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Extended Artist Bio: Rob Matthes

Rob Matthes


Though his previous "hot" career in the world of die cast automobiles has since cooled off, the extreme automotive passion that Rob has carried since he was 1/64 scale never died. Now busy checking races off his bucket list, working on his Cougar project, or creating works of c-art for his freelance business, he still finds time to torso-ize some of these masterpieces with designs like "HPTE", "Leaf Spring Harvest", and "Salut".

Rob shifted into neutral to answer a few questions:

Anthony McClinton's DirtFish Adventure

Ever since I got my first Subaru, I’ve wanted to go to DirtFish Rally School. I’ve always wanted to learn how to drive a car like a rally driver, so when blipshift announced their design contest, I knew I had to enter. To my surprise, I got an email not too long after it ended saying I’d won. At first, I couldn’t believe it and I had to read the message two or three times just to be sure I read it correctly. I was beyond excited when I got the news. I was shouting and jumping up and down in my office at work and all my co-workers were really confused as to what was going on.


Along the DirtFish goal, I’ve also always wanted to do a big West Coast road trip to see and experience all the amazing things that the West has to offer. Even before I won the blipshift contest, I was putting pins on a map of areas that I thought would be cool to explore. DirtFish was one of those places, so naturally, when I found out I won, I knew this would be the perfect opportunity to make this road trip happen. The timing just felt right and thus the #Roadtrip2RallySchool was born.

We'll Miss You Davey

In June 2019, The realm of car journalism lost a legend. Having been the outspoken voice of Autoweek, Jalopnik, Car & Driver, and more across his career, Davey G. Johnson brought his signature personality to huge swaths of the automotive landscape. Some say you can thank this man for the community's preference for brown diesel manual wagons, but even if you haven't read his work, it's impossible to escape the voices of others he so empowered.

 


In the spirit of giving opportunity to others, we're donating all proceeds of "The Man in the Golden Helmet" design, created by Davey's cousin Leigh Denham, to The Davey G. Johnson Memorial Scholarship for Non-SEO Writing at his alma matter, Saint Mary's College. With it, Davey can continue to inspire the next generation of writers. As he would say, RAD.

96 (Ish) Hours, 25 tees

The heat of summer has left many of us rockin' a crispy t-shirt tan and a Vitamin D surplus, but if you're looking for a way to get cool we've got your torso's back thanks to The 96 Hours of BS Sale! This weekend's tee wave is awash with 25 newly shined-up shirts, including three voted in by you the fans, plus many ace accessories. The floodgates are open Thursday, August 1 @ noon ET through Monday, August 5, so soak up the sun before it sets for good!


On top of our regularly scheduled programming, The 96 Hours of BS Sale is also beaming you the latest and greatest offerings from some of our great partners: Spike's Car Radio, The Smoking Tire, The Drive, The Warzone, Hooniverse, and Jonny Lieberman!

No BS, The Restomods are Coming

Countdown to The 96 Hours of BS Sale


What can happen in 96 hours? Well, you could watch the fastest F1 pit stop 183,829 times. Or drag a Yugo up to 60mph 21,600 times. But why would you when you could grab one over two dozen newly resto-modded tee designs in The 96 Hours of BS Sale! From Thursday, August 1 @ noon ET thru Monday, August 5, we've slapped a new coat of paint on a whole car show's worth of apparel designs, with some even available in a summer-ready tank top. The camo wraps come off soon, but can you guess any?

2019 96 Hour Sale Pixelated Grid

Of course, no auto reveal would be complete without some leaks. In this case, it's this podium of designs as voted on by you as part of our daily giveaway! These three popularity contest winners will be joining the rest of the assortment hitting the asphalt later this week.

Flattitude 917 No Tire Tread on Me Hello 10mm Socket


On top of the new baby onesies, mugs, and other accessories, we're also giving away a set of LeadMans golf (more like Gulf) pencils to the first 500 qualifying orders of the sale.

LeadMans Pencils

The 96 Hours of BS Sale starts Thursday, August 1 @ noon (Eastern Time) and runs through Monday August 5.

2019-08-01 12:00:00 2019-08-05 23:59:59 America/New_York The 96 Hours of BS Sale Over two-dozen resto-modded tees and posters available for a limited time. Blipshift.com

Dancing With The DirtFish Stars

Here Are Your Rally Awesome Winners!

The stage was sure swinging from the all the hopped-up ideas and designs submitted for the Dirt-Tee Dancing Design Contest, but only one contestant can be crowned champ.

Crack off some fireworks for Anthony McClinton, who going to up his loose surface game with a day of Dirtfish rally school! He's going all out too, driving his rally-ready WRX hatchback from Flagstaff to Whistler and back as part of his dream #roadtrip2rallyschool road trip culminating in the course.

Keep an eye on the hashtag and our social media in early July to follow along, and in the meantime you can snag the winning "Frequent Flyer" thru 6/19.

Frequent Flier


Save some sparklers for Scott Bradford and Jamie Frech too, whose dirt-ready designs earned themselves a respectable second place. With it, they side-swipe themselves some sweet BS credit, and their designs may be made into a full-fledged tee in the future.

Flat Out Subaru Design Deer Crossing Design

Boxers & Blips & Booths, Oh My!

Blipshift at Boxerfest 2019

This Sunday, June 16, York Fairgrounds will be alive with the sound of blow off valves and unequal-length headers thanks to the full day of flat celebration that is Boxerfest! Featuring an all-Subaru autocross, expansive car show, and goods from awesome vendors (and also us)!

Boxerfest Car Show

 

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