While still in High School, Jim went to his first hot rod show in Phoenix, Arizona in 1960. He attended San Jose State University and got to know the guys in the San Jose area; the drive-in's, the cruise spots.

In 1967, he and good friend Tom Meyer were asked by the late Jim McLennan to be Track Photographers at Fremont Drag Strip. Every Sunday for the next three years, Jim and Tom photographed and reported the day's results to National Dragster and Drag News via overnight express mail.

Jim and Tom also traveled the West Coast, photographing action at various drag strips in California.

Jim began photographing the Oakland Roadster Show in 1962, and has photographed almost all of the now Grand National Roadster Shows ever since. Jim was inducted into the GNRS Hall of Fame in 2002, along with a young man just starting his hot rod career, Chip Foose.

Jim's photo work has appeared in magazines since 1967; Street Rod (Portland, OR), Street Rodder, Rod & Custom, Hot Rod, Custom Cars, Rod Action, Collector Car, Truckin', et.al.

Jim is retired and currently lives in Northern California with his wife Sandy. He is still photographing hot rods and dragsters, albeit not at the same pace as 40 years ago.