Cars; For some, the love for these machines comes naturally… like it’s embedded in the very fabric of our being… It’s in our blood. There is just something about these mere “means of transportation” that makes every other stressor in our life fade away for as long as we are driving and/or tinkering with them. Whether it’s a toy car, video game such as Forza or Gran Turismo, or the real thing in your driveway… it’s all the same.
No one else in my extended family was a “car person”. I was drawn to this world naturally with no influence from anyone close to me and sometimes that’s how it works. For me it really started when I was about 12 years old in middle school. I remember going to the grocery store with my mom and hanging out the entire time in the magazine section… Import Tuner, Super Street, Honda Tuning, and Sport Compact Car were thriving at the time and always jumping out at me. My Mom, being the great parent she always was, would always get me one to read at home and during lunchtime at school. This fascination grew wildly over time to the point where it consumed my life. When I was finally old enough to drive my parents bought me a 94 Honda Accord for my first car. It had already had a few things done to it like a set of Focal wheels, lowered on some Eibach Ground Control coilover sleeves, and the Altezza-style tail lights, (if you know, you know haha) but I had big plans for it! I funded this car working at a cell phone store and then Circuit City… literally every dime I had went into this car and I didn’t regret any of it despite the “waste of money” my family thought it was. Through this “waste of money” I actually met some of my best friends to this day and as a matter of fact ALL of my friends from this point forward were made through this common love for cars.
After working in retail for a few years and failing out of the local community college I really needed to re-evaluate what I was doing with my life. I’m a very passionate person and really couldn’t get into anything that I had no interest in… so “cars” it was - I made it my profession. Started working at a Honda specialty shop as an apprentice, then went to a few dealerships for about 7 years, then back to the Honda specialty shop again as a long term career choice.During this time working on cars, I was also fortunate enough to travel all over the US taking photos for the very magazines I grew up reading. I was completely self-taught in photography and did everything in my power to jump into this industry. This included flying out to California alone to hunt down the editor of Honda Tuning at a car meet and introduce myself in person with some examples of my work. Thinking back on this seems crazy to me now that I’m settled down with 4 kids and a stay-at-home wife/mother, but it’s a part of how I got here today. I can honestly say that if I didn’t jump on that plane to California I wouldn’t have Kinetic Autoworks. It helped me expand my network tremendously and I met alot of big players in the industry. This ultimately helped increase the amount of resources for the company that I have today.
Jumping back to my “real job” - I got married and we had our first baby while I was at the independent shop and started prioritizing my life in terms of “wants” and “needs”. While I knew that cars would always be a part of my life now that I was an auto mechanic, I didn’t want to let go of my passion for building and customizing cars. With a growing family this is a sacrifice that most people would have to make due to financial restrictions, but I wasn’t ready just yet!
An opportunity arose to start a performance shop with a few friends of mine and after many nights talking with my wife (who had just quit her job, mind you) and gaining her support, I quit my full time job and jumped on it. My dad has been a successful business owner for as long as I’ve been alive, but I could tell he was not thrilled when I decided to follow in his footsteps of entrepreneurship. After all he just wants for his kids/grandkids to be taken care of and doing well so I understand why he would be nervous, haha. Just like how I learned my photography skills, I started picking up the business books to make sure that we could turn this into a long term and sustainable operation. This was my “Plan A” now and as far as I was concerned there was no back up plan. I took my Southwest credit card with a $20,000 limit and destroyed my 800 credit score to jumpstart Kinetic Autoworks. Growing pains within a business are no joke, but we pushed through the mud and now we are here to stay.
I have had a lot of time to think about our real purpose in this industry and after years being involved with so many automotive enthusiasts' lives, I’ve got it. Kinetic Autoworks is a safe haven for your modern automotive enthusiast. It’s our duty to bring you an experience that feels like family - A common ground to build a relationship within. It doesn’t matter how old or young you are, how much money you want to spend on your car, or what you know about cars in general… We are here to guide you through your journey and help you experience the true joy of modifying your car. To help you expand your network within this community and build lasting friendships with those whom you meet along the way. For me and my staff - this is our life… and we are able to even give you a taste of our passion through your vehicle then we have done our job.