Mike Finnegan was born in Southern California, educated in New York, and has spent a lifetime taking things apart and usually putting them back together for more speed and style. He's a self-taught welder, engine builder, and fabricator who has written for various magazines, covering everything from mini-trucks to off-road racing and high-performance boats. Mike's a champion drag boat racer and self-professed road-trip junkie who owns more tools than cars -- and that's just the way he likes it.