See Seattle Speed Shop!

See Seattle Speed Shop!

You’d be hard-pressed to find a better community than the H.A.M.B. We look out for each other and root for one another as we push towards a common goal: get more traditional hot rods on the road.

At this point, I’ve been on the H.AM.B. for nearly 15 years. It wasn’t until I started building my car that I discovered how generous our network really is. Whenever I hit a roadblock, someone out there would offer a solution, parts or both.

From the very beginning, Hitchhiker was a name that popped up often. Outside of the H.A.M.B. world, he’s Matt Field, and he’s the driving force behind Seattle Speed Shop. From his daily driven ’banger pickup to his plethora of projects, it seems as if he always has something neat in the works.

It comes as no surprise that Matt has an encyclopedic knowledge of early Fords. However, I was surprised when I learned about his impressive collection of hot rod parts. He doesn’t hoard them. He doesn’t hide them. Instead, he puts them up for sale—speed shop style.

When I was looking for Model B hubcaps, Matt dug up four and sent them my way. When I was searching for ’32 spring perches, he offered me his best pair. Same goes for spindles, shifters and plenty more pieces. These are genuine parts. They’re not repop, but not thrashed either. They’re authentic, and they’ll look right at home on my roadster.

In more recent times Matt’s been hard at work setting up SSS’s new headquarters in Northern Washington. I tried to make it up there last summer, but I couldn’t swing it with my work schedule. Earlier this winter, he launched his YouTube channel, which starts with a tour of the shop.

Even if you’ve seen it before, it’s definitely worth taking a closer look. And if you’re on the hunt for anything big or small for your build, reach out to Matt and his dog, Charlie. They’ll help get you on the road.

Joey Ukrop

Opening image by Matt Field 

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