Latest happenings at FantomWorks

New Addition to the Front Yard

Hey everyone, this week we welcome our newest permanent addition to the front yard here at FantomWorks, this 53 GMC truck will eventually become the centerpiece for our new sign.  We couldn’t resist letting this awesome representation of what we do just sit idly by while we finish the rest of its companion pieces, so we moved it to the front yard.  Now everyone that comes by to visit will have a vehicle they can take pictures with.  So if you are ever in the Norfolk, VA area and are free on Friday @ 3pm stop by for our shop tour and maybe take a picture with some cool yard art.

Season 5 Premiere

As you all may already know, Season 5 of FantomWorks premieres Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at 9pm (8pm central) on the Velocity channel, check your local listing for more information.  We here at FantomWorks are definitely feeling the anticipation for this upcoming season, as we kick off the season restoring a ’62 Maserati and a ’66 VW Bug.  The excitement and eagerness to share the trials and eventual result of every build this season is felt by the whole FantomWorks team.  So please join us every Tuesday at 9pm EST on Velocity and right back here for more inside looks into DRS Automotive FantomWorks.

Upholstery Tech Wanted

Do you have Upholstery skills?  Do you love antique vehicles?  We need you at FantomWorks.  We have an immediate opening for an Upholstery Tech position which is a full-time, day position.  Pay is negotiable and will be based upon experience and job performance.  If this sounds like an ideal opportunity then send your resume to


FFJournal May 2015 Cover Featuring FantomWorks


By Lynn Stanley

British novelist Christopher Priest wrote that every exceptional magic trick is composed of three acts. The Pledge introduces an ordinary object, the Turn misdirects attention while the object is made to do something extraordinary, and the Prestige [the reveal] restores the object in a manner that leaves audiences wondering how it was done.

The same could be said of Dan Short, owner of Norfolk, Virginia-based DRS Automotive FantomWorks, who practices his own brand of restoration magic with classic cars, aircraft and boats. Tricks of the trade include a mastery of metal, high-tech know-how and old world craftsmanship.

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Contractor Won’t Pay for Damages to Norfolk Business

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – Dan Short, owner of FantomWorks in Norfolk, feels helpless.

“Frustrating is just a part of what I’m feeling,” Short told

When the city of Norfolk offered to send someone to clean graffiti off his classic car shop over the summer, it seemed like a no-brainer. But now he’s changed his mind.

“I will never allow the city to call another contractor to come here and fix any damage on my property again,” he said.

Norfolk Business Insider Article

“Tour a #1 TV Hit

Millions Watch Velocity Channel’s FantomWorks – Filmed in Norfolk Location

Season two of FANTOMWORKS earned Velocity its highest-rated season for a series ever among males 25-54, and this past season has reached approximately 7.9 million total viewers. The August 10 world premiere of FANTOMWORKS at 9PM was the network’s highest-delivering telecast in network history among persons 25-54.  Season one’s world premiere of FANTOMWORKS was also the network’s highest-delivering telecast in network history.”





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Wounded Wheels in the News

Check out Wounded Wheels and the Hampton Roads Beard and ‘Stache Society in the Virginian Pilot this morning:

“The society’s inaugural Beard and Mustache competition at Shaka’s Live club in Virginia Beach

will feature 10 categories to include facial hair of all types and styles – including partial beards (such as chops, goatees and Donegals with no styling aids), to fake creative for the hairless, and a “red, white and beard class” for veterans only.

Proceeds will go to the Norfolk-based Wounded Wheels, which customizes classic cars for wheelchair-bound vets.”


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FantomWorks Boosts Prime Time Gains for Velocity

“Season two of FANTOMWORKS earned Velocity its highest-rated season for a series ever among M25-54, averaging a 0.43 rating in the key demo, and this past season has reached approximately 7.9 million Total Viewers P2+. The August 10 world premiere of FANTOMWORKS at 9PM was the network’s highest-delivering telecast in network history among P2+.”

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FFJournal featuring FantomWorks Fabricating

Check out this article from the FFJournal highlighting FantomWorks’ metalworking and fabrication work:


By Lynn Stanley

Restoration shop mixes high tech with old world craftsmanship

July 2014 – For much of his 25-year career in the U.S. Army, Dan Short wanted to start his own business, but the shape it would take was unclear. For almost as long as Short served his country, he also worked to perfect skills on another front—restoring classic cars.

In 2005, the retired Army major found a way to combine his military experience and knowledge with his love of cars. Pooling his resources, Short established DRS Automotive FantomWorks in a burned out warehouse in Norfolk, Virginia, then worked his way into a 60,000 sq. ft. brick, wood and steel prewar era linen cleaning facility.

The fabrication shop has evolved into an all-inclusive operation with its own reality show on Discovery’s Velocity cable television channel. FantomWorks is a mix of high tech know-how and old world craftsmanship….

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