Cheech's Creative Concepts Inc
PROUD BUILDER OF 2014 OLYMPIC BRONZE MEDAL WINNING BOBSLED,
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Custom Metal Fabrication
Tig and Mig Welding
Aluminum, Stainless, Carbon Steel
One of a kind CNC work
Race Car Components
Hot Rod Suspension Components
Vintage Race Car Restoration
Steel Frames for Bicycles
Jim (Cheech) Garde has been in the racing industry for 40 years, starting at age 15. He worked on Joe May's Nascar Modified team with Bob Cuneo, team manager, as they were preparing to go to Speed Weeks at Daytona with Drivers Tom Chiconi and Paul Newman. When Bob Cuneo and Bobby Valllencourt began Chassis Dynamics, they asked him to come to work building chassis. "Those guys were my mentors. I learned so much working for them."
In the early 80's Cheech raced motorcross and flat track motorcycles in the northeast before joining Rick Bennett of Danbury Autobodyand Driving the "83" Coupe (a 1937 ford coupe) SK Modified.
In 1982, while working for Jack Beebe on a Nascar Winston Cup Team with driver Ron Bouchard, Cheech was the only team member to move south. He went on to work with Stavolla Brothers Racing, then Joe Rutman's and Billy Dingman's race teams and with Robert Gee before landing at Hendrick Motorsports in 1984.
There, he worked as head fabricator and tire changer with Geoff Bodine, Tim Richmond, Benny Parsons, Ken Schrader, moving into R&D with Jeff Gordon and Terry Labonte. While there, he contributed to three Winton Cup championships: two with Jeff Gordon, one with Terry Labonte, and a Nascar Truck series championship with Jack Sprague. As tire changer he was part of the 1992 Pit Crew Championship team.
"In those days you had to be able to more than one job. When [Tim] Richmond was driving, we were the largest team on the circuit with just twelve guys. We built cars from the ground up, drove them to the track, were the pit crew, then went to work at the shop Monday to do it all again. Now teams have hundreds of members."
He was heavily involved in the design and building of Jeff Gordon's T-Rex car, working closely with lead chassis engineer, Rex Stump, in 1996-97. That car went on to win The Winston in '97 from the back of the field, then was banned. "It was so controversial because it was built around rules that didn't exist. I have a knack for working in the gray areas and margins of the rule book. Many new rules in place today were written because of our ideas."
In 1988 Cheech left Hendrick for a season before returning. During that year he was crew chief for Ken Bouchard who won the Rookie of the Year title that year.
Cheech's Creative Concepts, Inc. officially launched in 2000 when Cheech left Hendrick to focus on specialty components. We have built components for Hendrick Motorsports, Roush Industries, Richard Childress Racing, Joe Gibbs Racing and Dale Earnhardt Inc.. Our components for Roush and Joe Gibbs racing have contributed to a combined three Winston Cup championships. Our components have also won numerous races for Billy Ballew in the NASCAR Truck Series.
Coming full circle, we're learning a whole new kind of racing. We are once again involved with Bob Cuneo of Chassis Dynamics along with Geoff Bodine. This duo formed the Bo-Dyn Bobsled project, building bobsleds for the U.S. Olympic Team.
"Branching out into hot rods, Drag Racing cars, restoration and now Bobsled racing has been just plain fun! Who knows what will be next."
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