Chris Richardson is the proud owner and operator of LA SPEED SHOP.From a young age, little Chris was always taking things apart, mainly his toys, just to find out how to put them back together. He was inspired by his father, Louis Richardson, who was always in the garage working on old cars. In the beginning Chris was the nut and bolt sorter, then the flashlight holder and then the parts cleaner. After much knowledge and schooling from his father, Chris eventually earned rights to using the toolbox on his own, as long as he cleaned up after.
Chris and his friends were always in the Richardson Family garage working on everything from their Schwinns to go-karts and mini bikes. Chris found his happiness working in the garage.
Chris’ other main inspiration was his Grandfather, Alfred Tedesco. He was a fabricator for Southern Pacific Railroad for over 42 years. He taught Chris how to weld and fabricate metal. He always let Chris help him with his many projects and taught Chris the meaning of hard work.
At 15 years of age, Chris bought his first car, a 1961 Chevy Bel Air hardtop. Vintage cars have been a staple in Chris’ life ever since. It took a few car builds and some years experience before Chris built his first street bike, a 1966 Harley Davidson shovelhead. He realized that none of his other projects were as exciting as building and riding that shovel.
Fast forward about 15 years, a few union construction jobs, a wife and two kids later, the opportunity came for Chris to turn his hobby into his own business. In 2006, LA Speed Shop was born.
Chris’ specialty is vintage choppers and bobbers with a bare bones style. He infuses every bike he builds with his out of the box thinking and amazing attention to detail. Chris has earned respect in the motorcycle industry as a quality guy who does quality work. His motorcycles have graced the covers of magazines worldwide such as Easyriders, Iron Horse, Dice and Powerglide, and have won countless awards at motorcycle shows.
Today you can find Chris at his shop in Los Angels, CA working on his current project, a 1959 Harley Davidson Panhead he’s building for a loyal customer from New Mexico. Part of why Chris loves building things is so he can use his creativity. His mind is constantly thinking up new and different ideas for motorcycles.
Chris Richardson has found a way to stay true to himself, remain authentic, and stand out as an amazing, talented, respected motorcycle builder.