Born and raised in Southern California, Mark has loved cars since the ripe age of 7 when he first saw a DeLorean hit 88mph and vanish into the time space continuum. Thanks to his mother, Nissan employee of 14 years, he has grown up around Japanese imports and developed a great affection for them. His first car was a hand-me-down Infiniti J30 that was being held together with duct tape, staples, and dreams. Though he kept her going through countless surgeries, an eventual catastrophic head gasket failure lead to a compressed con-rod. The J30 was later replaced with a Nissan Maxima yacht which he felt had very little personality even though it was a very comfortable and powerful machine.
Despite his background and history with Nissan, his true love has always been Toyota, having fallen for cars like the AE86, AW11, and 2000GT early on. There’s just something about small coupes and pop up headlights that he can’t resist. While he still hasn’t had a chance to get his own AE86, his prayers were answered in 2008 when Toyota announced the development of the GT86, the car’s spiritual successor. He followed every step of the car’s development, and then, eventually, he pulled together enough cash for one of his own. As a firm believer in DIY and functional performance, he plans on transforming his Toyobaru FR-Z into the perfect all-rounder, blending modest performance increases with daily-driven functionality: ProjectOEM+.