Who is Dean? Dean’s Garage is dedicated to my Dad.

Dean’s Garage is dedicated to an age of optimism and craftsmanship that is long since past. To the dreams and hopes of a bygone era. Perhaps the posts on this blog will stir something within and revitalize a neglected spirit of creativity.

About me. I grew up in Riverside, California a few miles from the Riverside International Raceway. It was closed in 1988 and then bulldozed to make way for a mall. Shame. That was the only thing Riverside had going for it. Now we have one two many malls and not enough RIRs.

I graduated from the Art Center College of Design when it was still in Los Angeles. I worked at General Motors as an Exterior Designer when it was called Design Staff. That’s after it was called Art & Colour Section and Styling, but before it was renamed Design Center. I worked under Bill Mitchell, Irv Rybicki, and Chuck Jordan. I worked in Pontiac, Buick, Olds, and Cadillac studios. Dave Holls picked a sketch of mine off the wall that became the 1992 Oldsmobile Achieva. Studio Chiefs I worked under include Ron Hill, John Schinella, Jerry Hirschberg, Wayne Kady, Bill Porter, John Perkins, David North, and Dick Ruzzin. I have been freelancing DBA Performance Design since 1988.

If you have something that you think would be appropriate to post on Dean’s Garage, please contact me.

Gary D. Smith

What’s in Dean’s Garage?


2001 Corvette Z06


1971 LT-1 4-speed Corvette


1989 Z-51 6-speed Corvette


1965 Corvette Coupe Resto-mod


1989 Turbo Trans Am


1992 Achieva SCX


1961 Chevrolet Apache 235 3-speed


1953 Ford Jubilee

“Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.”—John 5:24