ABOUT THE FOUNDER
Lyons Motor Car founder Kevin W. Lyons is a artist and graphic designer, a graduate of The School of Visual Arts in New York City. Raised as a fine artist, he began his artistic education at the age of four. With subsequent studies of the renaissance masters as well as modern art, fine art and graphic design. He additionally extended his studies in the sciences of exercise physiology, human anatomy biomechanics, and engineering and fabrication as popularized by the famed history of Leonardo DaVinci.
"I considered myself lucky when I was granted the opportunity to come aboard as graphic designer at J.Crew under the auspices of Arthur Cinader, founder and former CEO of J.Crew. Fresh out of college I lead a small group of designers at the company in the re-creation of the company logo (from J.Crew Outfitters to J.Crew & Clifford Wells group of companies) and corporate branding in the days before the company had retail stores. Amidst this new career success, and with the duties of study and education behind me, I felt something was still missing, I wished the logos I designed were cars but in the late 1980's it was impossible in NYC.
My Father used to call me "cars on the brain" because I was always distracted by the sound. I was taught cars through osmosis by my father, but not as a career path he wished I'd taken. Next I landed the title of Art Director for Cosmopolitan Magazine for tough and infamous Editor-In-Chief Helen Gurly Brown toughest woman I ever met. At this point I still didn't put my mind together enough to make the jump to automotive design/engineering, instead explored customizing mid 1960's to 1980's muscle cars, obviously restoring old cars wasn't the answer either. Abruptly in 1995 my car building dreams came crashing down after a stage four lymphoma scare and later diagnosed with the brutal autoimmune disease sarcoidosis. Some say it came from years of exposure to paint thinners involved in art and in cars, and I never wore a mask or respirator back in those days. This was a multi-year battle to regain my health and quality of life via college level health and wellness education, multiple degrees, and certificates in human anatomy, exercise physiology, anti aging, and orthopedic medicine.
The post surgery years that followed my health ordeal I became involved with a incredible group of engineers and fabricators on a website called Kitcentral.com, the Diablo builders group. I started my learning curve from friends who were award winning genius in their fields. I've experienced first hand what automotive genius is, from the likes of Peter Mungo, Ron Tinari, Dale Vanblokland. and along the way I found my true passion, creating cars from scratch. Art of the automobile, where the combination of my artistic creativity, design engineering, fabrication and intricate execution all come together. Skills in hand, my first dream project, build a Lamborghini Diablo 6.0 SE as close to original specifications as possible without using any of the original Lamborghini parts and do it solo, including drivetrain. The result earned mentionable popularity and, first place award and “Best In Class” at the 2008 Carlisle Replica And Import Nationals Car Show in Harrisburg PA. Unfortunately news circulated and found it's way through my brother who said, "no matter how wonderful your Diablo replica final result was, it's still a fake Lamborghini, and you do have the design and engineering skill to create you own car".
"In Every Revolution There's One Man With A Vision"