...brought the top 12 cars and builders, including Phipps, to a site in Los Angeles for in-person judging.
Bob Phipps said he’s incredibly proud of his son and the recognition he has received in the automotive industry in the past three years.
“It’s been super cool,” he said. “He’s had a lot of doors opened to him and got to see a side of the industry most people never will.”
Bob’s father started Phipps Chevron, a Hermiston gas station and automotive repair shop, in 1968, and Bob took over in 2000. He said Austin will take the shop over from him when he’s ready to retire.
Austin is working on a rebuild of a second car, a 1966 Chevrolet Nova, and Bob said he believes that rebuild will push his son to new heights.
Austin said the Nova will be a “top-notch” car when complete. He said he enjoys the challenge of solving problems as he works through rebuilds, and the satisfaction of being able to point to parts and say, “I made this. You can’t find this anywhere else.”
“I’ve definitely learned a lot about the business, learned a lot about myself, learned a lot about people in general,” he said. “It’s opened a lot of doors in the automotive industry and I’ve made a lot of contacts.”