Steve Darnell is famed for his success on the Discovery Channel hit series, Vegas Hot Rods, and as the creative genius behind Welder Up, the Las Vegas-based rat rod and fabrication shop. Steve leads his Welder Up team as he brings history back to life, proving his creativity has no boundaries. Working with his dad at their family's steel company in Las Vegas, Steve learned to weld and fabricate at an early age. When he started his own fabrication shop, he took his passion for cars to the next level. When the infamous D-Rod drove out of his shop with a twin turbo 12-valve diesel engine that made 1000 hp, Steve made a name for himself. The car world took notice of the unique multiple national publications, like Hot Rod Magazine, Diesel World Magazine, Mopar Magazine and more. WelderUp is known for its eye-catching rides, but Steve's passion has evolved beyond rat rods into other creative avenues. He is responsible for the post-apocalyptic set design, props, and vehicles in Five Finger Death Punch's music video for "House of the Rising Sun".
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Buggies-N-Blues draws thousands of spectators onto Main Street in historic Mandan, North Dakota every year on the second weekend in June for a classic cars, live music, merchandise and lots of food. Part of Mandan's Motor Weekend event that includes all kinds of motors from across the country.