Getting kids excited about racing, such as the event we held at Speed Circuit in San Diego, is another way of doing that. It was great to be able to teach them a few things about paying attention to corners, speed and braking, and then watching their lap times become faster.
Q: What advice can you offer young men and women considering a career in this industry?
A: If you are good at what you do, there is always an opportunity for you. Somebody is always looking for an up-and-coming employee who is talented at what they do.
When I went to high school, we had shop classes. Now, you often have to attend a separate trade school.
Kids call me all the time wanting to apprentice in my shop. If their heart is really in it, and their mindset is right, I welcome it. If it’s not, I can usually tell. I’m a passionate man with everything that I do, and I welcome anybody who carries that same passion into my world.
Q: What are some of the changes you’ve seen over your career repairing vehicles?
A: It’s immense. It’s happening everywhere on every level. The computer age is amazing. The new vehicles are beautiful machines and so computerized. Everything is at the touch of a button, and it’s absolutely incredible. It almost takes it out of the hands of a mechanic.
Although, I have to admit, at times I struggle with it. With today’s cars, you use a computer to tune a car. I used to use my ear, but you can’t do that anymore with advances in technology.
Q: What are your thoughts about electric and autonomous vehicles?
A: I know it’s coming, and the technology is amazing. We actually might have some EVs on the show, and I plan to put my own spin on them. When it comes to autonomous cars, I don’t like being in the passenger seat with anybody, even those I trust driving, so to let the computer drive is still baffling to me. I still want to be able to get in my car and hear it rumbling underneath me. I like to drive myself around. I don’t listen to my radio; I listen to my exhaust system.
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