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Gary was born and raised in Hamilton and Ancaster, Ontario. He says he was named after the street his family lived on “Gary Avenue”. He liked cars even as a child and fondly recalls his father driving new Buicks throughout the 1950’s. Those Buicks left an indelible impression on his young mind.
But it was a weekend trip to Guelph with his Aunt and Uncle when he was about 12 years old that shaped his automotive future. While wandering around exploring Guelph he saw his first real hot rod. To this very day he believes it was Hall Of Fame alumni Ken Kay and his milestone Model A pick up. Regardless, the seed was planted and Gary knew he was going to build and drive a hot rod some day