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Travelers Garage breathes new life into old cars
Guests check out some of the cars being restored at Traveler’s Garage. - photo by HIME ROMERO/ The Bulletin
It’s one thing to try and imitate something historic.

But for Aimee Cambra and her business partner Ryan Peavy, they’ve done the real thing.

Since January, the duo have been operating Traveler’s Garage at 265 Moffat Boulevard – the historic brick building that bore the same name when it opened to service the needs of motorists traveling along old Highway 99 that once served as the city’s major thoroughfare.

And they do a whole lot more than just fix cars.

After picking up her father’s knack for refinishing and fabricating hot rods, the business now specializes in just that – taking the rusted, decayed bodies of cars and trucks that have seen better days and turning them into new and sometimes twisted street machines that turn heads wherever they go.

“This is something that I’ve wanted to do since I was a teenager,” Cambra said. “It’s all my dad’s fault. He got me into it, and it’s been something that I’ve been wrapped up in ever since.”

While taking her own ideas and crafting a unique plan would have been easy, Cambra even went so far as to keep the original business license that Traveler’s Garage had posted in 1922.

Some of the vehicles, rolling into that parking lot, aren’t too far from that date either.

An orange 1931 Ford roadster that her father John restored for the better part of five years was one of roughly two dozen custom rods that were on display during Saturdays’ open house  which included barbecue and beer and general shop talk.

And while the gear-head cliché has been played out in Hollywood for years, a resurgence in classic auto enthusiasts that appreciate the beauty and the nature of older vehicles and the exceptional opportunities for customization they afford has surfaced in recent years.

“What I love about it is that it gives you that chance to put your little ‘rock star’ touch on something – get over to your artistic side,” Cambra said. “They come in here and we think about how we can chop ‘em and twist ‘em and get the creative juices flowing.

“And there’s nothing better than getting the chance to see something that you’ve worked on driving down the road.”

Traveler’s Garage is located at 265 Mofatt Boulevard, and is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 pm. They specialize in classic car restorations and customizations. For more information, call 239-7100.