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Changing Gears Trailer (2:31)
Changing Gears (54:50)
Auto and diesel technicians hold the keys to the future of human movement. We set out to see where the industry is going—and the people who are driving it forward.
Hitchhike along for a supercharged adventure as Alexandra, Dylan, and Michael—three aspiring auto and diesel technicians—go from monster truck rallies to high-tech labs to discover the growing possibilities in automotive and diesel tech. As they speak to gearheads in every corner of the field—from tractor builders, to Porsche collectors, Fast and the Furious technicians, and more—they learn that the stereotype of the grease monkey mechanic is outdated. Being a technician means being on the frontlines of technology, racing towards the future.
INSIGHTS FROM THE FILM
“People told me I couldn’t be a mechanic because I’m a girl. Don't let anyone tell you that your dreams aren’t good enough or they’re not the right dreams to have. If something is your passion, do it.”
Bogi Lateiner, Owner, Bogi’s Garage
“For every one thing that works, there are ten that don’t. If you’re not breaking something every now and then, you’re not pushing hard enough.”
John Hennessey, Founder, Hennessey Performance Engineering
“The biggest thing is ambition—it’s more important than skillset. If you’re ambitious and hungry, you can learn anything.”
Rod Fuller, Vice President of Operations, Exotics Racing
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Vice President of Operations
Dig This Las Vegas
Vice President of OEM & Product Development Programs
Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA)
Founder & CEO
World Famous 4X4
Hennessey Performance Engineering
Founder & Chairman
Audi Master Guild Technician
Audi North Scottsdale
180 Degrees Automotive
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We’re not just showing auto and diesel technicians what’s on the road ahead—we’re putting them in the driver’s seat.
Our cars and trucks are high-powered and high-tech—and they need an elite workforce to keep them running. That’s why we’re sending three aspiring auto and diesel technicians on a road trip that will give them an exclusive look at what’s happening under the hood of their industry. They’ll meet with professional technicians, hear candid stories of struggle and success, and of course, check out a ton of cool cars along the way. Ride along with the crew as they explore this rapidly accelerating field—and see if this turns out to be the spark that ignites their future.
From Marysville, WA
Alexandra has loved vehicles her whole life: growing up, her summer vacations revolved around taking off-road adventures on her family’s Jeeps and quads. But it wasn’t until she took a small engine repair class in high school that she realized she could get serious about a career as a technician. While she waits to start her technical training, she’s working at her dad’s accounting firm, where she often faces pressure to follow in his footsteps. But whenever she’s stuck sitting in the office, she’s dreaming about when she can next visit the local speedway, or take her Honda 300ex ATV out for a spin. Entering a male-dominated field, she knows she faces some rough terrain ahead; she hopes this trip will introduce her to trailblazing women who can give her the reassurance she needs to continue down her path.
From Clatskanie, OR
Michael was six years old when his dad finished his passion project: outfitting his 1988 Dodge Ramcharger with a 440 engine he’d built. Even at that young age, the feeling of looking in the rearview mirror and seeing burnout smoke made its impression—it transformed Michael into a gearhead for life. But growing up in a small town with a population of just 1,700 people, Michael has struggled to find a community of fellow car-lovers. That’s why whenever he gets the chance, he heads to Portland, where he’s active in the city’s autocross scene. About to graduate from high school, and heading to school in Sacramento in the fall, Michael’s excited to finally be surrounded by peers who share his passions. But first, he’s ready to hit the road and see the opportunities that exist for technicians nationwide.
From Huntersville, NC
Both his father and grandfather work as mechanics, so it’s no stretch to say that working on cars is in Dylan’s blood. But while his mentors were able to enter the field without degrees, Dylan knows that the industry has since become highly technical and crazy competitive—which is why he was the first in his family to leave Wyoming and pursue a higher education. Dylan is currently completing technician training in Mooresville, North Carolina (a motorsports industry hub that’s been nicknamed “Race City, USA”) but he’s unsure of where his road will go next. His dream is to use his specialty in interiors and engines to “restore old cars and give them the life that they deserve,” but first, he needs to see all the ways in which he can turn that vision into a reality.
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