James was raised around a dad who always had “a whole driveway full of cars.” Up until the ripe age of 13, James’ world revolved around sports, especially baseball. When he discovered cars, his world forever changed. His dad was the handyman for Chrysler in his early years in Michigan before he moved to Kentucky.

James attended Whitley County High School in Williamsburg, Kentucky. He worked at a service station while going to Cumberland College, studying Elementary Education with a minor in psychology. He continued pursuing the car route, from working on a Volkswagen to a Ferrari. His older brother is just as interested in cars, specializing in die maintenance, producing Toyota parts. They worked together at Aisin’s Automotive in Clinton, Tennessee. The first engine they tore out was from a Ford van. They enjoyed racing cars around a round track. In Corbin, Kentucky, they won a couple of heat races. Learning about building a car form the ground up, James has been totally hands-on. His dad could fix a car and build a house. Both James and his brother can do the same today.

Working at the Atomic Speed Shop to James is like going to work and a car show every day. His specialty is engine/transmission repair and diagnostics.

James was an Automotive Service Excellence Master Tech for Chrysler up until 2017. When the opportunity to work at Atomic Speed Shop arose, he was more than happy to join the staff. He is often found/heard singing in the shop prompting others to joke that they need their headphones. If James is not working on a car on the job, he can be found working on his own automotive projects at home. Currently, he is building a 1971 Dodge pick-up rat rod gasser and restoring a Chevy pick-up.


Favorite song: Dead or Alive – Bon Jovi

Favorite Movie: Caddyshack

Favorite TV Show: Andy Griffith

Favorite car: 1970 Plymouth Barracuda