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Rob Siegel, a.k.a. ‘The Hack Mechanic’, has been writing his monthly column for the BMW Car Club of America’s Roundel Magazine for 30 years. His book Memoirs of a Hack Mechanic was published by Bentley Publishers in 2013 and he received rave reviews by The New York Times and Publisher’s Weekly. His newest book, The Hack Mechanic Guide to European Automotive Electrical Systems was published in June 2016. A car guy since he could walk, Rob has 13 cars including BMWs, a dead Lotus Europa Twin Cam Special which will be the car that sends him over the edge. Photography by Brian Ach.
“I’m an implementation guy. I’m a guy who gets things done. I’m a guy who’s gotten very good at seeing a path to the possible. When I die, just chisel on my tombstone “He was a really practical guy with a really good track record of achieving short term goals. He thought he could build a rocket ship and go to Mars in bite size chunks but sadly he lacked the garage space.”
CAREER & LIFE CHALLENGES
The continuous challenge of how to indulge the passion for cars that neither jeopardizes the family finances nor the relationships.
Realizing that he could leave his 30+ year job as a software engineer to pursue his passion for career in automobiles.
FIRST SPECIAL VEHICLE
A 1973 BMW 3.0 CSI
BEST AUTOMOTIVE ADVICE
There is no “known good”. All there are are symptoms and diagnosis.
Shop Craft as Soul Craft by Matthew B. Crawford
Memoirs of a Hack Mechanic by Rob Siegel
PARTING WORDS OF ADVICE
Separate your daily driver from your enthusiast car.
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