| Fast Eddy's Hot Rod Art was started back in 1994. What led up to it started much earlier.
Ed White was born in January 1969 in Merritt Island Florida to parents who were into performance cars and coastal life, (though not to the degree that Ed is). In fact, Ed's very first ride in a car was in a '66 396 Chevelle SS. Ed learned that the best way to keep a vehicle is to have a role in its creation. In 1972 his folks bought a '66 GTO convertible (which they still have to this day). Ed, being a child of the Batman TV era fell in love with the GTO which, in his young mind, reminded him of the Batmobile. He also learned that if he wanted something bad enough, he should draw it and then he would sort of have it. The GTO was subject of his earliest drawings, some as early as three years old.
| As Ed grew up, he graduated to toy cars, then models, then the real thing, In 1974, the family moved to Friendswood, Texas. He had a hand in the build of a T-Bucket that a friend of his dad owned, then they built a '65 Chevelle SS, then his dad's '64 Impala SS, and then a rebuild of his mom's '67 GTO. At age 14, he bought a '69 Chevelle off his Granddad with plans to turn it into a big block, four speed, SS car. After getting the bodywork done, a guy from the next block over bought it and did exactly that. Then at age 15, Ed takes possession of a '63 Impala SS. (His dad says he doesn't have enough money for a GTO yet.) After discarding twenty feet of yellow wire from under the dash and replacing it with a few inches of B-plus line, the car started without the use of an additional button. Then he sold the Impala.
Six days before his sixteenth birthday, Ed finally buys his dream car. (See the GTO Story) He spends the next two years turning that car into a candy tangerine hot rod. It's also about this time his classmates start betting him that he can't draw certain cars, which he does, and that he cannot design a car from the subjects of themes assigned by the art teacher. From these money making proposals came such gems as the egg car (Easter), the Picasso car (art history) and the Horsey-Buggy (early rodeo art attempt). The best one was the Skull car. Originally drawn for Halloween art in October ('85), it is set in an old west ghost town parked in front of the Boot Hill Express. When rodeo art time came around in January, time got away from him and he submitted the Skull. Amongst ranch scenes and awesome livestock and cowboy portraits sat a car drawing that took third place; good enough to go to District. When it didn't place at District, Ed asked an official why, to which he said "It's an awesome rendering, but this is the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and rodeo and western art takes priority." (In 2006, Ed updated the Skull car and it's on this site.)
So in 1987, Ed graduates and goes to college. It is here that he decides to go into engineering as a carrer. Drafting becomes his major. He advances through the curriculum at an accelerated rate. This is also where the "Fast Eddy" thing got started.
One wall of the building where Ed's english class was is all glass and faces the parking lot. One sunny morning, while running late, he backs the GTO into the only spot left...right by his class. A friend of his said everybody looked outside when they heard him drive up and the ceiling turned orange. Then they watched him run in the building and when he tried to silently slide into his seat by the door, the professor, without turning from writing on the board, says "Fast Eddy, on time again. See me after class." From then on, people he didn't even know were calling him Fast Eddy once they saw him and that car together.
Fast forward to 1994. Ed starts showing his art with the GTO at car shows and does a little design work for some of the locals. The name goes from "Bitchin' Car Art" to "Rod Art by Ed" but he was still looking for just the right moniker. A couple years later he and (not yet wife) Melinda are driving around and spot a '30 Model A. They stare at it as it makes a left and spy a parking lot full of them. They go to investigate and discover SRC Motorsports. Later, Ed meets the owner and shows him some artwork. He becomes their official designer under the name Fast Eddy's Hot Rod Art.
While designing for SRC, Ed starts getting in touch with magazine editors. He gets published in a couple regional magazines but the big daddy was an SSR that got into the January 2001 Street Trucks. From there, Fast Eddy's has enjoyed upward momentum.
In 2002, Ed and Mel get married and set up shop in their house, now in Katy, Texas. Notable Fast Eddy's landmarks are designing both Truckin' magazine's SEMA vehicles in 2004, Texas Heat Wave show art from 2001 through 2005, the Lund catalog truck, and the Hill's Hot Rods vehicles that seem to wind up on all the magazine covers. Most recently Ed designed the '56 F-100 that Street Trucks is building.
Ed enjoys the great friendships he's made along the way with some of the top people in the industry from his customers to other designers and builders to the magazine editors who show his work to the whole world one month at a time.
He and Mel have a great time with their hot rods and at the shows where they get to meet people and show their cars with there three boys. "Boys"...they're bigger than Ed and there are plans for three more of their hot rods in the driveway real soon.