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48 THE SHOP JANUARY 2019 "Being just two weeks before Pebble Beach, all of the good shops were busy," Kidd says modestly, noting that he was friends with Gooding's father, who gave him a call. Upon completion, the auction house was so impressed by the work that Kidd did in the garage at his house that "they opened up their Rolodex to me," he recalls. That was when he realized it was time to expand his business into a legitimate repair facility. However, when he originally applied for a repair shop license, it wasn't granted, so Kidd changed the nature of the business to restoration and he was suddenly allowed to operate. He no longer has to worry about these kinds of problems, as he has become an integral part of the community—so much so that, when we visited, the mayor's Woody happened to be undergoing repairs in the shop. The magic will have to end sometime, however. Despite his surname, Kidd is no kid anymore, and neither are his workers. "It's tough to find good employees," he explains. "All the good ones are either dying or retiring." He adds that the work done at Tired Iron Works is as much art as it is mechanics, and artists are a finicky bunch. The younger generation, he says, doesn't want to work on antique cars. "I even hired three guys out of McPherson Kidd owns this 1904 Pope-Hartford Pebble Beach champion and enjoys taking her out for an oc- casional cruise, but with no rocker covers, "I have to put oil in it every single time I stop the car." A 1947 Talbot Lago leaves the paint booth. The engine, freshly rebuilt at Tired Iron Works, will soon be re-installed. A recently rebuilt Ford Model T engine, wait- ing to go back to work. A Short Trip to Yesterday A Short Trip to

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