Hello, and welcome to another jam-packed edition of The Hot Seat. In case you missed last month's story, each month we take a person who has been a vital part, a mentor, or made some significant impact in the scene, and expose him or her and make them blush for your reading enjoyment.
So sit back, light a match, do a courtesy flush, and enjoy this month's installment.
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This month, we bring you Daniel Paul Harvey (One-Sleeve Steve); if you don't know him yet, you're about to know it all!
Full Name: Daniel Paul Harvey
Place of Birth: Elmira, NY
Current Residence: Clemmons, NC
Daily Driver: 2001 Mitsubishi Gallant...I'm so ashamed.
Who are you?: I'm not sure anymore with all the nicknames I've acquired. But I work for Drop 'Em Wear? Clothing Company touring around entertaining myself at the expense of others!
Q: What is in your toilet tower/lavatory library? Be honest, not the obvious ones like Mini Truckin', we want to know about the US Weekly, the Better Homes & Gardens, and the Luscious Large Woman mags.
A: Besides MT I have, Hot Rod, 4x4, Playboy, and Tattoo.
Q: Tell us one thing people either don't know about you or would be very surprised to hear?
A: I love cats!
Q. Do you have any tattoos? If so do you regret them?
A: I have a couple tattoos and I don't regret any of them, but I am still trying to cover up the fighting kites tramp-stamp I got when I was 17! It's awful!
Q. Do you consider yourself "regular"?
A: Well I'm probably more regular than need be due to so many food allergies. Jen is always trying to give me berries and milk...not a good combo for me folks. But she really does love me, I think.
Q. What is your favorite show of all time?
A: The ones that I go to for fun and not work! Haha, jk. Carlisle was the first big show I ever went to and really made me love going to shows. Low Rollers End of Summer Bash is a very close second just because those guys always put on a great show and I was at the first ten years and watched it grow along with Phil Fowler's fame!
Q. What got you into the scene?
A: Believe it or not the first minitruck I saw was my current roommate Curt "Kootis" Fidurko and John Beebes' trucks parked at the local car wash back in 1994. I just turned 16 and was get about to get a car so I was hooked from that moment on!
Q. What is your personal opinion on the current state of the scene with us losing a lot of shows lately? Why do you think that is? Can it be repaired?
A: I get to see "the scene" from a weird point of view because I have made so many good friends all over the country that are all in different clubs. Some are very rowdy and drink till they fall down and break stuff, some just sit back and hang out and talk about trucks all night. I think that balance is in every social group: hotrods, bikes, tuners, and even non- automotive groups. It will always be that way, a lot of people from different backgrounds love our way of life and that's what makes it so great. We are losing shows for a lot of different reasons, with the current economy probably the biggest. It takes a lot of money to put on shows and the promoters take big risks. Sometimes it pays off, and sometimes it doesn't! Support the shows you love and don't be afraid to hit up that local show because it might just be the next big thing.