Ron McLeod: Mechanical Aptitude
By James Florence, Diamond Certified Resource Reporter
FREMONT — Ron McLeod first discovered his mechanical abilities while working on bicycles as a kid, and it wasn’t long before he took things to a whole other level. “When I was 10 years old, I started fixing the neighborhood kids’ bikes and building my own from scratch,” he remembers. “I also began helping my dad and older brother with their automotive projects. Working on cars just came easy to me—I can remember a few times when my dad had a problem he couldn’t figure out, and I went over and fixed it in two seconds. That would really tick him off!”
Following high school, Ron attended Arizona Automotive Institute before entering the workforce, where he quickly earned a reputation for excellence. “I ended up being the top mechanic at every place I worked, even when it was a chain with multiple stores,” he says. Despite his success, Ron wasn’t satisfied with working for someone else. “Even when I was 14 years old, my goal was to work for myself—it was just matter of finding the right time and place.” In 1994, he realized his lifelong dream and opened his own shop.
Today, as owner of ASAP Automotive, Inc., Ron says he has yet to lose any enthusiasm for his longtime career. “I still have a passion for working on cars, and I also enjoy interacting with my customers and making them happy with our work. I especially like it when we get the opportunity to work on hot rods.”
In keeping with his automotive passion, Ron’s involvement with cars extends beyond his work at the shop. “I’ve always been involved with drag racing, and I do it on occasion,” he says. “My youngest son, Kyle, and I go to Hollister and Pismo Beach fairly often to attend various car shows and drag races.” When he’s not out at the race track or a car show, Ron enjoys watching movies and keeping up with his three other grown children: Andy, Matt and Brittany.
In regard to his professional career, Ron says true success in business starts with the right motivation. “A lot of people go into business thinking they’re going to get rich, but I never went about it that way. For me, simply having the opportunity to make a living doing what I love is as good as it gets.”
When asked what his life would look like if he were to retire tomorrow, Ron says he’d continue to pursue his automotive passion. “I’d love to open a little shop somewhere and build hot rods. I would enjoy each one for a while before selling it and building another!”
Ask Me Anything!
Q: What was your first car?
A: A 1967 Chevrolet Chevelle.
Q: If you could drive any car, what would you choose?
A: A Lamborghini.
Q: What’s your favorite thing to do on a rainy day?
A: Either relax and watch a movie or tinker on one of my project cars in the garage.
Q: What were you most known for in high school?
A: I was the class clown—people used to call me McClown.
Q: Music or talk radio?
A: Music. I mostly listen to classic rock.
Q: Who was the best James Bond?
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A: Roger Moore.