Joe Schneider isn’t you’re typical Southern California enthusiast. He showed up to the Annual Eibach Meet in 2011 and changed the game up on the So Cal Honda crowd. In a community that seeks out JDM, worships the K series, and is tightly knit – he managed to get a lot of attention. Bucking many of the trends.
More pics and interview after the jump. – Shocker Joe
Q: How did you get into Hondas?
I got into cars when I was a kid. My dad was a big influence, he was always into them. My mom was a V.P. for a few Honda dealerships. A close family friend was a the owner of the dealerships and car collector.
Q: Who painted your engine bay?
The engine bay was painted by me and a few friends. No concept. Just straight off the top of our heads. Haha. It is amazing the way it turned out considering we had five guys painting it at once.
Q: What the #*@! is Backyard Designs?
Backyard Designs Co. started out as a design company.. Doing flyers, business cards, and stuff. It turned out that the more I did stuff with cars- the more customers wanted me to work on their cars and design things for them. So, I started doing stuff with Hondas and Acuras. From there I started a mini-empire of local cars with a Backyard twist.
Q: Are you a die hard D-series single cam guy?
I am a die hard SOHC guy. I think they’re fun motors. I love all honda engines but I think the SOHC is sneaky when built.
Q: Were you born in Southern California?
I was born & raised in beautiful Southern California by the two most understanding parents someone could ask for. You know they’re good when your friends call them mom and dad.
Q: What’s this podcast thing you do ?
Backyard Babble was an idea that Travis Whiteside, some other friends, and I had one day just shooting the shit. And we wondered, ‘what if people would listen to our drunken babbles’. Haha.. So, we decided to start a podcast! We host it every friday night and it can be found at www.facebook.com/backyardbabble
Q: Thanks Joe.
Thank you! Backyard Design Co. can also be found on Facebook.