In most homes, the garage is not the most impressive room in the house. This is not the case for a RaceDeck Garage. Not only are they the coolest garages on the block™, but most are the coolest rooms in the house. Guðmundur Árni Pálsson and Maríu Höbbý of Iceland, have taken their garage to the next level.
Guðmundur and Maríu’s garage is probably the largest one in Iceland: “Upstairs is a double garage and you can move a vehicle with a car lift down to the basement, which is about 492 sqft,” says Guðmundur. “The basement is broken up by load-bearing walls so I can’t use it all for cars, but it still accommodates two cars downstairs and two upstairs, plus I have a motorcycle, pool table, dartboard, and a huge TV. Our boys and their friends are diligent in using the pool and TV facilities.”
Guðmundur who works as a mason, has worked hard to create a modern showroom for their vehicles. Thus, all the walls are tiled and the floors are elaborate RaceDeck Garage Floor designs. Then the walls are decorated with spare parts, photographs, and posters.
The elevator in the garage is then quite unique, custom-made by Gudmundur’s business partner, a steelmaker. “I got a shipyard to draw it for me and then it was assembled from laser-cut parts,” says Gudmundur, noting that the design is well thought out and can be used, among other things, as a pit for work under a chassis. “In addition to a lift it is a lid that is open over the floor so that it can be used either in the top position or the lower position, and hydraulic cylinders are used to move both the lid and the lift.” It takes just over two minutes to move a vehicle from the basement up into the garage itself and the equipment is simple to handle, according to Guðmundur.
Before children, Guðmundur and Maríu would often ride a motorcycle around Iceland. Today, when the weather is good in the summer, they are more likely to start out with a caravan in the tow. At home, there are two classic Ford Mustangs, a Chevrolet Camaro, a Porsche, and many motorcycles.
“I owned the Camaro a long time ago and drove it for seven or eight years and then sold it. After a while, the Camaro came back on the market, so I bought it back,” says Gudmundur. Before that, Guðmundur has made up a collection of the 1969 Ford Mustang. As well as collecting the cars he has a hobby of repairing old motorcycles.
Guðmundur says that during those times of quieter work, it is good to be able to get to the garage exactly as it was left and continue projects from where they were. There is no risk of the garage and workspace being filled with garbage. “When I finish working on one motorcycle, I start on another. Then there’s the old Mustang that has kept me going. When I got it three years ago it was in parts.”
It is nice that the interest in cars and motorcycles seems to have been passed on to Gudmundur and Maríu’s boys. “When their friends come to visit, the boys like to show them the garage, but they still look more at the cars than anything else. Having grown up in this environment is no doubt that they think cool cars are a normal thing and maybe not so exciting. I, on the other hand, got interested in cars and motorcycles young when I was growing up in the Westman Islands and the interest has only increased with age.”
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If you know Icelandic you can read the original article on mbl.is.
Lead by the familiar mustached face of host Dennis Gage, the My Classic Car (MCC) crew swung by RaceDeck last month to film an industry profile on modular garage flooring. Following a full tour of the facility and manufacturing plant, Dennis chatted with RaceDeck CEO, Jorgen Moller on what sets RaceDeck apart from the “other guys”. The MCC crew also got the chance to mingle with the RaceDeck flooring specialist team, who are often seen out and about at car shows around the country, discussing cool cars and awesome custom garages.
My Classic Car, airing on Velocity and MavTV, entered its 21st season in 2017. The faithful MCC viewers tune in weekly to see features on major classic automobile shows and collections, spotlights on car collectors, and check out the best of the best in car accessories and detailing supplies. Filmed in Evansville, Indiana, the folks at My Classic Car are no strangers to RD, their studio/garage floor is a cool design done in RaceDeck Diamond.
Before heading home, Dennis and company stopped in at the RaceDeck Speed Garage to see the floor yes, but more importantly to check out the classic rides parked on it! With a 2005 Ford GT, vintage Porsches, the 1200 HP Maliboost, BMW Z8 and more, Dennis experienced firsthand why in the world of RaceDeck, life is always better in the garage.
Behind the Scenes with My Classic Car & RaceDeck:
If you’ve ever attended SEMA, you know just how crowded and crazy the show can be. This year seemed even busier than years past; it was quite literally a sea of people at times! In two days of walking the show, I logged over 18 miles and still didn’t get to see and enjoy everything that SEMA has to offer! Here are just a few of the highlights from my time at the show.
Every year there are tons of classic cars, custom cars—both new and old; this year we saw a lot more trucks and off-road vehicles than we remember seeing other years. This niche industry really seems to be taking off! It’ll be interesting to see how this trend develops in the years to come.
Attendees of the show couldn’t miss the distinct smell of burning rubber from all the drifting going on at the Ford and Chevy tracks! For those fortunate enough to get in on the signup early, they got to ride along on the tracks that included huge burnouts and a jump in the middle of the track. We’ll be sure to sign up early next year so we can give you the rundown from the ride-along perspective rather than the spectator. For now, suffice it to say, I’m sure it was a hell of a ride!
RaceDeck was fortunate enough to have a few celebrities stop in at the booth. When Dave Kindig of Bitchin’ Rides stopped by our booth to sign autographs on the second day of the show, the line went out the door and blocked several other exhibitors booths! Our deepest apologies to our fellow vendors, but you know how it is when a celebrity stops in; things can get a little crazy!
Dennis Gage from My Classic Car also stopped by the RaceDeck booth to sign autographs for fans of the show, who also drew a sizable crowd. Our CEO, Jorgen Moller, also took advantage of the photo op when Wayne Carini of Chasing Classic Cars stopped in to see us. We took thousands of other photos throughout the show; here are a few of our favorites.
SEMA 2016 Highlights:
A ’64 Chevrolet Malibu SS with twin turbos and 1000 hp, the Maliboost was modified by Dave Kindig of Kindig-It Designs on Bitchin’ Rides Season 2 Episode 6. It features an imported Scottish leather interior by JS Custom Interior, Forgeline DE3P 3-piece forged alloy wheels, a RoadsterShop FastTrack pro-touring chassis, a LS twin-turbo by Speed Inc, and is tuned by Mark McPhail. The car is truly a “Saturday Night Sleeper”.
RaceDeck will have a booth at the 67th Annual O’Reilly Grand National Roadster Show. Our booth is located in building 4, in the north half of the building on the west wall. Come see us for exclusive show deals!
This show is the longest running indoor car show in the world, with over 500 cars competing and up to another 800 car participating in the Grand Daddy Drive-In! RaceDeck is happy to be part of this long standing event in car culture. More Show Info »
67th Annual O’Reilly Grand National Roadster Show
January 29 – 31, 2016
1101 West McKinley Ave.
Pomona, CA 91768
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