West Coast Customs remains to be going sturdy, and has morphed into one thing greater than an auto restoration and customized store. After leaving “Pimp My Trip” in 2007, Friedlinghaus signed new offers with The Studying Channel and Discovery Channel to air “Road Customs,” which later modified its identify to “Inside West Coast Customs.” Not like in “Pimp My Trip,” the brand new exhibits featured automobiles that Friedlinghaus needed to construct for purchasers — not essentially for MTV executives.
“It may have gone on eternally,” stated Friendlinghaus referring to the MTV phenomenon for Forbes. “But it surely broken my model. It hit me at SEMA when everybody saved saying, ‘Please do not pimp my experience.'” Nonetheless, the 2007 monetary disaster was a actuality verify for West Coast Customs, however Friendlinghaus shifted his focus to advertising for world manufacturers like Nintendo and Mattel.
Extra importantly, Friedlinghaus established the West Coast Customs Academy for the following technology of automotive builders, welders, paint store artists, and creatives to hone their abilities utilizing real-world teachings and purposes. “When you take a look at colleges now, there is no such thing as a wooden store. There isn’t any auto store. There aren’t any new youngsters who need to come into this business and construct with their arms,” stated Friedlinghaus. “That is what I am trying to change.”
Ryan Friedlinghaus is solidifying his legacy with West Coast Customs Academy, a formidable feat for a once-budding entrepreneur. “I constructed all this from the little cash I began with and grew it. There was no plan B,” stated Friedlinghaus.