We met Mark prior to opening up Label Motorsports through a Cars and Coffee Grand Rapids event. He reached out and offered to volunteer and become involved in the event organization team as he was looking to rekindle his passion for the local automotive culture.
Mark attended the renown Universal Technical Institute(UTI) gathering his expertise in the BMW and European field. Finding an opportunity at a local BMW Dealership as a certified technician led Mark to Grand Rapids. While enjoying this opportunity and gaining valuable experience, the commonplace in dealerships of inconsistent hours forced Mark to find a better fitting employment opportunity for him and his family that led him away from the daily life of cars.
After getting to know Mark, having him work beside Andy for months and seeing his work ethic, leadership, attention to detail, honesty, and experience with automobiles, we welcomed him to the Label family with open arms. Being a boutique, detailed custom shop, Mark's position requires an insurmountable amount of detail from intricate planning, assembly, and problem solving, to ensure each part, bolt, assembly is handled and installed with the care we demand on every project.
We're glad Mark found his passion again, and we're glad he wanted to become a part of the team at Label.
Starting in 1999 when Andy purchased his first new vehicle, a 1999 Camaro SS no one would have guessed the road that was to come ahead. Without any professional mechanical training or experience previously in life building cars, he started to disassemble new vehicles in his personal garage at home and started what we call nowadays "restyling" late model vehicles, the way a hot rod builder would address a custom built classic. As the internet era was just beginning, information simply wasn't available anywhere other than printed manuals. Learning happened while trying out different techniques, ideas, and methods alone in the garage. As mistakes and success's occurred, learning flourished. Having the understanding of "if I break it and I can't fix it, Ill find someone that can", proved successful as the results began to speak for themselves.
Over the span of the first 2 years Andy built 2 Professional ISCA (International Show Car Association) Award winning vehicles. During these first years, late model show cars were relatively rare and for the most part received no recognition among the restored and custom hot rods. Once Andy became recognized on the ISCA and many other Automotive shows and events, enthusiasts began seeking him out for advice, tips, and ideas, and thats when the hobby officially transformed into a profession.
During the next nearly 20 years, Andy's professional growth in the Industry grew with each step, gaining invaluable experience in multiple styles, makes, and models from opening and founding a full service custom hot rod shop designing and building hand built customs and restomod vehicles, to the creation of a multi-million dollar exotic custom shop in South Florida designing and building cars for professional athletes, actors, musicians, and more. Wherever Andy operated, unprecedented builds, designs, and partnerships occurred.
In 2018, Label Motorsports was formed in Grand Rapids, Michigan with the direct intention of creating a complete Exotic, European, and Custom automotive solution for the most discerning clients nationwide. The precision and details that Andy commands is rarely paralleled, and his vision for a unique but original design always ensures our clients approval providing them a final product they couldn't envision themselves.
Label Motorsports core is built on the previous 20 years of Andy's personal experience in the industry, from suppliers and corporation partners in Germany, Italy, China, Japan, and of course here in the States, Andy's Global and Local partnership network truly allows for our clients to receive the best world class services, components, application techniques, and custom installations to all occur in house. If you're ready to create your own personification of automotive art, Label Motorsports and Andy are ready to go to work for you!