Marriage Monday

One of our goals at Sugar High Motorsports is to celebrate and strengthen marriages by encouraging couples to work and play together in the automotive world. We want to start highlighting strong marriages that have done just that with a feature we are calling Marriage Monday.

Check back here to see all of our awesome couples! If you’re interested in being featured, please email us

KEVIN AND CANDICE AWALT

img_9161Today’s Marriage Monday features Kevin and Candice Awalt of Brookfield, Connecticut. The Awalts are owners of Arkham Shine Paint Correction and Auto Detailing Studio where making cars pretty is a family affair.

Q: How long have you been married and how did you meet?

A: We’ve been married for 12 years and 2 months. We met at Kevin’s fraternity Halloween party in college

Q: Do you have kids and are they involved in the automotive world with you?

img_9160A: Yes, we have two amazing daughters.

Q: What parts of the automotive world do you participate in together?

A: Skylar is 7 and she loves to help inspect paint and practice with the tools on old goods and other car parts. Ariannah is 3 and loves to help clean floor mats

Q: What is a favorite automotive memory you share?

A: When we were a mobile detailing business when we first started, we would go out on the road  and detail cars together. 

Q: What is a challenge you have faced and overcome together?

A: We faced a very difficult time right after our second daughter was born and right before Christmasof 2014. Kevin had lost his job right after Candice had quit her full time job to stay home with our children. We needed to do something, so we started our second business with little to no money at all. It was probably the most difficult thing that we as a couple had ever gone through. It set us way back.  The only way we have been able to overcome this was by having each other’s back.  We trusted each other and pushed each other and we are finally able to put the past behind us and look towards the future.  There is only one way to go, and that is UP!

Q: Aside from cars, what other activities do you enjoy doing together?

A: We enjoy hanging out with our friends and play baggo (aka Cornhole).  We also encourage our daughter who wants to be an American Ninja Warrior. 

Q: What is your best piece of marital advice?

A: Stick by each other in good times and more importantly bad times!

 

JASON & MARYJANE MCCOOL

img_20170430_173244_865Today’s Marriage Monday feature takes a look at a couple who definitely lives up to their name; “McCool.” Jason and MaryJane McCool, who also go by “Lucky” and “Lady Luck,” live in Surprise, Arizona where Jason works as an electrician and MaryJane is a stay at home mommy.

Q: How long have you been married and how did you meet?

A: We’ve been married 9 wonderful years, soon to be 10 in April. We were blindly partnered in a wedding together & decided to get to know each other since we’d be spending the day together. We’ve been together from the first day we finally met in person.

Q: Do you have kids and are they involved in the automotive world with you?

fb_img_1504799001592A: Yes, we have five awesome Children of the Corn; two handsome young men and three beautiful young ladies. Their ages are 20, 18, 16, 11 and 9. So far only our 9 year old son shows interest & wants to participate (he’s just like his Daddy), he even has his own little belt, helmet, gloves & safety glasses. 

Q: What parts of the automotive world do you participate in together?

A: We attend car shows and rebuild classic autos. Jason’s always been involved with building and customizing autos. Currently together we’re rebuilding his ‘59 Chevy Apache and her ‘62 Buick Special.

Q: What is a favorite automotive memory you share?

A: Besides every time he’s in town and we’re able to get down and dirty in our garage together, it was when we completed the rebuild of his 350 engine together.  We completely built it bigger and better.

Q: What is a challenge you have faced and overcome together?

A: Most of our families were not shy to voice they believed we were moving too fast and wouldn’t last, in which they tried to cause issues between us. Our love for each other has been strong from day one; we fully support each another, we’re always honest and unlike most couples we know, we argue maybe once a year (last year’s argument was about pickles, lol). Although we don’t have our family’s support what matters most is that we as a couple and family are happy, united and greatly loved.

Q: Aside from cars, what other activities do you enjoy doing together?

A: We love our family nights whether it’s going out for dinner, going to the movie theater, bowling, mini golf, etc. or staying in to play games & watch movies. As a couple (besides the mushy love stuff) we enjoy every moment we have together especially since he’s rarely in town due to work.

Q: What is your best piece of marital advice?

A: Jason’s: Never give up keep fighting through tough times and make sure she is always happy

MaryJane’s: Honesty is always the best policy.

 

ALEX BAKER & SHELBY HALL

fullsizerender-15Alex Baker and Shelby Hall are a couple whose relationship began and continues to thrive in off-road racing. They live in Reno, Nevada where Alex is a fabricator for Samco Fabrication and Shelby is an event coordinator for Rod Hall Drive. 

Q: How long have you been married and how did you meet?

A: We’ve been married for 1 year and 9 months. We met in 2010 at the Baja 1000. We were both part of the Hall pit crew. A friendship started, but we didn’t actually become a couple until 2012 when Alex became Shelby’s co-driver/navigator.

Q: What is a favorite automotive memory you share?

A: In 2016,  we pre-ran the Baja 1000 together with our friend, Frank DeAngelo. We spent 3 days exploring dirt roads and unique towns throughout the Baja peninsula with a friend who considers Baja his second home. Baja has always held a special place in our hearts, and hearing stories of years past and creating our new memories of our own continued to build our emotional attachment to Baja, racing, and each other.

Q: What is a challenge you have faced and overcome together?

A: I was recently involved with an automotive filming, showcasing beautiful locations to four-wheel. I was so incredibly nervous I would make mistakes, and had little confidence in myself. I wanted to quit. But Alex stayed right by my side, giving me strength and courage through his words and encouragement. Although I was nervous, he reminded me I can do anything I put my mind too. The filming turned out to be so much fun, and a success. We overcame the challenge together, stronger in the end.

Q: Aside from cars, what other activities do you enjoy doing together?

A:. Everything! Everything is better when we are together. Whether we are camping, renovating our house, or hanging out with friends, we want to do it together. We enjoy most outdoor activities, but these days most of our free time is consumed with renovating our home. Always learning something new!

Q: What is your best piece of marital advice?

A: Love yourself. No one can love you until YOU love YOU.

 

KEVIN & MICHELLE DAVIS

21462831_1813248805651953_3612208749846934733_nKevin and Michelle live in Belgrade, Montana and are owners of Detailer’s Helper and The Helper Brands as well as founders of Sugar High Motorsports. Michelle is the driver of Sugar High in the Rebelle Rally.

Q: How long have you been married and how did you meet?
A: We’ve been married for 22 years. We met while in college in Oklahoma. We both modeled part time and had the same agent. Once our agent realized there was some attraction between us he purposely started signing us on to jobs together, especially wedding events. We often joke that we walked down the aisle many times together before we actually got married.

Q: Do you have kids and are they involved in the automotive world with you?
A: We have two daughters; Kenzie, who is 19 and Faith, who is about to turn 18. Although not actively involved in our automotive hobby, the girls have grown up around the car world and attended car shows with us and, most importantly, have learned that Kevin’s top requirement for them dating was that their date didn’t drive a Subaru or a PT Cruiser.

Q: What parts of the automotive world do you participate in together?
A: We are involved in several aspects of the automotive world, including off-roading, hot rods, building, and detailing. We are co-owners for Detailer’s Helper and The Helper Brands; creating light weight tool belts for the detailing industry and various other industries. We have also recently started Sugar High Motorsports which focuses on all the different things we do from hot rods to off-roading.

Q: What is a favorite automotive memory you share?
A: Our favorite memory is the build we did, and continue to do, on Michelle’s 2004 Jeep Wrangler, affectionately named Sugar High. This is a very special build for us because it is Michelle’s first dive into building and mechanics and it has been a way for us to reconnect as a couple.

Q: What is a challenge you have faced and overcome together?
A: A couple of years ago we realized that our kids were about to leave and, after so many years focused on child rearing, we had totally different plans for our future, as well as different hobbies. We didn’t want our marriage to suffer so we knew we had to make deliberate efforts to come together somehow. Kevin had spent 6 years prior building a Shelby Cobra so Michelle decided to try stepping out of her comfort zone and joining Kevin in the shop to have him teach her about building and mechanics. Instead of a hot rod, though, she wanted to build a Jeep and name it Sugar High. One thing led to another and what started as a simple build together turned into us spending hundreds of hours alongside each other. We created a Youtube channel of the build, “Sugar High Jeep Build”, then sponsors came on board and Sugar High found a place in SEMA. Michelle then entered her first all-female off-road navigation rally, the Rebelle Rally, and was later invited to take part in the Chevy Montage build (and all female build in Phoenix). This has opened up a whole new world and love for Michelle and has started a new chapter to our marriage with shared goals and interests and lots of time together in the shop.

Q: Aside from cars, what other activities do you enjoy doing together?
A: We working out together daily, travel a lot, and mostly love just hanging out and laughing together.

Q: What is your best piece of marital advice?
A. No matter what stage of life you’re in, always make your marriage a priority and find a passion that you share and actively pursue together.

 

MICHAEL & ANDREA SHAFFER

21433227_1813248855651948_758716443546043888_nMichael and Andrea live in Las Vegas, Nevada. Michael is an electronics technician and Andrea is a stay-at-home mom and owner of MACC Creations. Andrea is also the navigator of Team Sugar High in the Rebelle Rally.

Q: How long have you been married and how did you meet?
A: We’ve been married for 12 years. We met through mutual friends at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Q: Do you have kids and are they involved in the automotive world with you?
A: We have two boys and a girl; ages 7, 4, and 2. They most definitely are.

Q: What parts of the automotive world do you participate in together?
A: We are off-roaders, overlanders, builders and fabricators.

Q: What is a favorite automotive memory you share?
A: Our best memories together are our overlanding trips to Moab. That has always been our favorite place to go. But every new trip has been amazing.

Q: Aside from cars, what other activities do you enjoy doing together?
A: We like to spend time with our families and do a lot of camping.

Q: What is your best piece of marital advice?
A: Don’t forget to laugh and have fun together.