Meet Brian Mackey: eBays Competition to Trick Out Cars
Before I introduce one of of the four players from eBay’s competition to pimp out a vehicle, allow me to explain the contest. In essence, four of the best garages in the world are competing to build four unique vehicles with the base vehicle (and all auto parts) sourced entirely from eBay. You, the audience, vote on the best build.
And now I bring you the first competitor, Team HotRod. I asked Brian Mackey, garage lead, a few questions about his specific car, a 1968 Chevy G20 Van. Brian comes from the mecca of “hot rod” culture (Huntington Beach, home to Mackey’s Hot Rods). Brian is deep into his build with eBay goodies. Regardless who the winner is, Brian is… [MORE] auctioning off the final vehicle with all monies going towards a charity dear to his heart, The Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund, providing financial assistance to wounded Marines. In homage to Marine culture, Mackey’s plans to model the van after an aircraft carrier. Here’s a little more about Brian while he’s tinkering in the lab…
Jauretsi: What’s your earliest recollection of falling in-love with cars?
Brian Mackey: At 15 years old, it wasn’t necessarily that I fell in love with cars but more that it was an exciting time in my life when I was able to get my permit and begin driving. I knew I would be doing this for the rest of my life when I was 18 or 19 years old and decided after high school that I would take auto repair classes and begin to make a career out of it.
Q: What type of music do you like to listen to when spending hours fixing in the garage?
A: This is constantly changing based on the car I’m working on. For example, my 1920’s Speedster was built entirely while listening to Metallica… it is constantly evolving! However, throughout the day the entire garage will listen to KROQ so they don’t have to worry about switching CD’s and the iPod.
Q: For a regular fashion girl who doesn’t know much about cars, what are the top 3 things to pay attention to keep your car running healthy?
A: Definitely oil changes, tires and 30/60/90,000 mile service check-ins.
Q: Does any facet of your car build have an adorned or fashionable element to it?
A: The Chevy Van has a military and airplane theme to bring in vintage aircraft and WWII era styling through each facet of it (i.e. paint, color, etc.). This build was inspired by my grandfathers really good friend (Richard Smith) who was a World War II veteran who flew a total of 60 missions in an airplane and survived, which was rare for the time. He also completed this all before he was 21 years old!
Stay tuned next week to meet the other 3 garage owners. All the web video showing the transformations as well as the voting process are on Built From eBay. The competition runs through August 27th.