One of the reasons I love hosting GM Financial's Car Stories is all the interesting folks I get to meet who share my love of cars — like Jeff Milburn. If anyone knows cars, it's Jeff. Stunt driver, car designer and owner of Jeff Milburn Racing, this guy eats, sleeps and breathes all things car-related. I was lucky enough to get to hang with Jeff and talk with him about how his lifelong love of automobiles turned into a career.
Geared Up from the Start
Jeff has been obsessed with cars, trucks and motorcycles since he was a kid. His impressive résumé is longer than Route 66. He's done stunt work on blockbuster movies like Ford v Ferrari and Baby Driver, and hit TV shows, including Friday Night Lights, Sons of Anarchy and Walker, Texas Ranger. He's also been featured in a number of commercials, from Chevy to Craftsman tools to Dickies workwear.
When I first walked into Jeff's automotive shop in Dallas, it looked more like a museum full of memorabilia that would make any car, truck or motorcycle enthusiast feel like a kid in a candy store. The place was immaculate. But, trust me, this is a real working mechanic's shop. Jeff and his crew get down and dirty fixing, fabricating, detailing and taking care of any set of wheels that rolls in.
Putting the Pedal to the Metal
Walking through Jeff's shop was like taking a trip down memory lane. There were so many amazing things to see, from the unique signs hanging everywhere to Jeff's favorite motorcycle, a '65 Harley in Jeff's favorite color — purple. But what really caught my eye, and got my adrenaline pumping, was the '65 Chevy pickup in mint condition. Turns out, it's Jeff's pride and joy.
Jeff bought the Chevy in 1988, and it carried him to work every day for years. And though he's had many car buffs make him some tempting offers to sell, Jeff said he wouldn't part with this baby for any amount of money. I knew I wouldn't come across another truck like this anytime soon. So I had to ask: Could we take it out for a spin? Of course, Jeff said yes, and I have to admit, this was one of the most incredible Car Stories experiences I've ever had.
The End of the Road
Like all great journeys, this one had to end. I've seen some diehard car lovers in my travels, but Jeff's passion for what he does and his appreciation for authenticity completely blew me away. Now, if only I could convince him to let me take that '65 Chevy out for another spin.
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