Brian Champagne

West Jordan father and son restore one of the most hated cars of the 1970s

West Jordan father and son restore one of the most hated cars of the 1970s

Brian Champagne, KSL.com Contributor  |  Posted Nov. 4 - 2:31 p.m.

Car buyers abandoned the Chevrolet Vega with good reason in the 1970s, which made it a rare build for a West Jordan father and son.
Father and son's Celica Supra project spans generations

Father and son's Celica Supra project spans generations

Brian Champagne, KSL.com Contributor  |  Posted Oct. 9 - 6:19 p.m.

A West Jordan father gave his son the same experience he had of bonding with a father over the rebuild of a car. Now, their car travels to shows and similarly unites generations.
Lehi man's classic British convertible speeds past competition over and over again

Lehi man's classic British convertible speeds past competition over and over again

Brian Champagne, KSL.com Contributor  |  Posted Sept. 9 - 8:00 p.m.

Most people showed their rare British sports cars off at a recent weekend car show in Salt Lake City; a few, like Skyler Sisson of Lehi, pushed them on the event's autocross course.
Fun or freaky? Richmond man combines tail-finned Plymouth and off-road truck to make 'Maxine'

Fun or freaky? Richmond man combines tail-finned Plymouth and off-road truck to make 'Maxine'

Brian Champagne, KSL.com Contributor  |  Posted Aug. 5 - 11:27 a.m.

If you think Tyler Merrill was wrong to build a car that looks like it's from the movie "Mad Max" instead of "Christine" out of his 1958 Plymouth, check out the car's roots before pronouncing your verdict.
Flying low-cost Avelo out of Ogden starts cheap, gets convenient

Flying low-cost Avelo out of Ogden starts cheap, gets convenient

Brian Champagne, KSL.com Contributor  |  Posted July 17 - 10:08 a.m.

Avelo Airlines introduced $19 fares. Those are gone, but it's still worthy of a look.
Beloved wagon leads Salt Lake family to collect 9 more cars and counting

Beloved wagon leads Salt Lake family to collect 9 more cars and counting

Brian Champagne, KSL.com Contributor  |  Posted July 2 - 10:30 a.m.

This weekend you can see the restored family wagon and a half-dozen of the Jeeps and cars it led a family to collect.
Rat Fink Reunion is coming back bigger than ever in Manti

Rat Fink Reunion is coming back bigger than ever in Manti

Brian Champagne, KSL.com Contributor  |  Posted June 3 - 8:10 p.m.

If you like your art a little on the rock 'n' roll, crazy, and hot-rod side, Manti is the place to be Thursday through Saturday night.
Lehi man's serape-patterned paint on Beetle pays homage to Mexican-blanket seat covers

Lehi man's serape-patterned paint on Beetle pays homage to Mexican-blanket seat covers

Brian Champagne, KSL.com Contributor  |  Posted May 20 - 3:13 p.m.

If you've owned a car with seats that needed to be recovered but your budget only allowed for Mexican blankets, you'll relate to the paint on this Beetle.
Lindon man builds custom Jeep 'SUV' to fit family of 7

Lindon man builds custom Jeep 'SUV' to fit family of 7

Brian Champagne, KSL.com Contributor  |  Posted May 6 - 2:47 p.m.

Jeep's four-door Wrangler Unlimited wasn't big enough to fit one Lindon designer's family of seven, so he built his own three-row version — and he was just the guy for the job.
No one saves and drives a family heirloom like this Tooele family

No one saves and drives a family heirloom like this Tooele family

Brian Champagne, KSL.com Contributor  |  Posted April 8 - 2:36 p.m.

It sat in a garage for decades and now a Tooele family is driving the payoff of a barn find they didn't have to go find.
Midvale man's vintage Civic is cool, getting cooler

Midvale man's vintage Civic is cool, getting cooler

Brian Champagne, KSL.com Contributor  |  Posted Feb. 26 - 3:03 p.m.

It's little, it's hard to get parts, but it's getting more valuable every day
Blazer restorer restores one for himself

Blazer restorer restores one for himself

Brian Champagne, KSL.com Contributor  |  Posted Jan. 7 - 3:26 p.m.

Andy Kawahara works on other people's Chevy's by day, and on his own by night.
Collection of Caddies keeps connection strong between father and son, 2 generations over

Collection of Caddies keeps connection strong between father and son, 2 generations over

Brian Champagne, KSL.com Contributor  |  Posted Nov. 5 - 11:32 a.m.

Kevin Watkins has kept all the cars his father gave him, going back to when he was 14 years old. He says the collection helps keep memories of his father vivid, and is helping him create new memories with his son.
Mother-daughter connection puts the 'ma' in Camaro

Mother-daughter connection puts the 'ma' in Camaro

Brian Champagne, KSL.com Contributor  |  Posted Oct. 1 - 1:44 p.m.

When an Alaska bush pilot passed away, she left her daughter memories she could drive — loud and fast.
After more than a decade, Saratoga Springs family finds their Mustang that 'got away'

After more than a decade, Saratoga Springs family finds their Mustang that 'got away'

Brian Champagne, KSL.com Contributor  |  Posted Aug. 6 - 2:02 p.m.

Most of us have that "one that got away." This family got theirs back, but not without a lot of luck and hard work.
Major car show pulled off in Salt Lake City with COVID-19 precautions

Major car show pulled off in Salt Lake City with COVID-19 precautions

Brian Champagne, KSL.com Contributor  |  Posted July 23 - 8:40 a.m.

National car show promoter Goodguys Rod and Custom Association came to Utah at a "challenging" time, but organizers say they pulled off a great car show this past weekend.
How thinking like a boat racer led to the creation of a very unique pickup truck

How thinking like a boat racer led to the creation of a very unique pickup truck

Brian Champagne, KSL.com Contributor  |  Posted July 9 - 3:35 p.m.

If you’ve ever had to work using two mirrors, like when shaving the back of your neck, you’ll appreciate what a Salt Lake man did to get an engine into the bed of his pickup truck.
Logan man combines vehicle 'souls' to build rat rod from the ground up

Logan man combines vehicle 'souls' to build rat rod from the ground up

Brian Champagne, KSL.com Contributor  |  Posted June 4 - 11:30 a.m.

"Rat rods" are built from pieces of different cars; Ron Kidman calls his a convergence of souls.
You can hate on this electric-converted 1958 pickup truck, just don't race it

You can hate on this electric-converted 1958 pickup truck, just don't race it

Brian Champagne, KSL.com Contributor  |  Posted May 14 - 12:57 p.m.

Salt Lake City car enthusiast Casey Loter converted a 1958 Chevy pickup truck to Tesla power, and the results are beyond ludicrous.
Coronavirus restrictions put Manti's annual Rat Fink Reunion in jeopardy

Coronavirus restrictions put Manti's annual Rat Fink Reunion in jeopardy

Brian Champagne, KSL.com Contributor  |  Posted April 18 - 1:08 p.m.

While many cities in Utah canceled events and programs upon first hearing of COVID-19 social distancing, Manti is holding out and hoping for its summer programs and, most importantly, its international event in early June.
South Jordan man turns MINI Cooper into in-home racing simulator

South Jordan man turns MINI Cooper into in-home racing simulator

Brian Champagne, KSL.com Contributor  |  Posted April 2 - 1:30 p.m.

Brent Cheney always wanted to build a racing simulator. The one he built in his basement is probably the most realistic driving simulator you’ll ever see.
Ogden man predicts his electric 'Herbie' is the future of hot-rodding

Ogden man predicts his electric 'Herbie' is the future of hot-rodding

Brian Champagne, KSL.com Contributor  |  Posted March 12 - 7:01 p.m.

Steve Nestel’s Herbie-style VW Beetle goes from zero to 60 mph thanks to its electric Tesla Model S engine. But Nestle is still waiting for respect from hot rod purists.
Orem man builds car show inside his show car

Orem man builds car show inside his show car

Brian Champagne, KSL.com Contributor  |  Posted Jan. 2 - 1:14 p.m.

At most car shows, you stop to look under the hood. When you come to Don West’s vehicle, you’ll get hooked by what’s in his trunk.
'Something blew up every 6 months’: Salt Lake man finally gets bare-metal rat rod on the road

'Something blew up every 6 months’: Salt Lake man finally gets bare-metal rat rod on the road

Brian Champagne, KSL.com Contributor  |  Posted Dec. 6 - 11:46 a.m.

Joe Averett always wanted a rat rod. But he didn’t plan on the battles he’d have with real rats and series of blown parts he’d have to replace to get his 1948 Chrysler New Yorker going.
Bigger outside Utah than in: Rat Fink reunion draws people from around the world

Bigger outside Utah than in: Rat Fink reunion draws people from around the world

Brian Champagne, KSL.com Contributor  |  Posted May 28 - 3:01 p.m.

Rat Fink is a character and an attitude created by a Utahn. A reunion in Manti next week will embrace both, though it's more popular in the rest of the world.