Ultimate Birthday gift for Team member, G$
September 22, 2010
For those of you who know “Team Real” member, Greg Polka (also known as G-Money), you already know he’s a huge Chicago Bears fan. Well, earlier this week he celebrated his (30 something) birthday and fellow team member (and his younger brother) Cory, arranged for a special gift. Bears Linebacker, Nick Roach #53 walked into our building, into Greg’s office, and handed him a signed football. It was covered in signatures from numerous members of the team. Needless to say, Greg’s face turned numerous shades of color, and he was truly “drawing a blank” as no words were coming out of his mouth. We’ve been very fortunate to customize and contribute to a number of local celebrity vehicles, and sometimes those valued relationships really come in handy. The question remains… How will Greg top this when Cory’s Birthday comes around??
Jan Polka, Nick Roach, Greg, & Cory
Busy Summer for “Cool Shades” Camaro
August 2, 2010
Wow! We had a busy weekend planned for the Camaro, and it turned-out great! Saturday afternoon, the car was displayed at Chicago’s HP Performance for their huge open house. Over 250 cars were displayed, and the car got a fantastic response from the crowd of hard-core Horsepower enthusiasts. Directly after the event, Cory drove the COOL SHADES car north to Lake County, where we attended an annual “High-end” Garage party. A great selection of cars and personalities, and local sports celebs attended. On Sunday, the car was on display at the giant, Tilted-Kilt Car event in Chicago Ridge. Over three hundred cars competed for top honors as 14 judges used the 100 point system to identify the best of the best. The COOL SHADES Camaro won BEST IN CLASS… 1st PLACE!
Cool Shades Camaro Hits the Field
July 13, 2010
Chicago’s Soldier Field was the site of this year’s RPM custom car show event . We love doing a show in the evening, where the StreetGlow LED lights really have a chance to enhance the appearance of the car. Rain was on & off Saturday evening so, the car’s custom painter, Fabian Estrada (Estrada Customs) got the car to the show and kept it looking good throughout the evening. On Friday afternoon we were visited by Dustin Worles and some of his crew from the MISCHIEF Video Series. It was great to see him, and enjoyed meeting some of the guys that took him around our area to see some of the local car enthusiast scene. Another great show, and more to come in the next few weeks!
Thanks... FABIAN for keeping the car looking great!
“People’s Choice” Awarded to the Cool Shades Camaro
June 21, 2010
Team members, Cory & Roberto took a spirited drive south, to Champaign, Illinois to enter the Cool Shades Camaro into the MDA benefit car show. The show was very well attended with over 100 cars on display. The Camaro brought home the “People’s Choice” award, and a plaque for longest distance traveled to the event. In all… a great event for an important cause.
The Cool Shades car led the Camaro pack!
Stanley Cup Champs!!
June 16, 2010
Who would have guessed?? The same year that we get asked to design and create a hockey-themed custom ride for the Chicago Blackhawks is the same year that they win the CUP! A few of our team members “are certain” we gave them good luck! All of us were extremely proud during each home game as the Blackhawk-themed 2010 Camaro drove onto the ice between 1st & 2nd periods. But… it was AMAZING to have the car lead the players busses during the huge ticker-tape parade celebration through Chicago last Friday with over 2 million people in attendance!!! Team members Greg & Shanna played “hookie” (not hockey) and attended the parade and festivities. Great Stuff! And… if anyone got a great photo of the car coming down the parade route, PLEASE send it my way!
“Cool Shades” takes another trophy!
June 7, 2010
New STRIKER truck in Indy
April 30, 2010
Team REAL was on hand for the 2010 FDIC fire industry conference in Inianapolis last week. RealWheels Corporation is very involved with the fire industry, and we look forward to this event each year. During the past few months we were involved with a special vehicle project in cooperation with Oshkosh Truck Corp. Their new STRIKER, airport rescue vehicle was unveiled for the first time at the show, featuring the new RWC wheel-cover design. The team at Oshkosh challenged us to create a, attractive, aggressive, and geo-mechanical looking wheel design that enhanced the appearance of this monster of a vehicle. Great job to our R&D team!! The covers looked awesome and the vehicle launch was a huge success.
The incredible "Striker" Airport Rescue Vehicle with the new "Real-Armor" wheel cover by RWC.
Team REAL in Orlando
April 20, 2010
Cheap Trick Avalanche FOR SALE
February 12, 2010
Sad but true… We’re really going to miss this ride! Currently on display at North America’s largest auto show, the most popular vehicle that we have ever built will be listed onto ebay Motors tonight. to view the listing , search for: (CHEAP TRICK AVALANCHE). In the photo, team member Greg Polka was NOT drawing a blank, as he rocked-out on drums with other “First Look” attendees at last night’s event. It was one of our last opportuities to play a little ROCKBAND on this amazing vehicle!
Greg... hittin' the drums at Auto Show event!
February 12, 2010
Team REAL was thrilled at the request that we design and create a “Chicago Blackhawks” themed Chevy Camaro for this year’s Chicago International Auto Show! A few of our team members took part in the “First Look” charity event last night. The black-tie event is the annual kick-off for the show each year, and crowds were drawn to the “Hockey-styled” ride. The Cheap Trick Avalanche and Cool Shades Camaro are also on display at this year’s show! We’ll be attending the show on & off during the next week, and will post additional shots.
January 22, 2010
Yes, it’s true! Team REAL has been asked to create another very cool ride. This time, we’ll be working with a very prominent sports team. Any guess…? More details to come soon.
Sad… but True.
January 8, 2010
Well… With every custom project that our team creates, eventually it becomes time to let them go. Honestly, it feels a little like your teenager heading off to college. The Cheap Trick vehicle that was built in cooperation with legendary rockers, Cheap Trick has been one of our best ever! The guys in the band (Robin, Rick, Tom & Bun E) have been an absolute joy to work with and we now consider each of them valued friends. A big thanks to guitar guru, Rick Nielsen for taking time to visit our facility on a few occasions, always providing a few laughs with his awesome sense of humor. On January 21st the custom vehicle will be listed on the EBAY MOTORS auction site, FOR SALE. It will be interesting to see who will purchase this one-of-a-kind example of automotive creativity. Gosh… I’m going to hate to see this one leave. I’m hoping someone local gets it, so I can visit once in a while… Is that weird???
I’ll keep you posted throughout the auction process!