By Reed Berry
After cranking out some eye-popping creations on MTV's Pimp My Ride, Ryan Friedlinghaus, CEO of West Coast Customs, now detours to another cable network
to star in Street Customs, TLC's newest reality show. The show features the
entire family of West Coast Customs artisans, including Big Dane, Lil Mike and
Produced at West Coast Custom's state-of-the-art facility in Corona, California,
each episode takes you through some unbelievable car builds from start to
finish, not to mention capturing some of the drama that takes place when
talented (and temperamental) craftsmen have to work together on demanding
Street Customs will, according to Friedlinghaus, “tackle some of the most
extraordinary car builds ever conceptualized and built on television.” His crew
certainly has the talent and cutting-edge technology to accomplish this, and
that is why West Coast Customs attracts an impressive clientele ranging from
celebrities to foreign royalty.
Supercross star Tyler
And, of course, an exciting new television show deserves a premiere event.
Street Customs is no exception. A premiere party held at Republic, the trendy
new restaurant and lounge on La Cienega Boulevard in West Hollywood, has brought
out not only Ryan and the guys from West Coast customs, but also a variety of
up-and-coming Hollywood actors and musical performers, as well as Supercross
superstar Tyler Evans and X Games Motocross champion Brian Deegan.
X Games Motocross
champion Brian Deegan
Deegan is also a West Coast Customs customer. In one episode of Street Customs,
his stock Chevy Z-71 pick-up truck is transformed into a radical looking machine
that he can jump 10 feet in the air. And since he plans to reveal the truck at
an upcoming motocross event, Ryan and his team have just seven days to complete
It's no surprise that West Coast Customs continues to remain in the media
spotlight. Their original designs and craftsmanship have made them the world's
premiere vehicle modification shop. In addition to their California facility,
West Coast Customs will also have franchised shops in Malaysia, Dubai, Germany,
Russia and Australia.
Street Customs airs Thursday nights at 10 pm as part of TLC's popular “Turbo
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