The Booth Family
Three years ago I fulfilled the dream of the little boy learning alongside his father in a body shop. With my wife Missy, our three daughters, three grandsons and one granddaughter, I opened Booth Auto Designs. We remain working often together in the shop as a family just like I did when I was young. Since losing my dad when I was 19 years old, I have always wanted to own my own shop to share the love we had of cars with
others. Through BAD I want to invite you to become a part of our family as we work and restore your car to its best form.
Read & see photos below of our journey from the beginning.
Booth Auto Design is the fulfillment of a life-long dream of mine to own a Hot Rod and Restoration Shop. I grew up in body shop learning alongside my dad. He started, when I was very young, teaching himself outside in our carport. From there it grew into an established business in the Coker Community. I would spend most days of my youth in the shop learning and working alongside my mom and dad.
At age 11 I asked my dad for a motorcycle to drive out in the fields, but instead I was given a VW Bug to play with. Within the next year I made the car my own and painted it over entirely by myself. A few years later my dad and I bought a 1968 Camaro to repair together with the goal in mind of it becoming mine to drive when I turned 16. This was the very car that me and my now wife, Missy, began dating in.
Throughout high school I would go to the tech school for auto body daily and then return home to continue working with my father. Soon after, we both began working at the Tuscaloosa Chevrolet. It was then that we discovered my dad was diagnosed with esophageal cancer at age 37. He passed away 13 months later.
After this, I continued working at several different body shops doing a variety of work. Throughout all of this though, I have always continued to do hot rods and restoration on the side. I would work on restoring them at night and on weekends whenever I could. Eventually I began working and managing a local hot rod shop. I did this for 6 years before opening Booth Auto Design (BAD). Now that I’ve opened BAD and have a family of my own, I intend to pass on my teachings just as my dad did to me.