Walt has an unwavering passion for hot rods and muscle cars, and he has many years of experience working on them. His career began with the opening of his own shop in Tucson, Arizona. Later he became a professional race team specialist in the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA). His team won two National World Championships and several other awards. In 2008 he chose to plant roots in Brownsburg, Indiana and opened Walt's Hot Rod Shop. Please visit our History page for more information. Walt spends his spare time working on his own hot rods. His current collection includes a '69 Camaro, a '72 Chevy pick-up truck and a '72 Nova. Click here to read Drag Racing Online's article about Herr and his Camaro.
Greg Manker - Technician
A crew chief for two sprint car teams, Greg is one of the shop's well-rounded technicians. He specializes in body work and painting but is also experienced in mechanics, working on breaks, steering, engines and wiring.
Steve MacPherson - Technician
Certified Master Technician, Steve worked for various auto dealerships and spent
20 years teaching auto diesel mechanics before joining Walt’s team. He is a proud Navy veteran who trained as a
nuke power plant operator after high school and served 6 years on submarines. Steve has always been involved in racing and
cars. He was a mechanic for Indy race
teams, built sprint and silver crown cars, and even owned his own race team. His passion for hot rods evolved from this
"gearhead" mentality. He has
been on the Board of Directors for the ISRA and served 20 years as State
Technical Chairman of the Ford/AAA Auto Skills National Competition. Steve and his wife Nancy, live in Lebanon, IN
and are involved in the community there.
They both enjoy travel and going to car shows.
Alan Brown - Project Manager (Volunteer)
Alan Brown, a State Farm Insurance retiree, is the shop's volunteer project manager. He is a former sprint car racer and has owned many hot rods.
Bill Brumley - Shop Advisor (Volunteer)
Bill Brumley, a retired Allison Transmission foreman, also volunteers his time as a Shop Advisor. An avid hotrodder, he has years of engineering and mechanics experience.
Zoie - Shop Greeter
Zoie, Walt's Boxer, is the shop's resident greeter. She is a friendly girl who will do anything for a bone. She looks forward to visits from delivery people who bring her treats.