I am honored for the opportunity to serve my fellow automotive enthusiasts, helping them realize that their hobby is a worthwhile investment that needs protecting. I hope to have the pleasure of serving you by appraising your car in the most professional manner using only the most detailed evaluation system. It is my privilege to help people protect their passion and interest in their automobiles.
I caught car fever growing up in the rolling green hills of East Tennessee, where we host huge showings of classic cars like Pigeon Forge’s “Shades of the Past” and the famous “Rod Run”. I quickly found myself an avid gearhead, obsessed with anything propelled by an engine. An ideal day back then consisted of reading Dad’s Hot Rod magazines and wrenching on my first car and restoration project, a 1965 Mustang convertible. Not much has changed since those days; I still read Hot Rod magazine and now have two 1965 Mustang convertible restorations under my belt.
Restoring classic Mustangs taught me the basics of automotive repair and rebuilding, but I owe a vast amount of my automotive knowledge and experience to my previous job opportunities. I’ve been a part of the automotive industry working in auction houses, high-end detailing, and tire stores, and wrote freelanced automotive parts descriptions. Getting my start at a local auto auction, I got to see, hear and smell everything that came with the used car business. It’s here I learned troubleshooting on the fly and gained an understanding for the valuation of cars in their respective markets.
At 19 years old I was looking to get into the professional high-end detailing industry. Through my neighbor, who caught my eye driving his “Gotta Have It Green” 2013 Boss 302, I landed a job. Being a mobile detailer’s assistant exposed me to everything from polishing 5 series BMWs to working a full detail package on a Ferrari 430 Scuderia. This connection also allowed me the opportunity to see legendary hot rod builder Bobby Alloway’s garage and collection.
After completing my bachelor’s degree, I worked in the health sector as a tissue researcher and ultimately left to pursue an automotive career. While my wife completed her master’s degree, I took a part time position at a newly opened Discount Tire. While at Discount Tire I joined East Tennessee State University’s campus ministry staff and started writing freelance automotive parts descriptions on the side.
The first classic car I sold was a 1966 Mustang coupe shell that I turned into a full suspension rolling chassis. The sale was insightful as the buyer pointed out he got a great deal and I undersold the car. The lesson was learned and I made a great friend through the transaction.
My second Mustang sold was a candy apple red 1965 convertible, my personal favorite. Converting this car took a lot of hard work and late nights, but the return, both monetarily and performance-wise, was well worth it. This was the first international sale I’d ever made and the car went to a gentleman in France. The experience showed me the relative value of classics in an international market. I never considered how a classic car with no successful racing history in the U.S. could have its value affected by its successful racing abroad.
My Mustang was worth so much more because of its road rally heritage in France and the impact that had upon the audience at the time. In 1965 the Ford Mustang won the Tour de France and by doing so claimed its first motorsport victory. While my Mustang isn’t that race winner, I know a Frenchman is grinning ear to ear every time he romps the throttle because it takes him back—back to a time when Ford was molding a performance image and they set that mold in France. To the buyer, it’s as close as he’ll ever get to that winning Mustang, and best of all my Mustang is now being enjoyed on the other side of the Atlantic. I think the real privilege in this hobby is sharing our cars and experiences in them with others. And it’s my privilege to take the worry out of the equation by letting you know in written documentation that your hobby, your ability to share your car’s experience, is covered.
Thank you for considering me for your appraisal needs; I now currently serve the East Tennessee area and most of middle Tennessee.