TORONTO, ON – On Saturday, March 12, legendary custom car builder Jimmy Shine and ZZ Top frontman Billy Gibbons will appear at Toronto’s Motorama Custom Car & Motorsports Expo. The show takes place at The International Centre, across from Pearson International Airport. Shine and Gibbons are long-time friends who share a passion for custom cars and are currently collaborating on a new automotive-themed ‘reality TV’ show.
Billy Gibbons and Jimmy Shine will be at Motorama on Saturday, March 12 to meet with fans, sign autographs, take pictures and participate in a ‘Custom Car & Hot Rod’ panel discussion on The Johnsonville Stage. Gibbons and Shine are also scheduled to attend the Car Owners & Exhibitors Cocktail Party on the evening of Friday, March 11.
“We are extremely excited that Billy Gibbons and Jimmy Shine are coming to Motorama,” said the show’s automotive co-ordinator, Gary Challice. “Both of these guys are legends in their fields and I know it’s going to be a big thrill for everyone who comes to the show to meet them in person.
“Jimmy Shine has done amazing work at So-Cal Speed Shop and recently started his own Jimmy Shine Work Shop. And everyone knows Billy Gibbons’ music and the way he incorporates his love of custom cars into almost everything he does. These guys are great buddies, they know a ton about custom cars and it’s going to be a lot of fun seeing them at Motorama.”
Discussing his appearance with Billy Gibbons, at Toronto’s Motorama Custom Car & Motorsports Expo, Jimmy Shine said, “Billy Gibbons is one of my favourite guys to be around, and when you add in a bunch of people who love cars and bikes, you know it’s going to be a good time. We’re both looking forward to coming to Motorama on Saturday, March 12 and we hope you can join us.”
Specific schedule details regarding this appearance and all other Motorama events will be announced well in advance of showtime at www.MotoramaShow.com.
ABOUT JIMMY SHINE: A native or Orange County, California, Jimmy Shine is one of the most talented and respected custom car builders in the industry. Born James D. Falschlehner, he grew up in a mechanically-inclined family and began building his own creations at a young age.
He came to prominence after joining Pete Chapouris’ legendary So-Cal Speed Shop, in 1997. There, he honed his skills working on many well-known vehicles alongside some of the biggest names in the industry.
Over time, Jimmy started to build hot rods and bikes that he would take to various land speed racing facilities. In 2006, he and partner Tony Thacker set a new land speed D/BSTR class record when they went 206.454 mph in a ’29 Ford roadster on the Bonneville Salt Flats.
Eventually, a whole new audience came to know Shine and his work after he was featured on several reality TV specials on the Discovery Channel. He went on to star in ‘Hard Shine,’ ‘Weaponizers,’ and two seasons of ‘Car Warriors.’
Entering 2016, Shine is busier than ever. While still associated with So-Cal Speed Shops, Jimmy recently launched the ‘Jimmy Shine Work Shop,’ in Orange County, California, as a vehicle for promoting his own image and creative visions.
Shine is also developing a new television show alongside of his long-time friend and fellow auto-enthusiast Billy Gibbons, from the band ZZ Top. For more information about Jimmy Shine and his Work Shop, visit www.JimmyShine.com.
ABOUT BILLY GIBBONS: Known primarily as a guitarist and the lead vocalist for the rock band ZZ Top, Billy Gibbons is also an avid automobile enthusiast. He has a large collection of vehicles including a ‘33 Ford Coupe called Eliminator, which was featured in the band’s music videos ‘Sharp Dressed Man,’ ‘Gimme All Your Lovin’ and ‘Legs’ in the early ‘80s.
Originally from Houston, Texas, Gibbons now resides in Los Angeles, California. Known around the world for his trademark long, red beard and his music’s hard rock and blues sound, he and his ZZ Top bandmates were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004. In 2011, Rolling Stone magazine listed Gibbons at #32 on its list of ‘100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.’
A man of many talents, Gibbons and his friend Jimmy Shine are currently developing an automotive-related television show. He also has a recurring role on the television show Bones, in which he plays a fictionalized version of himself, incorporating his passion for custom cars into his character.
Recently, one of ZZ Top’s songs appeared in the 2013 movie Snake & Mongoose, which documented the careers of drag racing legends Don ‘The Snake’ Prudhomme and Tom ‘The Mongoose’ McEwen.
Gibbons is currently touring North America (Billy Gibbons and the BFG’s) in support of his debut solo album Perfectamundo. And following his appearance at Motorama, he and ZZ Top will hit the road on a tour that includes several Canadian dates. For more information about Billy Gibbons, visit www.BillyGibbons.com.
ABOUT THE MOTORAMA CUSTOM CAR & MOTORSPORTS EXPO: The second annual Motorama Custom Car & Motorsports Expo takes place March 11, 12 & 13, 2016 at The International Centre, adjacent to Toronto’s Pearson International Airport. With a footprint of almost 300,000 square feet, the show will be 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.