I’ve been involved with Corvettes and fiberglass from the very early age of seven. My dad would take me to his shop, Custom Auto Body in Erie, where he worked on Corvettes and did custom painting. He would have me grind the edges of parts he was working on, I guess you could say I have fiberglass in my blood.
I’ve road-raced Corvettes for nearly four decades, and my wife and I have had a Corvette shop for about 25 years now. Our first restoration was a black ’63 split-window coupe, a very cool car. One of the best things about our business is our ability to take undriveable hulks and restore them back to better than they were, making them more modern in their handling and general operations.
We specialize in Corvettes from 1953 to 1982. We also have an extensive parts and information network for these cars which often enables us to discover original and hard-to-find parts, making our cars as close to original as possible – even while being fully or partially modified – according to each customer’s wishes.
One of the things I really enjoy is the painting side of our business. I watched my dad paint for years before I picked up a paint gun at 16 years old, and I do all our painting now. I love the process, and with the help of my talented and skilled team, we transform these cars into stunning works of art. The painting is one of the last things we do and one reason I love it is because, after the paint has been laid down, we can really see the results of all the many hours of preparation. It’s a beautiful thing.
I have also spent a good amount of time repairing anything fiberglass – boats, campers/RVs, furniture, swimming pools and steps, statues and artwork made of fiberglass, and of course cars. I have a passion for what I do, every day is an adventure in our shop. I look forward to our customers, our team, and our projects. This is a great job!