TORONTO, ON // FEBRUARY 25, 2019 • Some people spend a lifetime trying to get on television. However, it was television that came calling on Bloomingdale, Ontario’s Grant Schwartz, a call that ultimately resulted in a two-year stint with the Las Vegas-based WelderUp gang and a role on the Vegas Rat Rods television show.
From Bloomingdale, to Las Vegas, and ultimately back to Elmira, Ontario, Schwartz has returned to his roots – both personally and professionally – and on March 8, 9 & 10, Schwartz will bring his skills, knowledge and stories to the 5th annual Motorama Custom Car & Motorsports Expo. The show takes place at The International Centre, across from Toronto’s Pearson Airport.
“Working on the TV show was completely different from anything else I’ve ever done and it’s sure not the way things get done in ‘normal life,’” said Schwartz. “A lot of waiting, a lot of tripping over people, fab sequences filmed out of order… ‘reality TV’ is the farthest thing from reality that you could imagine.”
He continued, “But it was a great learning experience. Everyone builds in their own fashion and watching the way those extremely talented people work and seeing the different tricks they use to get to a finished project has translated into some great new ideas and procedures for me in my own business.”
Among the television builds that Schwartz had a hand on wereCaterkiller, Gunner’s Mate, Dynamite Truck and the re-working of Steve Darnell’s personal D-Rod.
Schwartz looks forward to connecting with fellow auto enthusiasts at Motorama.
“I’ll be a part of the Hot Rod Discussion Panel on the Rust-Oleum Stage and I plan to be around the new Motorama Mayhem ‘rockabilly’ room a bunch, in Hall 3. Most of the stuff I’ve done are Hot Rods; that’s where my passion lies, so I’d like to see what else is out there.”
Schwartz is an admitted ‘hands-on’ guy with his fabrication efforts. “All of my work leads to a good foundation that I can pass on. Building the framework, mounting the suspension, hanging the body… that work that gives me the most satisfaction. For wiring, upholstery and painting, I leave that for someone else.”
The Schwartz Welding shop floor is currently filled with a wide assortment of projects including a 1928 De Soto Businessman’s Coupe, a ’69 Econoline van, and an “old T-Bucket,” all sitting alongside his almost-completed 1932 Essex Rat Rod, and his “forever ongoing” rebuild of a 1961 Comet.
“All of my builds have one thing in common, they’re all drivers. My goal is to make vehicles that are driveable, enjoyable and safe. No ‘trailer queens’ for me.”
Speaking on behalf of Motorama, show co-promoter Greg MacPherson said, “We’re all looking forward to having Grant Schwartz be part of Motorama. Over the years, WelderUp owner Steve Darnell has appeared at the show twice and ‘Barber’ Dave and Twiggy have come, too. We love our friends from Vegas Rat Rods and it’s going to be great having Grant come this year.”
ABOUT GRANT SCHWARTZ: For more information on Grant Schwartz and Schwartz Welding, go to www.SchwartzWelding.com. You can follow Grant on social media at schwartz.inc (Facebook) and @schwartzwelding (Instagram).
ABOUT THE MOTORAMA CUSTOM CAR & MOTORSPORTS EXPO: The fifth annual Motorama Custom Car & Motorsports Expo takes place March 8, 9 & 10, 2019 at The International Centre, across from Toronto’s Pearson International Airport. The show features more than 330,000 square feet of custom cars, hot rods, racing vehicles of all kinds, tuners, displays and exhibitors. Motorama is Canada’s biggest late-winter celebration of automobiles and motorsports. For information about the show, including tickets, sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities, and more, call (416) 962-7223, email info@MotoramaShow.com or visit www.MotoramaShow.com.
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