Every month, Counterman’s “Guess the Car” contest challenges our readers to solve an automotive riddle, for a chance to win $100. And each month, we receive hundreds of responses from aftermarket professionals trying to guess the model of the vehicle depicted.
The correct answer for the May contest is the Chevrolet Bolt. The winner for May is Brad Mehsling, a counter professional at Auto Value in Omaha, Nebraska.
Now, let’s get to know the May “Guess the Car” champion.
CM: How long have you been working in the auto parts business?
BM: For the better part of 30 years. Years ago, I started with CSK when they opened up here in Omaha. Then they got bought out by O’Reilly, and I bounced around a little bit. I’ve been here at Auto Value for over 10 years now.
CM: What do you like most about your job?
BM: It’s something different every day, that’s for sure. I like solving problems, and trying to help people find the correct parts and products they need to fix their vehicles.
CM: What’s the strangest question a customer has asked you?
BM: Years ago, I got a phone call – I think it was a prank call – from somebody looking for a thermostat for a ‘68 Volkswagen Beetle, and they were surprised when I actually found them one.
Even though it’s air-cooled, [the Beetle] did have what they called a thermostat on those cars. I think they were trying to stump me.
CM: What’s the coolest car you’ve ever owned or worked on?
BM: The coolest car was my 1970 Pontiac LeMans that I had in high school. It was all black, four-speed, had a built 350 – beautiful car. That was my baby.
CM: Do you have any interesting hobbies? What do you do for fun?
BM: My wife and I like to go to car shows, talk to the people and look at cars. When we have the opportunity and time, we also like to travel and check out the local music scene.
CM: What’s your dream car?
BM: My dream car would be a ‘69 GTO Judge.