I am Scott Tucker. I have been involved with the automotive aftermarket going on 30 years. Like many of us, I found my passion at a very young age and it was my profession of choice from day one. I have had my curious fingers on almost any type of vehicle imaginable from a Yugo to a 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO (a soon-to-be $60 million car). Cars are a living art form. Every car has a personality of it’s own. They sound different, smell different, feel and drive different. My life’s work has been a culmination of these experiences.
I began my career when I was 13 years old, stocking parts at a Corvette parts and restoration business. I progressed to restoring Corvettes and muscle cars. My afternoons were spent working on friends muscle cars and my water cooled Volkswagens. Before I could even drive, I was deeply entrenched in the car world.
In high school, I took automotive technology classes in the local ROP program at DeAnza College in Cupertino, Ca. I found it came very naturally to me. I got the highest grades in my class and was selected to compete in the Plymouth/AAA Troubleshooting Contest – a 65 year-old diagnostics competition between hundreds of teams across the United States using identical ‘bugged’ cars. We did very well (DeAnza is one of the winningest teams in the nation).
After high school, I studied Automotive Technology at DeAnza College – one of the top automotive technology schools in the United States. Their engines program is especially good. Here, I met engine gurus Dema Elgin and Gary Lewis. Both are top names in the engine building industry and sit on the board of directors of the Automotive Engine Rebuilders Association (AERA).
Dema Elgin is owner of D. Elgin Camshafts in Santa Rosa, Ca. Dema’s cams have competed in almost every form of racing and won thousands of races. He has designed cams for the Big 3, Nissan, Porsche, NASCAR, and more. He spent more than 30 years teaching his high performance engine design classes at DeAnza College (I now teach this class – with my own twist of course).
Through Dema, I am a second-generation protégé to legendary hot-rodder Ed Winfield. Ed is widely considered to be one of the fathers of the automotive aftermarket. Ed mentored some of the greats in the industry including Ed Iskenderian (Isky Cams), Harvey Crane (Crane Cams), Bruce Crower, and Dema Elgin. Without Ed, the automotive aftermarket would not be what it is today.
At Dinan Engineering, North America’s largest BMW tuner, I learned the inner secrets of automotive electronics and mastered fuel injection tuning under the legendary tuner, Steve Dinan. From high-strung 4 cylinders to twin-turbo V12’s making 750 HP, I tuned a wide variety of powerful vehicles.
Currently I reside at Canepa Design in Scotts Valley, Ca. We are a unique business that designs, builds, modifies, restores, and customizes cars at the highest level of the business. Our customers include Bill Gates, Paul Allen, Ralph Lauren, Jerry Seinfeld, Tim Allen, Michael Jordan, and more. We perform full vehicle modifications, both mechanical and cosmetic. We restore only the most valuable collector cars. My proudest restoration is the last original Shelby Cobra ever built – considered to be the finest restored Cobra in existence by Cobra experts.
At Canepa I manage a team of 14 technicians and supports staff. Every car that leaves our shop is personally test driven by me. If it is not perfect, it does not leave – period. This means I get a lot of seat time in some very special cars. It’s not unusual for me to drive Ferrari’s, Lamborghini’s, Shelby’s, Bugatti, or Porsches – all on the same day. We have doubled our business in the last year and are anticipating even more growth.
I teach a class at DeAnza College entitled ‘High Performance Engine Preparation’. This very popular class covers the modification of production engines with the primary purpose of increased power and torque. Recently, I have made the class more ‘car comprehensive’ covering suspension modification as well as details of the car culture.
I hold two A.S. degrees in Automotive Technology from DeAnza College in Cupertino, Ca. and a B.S. in Computer Information Systems from the University of San Francisco. I grew up in the highly prized Cupertino Unified School District. All public schools I attended are or were in the top 10 for California.