James worked with his father on a 1973 Series 3 British Land Rover which started his passion as a mechanic.
When he was 15, James built his first type 1 Volkswagen engine. By the time he graduated High School, he had built over eight engines, including a type 1, type 2, type 3, type 4, Datsun, and a 327 Chevy engine.
James attended school at Arizona Automotive Institute (AAI).
In 1986 James had an opportunity to move to Las Vegas where he has worked for the past 26 years exclusively on Porsche.