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MEET THE JUDGES

The NABC™ Rides For A Reason entries will be evaluated by our celebrity panel of judges. Click on their name, or scroll down, to learn more about these experts.

DAVE KINDIG
RAY EVERNHAM
MARK OJA
KYLE MORLEY
THE RINGBROTHERS
LAUREN FIX
DOUG RICE
WALT HOLLIFIELD

DAVE KINDIG

Dave Kindig

Dave has led the field with his unique skills and vision to craft truly one-of-a-kind customs.They say car design is an art form with few real masters, but from concept and design to build and the finished product, what Dave Kindig does isn’t just restoring these rides. With his concepts and vision, keeping to the classic lines, and the help of his Kindig-it design team; these rides are built, improved, and modernized to reflect the best version that these rides can be.

When asked what Dave’s favorite build is, his answer is: “The next one”. To Dave, each component of Kindig-it design, these rides, the process, and getting to know the clients and attachment they have behind these works of art allows him to approach each facet of Kindig-it with fresh eyes. To him, this isn’t just work. He feels fortunate to be able to wake up every day, pursue his dream and do what he loves with those he loves.  Beside him in pursuing this dream of his is his wife Charity, Daughter, Baylee, and Son, Drew – making this truly a family business. More than that, the team beside him at Kindig-it design contributes to that family dynamic.

RAY EVERNHAM

Ray Evernham

Ray Evernham has more than four decades of experience in the automotive and racing industries. He has worked with the biggest names in motorsport history, including Gordon, Andretti, Foyt and Earnhardt, was a vital force in resurrecting the International Race of Champions (IROC) series, won three NASCAR Sprint Cup championships as a crew chief for Jeff Gordon, and partnered with Dodge to build Evernham Motorsports into one of the most successful teams in NASCAR. Evernham has also held many roles in the television industry, including serving as a NASCAR analyst for SPEED, ESPN, ABC, FOX and NBC and hosting his own television series, AmeriCarna, on the Velocity channel. He also served as voice talent and a consultant for Pixar’s Cars 3. In January of 2018, Ray received the most significant honor of his career when he was inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

Currently, Ray is a partner in the upcoming Superstar Racing Experience series, the majority owner, President and CEO of JRi Shocks, host and Executive Producer of Glory Road on NBCSN and is very active with his foundation, Evernham Family – Racing for a Reason, which funds community centers for young adults with high-functioning Autism or Asperger’s Syndrome called IGNITE.

MARK OJA

Mark Oja

Mark Oja owns and operates California Speed and Custom. CSC specializes in redesigning old and new vehicles turning them into art you can drive.

Mark is well known for his on camara roll as build manger, refinisher and technical consultant for the hit Motor Trend Show ‘Overhaulin.  Also seen on the hit show American Hot Rod and behind the scenes consultant on the long running Wheeler Dealer.

Featured in multiple automotive print magazines such as Power and Performance News , Hot Rod , Street Rodder, Wheel Hub and the premier issue of OBS Builders Guide 2020.

Mark is also guest host on the popular podcast “OBSTalk ” which is available on all major podcast platforms.

Mark’s latest SEMA truck, a modern tribute to the legendary Bell Tech Suspensions 1990 Chevrolet 1500 “Splash” is the subject of a 3 part series on Amazon Prime by AutoRevolution called “The OBS Clash.”

Mark spends his days at CSC perfecting his passion, never once considering it work.

KYLE MORLEY

Kyle Morley

Kyle Morley owns and operates a paint studio in New Jersey called XecutionStyle kustom paint. With close to 20 years experience behind the gun, he established the skills necessary to run a successful custom paint shop with 15 of those years being in the body shop. This foundation gave him the base to build my reputation on.

Kyle is best known for producing  3-dimensional, eye-catching graphics using a variety of different textures including metal flakes, pearls and kandies. His work has graced the pages of magazines such as Hot Bike, Baggers Mag, Xtreme Bikes, American Bagger, Cycle Source, Urban Bagger, Iron Horse, PPG Repaint Reporter, Airbrush Action and Pinstriping & Kustom Graphics Magazine and Airbrush the magazine.

Some of his clients include Misfit Industries, Sik Pipes, DA performance ,Curlys custom cycles, TOL designs, GEICO motorcycle insurance , Ray Price Harley Davidson Paul JR. Designs & Pinup baggers just to name a few. Kyle works closely with PPG refinish, Painthuffer Metal Flake, 3M collision, FBS custom fineline tapes, Iwata Medea, RTI Technologies, Rotogen & Trulers. One of his daily tasks is to push the envelope, to try new & different tricks & techniques to keep his mind and projects fresh!

THE RINGBROTHERS

The Ringbrothers

Jim and Mike Ring, co-founders of Ringbrothers, were born with a passion for creating cars more exciting than anything else on the road. The pair began tinkering before they were old enough to drive, barreling down the old country roads of Wisconsin with whatever they could scrounge together.

As their ambition grew, so did their need to build faster, more powerful and more exciting machines. What was once a hobby turned into a business and they began to gain the attention of the aftermarket industry elite. The small-town boys from Wisconsin were winning awards and gaining the acclaim that was once reserved for TV builders.

Today, Jim and Mike Ring operate Ringbrothers out of Spring Green, Wisconsin, where they build their iconic street machines, design and produce aftermarket parts, and work on local cars in their auto body shop. In many ways, the boys haven’t changed all that much since their early days tinkering with whatever cars they could get their hands on. Only now the builds have more power and are desired the world over.

LAUREN FIX

Lauren Fix

Lauren Fix lives life in the fast lane–literally. When this automotive expert, author, spokesperson, keynote speaker, TV personality, ASE certified technician, race car driver, wife, and mother of two roars past, head’s turn. Lauren Fix is an award-winning author of three automotive books, was the National Automotive Correspondent for Time Warner Cable and has appeared on Oprah, TODAY, 20/20, Regis & Kelly, The View, CNBC, CNN, FOX News, HLN and MSNBC, to name a few. Whether she’s perfecting her new line of automotive products, sharing her CAR SMARTS®, reporting live from one of the world’s top auto shows, test driving the latest hot ride, or debating an industry crisis in front of multiple cameras, Lauren Fix is never finished reinventing the wheel.

DOUG RICE

Doug Rice

Doug Rice, president and lead anchor for the Performance Racing Network (PRN), has been with the Speedway Motorsports owned broadcast radio network since 1988. In that time, he has become one of the most recognizable voices in the racing universe, most notably as lead anchor on all PRN NASCAR race broadcast and host of the weekly syndicated show “Fast Talk”.

During his tenure with the network, Rice has received numerous industry awards including the prestigious National Motorsports Press Association Broadcast of the Year in 2009. In 2015 he became the first broadcaster to work both the national radio broadcast for the Indianapolis 500 and the Coca-Cola 600 on the same day. At Indy he covered several pits including the winning driver, Juan Pablo Montoya and then hoped a jet to Charlotte Motor Speedway where he called the victory for Carl Edwards.

Rice has served as vice president of the NMPA and is a board member of the National Sports Media Association.  He credits calling Jeff Gordon’s first career win and Tony Stewart’s first win at the Brickyard among his career highlights.

He is known for his casual style and use of humor on the air. Rice has served as keynote speaker and master of ceremonies for hundreds of NASCAR related events and recently worked as the public address voice of the bowl-winning Appalachian State Mountaineers.   

WALT HOLLIFIELD

Walt Hollifield

Walt Hollifield has been drag racing, collecting and restoring cars for more than 40 years, including the iconic 1973 Stutz Blackhawk III that was the last car Elvis Presley ever drove.  From running the occasional shipment of white lightening through the Carolina hills to running the Auto Fair at Charlotte Motor Speedway for decades, he knows cars. He has acquired a broadly based collection of great American cars of every make, from a 1935 Ford to a 1969 427/435 HP Tri Power Corvette and seemingly everything in between – including a Howitzer-armed Jeep that saw action in the first Gulf War (“I drove that thing to McDonald’s one night to pick up a Happy Meal. That caused some excitement, I can tell you.”).