I grew up watching my Dad letter signs and trucks for the Coca-Cola company out of Warrenton, VA. He also hand lettered signs and trucks for other businesses in area on the weekends. Those are some of my fondest memories. He also painted cars in his garage. He taught me how to prepare cars for paint and how to paint them as I got older. I taught myself how to custom pinstripe. I painted my first car, a 1969 vw bug, in my Dad’s garage when I was 13! It was then you could say I was “bit by the bug”. Several years later I started building Volkswagens for my friends. Dunebuggies, trikes, streetcars, you name it I built it.
At the age of 18 I bought my first car a 1967 Plymouth Barracuda. In the summer of 1980 I bought a 1964 vw bug. I decided to modify it into a BAJA bug. During the years 1980-1984 I showed my BAJA in shows across the east coast and became a member of the International VW Association.
During the years of working a full time job, I managed to squeeze in time to have my own “side business” at night and on the weekends. I finally decided to open my own business in the beginning of 1996 in Culpeper, VA. Thankfully my business has grown to where I have had to relocate twice in Culpeper to larger facilities. Finally needing more space to accommodate my clients I made my third move to Madison, VA. Along with my fellow car enthusiasts Billy, Scottie, Alan, Mike, and Gladys and Katie we take pride in the work we do and enjoy working with our clients.
I was introduced to Volkswagen’s back in the early eighties. I became part of a team at a local restoration shop in Manassas, VA. It was there that I started restoring VWs.During that time in my life I truly became a VW enthusiast. I personally have built many VWs over the years, including my 1970 Kharmann Ghia, which was featured in the Hot VW’s magazine in October of 1992. I have done many “How Too’s” for Hot VW’s over the years, which was a great experience.
Over the years I have created custom upholstery for not only VW’s but for other classic cars, trucks and even boats. Being self taught I have appreciated the work that I have accomplished over the years. 2004 I came to work for Skyline, even though I met Grant back in 1991, we became friends over the years and stayed in touch. I have been going full force ever since. I believe in giving the best and I wont settle for anything less.
I grew up in an automotive family. Everyone seemed to have some type of talent when it came to anything mechanical. My father restored classics for a living and was well known throughout this region for his restorations. His specialty being 55-59 Chevy cars and 64-72 Chevy pickups.
In my late teens I bought my first VW, an orange and black Baja. I currently own a 1966 hardtop Beetle. It was in my late teens I became friends with Grant. I enjoy the attention to detail that our shop puts out as well as the many friends made along the way.
I began my career learning about rust repair, bodywork, and paint from my father. I worked in the collision industry for 10 years learning more painting skills and frame straightening. I also design graphics for custom paint jobs. I have several project cars of my own. A 65 Mustang, 66 Thunderbird, and 66 vw bug. I give 100% to every job.
I grew up working on small engines, atvs. In highschool I took three
years of automotive diagnostics. I attended Wyotech and graduated in street rod fabrication and motorsports chassis fabrication. I currently own and drive
A 1975 vw bug.
My first car was a 1972 Super Beetle. My Bug taught me a lot about old Volkswagens and how to work on them. In 1998, I hit a deer, which led to an off-chassis restoration. Grant did the body work and paint, while I restored the chassis and reassembled the car. I completed the restoration in May 2000. I still own and drive the car.
I began working for Skyline in 2007. I came back to work summers between school years since I am a school teacher. Currently, I am working year round as a part-time employee to accommodate my involvements in K-12 education.