John Mc­Gann's Shop Talk

Hot Rod - - Everyday - hHOTROD. COM/ John-Mc­Gann

On the way home from this year’s Power Tour®, I paid out-of-pocket for an ex­trav­a­gant (for me) seat up­grade on the Dal­las to LAX leg of the trip. I was look­ing for­ward to three hours in Econ­omy Plus with a lux­u­ri­ous 3 more inches of legroom over the stan­dard, cat­tle-stock­yard seat­ing mod­ern air travel has be­come. No good deed goes un­pun­ished, how­ever, as I was as­saulted with a fre­netic ver­bal bar­rage from the en­thu­si­as­tic young boy in the seat next to me from the mo­ment I sat down. The on­slaught was con­tin­ued all the way into the jet­way at LAX, bro­ken up only oc­ca­sion­ally as he paused to watch a few mo­ments of the Marvel movie he had di­aled up on the screen in front of him. I guessed his age to be around 12, a fact later con­firmed by his sis­ter and fa­ther who spent the flight al­ter­na­tively shush­ing the lad, rolling their eyes, or apol­o­giz­ing to me for the ma­chine-gun chat­ter be­ing hurled in my di­rec­tion.

The con­ver­sa­tion was ac­tu­ally quite in­ter­est­ing. It seems he was a bud­ding hot rod­der of sorts, though his in­ter­ests were in com­put­ers, and he de­scribed to me in ex­haust­ing de­tail dif­fer­ent pro­ces­sor cores, video cards, and other stuff I know ab­so­lutely noth­ing about. Soft­ware, how­ever, is the fu­ture of our busi­ness, and pas­sion like that can be eas­ily di­rected into a ful­fill­ing ca­reer in the au­to­mo­tive in­dus­try. The con­ver­sa­tion did shift to cars when he found out what I do, and we ended up dis­cussing power-to-weight ra­tios of ro­tary en­gines, the im­por­tance of ef­fi­cient air­flow through cylin­der heads, and the pos­si­bil­ity of soup­ing up Tesla elec­tric mo­tors. Though I had des­per­ately been look­ing for some quiet and soli­tude on the plane ride home, it was heart­warm­ing to see such en­thu­si­asm in the youth of to­day. Jeremy, if you’re out there read­ing this, keep that pas­sion up, and you’ll go great places.

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