For the past month or so I’ve been crammed with life’s responsibilities. I’ve been busy and I’ve been out of touch with my brand Fitted Life. Our Facebook page has gone light and I haven’t been able to finish the whole Spring release which should be debuting next month in March.
Life got busy and I didn’t know how to deal with it. It was like trying to jump into something that you haven’t done for years. It was that uneasy feeling of fear that held me back in doing more for Fitted Life. I just didn’t know what to do. Yet, as time passed, I experienced and met many influential individuals that spoke with truth, love, and passion. It was something that I relearned at my last visit to Socal’s finest speed shop MOONEYES.
Established back in the 50’s, Mooneyes carried a humble story of one car guy named Dean Moon, whose passion for mechanics, speed, and safety, launched him and his brand into the international spotlight. He started out wrenching and creating parts out of a garage behind his dad’s cafe known as Moon’s Cafe and later he relocated his shop from Norwalk to Sante Fe Springs. From his humble beginnings, he turned his life long passion into a successful brand that is world known for quality, aesthetics, and performance.
Though Dean has passed away, his enterprise was acquired by a longtime good friend and dealer from Japan named Shige Suganuma. Since acquisition, Suganuma san restarted the company name as MOONEYES USA and has kept up with the Yokohama Mooneyes Hot Rod & Custom Show.
While visiting the shop, I ended up picking up a rad Mooneyes tee and some stickers that I’m still debating if I should just collect them, or post them on either my CB550, S14, or E30. Decisions. Decisions. Decisions. Haha. I also ended up taking snapshots of the whole speed shop and ran into an awesome Mooneyes employee that showed us around the shop and their current build projects. We even got a chance to check out how their famous speed disc style hub caps were made!
There is a lot of memorabilia and history that resides at the MOONEYES headquarters as this was the original location of MOON Speed Equipment. We saw some old templates and castings of parts from eras ago. Likewise we ran into this crazy welder guy who actually builds some legit bikes that were displayed at the JCCS Mooneyes booth.
At the moment MOONEYES is working towards Bonneville and getting their dragster ready for the top speed showdown. Since I’ve never been to the flats, I asked our tour guide about his experience at Bonneville. He was thrilled to describe his experience there and I could feel how passionate he was about the MOONEYES culture and how much he loved his job. Yes, you read that right. He LOVES his day job! And that’s what I’m talking about. It’s all about that passion and doing more of what you love and continually pursuing what matters the most to you. That’s passion and that’s a fight worth fighting for.
Thank you MOONEYES for reminding of my own personal goals, dreams, and my ultimate passion. I’m feeling pumped to do more of what I love to do more. Keep life fitted. Keep it real.