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Garage History

Garage History

Wooster’s Garage was first established in rural Rockford, Michigan in 1928 by Charles Wooster in conjunction with the family farm. He offered complete vehicle service, Sonoco petroleum products, and sold Ford Motor Company vehicles and parts. He was one of the first Ford vehicle salesmen in the country. He realized quickly that there was a need to also service the vehicles, so he opened the first Wooster’s Garage as a Filling Station with complete service and repair.

Charles passed his mechanical talents along to his son, Glenn Wooster, who began running the garage after graduating from high school at a new location on Hwy M57 in 1935, and ultimately took over Wooster’s Garage when Charles retired. Glenn married Harriette Arlene Green on 9/16/1940 who took on the bookkeeping duties. Charles passed away in 1958 During WWII Glenn wanted to do his part and rented out the garage and worked for General Motors building and preparing the GMC 5x5 trucks for the war effort in Pontiac MI. He enlisted in the army and entered he war on Omaha Red Beach 4 days after D-Day. Glenn served in the XIX Corps repairing vehicles and equipment to get them back in service. We are very proud of his service.

Glenn passed that passion along to his son Dan Wooster, who went in another direction because of his mother’s passion for teaching. He took advantage of the opportunities offered to him. Dan Wooster obtained multiple college degrees in automotive and education from Ferris State college and MS degree in Vehicle Emissions from Colorado State University. He began a long teaching career at Kenosha Technical Institute now Gateway Technical College in Kenosha and
Racine, Wisconsin in 1969 He was contracted with EPA participating as an emission inspection technician for nationwide Emission Tampering Surveys across the United States and Mexico. Dan holds current ASE Master Automobile repair, L1 and G1 certifications. He developed the original Automotive Youth apprenticeship curriculum for DWD and assisted with the original GM YES curriculum for General Motors. He is still active as an Adjunct Instructor with Gateway Technical College and acts as an educational consultant for the Foundation of the Wisconsin Auto and Truck Dealers Association offering scholarships for careers in the auto and truck industry here in WI. Dan is enjoying a rewarding career, while still maintaining an element of repair and restoration work. (See our website for Dan’s full curriculum vitae).

Dan Wooster shared his love of automotives with many people over the years and passed along interest in the field to his daughter Jodi. Jodi currently handles the administration and human resources for both Wooster’s Garage Vintage Parts (formerly Wooster’s Garage) and the current Wooster’s Garage. The next generation of Woosters is here with Jodi’s daughter, Stephanie, completing her automotive education as well as a number of years of experience with a variety of shops and other venues in the automotive field.

Stephanie is the 5th generation of Woosters in the automotive field, and owns and operates the Wooster’s Garage you see today. Throughout the generations, honesty, integrity, and quality service has been the hallmark of Wooster’s Garage. Here at Wooster’s Garage we adhere to this family tradition and enjoy an excellent reputation and have great relationships with our customers.

Wooster's Garage Vintage Automotive Michigan
Wooster's Garage Original Shop in Michigan

Meet Dan


  • MA Degree - Industrial Science (Auto Emissions and Air Pollution)

                              Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado (1981)

  • BS Degree - Trade Technical Education

                             Ferris State University, Michigan (1969)


  •   Associates Degree - Automotive Service

                                            Ferris State University, Michigan (1967)



  • ASE Certified - GI and LI Advanced Level (Current)

  • ASE Certified - Master Automotive Mechanic (1972-current)

  • CFC Recovery & Recycling Certification, Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, Wisconsin



  • Gateway Technical College, Racine, Wisconsin (1969-1980; 1983-current)

       Program Chairman and Lead Instructor, Automotive Programs, Gateway               Technical College, Racine Campus (Current)

  • Acting Dean for Automotive Programs, Gateway Technical College, Racine Campus (1991-1993)

  • Instructor - Automotive Technology and Mechanics, Gateway Technical College (1969-2003)

  • Retired 2003, continued on as Adjunct Instructor (Current)

  • Ford Motor Company Appeals Board (1992-xxxx)

  •  Technical Adviser for Wisconsin Consumer Arbitration disputes

  • National Automotive Technician Education Foundation (NATEF) (1985-current)

  • Evaluation Team Leader - Leads teams that evaluate automotive programs to make sure the programs are meeting national accreditation standards

  • Environmental Protection Agency, Washington DC

  • Emission Technician on a co-sponsored Vehicle Tampering Inspection with US EPA and Mexican EPA, El Paso, Texas and Juarez, Mexico (1990)

  •  Emission Technician with US Vehicle Tampering Inspection team (1983-1990)

  • Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research, Safat, Kuwait (1981-1983) Research and Training - Air Pollution, Auto Emissions, and Stacking



  • Restoration of Antique and Classic Cars (1970-current)

  • Auto Mechanic - Turner Auto Body, Wisconsin (1972-current)

  • Various Auto Mechanic Positions (1963-1970)

  • Washington Park High School Automotive Advisory Committee

  • Gateway Technical College Diesel and Automotive Advisory Committee

Achievements and Awards

  • American Vocations Association, Runner-up for Vocational Teacher of the Year Award   (Las Vegas) (1997)

  • Wisconsin Association for Career and Technical Education, Local Educator of the Year Award (1996)

  • US Environmental Protection Agency Award - Austin, Texas; Secretary of Labor Award for helping schools get ready for training in the 1990's

  •  Gateway Technical College, Teacher of the Year (1988)

  • Selected as a Representative for Gateway Technical College at the National Association of Community Colleges Conference (1988, 1989)



Wisconsin Youth Apprenticeship

wrote curriculum (1994)

Dan Wooster Automotive ASE Master Technician

Dan Wooster

Dan Wooster VIN Twins
Dan Wooster WATDA Foundation
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