Geoff Dugopolski, Big G
Big G’s Love for cars goes way back… Geoff comes from a family of CAR NUTS! Starting out when his Great Grandpa Joseph Pristelski first moved to America. He worked on the Model T assembly line for Henry Ford!! His 2 sons Stan and Ed owned a Chysler Dealer in the 60’s together. Which later became Pristel Pontiac on Michigan.
Fast forward to Geoff’s birth. While Geoff’s Mom was in the hospital recovering from child birth, Geoff’s Dad had a 63 Rivierra but it needed more power. So he bought this junky 64 Buick Wild Cat for its 425 2 4 barrel 4 speed drivetrain. Quickly he robbed its drivetrain and junked the body before Geoff’s Mom came home. Growing up Geoff’s Dad always had cool cars. Like a Big Block 69 Camaro Convertible. 72 Chevelle Convertible and a 1980 Corvette that he still owns today.Big G saved up lawn cutting money and bought his first car at 16 which is a 1969 Chevelle SS 396 that had a broken frame and needed up getting a frame off restoration.
After High School Geoff went to Ranken to get formal training in Automotive Maintenance Technology. While going to Ranken Geoff drove a 1972 EL Camino which he converted from an automatic to a 4 speed.At Ranken he met Joe Anello (a fellow 69 Chevelle owner). Joe taught Geoff how to drag race and the EL Camino was raced a few times but Geoff wanted something FASTER.
After Ranken Geoff worked in the shops of a few Gas Stations and built a radical street driven 85 Pontiac Grand Prix. This Car got raced A LOT!!! In 1996 a job at Landmark Chrysler became open. Geoff learned a lot at the dealers and spent the next 4 years at different local Dodge Dealers he became a Chrysler Gold Technician. Throughout the years the racer went from 12 sec 85 El Camino to the DRAGWEEK Famous 1978 11 sec Malibu. These years Geoff noticed that the dealers didn’t do things the way Geoff thought they should be done. A Lot of the service sales were made because the mechanics made good time doing certain services that more benefited the dealer and the technician but not the customer. After a lot of searching Geoff ended up buying an old vacant gas station on Natural Bridge in Bridgeton MO. Where he still offers Auto Repair the way it should be done.
Kurt Hesselbach, Diggler
Kurt first started getting into cars like most guys at 16. He started with stereos then moved to smaller, repairs on his own cars. When he graduated High School in 200 he got more into the performance aspect of cars and bought a 1992 Nissan NX 2000. After owning the car for a year.
He started working at a Mobile Station Automotive Shop in Maryland Heights MO. Spring of 2001.
2002-2004 Kurt went to Ranken Tech night school and continued to work at the Mobil Station until 2005. then went to work at Andy Wurm Tire. After working a few weeks there he heard from a friend that Big G was looking to hire another technician and asked his good friend to ask if he was interested in coming to work at Big G. He couldn’t refuse the offer and Has worked at Big G since 2005.
Kurt current hot rod is a 1979 Chevy Malibu with fresh paint in 2016. It is powered by a 400ci small block Chevy with Profiler Aluminum Heads and runs 11.70 to 11.80’s. It is street driven! The engine, transmission and 8.5 rear end has all been built and installed by me with Geoff present for most of the work if I had any questions or problems. I look forward to continuing my employment with Geoff and expanding my knowledge and experience on most fuel injected or carbureted cars on the road today.
Jason grew up working on everything he could get my hands on taking things apart just to see how it worked . Growing up with his Dad that worked on everything also is how he got to start his passions. He started out working on pedal bikes to lawnmowers and then to go karts to 4 wheelers then mud trucks and fast cars to where He is today. Rock Crawlers and his Kawasaki Teryx
It’s always a crazy Adventure and packed full of adrenaline