Monday, December 17th, 2012 at 4:56 pm  |  21 responses

Tim Duncan’s New Car Customization Shop Opens in San Antonio (PHOTOS)

RIDES Magazine visits the Spurs big man down in Texas.

photos by Andrew Link

RIDES Magazine recently visited Black Jack Speed Shop—Tim Duncan’s new car and truck customization spot in San Antonio—and spoke with the Spurs big man to learn a little about his cool side gig and relatively newfound love for cars. Check out some photos from RIDES’ shoot with the four-time NBA champion in the gallery above, and read some excerpts from the mag’s sit-down with TD below.

RIDES: You grew into loving cars. Where did the idea of building your own shop come from?

Tim Duncan: When [the NBA] had the lockout, and I had a couple extra months where I wasn’t playing or working or anything like that. I was just working out. We’ve [Duncan and friend Jason Pena] been throwing around the idea for, like, five or six years, like, When are you gonna open your own shop?

RIDES: You just kept thinking about it?

TD: I kind of got a preview of my life after basketball [during the lockout]. I was like, Man, I’m gonna be pretty bored if I don’t start setting something up now.

RIDES: So you started looking for a place and developing a business plan.

TD: A building became available right where I wanted it to be. I was like, I’d love it if I could get that building right there. Sure enough, it becomes available and I get it. And it starts rollin’ from there. It all started ’cause I realized I’m gonna have to do something after I’m done playing, and I wanna do something fun, something I’m passionate about and something I’ll really enjoy.

RIDES: It seems like you strayed from the centralized area of San Antonio that’s devoted to automotive. What was the reasoning?

TD: It’s where my practice facility is and where I live; I live up in that end of town. I thought we could just hit a whole other territory moving out toward the Northwest. So it was a fun area, and a new area where we don’t believe there is anyone around, and it’s easy access for me. It’s not like I have to go out of my way to get there; I’m gonna be rolling by there just about every day anyway.

For more, be sure to pick up the December/January issue of RIDES, on newsstands now.

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  • andrew

    Didn’t know he had it in him.

  • shutup

    Ogres are like onions.

  • The Seed

    What a waste of money, go save your money. This place will flop in two years, places like this do. Sorry!!

  • bangbang300

    “places like this do”

    What? What are you using to make that assumption?

  • Sheed

    It’s called an investment. You gotta spend money to make money. Timmy is smarter than you’ll ever be and I’d say he knows what he’s doing

  • Max

    Hey! This is Tim Duncan and welcome to pimp my ride!

  • The Mauve Avenger

    My favorite comment in SLAM history. Well done, sir.

  • The Fury

    Seed is actually a San Antonio hater, he doesn’t say anything good about ANY Spurs’ player.

  • Ron

    I totally dig how Timmy has his shop by his house and not in the hood lol

  • Ugh

    Yeah, there totally hasn’t been an explosion of car and motorcycle customisation over the last five years.

  • http://www.facebook.com/andrew.kelleher.1610 Andrew Kelleher

    Totally new side of Tim. It will probably fold though. Athletes try opening their own businesses all the time and it just doesn’t work…restaurants, car washes, strip clubs, car rim factories…

  • Kevin

    He should’ve put it on the East Side of town…….nah just playing they would f**k that place up within 4 months

  • shutup

    Much appreciated, thank you.

  • Yesse

    Yo, what up! This is T to tha D Timmy Duncan and welcome to my shop!

  • The Mighty FV

    ‘Places like this’….I honestly cannot believe you are still on this website as in all the time of you posting not one decent or valid statement has leaked from your silly little brain. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE for the sake of you, me and everyone on this site think before your head tricks your fingers into typing something. Please.

  • The Mighty FV

    basketball won’t last forever – gotta put the money into projects for the future. big respect.

  • fruizm

    When I picture Duncan making an investment…I picture him investing in something like a zoo!

  • LakeShow

    Why a Zoo Mr. Duncan?

    “Newspapers, books, magazines… all going out of business. Technology, Japans got it covered. Automobiles, haven’t got any desire.”

    Zoo’s will never go out of business. Like a solid bank hook, kids will always want to see Elephants.”

    Yeah I could see it too lol…

  • fruizm

    Hahaha nice one! Zoo’s will never go out of business, huh? Now that you mention it, you have a really interesting point and I’ll might just invest in a zoo myself!

  • Witzarerequired

    I love TD, but I must say, I own a high end car audio shop. I have put my best vehicle (top of the top) on display to these rich cats, and they actually are looking for free stuff like fosgate, mtx, kicker and bottom line stuff like that. All this money they make and they have no desire to kick some of it out for a supreme system. They just want to get free stuff and be in magazines then pass along the garbage to the customers who buy up something because a celeb was paid to sell it. I wouldn’t trust what a celebrity shop sells…..GO TO A QUALIFIED SPECIALIST.

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