Johann Gyver - Owner
Johann Gyver is the Owner and Chief Master Craftsman and Master Builder at Alter Ego in Sierra Vista, AZ alteregomc.com. His vocation and avocation is Designing and Building Handcrafted Motorcycles, and, Building/Restoring Vintage Luxury Automobiles, Muscle Cars, Street Rods, Restomods, and all other Classic Cars.
He also has his own Signature Line of Parts and Products, which he designed and manufactures in his Shop in the U.S.A. using American-made materials.
As a small child, Johann Gyver had a whetted appetite for what would grow to be a lifelong love affair with Elegant Motorcycles and Luxury Vintage Automobiles.
Clearly a highly kinetic and gifted adolescent with a bright personality to match, his racing mind and mensa-like-intellect needed perpetual feeding.
His Maternal Grandfather encouraged the thrill seeker in him, and primed the colorful palette of this vibrant youth's imagination in many ways - not the least of which was perching him on top of a Harley-Davidson Motorcycle he was way too little to stop - quite literally.
You see, Johann's feet couldn't touch the ground.
This was start of Adventures in Motorcycling.
A bit of daredevil was in the family DNA, it seems, and, Johann's Grandfather would fill the Harley with gas, lift his grandson onto the seat, and, away he went on Midwest country dirt paths - until the gas ran out, it tipped over, and, the youngster hiked his ride back to the house to have the tank filled again and again and again...
Johann's Father was a collector of Vintage Automobiles in his spare time, and, Johann remembers, vividly, repetitiously scrubbing white-walled tires until they sparkled without a single smudge or speck of dirt.
He learned, early on, it seems, to do everything with perfection, with good old-fashioned work ethics and elbow grease, as they used to say.
Fast forwarding decades later, Johann Gyver can see how, many life challenges and even some very harsh experiences, have been excellent school masters in patience. He knows that every event has been forming him into the man he is today.
The salted and seasoned Master Craftsman is one of a kind, it seems.
When he builds a Luxury Vintage Automobile there is never a smidge of filler in the body. The metal has been sanded by hand, to perfection, before paint is applied.
The quality of Gyver's painting skills are a bit legendary, and, months of labor are lovingly invested in each vehicle he has had the privilege of painting with those highly skilled hands of a Master.
The automobile Johann is pictured with, and, working on, in this profile, is a 1931 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Henley Roadster in the Style of Brewster. The Elegant and Sophisticated Roadster not only achieved notoriety by the awards it was given, but acquired a moniker which made Owner/Collector, Steve Nannini honored and proud.
The Rolls is said to be the Best Rolls-Royce Phantom II, which has ever existed.
Johann Gyver also spent years in the Movie Industry and in Commercial Photography in Los Angeles, too. Having acquired a serious bout of lead poisoning from his early-on Building days, he followed the call to work in another area of The Arts for a few decades, a few decades ago. He loves Jazz, Fine Art, Gourmet Cooking and Food, Old Movies, and, Touring the Magnificent Open Roads of America.
For more details about the '31 Rolls-Royce, return to our Home Page at alteregomc.com, then hover on "Project Cars" which will pull down a screen. Then click on, "'31 Rolls Royce Henley Roadster." You may view the variety of parts manufactured here at Alter Ego to replace the obsolete parts necessary to restore the Roadster. If you double click on any photograph you are interested in viewing, it will greatly enlarge the photograph as well as provide a small narrative at the top left corner of the picture.
To view more custom motorcycles, return to our Home Page at alteregomc.com and hover your cursor over "Custom Motorcycles," which will bring down a screen of Motorcycles to choose from.
Perhaps all this talk of motorcycles and luxury cars has whetted your appetite for more. If it's time to follow your dream, we can put you on the road with one. Perfectly.
Thank you for your interest.