About Dan Webb:
Dedicated to Everything Automotive at the early age of 13, after school and weekends, Dan started working at a body shop that mainly restored classic Ferraris. The youngest member of a talented Italian team of automobile perfectionists with an average age over 60 years old, these guys taught Dan the craft of making parts from scratch using only hand tools. After high school Dan went to work at an Oldsmobile dealership learning the craft of painting. At the age of 14 Dan bought his first car — a 1932 Ford 5 window coupe that was then naturally modified to his own liking.
In the late 70′s at the age of 25 Dan opened his own shop, painting Ferraris, and Top fuel Funny cars and dragsters. But Dan’s first love in cars has always been the ’32 Ford. Soon Dan started building small parts and pieces and before long he was building complete chassis and bodies for numerous hot rod projects. In 1990 Dan won the Ridler Award at Detroit Autorama with a handmade 32 roadster. Dan has won numerous awards with his project and has received a great amount of magazine coverage. He also won the Eyes on Design (Best Example of Workmanship and Craftsmanship) in the first year they allowed hot rods to be exhibited. In addition, Dan won on two separate occasions won top awards at the Meadowbrook Concourse De’Elegance with Ferraris he had personally restored.
In 1996 Dan began creating SEMA Show project vehicles. He received nine design awards from Ford Motor Company. Dan is known in the automotive industry for his great attention to detail and trendsetting ideas. Dan is currently building more hot rod projects but has been recently creating display elements for Ford Motor Company for the auto shows around the world.
About Ashley Webb Taulbert:
Ashley was born into the automotive industry spending time at her father’s shop learning different skills and attending hot rod shows around the nation. When it was time for Ashley to have a hot rod to call her own her father and her sat down with Thom Taylor and created the car of her dreams. Ashley had a lot of say in the building and designing stages, and was able to spend a lot of time with her father working on the car together.
Ashley was the first woman to compete for “America’s Most Beautiful Roadster” in the Grand National Roadster show, and was the first female-owned car featured on the cover of The Rodders Journal, but she readily admits that she really doesn’t care about the awards. “Growing up in the car scene, going to shows is more about seeing old friends, and meeting new people than about winning awards,” Ashley explains. “What I really love are the people and relationships that have developed.” She admits that it is funny when an old friend of her dad calls up, and mentions how grown up she now is. She has known these people all of her life! She has friends that remember her being carted around in little wagons, and riding around on her hot rod tricycle.
Nowadays, instead of being pulled along at car shows, Ashley has taken over the marketing and merchandising side of Dan Webb’s company, including apparel. High fashion has always been of interest to her, and she sees a gap in the market for cool shirts for car gals. So, in addition to the apparel she creates for her dad’s place, she is also coming out with her own line.
Ashley graduated Northwood University, with her degree in Business Administration.
In addition to apparel, Ashley has her own automotive inspired vintage purse line made out of old car parts.
Ashley loves the automotive industry, attending car shows and going on hot rod drive trips.Ashley’s photo credit/courtesy of Doniece Langdon