The epiphany came on a Saturday morning, about 15 years ago. Bob Machinist, a self-proclaimed gear-head, was at the shop where he stored his race cars, hanging out with his buddies, drinking coffee and talking about cars. The place wasn’t attractive and wasn’t even clean, but this group of car enthusiasts chose to hang out there regularly, because they could share their collective passion, cars. Ironically, most of the guys in attendance had a beautiful country club or yacht club they could have gone to, but they routinely opted to sit in the same dumpy shop because the opportunity to socialize over cars superseded most things, including the desire for comfortable surroundings. Perhaps it was prompted by the oil on the floor or the mud that passed for coffee, but on that particular morning Bob came to the realization that car people deserved better. They could have a nice building with all the amenities and services of a private club…a country club for car people. Golfers had them. Yachtsmen had them, so why shouldn’t car people have them? Thus, the Collectors’ Car Garage™ idea was born.
Golfers had them. Yachtsmen had them, so why shouldn’t car people have them? Thus, the Collectors’ Car Garage™ idea was born.
Like Rome, CCG wasn’t built in a day. Over the next few years, Bob did plenty of research and discovered that no matter where he traveled, dealers all said the same thing about the purchase ofcollector cars, “It’s not about the price. It’s about having the right car, in the right color, right now.
Followed by, ‘Where am I going to put it, and do I have to tell my significant other?’” Not one to do things modestly, Bob not only built a country club for car people, he built the largest, climate-controlled storage facility for collector cars in the United States and adopted the moniker, Garage Man. Knowing he needed a first-rate enthusiast to run the place, Bob turned to the son he knew shared the “gear-head” gene, James.
James Machinist | Principal
The progeny of a self-proclaimed gear-head, James spent his childhood surrounded by cars. Opting to work as a mechanic while attending Vassar, James graduated as one of the world’s only mechanics with a Seven Sisters degree – a distinction of which he is most proud. With James’ DNA, passion for cars and last name, an automotive career was his destiny and he’s delighted it became a reality in the Collectors’ Car Garage®.
Bryan Fitzpatrick | Garage Manager
Bryan learned to drive at age 3 (in a Power Wheels Jeep, totally legal), and has always had a passion for anything with an engine. As a kid he raced go karts and spent time hanging out with the Garage Man himself, absorbing anything and everything automotive. Bryan recently acquired a new passion when he became the father of a baby girl. When he’s not managing CCG, Bryan can be found making pars on the golf course.
Carter Kramer – Assistant Garage Manager
When Carter's mom named him we guess it was meant to be that he would be obsessed with cars. Cars, trucks, boats and anything with an engine has been his passion since he was born, especially anything vintage. However, his biggest automobile passion is his Orange 1976 BMW 2002 that he restored himself from a wrecked chassis which he attends rallies and shows with.
Nicholas Magardino - Assistant Garage Manager
Nick is an avid car/motorcycle enthusiast. He pretty much likes anything with wheels and a motor. His passions include cruising on his Harley Davidson, and driving his Subaru STI.
Jessi Kleinknecht | Office Manager
Jessi spent 10 years in the financial industry then took some time off to raise her three beautiful children. Growing up with two brothers she has always had a passion for cars. Throughout the past 15 years Jessi was lucky enough to have acquired many exotic cars and had an amazing time helping maintain, drive, attend events, including participating in track events. She is truly enjoying being a part of the Collector Car Garage team and their clients.