Hot Rod Ron Carlsten Professionally, is ICAR Platinum Certified (since 1984) and has a Bachelors’s Degree from the University of Arizona in Communications, with a specialization in Marketing, Media Arts, and Sociology. In December 2020 will also have completed a Master’s Degree in Digital Audience Strategy from Arizona State University Cronkite Center. Additionally, Carlsten is an experienced car appraiser, former production and parts manager, and has specialized knowledge in Hot Rods and high-end specialty cars.

Hot Rod Ron

“Hot Rod” Ron Carlsten of Checkered Strip Productions in Phoenix, Arizona, and formerly Tucson, Arizona, is a custom car builder and hot rod culture broker. He has been building cars since 1984 and has built multiple cars, ranging from Volkswagen’s to Hot Rods, which have been featured in numerous magazines.

“Hot Rod” Ron has a diverse background, ranging from hot rod art and music, that he brings to car culture.  He has curated art shows at major galleries featuring hot rod art and hosted major annual car shows.  Carlsten is a former radio disc jockey, having worked for numerous commercial and community stations in Tucson, Arizona.  In addition, he has managed bands and was a club booking agent. Content creator for social media that includes such clients as Church of Speed and moderator of several online communities.

“Hot Rod” Ron is in the know! He knows where the parts are; where the cars are; where the shows are; where the people are; and what events people need to go to! He has never met a car part he can’t find and has a unique ability to find parts that other people cannot find.  “Hot Rod” Ron is the “go-to” person for car culture; he knows who is doing what, where they are doing it, and who they are doing it for!