Customizer John Fortuno needs no introduction… but we won’t let that stop us. Over the years Fortuno has laid his expert hands on over 1,000 cars — when he’s not busy launching festivals, travelling the country and working at his day job, that is — and now he’s bringing his expertise and passion for Chrysler to the Forward Look blog for a series of guest posts.
Fortuno, a manager for a major retailer from Huntington Beach, CA, moonlights as a customizer — and a world-renowned one at that. Fortuno has cemented himself as one of today’s most well-respected car customizers and one of the most relatable personalities in the car modification community.
You may remember Fortuno from his Fatchance 1.0, a customized 2005 Chrysler 300C; Fatchance 2.0, a 2011 Chrysler 300C with a supercharged 426 HEMI® engine; and the new Fatchance 3.0, a customized 2015 Chrysler 300S recently revealed at LX Spring Fest 10.
— Chrysler (@Chrysler) April 28, 2015
What started as a hobby with a handful of cars has turned into an obsession that launched Southern California’s annual LX Spring Festival, a gathering of Dodge Charger, Dodge Magnum and Chrysler 300 car enthusiasts from all over the United States and Canada that brings together some of the brightest stars in aftermarket performance and design. The festival has been growing steadily since 2004, with no end in sight, as each year brings a new generation of customizations and passionate fans.
Fortuno will be guest blogging on Forward Look in the coming months, bringing you some of the latest insights in customizations, as well as breaking news about Chrysler and customizer events happening all over North America, including the 2015 SEMA show in Las Vegas and the 2015 Woodward Dream Cruise in Detroit.
We’ll let Fortuno himself explain his philosophy of car modification, as he put it in an interview on Forward Look:
My passion to modify cars is still simple: to create personality, individuality and style. Every car that I’ve modified over the years is a daily driver, so functionality and drivability are as important as looks. Today I look at trends and what’s happening in the street. Inspiration doesn’t necessarily mean looking at the most modified cars, but in its simplest forms, such as stance, personality and theme. Clean and simple will always capture my attention and inspire me most.
Stay tuned for more from John Fortuno. We’re thrilled to have him on board.
To learn more about Fortuno, let’s return to the Forward Look archives for Five Questions with John Fortuno and John Fortuno Returns to Cruise Woodward. And be sure to follow along on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for photos, news and updates.