What About Bob?
Bob Beck has been a life long automotive enthusiast. He has built vehicles that gained prominence in automotive magazines and books such as Petersen’s Complete Book of Fords, Complete Book of Vans and Pick-ups, Complete Book of Paint and Body and Complete Book of Engine Swaps. Ray Miller’s Nifty Fifty Fords, Legendary Ford Magazine and others. Bob has also been involved in activities as a driver/builder in Sports car/ Sedan racing (SCCA & FCCA, Champion C/Prod. FCCA) and Drag racing an M/Stock Datsun in AHRA competition.
Announcing by the letters
Bob has announced for various association events such as: SCCA, FCCA sports and sedans, NHRA, VRA, NDRA, ANRA, AHRA Drag Racing and local circle track racing (Announcer/Advertising), IKF Kart racing (Sprint kart, Shifter Karts and more), AMSA off road racing, USAC Sprints & Midgets as well as Stock cars. At tracks like Ascot Park, Pomona, Bakersfield Speedway, Famoso Raceway, LACR, Sears Point, Infinion, Gateway Int'l and more.
Walking the walk, not just talking the talk
Bob has many class wins at car shows and driving events with his vehicles including the Sweepstakes award at the R.G. Canning Championship Car shows, Import Division. Over the years he has completed various restorations and has been quoted in car buff journals for his views and insight into the hobby and sport of Rodding, Racing and Collecting. He has also been sought out for duties judging prestigious car shows in Southern California.
Where it all began
Bob entered the auto industry as many young men did by working in gas stations when in high school.
In college, Bob majored in Speech and Broadcasting, earning his degree and an Occupational certificate in radio and TV broadcasting. He also attended Columbia School of Broadcasting and was regularly heard on the Kaleidoscope network with his auto show G.A.A.S. (Great American Auto Show) and local cable TV in Bakersfield, CA. on the show Gettin Sideways.
His first job out of college was that of a high school auto shop instructor. He brought his racing and rodding experience into the classroom and gave a new twist to high school auto shop. Later he had an association with Super Stock and Stock Car magazines, Sportscar and others. His racing activities lead him to positions as a motor sports writer for a local newspaper, Goodguys Rod & Custom Association and various magazines and car club publications.
Bob has even been behind the wheel driving various race cars including NASCAR stockers, SCCA sports cars, IKF Sprint Karts and a Super Comp Dragster with expert instruction from current T/F Funny car driver Fast Jack Beckman!
Have mouth, will travel
Bob's been an announcer for Off road racing, Karts, Motocross, Drag Bike, NHRA, Goodguys-VRA, NDRA, ANRA, Sprint cars, midgets and stock cars. Antique Nationals, Yesteryear Drags, Chrysler Power Nationals and various race tracks and sanctioning bodies across the country as well as Drag racing videos and TV/radio broadcasts of many events worldwide. He traveled as the announcer with the Goodguys Rod & Custom Association for 14 years and was the staff announcer for 20 years at Los Angeles County Raceway.
In 2010 Bob was named the official announcer for Toyota Drag Strip at Irwindale
and all Drag Corner racing events such as the Manufacturers Cup Challenge and the new Pedal To The Metal events to be held at the new Barona Drag Strip !
Hi, I'm Bob Beck and you've got G.A.A.S. on Speed Scene Live every Tuesday night at 6:PM PST!
Hotrod Bob can be heard at select NHRA events such as the California Hot Rod Reunion, March Meet and others. He was one of the early members of the NHRA Announcers Guild.
A maker of history in Rodding and Racing
Bob has been an active member of theRoad Kings of Burbank car club for over 20 years and held position as a club officer (Pres., V.P., Secr.) for much of that time. This club has gained prominence due to it’s many notable Hall of Fame and record setting members such as, Don Prudhomme, Tommy Ivo, Bob Muravez (aka: Floyd Lippencott Jr.), Kenny Safford, Jimmy Miles and others.
Bob was the co-founder and past President of the So. Cal. Falcon Chapter of the (Ford) Falcon Club of America as well as a long term member of Street Rods Unlimited.Click on the club logos for their web site!
His involvement has not just been in Rodding & Racing.
Bob has been working on the factory side of the automotive industry in Sales-Service, Parts and Marketing operations.
His career began with BMW of North America in various positions to include district and regional management.
To broaden his career he moved on to NISSAN Motor Corporation initially as a technical specialist in the parts area and then through promotions progressed to the editorial department where he was sent to the factory in Japan to assist in service manual validation and technical writing. Later he managed the tool and equipment department where he assisted in the development of tools in the USA and Japan as well as overseeing the equipment sales programs to dealers.
During the economic down turn of the early ’90s Bob found a new home at American Isuzu Motors where he initially supervised the Light and medium duty customer relations activities. Later Bob managed the expansion to a full call center.
Growth of the commercial truck market allowed a move to business development and later as the manager of trade shows for a joint venture of the General Motors and Isuzu commercial truck divisions. Later, Bob was the manager of the Isuzu Commercial Truck of America Trade Show and Vocational Marketing activities.
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