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.
Q. We heard you were the second part in the "leather-vest" pool tournament in Kentucky last year. How did you do?
A: Haha, I plead the 5th, but next time I get to break!
Q. Who do you look up to in the scene?
A: That's a tough one. I would say ALL of the guys who are still doing what they love, even as their lives have changed. Trucks have changed and the styles have gone from one extreme to the other, and they're still enjoying minitrucks and setting the standard for the new guys and the next generation. I hope I have that kind of passion as life changes for me!
Q. Have you ever passed out at your own party? How did that turn out for ya?
A: Yeah, not good...enough said! Some of the evidence is on the next Sickness DVD. Thanks Randy!
Q. Oh, and while we are on the subject...have you ever peed the bed (as an adult)?
A: I hate you Jennie! See above for the details...(we will take that as a YES)!
Q.You seem to have a fun job, but there must be some snags. What do you love the most about your job? What do you like least?
A: I love going to shows all over because you see some genius ideas in some weird places! I hate hanging out with everybody till 4 a.m. and then having to start work at 7 a.m. Then I watch everyone I was partying with all night roll in at noon, those bastards! But I'm a trained professional so that helps.
Q. Tell us, what's a "Man-Shot"? What about a "Flaming Jesus"?
A: The "Man Shot" is Tequila, salt, and lime just like normal. But you drink the shot, sniff the salt, and squirt the lime in your eye! Then let off a fire extinguisher in the apartment of your boss, haha! A "Flaming Jesus" is tequila and Tabasco. I don't drink them ever...you shouldn't either!
Q. What happens when you "Suppa-fly-Schnuckka" the boss's girl at a show?
A: If you don't know what "Suppa-fly-Schnukka" it's an 80s kid thing. The "Super Fly" wrestler of the top rope, or in this case, off the dresser. But know that if you do it, it will be done right back...followed by surgery!
Q. How did the "One-Sleeve Steve" nickname originate?
A: Lee Caudill (Heritage truck show promoter) gave me that name the first time we met. He couldn't remember what I had just told him my name was and just spit out "One-Sleeve Steve" and it just sorta stuck.
Q. How is "One-Sleeve Steve's" love life these days? We know you have hit some bumps in the road in the past?
A: Wow, kinda personal! Well, I'm happily taken these days. I found a girl that is accepting of my work and has just as big addiction to trucks as me, so we will see!
Q. What can we expect from "One-Sleeve Steve" in the coming years? More offspring?
A: I already have two great sons, Dominic and Christian. We will see if there are any more in the works, you never know. But my oldest is 12 so hopefully I will be building him a truck soon and enjoying what I love with him.
Q. We know you're a minitrucker at heart but you seem to go through vehicles like underwear. Why so fickle?
A: First of all...I'm commando all the way, makes for more room in my bag on the weekends when we travel. Second, I have always had a love/hate relationship with everything I've built for myself. Either some bad luck has got me after completion (hit a dog the day after paint was finished-dog was fine-fender and door not so good) or I'm very impatient. I want to get everything done in an unrealistic time frame and I get burnt out. Either way, I enjoy working on anything and almost prefer to be slaving in the garage rather than cleaning something for the next show!