Michael was always around cars as a child. “Seems everyone in my family is a mechanic of some sort,” he says. One could assume that sort of thing is passed down through the generations. His grandfather was a heavy equipment mechanic and his uncles have always built hot rods in addition to their day jobs as auto mechanics. Michael got his first ride at 15 and that is when he discovered the true joy in starting a project and seeing it through to the end. It was a ‘92 Honda Accord that he put 120,000 miles in two years.
Michael began his official automotive career in 2006 with custom paint and airbrush. It is probably worth mentioning that Michael is a little different from the rest of us around here. His roots are in import cars and he has built and assisted on several magazine featured cars in the import world. Like we always say about those “other types” of car people, “We all share a passion—and that is cars.”
His favorite car to work on has always been the Toyota Supra. “There is just something about those 2JZ engines that make me weak,” he laughs. That being said, Michael fits in just fine as one of our resto techs, and since his dream ride is a restomod 1970 Hemi Cuda, we let him slide a little. We will probably keep him around just because he has a young daughter that loves to give Dad a hand in the shop.
His favorite quote gives some insight into his true nature, “To achieve anything in this game you must be prepared to dabble in the boundary of disaster.”