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Nick Brunner was born and raised in Mentor, OH. At a very early age his parents Ray and Helen observed an unusual behavior.... instead of playing with his toys, he was taking them apart and putting them back together. It wasn't long before Nick was building things he could ride in. At age 10 he built his first go-cart. At age 11, a bigger, faster go-cart. And things accelerated from there (pun intended).
Although he grew up in the Brunner Funeral Home on Mentor Avenue, Nick naturally took a greater interest in the death of cars. He began fixing the many family business vehicles before he himself could even drive them. The Brunners were also avid RVers and Nick helped convert a Cleveland city bus into the family's camper. Nick attended Mentor Vo-Ed for auto mechanics and got his first job at Shandle Auto at age 15. Phil Shandle was Nick's only boss
and at age 22 Nick opened his own business in the garage behind the funeral home. Before long there was too much automotive business and Nick's dad gave him the 'ol size 10. Nick built his current shop on Hart Street in 1984 on what was then swamp land. He was one of the very first AAA approved auto repair shops and one of the first ASE certified master technicians. He is now celebrating 37 years in business in Mentor.