Mike Curtis is best known for his time spent working on the television shows American Hot Rod with Boyd Coddington and Overhaulin’ with Chip Foose. Today, Mike Curtis is known in the industry for his one-off designs and superior machining skills.
Mike got started at the age of 12 working for his father, at his performance shop in Fort Collins, Colorado.
Mike’s focus in High School was to prepare himself for a future in the Hot Rod industry. He enrolled in many welding, CAD, and mechanical drafting classes and some off-campus courses including manual machining and an introduction to CNC machining.
While on a vacation in California, Mike visited Hot Rods By Boyd and convinced himself, that he needed to work for Boyd. He filled out an application and at the end of his senior year in high school, He was offered a job. Shortly after graduating high school, Mike moved to California and started his career in the hot rod industry by working for Boyd Coddington. He ran the CNC machines for eight years there, which included four seasons of American Hot Rod. In 2005, Mike started working for MHT Wheels running the machine shop as well as making wheels for Overhaulin'.
In 2006 Mike opened his own business, Curtis Speed Equipment, in Orange, California, designing and machining custom one-off wheels. While operating Curtis Speed Equipment, he also worked as a full-time builder on Overhaulin’ and to date still continues working on projects with Chip Foose.
In 2016 Mike was certified to machine wheels for the NHRA. He has since and currently is machining parts and wheels for Paton Racing Team, Scott Palmer Racing, and Lindberg Bros. Motorsports.
Mike continues to showcase his talents by designing and manufacturing one-off wheels and accessories, along with his line of production wheels and accessories which are sold all over the world.