WHO WE ARE
Nemesis Custom Works was started in 2019 as a collaboration between Russ Barber and Gabe Halsey. Friends for over 20 years, both had been involved in various aspects of automotive performance industry, and sport for over 18 years. The two decided to start a shop after having worked on several drag and street performance projects, and the demand grew to have the team work on others performance cars.
A mechanic by trade, Gabe has been involved in fabrication, building, and modifying street performance, drag race, and dirt track cars at a sportsman level for over 10 years as well as having participated in street, bracket, and grudge racing for over 15 years. Gabe brings a wealth of knowledge in vehicle suspension systems, fabrication, electrical troubleshooting and Electronic vehicle systems. Gabe is a fixture at Woodburn drag strip as he and the NDCENT Racing S10 "The Atomic Orange" have spent several seasons campaigning in both Truck and sportsman class, as well as some grudge racing.
Having been raised by a street rod builder, mechanic, and fabricator Russ grew up in a hot rod shop. Russ began building engines as a pre-teen, and he focused on performance and engines, porting cylinder heads, designing cams, and drag racing by the age of 16. A Navy Veteran Russ traveled the world and has worked with several performance shops over the years, finally returning home to Oregon. In 2020 he participated in the show "Horsepower Wars No prep edition" and joined the "Legends" racing team as a crew member on their Blown Nitro Altered 1933 Ford Victoria.