If your mother warned you that being a “car geek” could lead nowhere, she was wrong. In Jim Wagner’s case, the road led to Classic Mechanics.
Jim has been the proverbial “car geek”. As a boy, he read more car magazines than comic books, and remembers obtaining his driver’s license as being a pivotal point in his life. The muscle cars of the 60’s and 70’s were constant companions. Jim acquired a two year technical degree in automotive technology, learning the intricacies of carburetors as well as the “old-timers” tricks of the trade. He then spent fifteen years at Mercury Marine, working in research and development of large outboard motors, obtaining five U.S. patents. Jim’s tenure at Mercury helped develop skills in welding, machining and fabrication. But more importantly, he learned to “think outside the box”, and honed the critical skills of problem solving and innovation
Similar to many “car geeks”, Jim enjoys the speed that cars offer. In order to legally satisfy this need, he successfully raced enduro go-karts, road racing at 130mph at prestigious tracks in the U.S. and Canada. In 1994, he proudly earned World Karting Association National Championships in two classes. Jim presently drag races at Wisconsin International Raceway, finishing in first place multiple times.
Although muscle cars have always been Jim’s passion, he appreciates the beauty and history that all collector cars bring, and truly appreciates and understands the bond that many car people develop with their cars. After all, it’s not just about the cars—it’s also about the people…
This philosophy led Jim to follow his passion and start Classic Mechanics in 1999. Jim says, “There has never been a better time to be part of the collector car hobby. Vehicles that were once mere daily transportation are now collectables, loved by their owners for the memories rekindled. Not only do these cars require a special place to go, but so do their owners—a place where both will be handled with the respect and care that they deserve. We treat all cars as if they were our own.”
So, talk to Jim about your collector car needs and desires. After all, who could be better at caring for your old car than an old “car geek” mechanic?