Born in Bremerton when Harrison Hospital was on Sixth and Chester, Jim Barnes is the son of a mechanic and was introduced to mechanics and equipment at a young age. A graduate of Central Kitsap High, he worked his way through Olympic College while employed by the torpedo station at Keyport. He served in the Navy, working on fighter aircraft during the Vietnam conflict, and later resumed employment at local military installations. Barnes began restoring, racing and enjoying Corvettes, then switched to "old cars" shortly after winning a 1991 road-racing championship. His garage is home to a number of old cars and besides restoring and repairing them, he takes them to various car events around the Northwest.
Articles & Blog Posts
- Blog Post:
The Woman Behind the Automobile Inventor
(28 Jan 2020)