“Al’s Hop-up Shop” was a small father & son garage that wasn’t exactly a business ,but, more of a hangout for hot rodders. On the same property was a barn with a sign that said Heep’s wrecking.one of the sons painted signs on both buildings that made this place seem legit. This is a vague memory, but it stuck and became and became this painting. It was located to the best of my memory, on a back country road in the once rural community of Woodland Hills, California, in the early 1950s.
Like most of these paintings, they focus more on romanticized memories, and not necessarily an accurate account. They are, for the most part were inspired by my brothers, and their involvement with the old clunkers they brought home hopping to build a poor mans hot rod, or jalopy from junk cars.