Aftermarket / Performance Industry
I want back in the industry.
In the late 90s and early 2000s I worked in the aftermarket industry. I was a sport truck specialist, but also had the opportunity to get into the import scene. I was not just a salesman on the floor or phone, I was involved in every aspect of these businesses. I worked with manufacturers and vendors. I helped coordinate shows, cruises, and races. I had an influence over a few company show vehicle builds. I HAD A LOT OF FUN!
I grew up working in my dad's auto body shop. I said I would never touch another car when I graduated school and moved out. Unfortunately there is no cure for auto enthusiasts. I went from playing in dust and paint, to helping other enthusiasts find the parts they wanted to build the vehicle they dreamed of.
I was told by a lot of people that I made a job selling people stuff they don't need. Need is a controversial word. Some of these custom and performance enthusiasts NEEDED their addiction fix. I would rather see people spending money on a their toys than on a chemical substance that is more addicting, and life threatening.
Years later I visited a friend's Harley Davidson dealership in a weekly basis just to meet the people and hang out.
I was not a Harley rider, but I enjoyed the people. I would set sales up just to see if I could do it. I was making friends and selling bikes, and I didn't make a dime. I was there on my own accord. My friend eventually offered me a job. I accepted and worked around my regular job. I was single handedly responsible for selling half of the bikes on the floor. I also made sure these bikers made all of the upgrades they wanted. I had a great time until the dealership was sold. I left before the new ownership could come in.
I have a huge diversity of interests when it comes to anything with an engine. I have painted street rods and exotics. My dad used to race drag boats, and my uncle drag raced cars when I was growing up. I drag raced motorcycles until a few years ago. I also owned GrudgeBike.com, a forum that helped racers meet, and then find a track to back up their keyboard bragging. I have been in a Panoz Roadster on Road Atlanta. Actually, I have put several different vehicles around that track.
Right now I am missing the industry. I miss the shows, the races, the cars, and most of all the people.
No, I don't have any plans to open a shop, or start an online parts store. I would love to find another job in the industry though. The Mustang crowd is as tight as the H-D crowds. There is a common bond that is addicting.
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