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October 30, 2013

Faces of Fauquier: Fixing cars, helping his passions

Photo/Cassandra Brown
Steve Hamilton restored his grandfather’s 1958 Apache.
I always wanted to be a mechanic since I was young and always enjoyed working on cars. I do it to serve people. I do it to take care of things people need and it ties in with my interests.
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His love of cars began with trips to the Sumerduck Dragway.

After studying mechanics in high school and community college, Steve Hamilton discovered he enjoyed working with metal and paint. He opened Hamilton’s Auto Body shop near Bealeton in 1993.

For the past 25 years, Mr. Hamilton has worked on cars for a living, which incorporates his lifelong passion to serve “a beautiful county with a lot of hard-working people.

“I always wanted to be a mechanic since I was young and always enjoyed working on cars. I do it to serve people. The Lord took my efforts and blessed it. I couldn’t have started this business without my wife, Judy,” Mr. Hamilton said.

• Age
51

• Home
Sumerduck

• Work
Owner of Hamilton’s Auto Body and Global Automotive off Route 28 in Bealeton. I’ve been working on cars, as far as making a living off them, for 25 years. I opened Hamilton’s Auto Body in 1993 and Global Automotive in 2008.

• Why you do the job?

I always wanted to be a mechanic since I was young and always enjoyed working on cars. I do it to serve people. I do it to take care of things people need and it ties in with my interests. The Lord took my efforts and blessed it. I couldn’t have started this business without my wife, Judy.

• Family
Wife, Judy; daughter, April, 23, and son, Stephen, 11.

• Education
Took auto mechanics class at Fauquier High School and graduated in 1980. Studied mechanics at Northern Virginia Community College in 1981 and ’82.

• Civic and/or church involvement

Member of Bealeton Baptist Church.

• How long have you lived in Fauquier?
Since 1973. I’m originally from North Carolina.

• Why do you live here?
There is something about going to Food Lion and seeing someone you know. I see people I know and recognize all over Fauquier, even when I drive down the road.

• How do you describe this county?

It’s a beautiful county with a lot of hard working people.

• What would you change about Fauquier?
Nothing. It’s working the way it is now.

• What do you do for fun?
I like to go out on the Chesapeake Bay and fish about two times a year.

• What’s your favorite place in Fauquier?
Sky Meadows State Park. It must be the most beautiful place in the world. It’s as pretty as it gets.

• What will Fauquier be like in 10 years?
Probably about the same. Somewhat more developed, but a better place to live.

• Favorite TV show?
“The Andy Griffith Show”

• Favorite Movie?
“The Blues Brothers”

• Favorite book?
The Bible. My favorite verse is Proverbs 3:5-6: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding in all your ways acknowledge him and he will make your paths straight.”

• Favorite vacation spot?
The Outer Banks. We like to go camping in Rodanthe and I like to drive my Jeep on the beach down there.

• Favorite food?
That would have to be steak.

• What is the best advice you have ever received? From whom?

“Look people in the eye and give them a firm handshake.” My neighbor, Mr. Kane, told me that when I was growing up.

• Who’s your hero and why?
Anybody who meets everyday challenges is a hero to me.

• What would you do if you won $1 million in the lottery?
I would like to think nothing would change, because I’m doing what I want to do in life right now. I would use it to pay off my bills and try to do my best with it. I would consult my wife as to what she wants to do with it and I would give a portion of it to my church.

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Dirk Digler · November 4, 2013 at 10:22 pm
He restored Mater! Looks great.
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