An auto “nut” since the time he could walk across the farm yard, Jim has followed his mechanical interests working as a Master Automotive mechanic, teaching new and experienced mechanics how to diagnose and repair vehicles for nearly 40 year and writing about automotive technology for over three decades in trade magazines and newspapers.
Driving and crewing for race teams at the drag strip, the stock car track and road race courses helps fuel his enthusiasm but the real joy is experiencing our vast country on road trips around North America. Whether it be in a new sports car, a pickup truck, his 57 Thunderbird convertible or on the seat of a motorcycle, the joy of the open road is always a draw.
Having experienced all Canadian provinces from the wonder of the Cabot Trail in the east to the Majestic Rocky Mountains in the west, his travels have also taken him through all 48 United States south of our border, with Alaska still to experience! Sharing with others his adventures, opinions and how vehicle technology impacts consumers is a fun part of his life.
Motorcycling is also a passion, learning to ride at the age of 6, he has never been without a motorcycle since. With a fleet of 8 classic motorcycles ranging from motocross to sport touring, his current favourite is a vintage BMW R100RS sport tourer that he has ridden for nearly 300,000 miles and plans to double that mileage. The lure of the perfect corner, the camaraderie of camping and meeting other riders as they cross the country and the awareness of your surrounding that motorcycling brings to the rider are but a few of the reasons Jim loves to ride.
Spare time is spent listening to music (great sound systems in the new cars!), playing the clarinet, saxophone and bass guitar and restoring and customizing vintage cars – his favourite is the 64 Impala, having owned several of them, a couple of which he never should have parted with. His current projects include a 1970 Triumph Bonneville motorcycle and another 1964 Impala with a 6 speed manual transmission and the body computer controls and features of a 2017 model car. Nothing better than vintage looks with the comforts modern technology provides. Hmmm. That probably describes Jim as well: vintage looks with the heart and soul of new technology.
Driving and crewing for race teams at the drag strip, the stock car track and road race courses helps fuel Jim’s enthusiasm but the real joy is experiencing our vast country on road trips around North America.
- Saskatoon, Saskachewan