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Three buddies purchase classic car, hot rod shop

hristopher Grasser of Bainbridge Island is continuing the HMS Customs name.                                          - Megan Stephenson / Herald
hristopher Grasser of Bainbridge Island is continuing the HMS Customs name.
— image credit: Megan Stephenson / Herald

POULSBO — Longtime Poulsbo custom car hobby shop HMS Customs has a long track record of building hot rods and restoring classic cars from all over the Olympic and Kitsap peninsulas.

When former owner Howard Stump decided to retire, he worked with Christopher Grasser, a Bainbridge Island resident, to continue the HMS Customs name. Grasser brought with him two friends, and the trio really impressed Stump with their focus on customer service to take over his well-known brand.

Grasser is a recent graduate of Minnesota State University with a double major in automotive engineering and manufacturing engineering. Isaac Weddell is a graduate of the University of Washington Business Development Certificate program, and Jack Richard “Ricky” Wood is an experienced welder and production/quality control manager.

Grasser said the three have been working together since mid-2011 after founding Hyndra Motor Sports LLP, where they hope to design their own high performance do-it-yourself product line. HMS — the custom works business or the performance enhancement products — will serve the classic car enthusiasts and amateur racing hobbyists of the West Sound.

The trio hopes to build a customer base consisting of hot rod and muscle car owners as well as classic car collectors who are diversifying their assets with “tried and true” high value vintage cars.

HMS Customs moved to the North Kitsap Services complex at 22279 Stottlemeyer Road, Poulsbo. Go to HMScustoms.com or find them on Facebook.

 

 

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