A little backstory….
Gary’s first love was a 1967 GTA Mustang Fastback when he was 18 years old. Unfortunately, he was in an accident that caused extensive damage to that Mustang. Since it was the fault of the other driver, who had no insurance, Gary was not able to have it repaired professionally. He bought another 1967 to use as a “parts car”, but since he had no professional knowledge at the time, he eventually sold his dream car. This event marked the beginning of his interest in automobile building and restoration.
They say that from adversity comes success and as a result Gary became interested in the art of auto body and paint. He has never considered his trade as simply an occupation, but more so an art form. He started working for body shops in his youth and in recent years has been fortunate to open his own shop catering to discriminating customers throughout the US and beyond. When you work with GT Graphics and Customs you are not just working with a paint and body shop. You are trusting your treasured vehicle to an artist, a true custom car builder who considers his shop more of an art studio and each vehicle an art project in progress.
During the first six years of his business venture, GT Graphics, was initially located in Bradenton, Florida, specializing in custom motorcycles. The custom motorcycle business required Gary to fabricate the sheet metal to go along with any theme the customer desired as well as design a paint scheme. It was then his wife, Teresa, became a part of the production. As a free-lance artist, Teresa used her airbrushing skills to produce unique designs that appealed to their customers. During this time, Gary built his own custom motorcycle which won awards throughout the US, including the Rat’s Hole in Daytona Beach, Florida.
Gary and Teresa now have their shop located in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina, where they enjoy custom building automobiles for customers from all over the US and other countries. Their experience in custom design goes beyond paint and graphics but often requires custom fabrication which is increasingly a large part of their customer’s projects.
Their work has been winning awards around the country. Most recently voted Best Ford for his Mustang restoration at the 2014 Annual Richard Petty Garage Car Show. As well as restoring, fabricating, and painting the Baldwin Motion Phase III Camaro to doing the custom painting for Pixar’s Disney on Ice “Cars” characters, they have become well known in the world of custom auto building and restoration.