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Hagerty Employee

Meet 19-year-old Jake Bower, the hardest-working guy in the room

Jake Bower figured out at a young age what takes most old-car lovers a lifetime: “To afford the cars I wanted—especially Volkswagens and other European go-fast cars—I knew I’d need a good job and to learn how to keep them running.”


Living in Martinez, California, an hour north of Silicon Valley, Bower thought a high-paying gig in the tech industry might be good. Until high school, his fascination for old rally cars and high-end imports was fueled by weekend car shows with his dad. Then, during his freshman year of high school, he signed up for automotive technology courses to complement his computer studies.


“That’s when I met Mr. Wheeler,” Bower says, “and my original plan started to change.”


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