THE INSPECTOR

Street Trucks|April 2020

THE INSPECTOR
Full Time and Focused
CHRIS HAMILTON

IF YOU’RE THE KIND OF GUY WHO SPENT HIS CHILDHOOD CRASHING HOT WHEELS TOGETHER AND BUILDING BIG LEGO DREAM TRUCKS IN YOUR SPARE TIME, YOU’LL RELATE TO THE OWNER OF THIS MASSIVE 2018 GMC DENALI. Martin Artega grew up as a dreamer, but unlike most wishful thinkers with the same attraction to attention-grabbing objects, he wasn’t filled with delusions of grandeur. Martin had a drive to be different ever since he could walk, and he wasn’t letting anything derail his desires. Even from a young age he understood that hard work is the only clear path to making his dreams come true, so he set a goal and focused on the future until those dreams became reality.

Sure, you can tell his story to some outsiders who would call us all crazy for putting our life’s work into personal four-wheel fantasies, but that’s why we just laugh at the comments instead of debating with the disconnects. They just don’t get it, and we don’t have time to explain. As a full-time coating inspector in Baytown, Texas, Martin spends his work hours judging the conditions of materials designed for harsh corrosive environments. Attention to detail is a high priority in his profession, which naturally carries over to his hobbies and passions. So when he chose the shop to build the truck of his dreams, he knew it would cost a little extra to get it done right.

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April 2020