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Our Story

Johnny’s Auto Trim and Rod Shop is an underdog story.  In the late 80’s, Johnny laid brick for a living and soon decided working in the cold Colorado winters was not something he wanted to do all his life. He decided to sit down and make a list of things he was passionate about and things that were lacking in his hometown of Alamosa Colorado.  After narrowing the list down, he decided he would try his hand at upholstery in street rods.  Johnny then went to the library and checked out books to start learning the craft.  That winter his wife bought him a sewing machine and Johnny begin covering and “uncovering” truck and tractor seats in his living room. 


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Our Team

JOHNNY Martin (Owner)

Favorite Car: 1955 Chevy

After high school Johnny was awarded a wrestling scholarship to Willmar, Minnesota. After a wrestling injury Johnny decided it was time to move on where he enlisted in the Army National Guard Reserve for a four year term. Due to Johnny’s father’s illness Johnny returned home and attended Adams State College where his goal was to be a teacher and coach. Johnny changed his coaching plans and begin teaching himself the art of upholstery in his living room by night and a brick mason by day. Johnny then decided he would purse upholstery full time where he began his business in 1989. With many years and hard work and dedication Johnny became nationally recognized for his beautiful custom interior creations. Johnny than expanded his business and began to complete custom hot rod builds. In 2011 Johnny was recognized at the Detroit Autorama show in which he received a Great 8 Ridler award for restoring a 1962 Corvette named Elegance. In 2018, a 1957 Chevy “Imagine” took the Riddler prize.

RYAN Martin (Manager)

Favorite Car: 1966 Nova

Shops and street rods were my childhood and have since been in my eye. Working in the shop since I was young sweeping floors until utilizing years of skill to create true art in these vehicles such as a sought after Ridler Great Eight car, I push to have a great future in this industry. Continuing on in the adventure of a growing and successful business, I work on nearly all assets of the build from fabrication of body and chassis, paint and body, interior and overall design. Currently working in the shop I also attend Adams State University and hope to receive my degree within two years. Though, having a heavy hand in the shop but in travels as well, I keep busy when away from the building at various shows, events, and special occasions to lead by example with our quality of person and product.

JESSICA Martin (Bookkeeper)

Favorite Car: 1955 Chevy

Jessica received her business degree at Adams State College. While pursuing her college education she worked part time for USDA, Rural Development. Upon receiving her degree she became a full time permanent employee where she still works today 29 years later. Jessica is involved in the local community where she served on the school board from 2007-2009. Jessica continues to be involved in her husband’s business from cleaning cars to bookkeeping. Jessica’s passion was raising her children and seeing Johnny pursue his dreams.

Ashlee Martin (Support Staff)

Favorite Car: 1966 Chevy Nova

Ashlee is a 2013 graduate of Alamosa High School, today Ashlee is pursuing her college education in Lake Havasu AZ where she also works two jobs and continues to assist Johnny’s Auto Trim in any way she can. Ashlee was raised in the shop and knows the different facets of the business from sanding a car to spraying paint. Ashlee is restoring her very own 1966 Nova Super Sport which she hopes to be able to spray paint with her own custom color. Ashlee recently competed for the title of Miss Colorado and was honored to be chosen from over 600 applicants.