Garrett Nielsen has always had a love for the way things work. From building his own go cart at the age of eight, to restoring a ‘62 Impala SS at the age of fifteen, Garrett has more than 20 years of steadfast passion for quality and performance. Working many long summers during high school in his fathers’ fabrication shop he learned a variety of invaluable skills. Before the age of 21 he had fully completed two frame-off restorations and was eager to learn more.

He then attended Butte College where he studied automotive technology. After a year and a half he completed the two year program with high recommendations from the automotive technology staff. Through college he worked at two GM dealerships, gaining the knowledge and experience required to fix and maintain modern vehicles. With his thirst for knowledge still not satisfied, he continued his schooling at the University of Hawaii College of Engineering. At Hawaii he completed the four year engineering degree in 3 and a half years. During his last year at Hawaii he was the Engine team captain for the very first chapter of the UH FSAE Racing team.  He was responsible for leading the team that designed and built an engine to power a formula style race car that would compete at a collegiate level.

Ever since Garrett worked on his very first car he knew that he wanted to own a restoration business. One year after graduating from college with his mechanical engineering degree Garrett established Nielsen Classic Performance as one of the top quality restoration shops in Northern California.