All About Joe's Speed Shop
Joe's Speed Shop would best be described as a state of mind, more than a geographic location. Joe's is Joe and
Marsha Casto and we have been dealing in old, obsolete speed and hot rod parts since 1980, mostly at swap meets,
street rod and custom events. Since my retirement in 1996, we have expanded our range to events like the Charlotte
swap meet, L.A. Roadster Show, the Hot Rod Reunion in Bakersfield and the Street Rod Nats.
You may have noticed a discrepancy between the dates 1980 and our slogan--"Screwing up perfectly good cars since
1956". My first car was a '39 Chevy coupe which I got for a hundred and ten dollars and a double barrelled shot gun
in 1956 when I was sixteen. According to my mother and the old-time mechanic I helped out on weekends, it really
didn't need dual exhausts and the body nosed and decked, but I didn't let common sense slow me down then and things
haven't gotten any better over the years.
As far as screwing up old cars, the first time I took my '32 Ford, three window out after finishing it in '79,
(red paint, highboy, chrome, 6 '97s, big and littles, etc.), I was sitting in a 7/11 when this guy pulled up behind me, stared at my pride and joy for moment, then said "Wow, bud, you sure screwed up a nice
old car that time, didn't you?". As you can imagine, that phrase stuck in my mind.
Over the last few years, good old stuff is getting harder to find and the appetite for forties, fifties and sixties
cars has grown remarkably. We began manufacturing some products which fit in these eras. The first was the Champion
gauge panels. The success of this project has enabled us to add new products as well as a line of t-shirts.
At this point, we divide our time between travel to events, work on products, shipping and occasionally working on our own hot rod &
custom project cars. We would like say thanks for visiting our site and hope you find something to interest you.
Hot Rod Event Calendar
These are events that I regularly attend and display my stuff
- Sunflower Swapmeet : Feb 5-7 , Wichita KS
- Lone Star RoundUp : April 17-19 , Austin, TX
- Tulsa Swapmeet : April 17-19 Sapulpa, OK
- Pate Swapmeet : April 30-May 1, Fort Worth, TX
- Tri-Co. Swapmeet : 1st week in June, Brighton, CO
- LA Roadster Show : Father's Day week, Pomona,CA
- Street Rod Nationals : 1st week in Aug., Louisville, KY
- Tumbleweeds Last Run : Last week in Sept., Arkansas City, KS
- California Hot Rod Reunion : 1st week in Oct.,Bakersfield,CA
- Chickasha Swapmeet: Mid - October, Chickasha, OK
There are other events that I attend but don't have a booth for.