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Like many automotive enthusiast’s, I started my long relationship with cars when I was only 10 years old.
This came in the form of building wooden framed go-carts with cannibalized lawn mower engines mounted on them. Very quickly, this progressed to racing and modifying chrome moly tube framed go-carts powered by highly modified chain saw motors. When I got to the ripe old age of 14, I managed to get an after school job at a local welding shop and shortly thereafter, acquired my first Model A. It only seemed logical to me to put a Chevy power plant in it and this I did. Over the next few years I was very involved in the construction of many Hot Rods as well as many Meyers Manx Dune Buggies. Within this era, I also built high performance Ford, Chevrolet, Oldsmobile, and Cadillac engines for the specific function of Hot Rodding.

I knew at this point that I loved seeking the most performance a person could get out of a vehicle.
 
After high school, I continued to build Hot Rods by day and started drag racing by night while starting to establish my own business. While I built and maintained many 57 Bel Air’s and Chevelle’s, my love really was the Corvette. So when a new 1966 427ci Corvette with all the hi-perf options came my way, I bought it. After many modifications to the car, I took it to the drag strip, then the Autocross circuit, and then ultimately road racing. This form of racing really appealed to me and lead me to then build several more Corvettes which I campaigned in SCCA’s “A” Production class. I won the Southern Pacific Championship 5 years in a row.I won the SCCA National Championship as well as the Trans-Am opening race event for the new formula of Trans-Am racing.  I ran the TMSA Endurance Race’s on the west coast for many years and retired from road racing in the late 1970’s.

As I had always enjoyed teaching , I spent some time teaching road racing to different area clubs such as Ferrari, Porsche, BMW and Corvette.  I also continued to build my business during this time which consisted of primarily building off-road and road race cars with a lot of BMW’s in the mix.

I liked BMW’s and their potential a lot. Thus, in the late 1970’s, I began to focus on primarily BMW’s. I specialized in modifications including turbocharging, heavily modified suspension systems, federalizing European M635’s and blueprinting, balancing, and rebuilding M motors for people all over the country.
During this time, many Hot Rods of all sorts continued to pass through my shop.