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This is a must-read story about the last major project (almost) completed by Chicane Sport Tuning, and a touching look at the life of Joe and his friendship with BCMCer Jessica Mickelson. Used with permission.
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Joe's Memorial Service took place at
The Queen Mary Events Park.
Long Beach, CA
The Joe Gosinski Memorial Supercruise started with an hour long memorial service at the Queen Mary Events Park in Long Beach, CA Over 600 people were in attendance.
Before the day, 309 vehicles/490 people paid $20 each, registering online and in the mail for the full events of the day.
After opening words, several of Joe's friends and family spoke to the huge crowd. KABC & KCAL were there as well (see videos above).
After the service, the vehicles embarked on a 40 mile drive. Through the Long Beach & LA Harbors, San Pedro, along the pacific ocean and into the winding hills of Palos Verdes.
Our first stop was a press conference setting at the LA Superior Courthouse in Torrance - the location where someday, the person(s) who took Joe from us will be tried for their crime. CBS was there covering Joe's story and the cruise.
We wound up at the the headquarters of Carroll Shelby near Gardena, CA. to have a lunch served by In & Out Burgers. The setting was right in the middle Carroll's private vehicle collection ad included a raffle and silent/live auctions that raised $1000's of dollars towards the Reward Fund.
309 Mustangs & a few
other cool cars & bikes
SUPERCRUISE 2 , a 9/11 Tribute
Nov. 2001 - 183 Vehicles
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Note: All apparel was sold by 2012
We are no longer taking donations.
Consider donating to the BCMC Toy Drive, annually in December.
Please consider purchasing one of the several pieces of apparel we are offering from Joe's Memorial Supercruise on Feb 13, 2011.
Shirts, jackets, headwear and more. Sizes from Small to 2XL
100% of all monies (after cost of shipping)
go to the official Reward Fund.
Please take a monent to print the full color REWARD FLIER. Click on the image to the right, and you'll down load the most recent version of the official reward flier. We need YOU to help
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JACKSON MEMORIAL SERVICE PLANNED FOR MUSTANG TUNER...
Several people have made some pretty awesome videos. Filled with photos, videos, music and even Joe's voice. Some were made before the cruise, and others feature the big day. Take a few minutes and remember Joe. If you know of any other videos out there, let us know. You can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Jess was one of the first to make a video
soon after Joe left us. A very touching piece.
This video feature Joe in his own words. Thank you Tony for this beautiful tribute...
If you only watch one video, this is the one.
The first video we've seen from Joe's
Memorial Supercruise. Feb 13, 2011
Bill Lohr - Cruise Follow up
With the help of photos from several people, including Carl Marsh, Gary Gawlas, Stacie Morimoto, Sal Valdez, Matt Bernal & James Whitmore (corrected link, Oct 2011)
Brandon @ TruFiber.com
It is hard to grasp the size and scope of the memorial & cruise. This video does the best job trying. Do a "Full Screen", sit back, and enjoy this awesome 8:30 overview of the start of the day.
LATEST NEWS - REWARD TOTAL - DONATION INFO - TV/PRINT REPORTS - TRIBUTE VIDEOS
Be sure to scroll all the way through to the bottom of this page - there is a lot of information on Joe here!
Note: This is an official BCMC page, however the Reward Fund is overseen by a Trust and a Trustee. The following information, site hosting, SC4, Reward Apparel store and PO Box provided at no charge by BCMC. BCMC is otherwise not involved with, nor benefits from, the Reward Fund.
Thank you to the following clubs for their support....
A Family Tribute
Joe's niece Kayla Beatty made this touching tribute to her Uncle Joe
Every Dec 23rd, Joe's friends and fellow club members get together. Wien that date lands on a weekend, we hold a driving event. The last one was 2013... Video by Brandon at TruFiber.com
5TH ANNIVERSARY REMEMBRANCE EVENT
December 23, 2015 was the 5-year anniversary of Joe Gosinski's murder. BCMC held a special event with El Cortez Restaurant in Long Beach. Dinner was donated for all by El Cortez and Cisco Foods. More than 50 friends and fans came by to raise a glass and to drop off a toy for our annual toy drive.
Crime Watch Daily was there to film the toast and interview friends of Joe for their nationally televised show on January 25, 2016
Please raise a glass and toast Joe for a socially distanced, virtual memorial at 7:30pm, Pacific Time, on Dec 23 2020.
Stories about Joe and the crime, in chronological order
Lead Story in both video & text
January 25, 2016
Re-released March 5, 2020
Be sure to read the comments section!
A world-renowned car customizer was murdered in his Southern California auto shop on Christmas Eve in 2010, and the crime remains unsolved.
An "American Classic": it's a term that fits Joe Gosinski as much as it did his obsession, the Ford Mustang.
Gosinski grew up in Michigan, the car capital of America. He joined the Army, was promoted to sergeant and went off to fight in the Persian Gulf. Gosinski settled in Southern California and turned to his first love, cars, and began specializing in Mustangs.
"He started his own shop, made his own way and he quickly became known as the go-to guy not only locally, but nationally, for the Ford Mustang," said Gosinksi's friend Jon Schultz.
Before long, TV came calling, and the show "Overhaulin'" showed off just how good Gosinski was, and that expanded his clientele. Unlike a lot of Hollywood success stories, Joe Gosinski stayed humble and remained a generous guy.
"He would give anybody anything," said Joe's sister Michelle Wood. "You didn't have to ask. If he knew you liked something and he had it, he would give it. That's just the way he was."
Every Christmas season Gosinski worked with Schultz on a toy drive for kids.
On the afternoon of December 23, 2010, he and Schultz talked on the phone.
"We bantered back and forth like we usually do and hung up," said Schultz. It would be the last time he would ever hear from his good friend.
Gosinski's longtime girlfriend Rachel Galera spoke to Gosinksi around 7 p.m. But he never made it home. Galera tried him repeatedly and finally, at around midnight, drove down to his shop with her young daughter. In an instant, the holidays took a tragic turn. "She said there was blood all over the walls," said Michelle Wood, Gosinski's sister.
Joe Gosinski was discovered early in the morning of Dec. 24. He had been savagely murdered. "He was shot from the side through both lungs," said Jonathan Wood, Joe's brother-in-law. His skull had been beaten, likely with one of his own treasured tools. "He was bludgeoned with an instrument," said Jonathan Wood.
On the day of his memorial, more than 300 Mustangs showed up for a 40-mile cruise in Joe Gosinski's honor.
Police in Torrance, California, just south of Los Angeles, were baffled. If not robbery, what was the motive?
Friends tell Crime Watch Daily a safe from the auto shop was stolen. Friends say Gosinski had a little-known private office on the floor above the shop. In it was a standard mini-safe where he kept his secret stash of cash. "He always wanted to have spare cash because he was the type of person, if he found a good deal on a car or parts or something he wanted money on hand to go buy it," said Gosinski's friend and former employee Rene Barba.
Police will not confirm the existence of a safe.
After five years, the vicious murder of Joe Gosinski is now classified as a cold case. And despite the suspicion of family and friends, police have no official suspects.
"We've analyzed tons of evidence, but unfortunately we worked everything that we had to a point that we came to a dead end," said Torrance Police Sgt. Scott Turrentine.
Anyone with information about the murder of Joe Gosinski is urged to call the Torrance Police Department's Detective Division at (310) 618-5570.
A reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of persons involved in the crime is now in excess of $20,000.
It's been a while since this page was updated. As of Dec, 2020, there has not been an arrest. The murder of Joe Gosinski is a cold case. We've stayed in contact with some of the family. We speak with the Torrance Police Dept. every year or so. We toast him annually at the SEMA show, and most years we get together for dinner or to raise a glass on December 23rd - the anniversary of his death. We maintain this website. We will never give up. We will Never Lift.
Joe was my best friend. I think about him all the time. That the killer(s) are still walking free is simply
impossible to accept. Family members and friends keep in touch, talk about Joe, the case, and look
forward to the day we can sit in a courtroom together and have the closure that only justice can bring.
- Jon Schultz
President, Beach Cities Mustang Club
As a US Army Veteran, Joe deserves his homicide to be solved.