The dedicated team at CAA shares your passion for classic cars. We repair and restore them on week-ends and some of us even drive our own vintage cars to work now and then. A while back, we thought it might be fun to profile the folks taking your calls and answering questions about how to best cool your classic ride. With this in mind, we offer our first monthly installment of “Meet The Classic Auto Team”.
How long have you been with CAA Don?
I have been with CAA for just at 2 years.
What do you like best about working at CAA?
A job that allows me to still be hands on in the automotive industry makes going to work a pleasure. I get to talk to many people about what I love and what they love —- CARS!!
What was your first “classic”….or first car?
My first car was a 1975 Dodge Dart Sport. It was the cleanest car I had to continuously push!!! I still loved that car, though.
What do you like best about your customer classics?
I am always impressed with the unique characteristics of their rides. After talking with many of our customers on the phone then seeing the photos of their cars, I can see their personalities and love within their projects.
What is the one maintenance or repair job you dread most?
Like most folks, I am not very fluent with transmissions. I often leave transmission work to the “pros”.
Do you currently own a classic?
I own a vehicle that has become a classic. I own a 1993 Mustang GT. This is the last year of the Fox Body Mustang. No matter where I take it, I still hear people comment on how much of a favorite that particular Mustang is to them or a story that reminds them of the one they had.
Answer this fill in the blank for the readers…..someday I would like to own a ……..
A garage full of every classic muscle car. I have an unexplainable love for the old muscle cars. But if money was no object and I could only choose one, it would be the Bugatti Veyron!!
What personal hobbies or interests might be of interest to our readers?
I love the sport of Drag Racing. I love the noise, the smells, and all of the excitement when I go to the track. For relaxation, I cruise over with my wife to many car shows and get ideas for potential future projects while enjoying conversations with fellow car enthusiasts.
What are some other fun facts customers might like to know about you?
I had an opportunity to help build a vehicle for the movie Fast and Furious 4. It was a 2008 yellow with black stripes Ronaele Mustang. We also had to build a couple of stunt cars resembling them that could be beat on (and boy did the stunt guys beat on them!).
Not only do I love the sport of Drag Racing, I myself was a NHRA driver in the Sport Compact Series. That was a great time in my life and an opportunity that I will have the upmost gratitude for.