Welcome to our new blog series, covering the art of antique car restoration called, the “Do It Again” Garage, brought to you by Gould Insurance.
The inspiration for the “Do It Again” Garage came from a mutual passion for restoring old cars shared by Gould Insurance’s general manager, Matt Sherrill and his friend, Bill Clark. The two men met over 10 years ago when Bill came into Gould Insurance to get a business insurance policy for his Newton, NH-based company, Evergreen Paint. Bill couldn’t help but notice all the pictures of antique vehicles around Matt’s office, and they immediately started talking about doing a car project together. One thing led to another and the “Do It Again” Garage was born.
The first car Matt and Bill worked on together at the Garage was a 1976 MG. Over a decade and multiple vehicles later, the two are still actively on the look out for antique vehicle projects to challenge their considerable talents. This week, they’ll be traveling down to Kissimmee, Florida, along with Matt’s daughter, Juliann Sherrill, to scope out the Mecum Auction, known as the largest collector car and memorabilia auction in the country. About 3,000 cars will be put on the block between January 15 – 24, 2016. Matt and Bill are hoping to find a diamond in the rough down in Florida to bring home to the Garage.
Where Did Matt and Bill’s Passion For Cars Come From?
Matt Sherrill has been a car buff as long as he can remember. As a kid, he used to spend hours building model cars. He always kept a box of spare parts that he’d use to modify the models. Matt bought his first car, a 1955 Chevy, at 18 years old after graduating high school. Even though the original parts were in perfectly good shape, he wanted to replace the engine and transmission. Not long after that, the rear end of the car blew up! Matt learned the hard way that the engine and transmission he had chosen were too powerful. He has been hooked on cars ever since!
Bill Clark was just five years old when his Uncle Donnie took him to see the races at New England Dragway. That experience launched his lifelong passion for cars. At 17, after joining the Navy, he bought his first car, a 1970 Mercury Montego that cost him $300. As Bill likes to joke, “It was a total piece of crap, but it got me around.” He started modifying cars with the purchase of his second vehicle, a 1961 Ford Econoline Van with overhead dash. The rest, as they say, is history.
Check in here and on our Facebook page to see what’s new on the Garage Blog. We’re planning to post daily news from the Mecum Auction, sharing on-site photos and keeping a “blog journal” from the trip. When Matt and Bill return home, we’ll be continuing to blog about their new car renovation project from start to finish. We hope you’ll join us for the ride!
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