There really is a place called Nameless,Tennessee nestled in the foothills of the Cumberland Mountains 75 miles east of Nashville. I started a fireworks display company here over 25 years ago.
However, my history as an automotive mechanic and diagnostician is much longer. I started building and repairing engines and getting cars ready for the drag strip on Little Torch and Big Pine Keys, in the south Florida Keys, where I grew up, over 40 years ago.
I met Marvin Smith several years ago through my fireworks display business. You might not know this, but Marvin is a pyrotechnician too. In the course of our doing business, he came to my shop out here in the woods. When he saw my automotive skills, he brought me his favorite Alfa to check out. We rebuilt his engine got everything back up to snuff for him and I fell in love with Alfas. They’re a joy to work on with their simplicity (pre-computer everything) and small size. Through Marvin I’ve also had the opportunity to meet Bo Richardson and get his precious Alfa running the way it should. I guess I’m a bona fide Alfa Romeo mechanic these days.
My wife, Sheila, and I have had some fun times cruising with Marvin and Peggy in one of Marvin’s Alfas, ‘Little Al’ ,that Marvin has graciously left here for me to drive when I can.
Fireworks take up a lot of my time from spring through fall. But I have to admit I am also the “go to guy” my mechanic friends in the Upper Cumberland (Cookeville) area call when they have an auto that’s stumped them. Rarely a day goes by that I don’t get a consultation call. My motto has always been, “I can fix anything from a broken heart to the crack of dawn,” just ask me how. And now Alfa Romeos are the latest entry on my resume.