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The Ansen Automotive company traces its roots to a machinist named Louis
Senter, a California native and machinist’s mate in the Navy during
World War II. Louis opened Senter Engineering with his brother in Los
Angeles, where they worked on custom machining for hot rodders. The
Senter brothers found another partner in engine building specialist Jack
Andrews in 1947, and the trio combined their last names to re-christen
the business Ansen Automotive Engineering. The new firm developed many
go-fast parts as well as began building dry lakes racers, midget racers
and drag racers in-house. Ansen Automotive speed shop was also where
Louis developed complete engines that were popular with Southern NASCAR
drivers, moonshiners and the revenue agents who chased them. By the
early 1960s, the owners’ partnership had dissolved, leaving Louis to
focus on developing one- and two-piece aluminum wheels for race cars; in
fact, Ansen’s aluminum wheels were the first made of this material to
be approved for use at Indy, where Halibrand’s lightweight magnesium
wheels dominated. These aluminum wheels were crafted on Louis’s
innovative centrifugal casting machine and a tracer lathe to feature a
machined finish; they had five oval slots for brake cooling, as well as a
visible casting of the brand name. Called the Sprint, this wheel design
was quickly adapted from racing to street use in 14- and 15-inch
diameters and varying widths, and its popularity skyrocketed and the
rest, as they say, is history.
Like all our designs, this one is treated with our signature ‘relic-ing’ process which includes our own secret recipe of hand-painted chipping, cracking, fading, and just the right touch of yellowing to ensure that it looks the part of a true vintage imprint.** We lay these works of art down on premium Bella+Canvas 3001 Unisex Jersey Short Sleeve Tees, one of the softest, best-wearing t-shirts available today, via state of the art direct to garment (DTG) printing which allows us to create a vintage effect that simply can’t be accomplished with other printing methods. In short, these shirts are everything you’ve dreamed of and more – it feels soft and lightweight with just the right amount of stretch making it comfortable and flattering for both men and women.
Not sure what size is your best fit? We recommend taking one of your current t-shirts, laying it flat and measuring it. The measurements in the chart below are taken with the shirt laying on a flat surface. To get the length, measure from the high shoulder point down to the bottom of the shirt. To get the width, measure approximately 1-inch below the armhole, across the chest, from seam to seam. While our tees are all made using premium, pre-shrunk, ring-spun cotton, there can be some shrinkage depending on your personal wash and dry cycles. With that said, if you’re on the fence, we always suggest going up a size.
All sizes are provided in inches!
*Heather colors are 52% combed and ring-spun cotton/48% polyester. Athletic and Black Heather is 90% combed and ring-spun cotton/10% polyester. Ash color is 99% Airlume combed and ring-spun cotton and 1% poly. **Due to the nature of the printing process and different sizes of shirts offered, imprint position and scale may vary slightly from the product images, but we do our best to be as accurate as possible.