Following in his father’s footsteps, Tyler Guy of Mike’s Tire and Automotive in Gloucester, Va., recently earned his Diesel Mechanic Certification for light, medium and heavy-duty diesel from Tidewater Community College.
Guy had previously earned his State Inspection Certification as well as his Steering and Suspension Certification.
As a young boy, Guy could often be found wandering around the garage with his father, Jimmy Guy, owner of Mike’s Tire and Auto.
Guy recalls building things with his dad and working simultaneously on various mechanical projects.
When asked about his favorite memory with his father, Guy smiles and describes a picture of himself, at the young age of five, and his father outside working on a transmission.
“He would loosen the bolts and I would take them out”, Guy said.“I was never sitting inside. I was never playing video games. I was always outside with my dad.”
Always intrigued by anything with a motor, at the age of nine, Guy began cutting grass around the neighborhood.
“I had to have the lawnmower modified to make the push bar shorter for me to reach it,” Guy said.
Once in high school, Guy enrolled in the automotive program to gain more formal training in the mechanical field.
Throughout his education he ranked at the top of the class in the mechanic program through his hard work and dedication.
After graduation Guy held various positions at Bobby’s Auto Service Center to gain experience and shortly after worked at the Coal Terminal in Newport News, VA.He eventually joined his father at Mike’s Tire and Auto.
“My dad inspires me,” Guy said. “He’s been here since he was 16 and he’s always working so I’m always next to him.”
Guy hopes to one day take over the family business.
In his free time, Guy enjoys learning about different cars and their capabilities, new automotive technology and staying on top of modern auto trends.
He loves working on Dodge Cummins and diesels.
“I like doing the turbo’s and making them faster,” Guy said. “My dream car would be a 2007 Dodge 2500 diesel decked to the hill!”
His father Jimmy Guy remains incredibly proud of his son.
“He’s very accomplished for being 21 and he’s got a really good clientele following,” Guy said.“I’m really proud of him for his achievements.”