Gary began his love for hot rods and customs during grade school when attending local car shows and then building custom model cars and entering them in model car contests. His first car was a 57 Chevy 2 door hardtop that he ended up building into a very quick ride on the 1/4 mile as well as the street. He had his share of speeding tickets to prove it.
In 1967, he joined up with a small group of car guys and it was then that MSRA was developed on a St. Paul parking lot and the business meetings held at a pizza joint. Since 1972 many cars have come and gone but the 34 Ford Tudor is still in his garage next to his 40 Ford Coupe.