Eric Peratt is a man of many firsts. In his first year as owner of Pinkee’s Rod Shop in Windsor, Colo., he built a 1933 Ford Roadster and then shocked the hot rod world by winning the prestigious Ridler Award at the Detroit Autorama show— on his first attempt.

His most interesting “first,” however, is the one nobody could have predicted. Eric is the first hot rod builder to feature a three-barrel microbrewery inside his production facility. “I’m not a brewer, but I had some extra space in the shop, and I thought it would be cool to install a brewery with a giant glass wall in between,” explains Peratt. “You can literally sit and have a beer while watching us make hot rods. Plus, it also gives me a shot at running a secondary business.”

Peratt is quick to point out that his first love is building roadsters, which is something he has done since he was bitten by the hot rod bug in high school. This led to a college degree in automotive parts and service management from the University of Southern Colorado and a career with General Motors. “I was always building cars in my garage and I absolutely loved it,” recollects Peratt. “So I finally decided to quit my day job and do it full time. I started Pinkee’s and the rest is history.”

Winning the Ridler Award was the big break Pinkee’s needed. Almost overnight, everyone in the roadster universe knew about this 20-something “kid” and his rod shop. But the biggest win has to be the 2019 AMBR award for the 1936 Ford Roadster. “The Three Penny is basically a coachbuilt, handmade car,” explains Peratt. “Even though we started with an original roadster, 95% of it is handmade. And I think that’s a big part of the attraction.”

You can read more on Pinkee's Rod Shop, Eric Peratt and the Three Penny Roadster in the most recent edition of the Repaint Reporter.

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