Keith has been interested in Hot Rods, American Cars and custom stuff in general, just about all his life, and has messed around with just about every car he’s owned since. In the late Seventies, Keith owned a fully customised VW ‘Bay Window’ van which took him to many shows and runs up and down the country, and this was then followed by a couple of American trucks, a ’68 Chevy Stepside, and a ’55 F100 Panel Van. By ’86 he had his first rod, a fully fendered ’29 Model A Roadster, typical of the time, it ran a Rover V8 and Jag rear end.
The normal pause in cool car owning occurred while marriage, houses and children took precedence, Keith getting back into rodding fully in 2000 with a ’27 T Sedan, ideal for hauling the kids along to the summer shows. Around this time, a change of career from the new car Motor Trade, saw Keith writing his first features for Custom Car Magazine. This grew with regular freelancing for CC, Classic American, and a couple of titles in Australia and the USA, plus others. Having become an established writer and photographer, he was offered the opportunity to write a book for an American publisher, along with Chuck Vranas who supplied the majority of the pictures, leading to a firm friendship. The book was called ‘Great American Hot Rods’ and published by Krause.
Always a regular visitor to the USA, Keith has made many friends and contacts there, and while on a trip to Tennessee in 2006, he found, bought and imported his ’34 Ford 5-Window Coupe Hot Rod that he still owns. To date it he has driven it to shows in Belgium and France, driven it around Goodwood circuit, up Test Hill at Brooklands, and as a member of the VHRA, raced it up the hill at Prescott, and on the beach at Pendine Sands, where in 2014, he made it into the VHRA’s exclusive 100 MPH club.
Originally built to showcase and promote his writing work, his blog and website which included an online store for imported hot rod DVD’s, and T-shirts etc, soon became the first retail site to offer a range of hair pomade from the USA called ‘Cock Grease’. Initially added as a fun sideline, Keith soon found a market for exclusive brands of pomade and grooming products, which gradually overtook his other business endeavors. This in turn has lead to this new website before you, which now offers these products under the heading ‘The House of Wax. Keith and his wife Paula, can often be found taking the ‘House of Wax’ to traditional style shows and vintage markets, come and say ‘Hi’ if you see us!
Keith continues to write and photograph events and shows on a freelance basis, while also participating via social media, you can follow him via his ‘Harmedia’ page on Facebook, and also on Instagram and occasionally on Twitter, (when he remembers!).