could be the fact he gets to spend his days elbow-deep in Dubs. Whatever it is, he’s family and we love him.
Daren comes to the Darkside after a long set of careers doing everything from fireman stuff to remodeling. His diverse set of skills and “you haven’t scared me yet!” attitude makes him a highly-valued team member. His attention to detail and drive to create makes him Krew. Daren's learned the ins and outs of automotive upholstery and window installation – among many other specialties.
Finding a guy with this level of passion for fabrication was like winning the lottery. Behold, one of the best welders on the planet. Josh joined the Krew as its most recent addition, and has survived the trial by fire just fine. It's like he was made for this.
Also, he's an avid bow hunter who makes one of the best venison burgers your mouth could ever hope to taste.
Floyd is the mad scientist behind every custom Volkswagen and Porsche engine Airkooled Kustoms builds. You’ll recognize him by that thousand-watt smile that lights up every inch of the Darkside. Floyd brings new meaning to the term OCD. He may single-handedly revive the paper hang-tag industry with his meticulous tagging habit. Floyd’s Rubber Room is the scene of many a car show engine blow build, and is the laboratory (pronounce that like Vincent Price would, please) that spawns some of the biggest, baddest custom VW engines ever conceived. CUF found his way to Airkooled Kustoms with his bus, Gem, and quickly became a beloved member of the Krew. He is in his element when up to his elbows in engine parts.
Doc began her work life with a PhD in Underwater Archeology, the natural career path leading up to becoming CFO of Airkooled Kustoms, of course. Mom to Matt, Hershel, Gypsy, and Tucker (pups), a flock of chickens, and, well, the whole Krew, Robin is one of the straightest-shooting ‘dudes’ you may ever get to meet. She has a remarkable ability to see through crap and make sense of it.
Doc’s financial wizardry is not confined to Airkooled Kustoms. In fact, her skills are in demand all over Huntsville – but we are the only business that gets to boast that we have her as an employee. Spook once came up in negotiations against her, and immediately determined he wanted her working on his side so that would never happen again.
Greg is our resident tech genius, the guy we call with our ID10T user errors. He’s got a penchant for Macs and a super kool bright orange Squareback (the first vehicle Airkooled Kustoms ever produced). He’s also got seemingly endless patience for calls that start with, “Greg, we need you to…”. Greg’s the one who keeps the Darkside from operating like it’s in the Dark Ages.
Together, Susan and Spook may be the weirdest couple-friends you ever have... assuming they'll leave the compound. She and Doc form the softer side of the Darkside (nonetheless, dudes).
Susan joined the Krew in August 2012 as director of marketing and media, sharing in the Airkooled Kustoms goal of total worldwide domination. Hobbies include long walks with the dogs, trying to convince the guys that standard height on a Dub is patently unacceptable. Oh, yes, there’s also pestering the guys every week about shooting video for the YouTube channel.
Susan’s grandfather is to blame for her appearance on the scene at Airkooled Kustoms. It was his 71 Super Beetle, now owned by her brother, that began its restoration here and introduced her to the wonderful world of Dubs, and a never-dull life married to Spook.
Chief of Security at Airkooled Kustoms. When not emceeing in a kilt, patrolling the perimeter in a kilt, or making people laugh until the soda they were drinking sprays out from their noses, Harley’s off doing… well, nobody really knows what, but it’s probably in a kilt.
All we know is that it’s unanimous: If you’re ever in a dark alleyway or about to get into a knife fight, Wink is the one you want with you. When you see him, be sure to ask about “Juice” and his pet raccoon. The stories may not come out the same way twice, but they’re guaranteed to make you laugh until your sides ache.