As a kid I was always playing with Hot Wheels, but I took a serious interest in cars when I was around seven years old. My dad's best friend was a mechanic, and whenever he had time he would build cars from scratch. When I saw the process — the passion and love he put into it — I knew I wanted to build my own car when I [had] the money. That's where my love of cars came from.
As I got older, I came to admire luxury cars. Muscle cars are my favorites of all-time. My second favorites are probably exotic luxury cars (like Lamborghinis and Ferraris), and my third favorite is my truck. When I got to Arizona I bought the first car in my collection, a 1972 Chevelle. That car is my pride and joy. I didn't build it from the ground up or restore it, but it's special because that car started my collection. It was in phenomenal shape when I got it, but now that I'm able to put my own touches on the cars, my car builder and I are going to take it in a different direction. We're going to keep the color the same, but change the interior and the rear end. It's kind of like we're starting all over.
Photos: John W. McDonough for Sports Illustrated (car), Nick Cammett/Diamond Images/Getty Images (action)