Scott Jones Got His
Auto Mechanic Start
Working At Kykers
Kykers Extreme Automotive, at 4765 E. Andrew Johnson Hwy., will have a special visit on Friday, May 24, from former employee and now cable TV star Scott Jones of "Counting Cars."
The hit reality show appears weekly on The History Channel, which is Channel 29 on local Comcast.
Jones was introduced to Greeneville a few years ago through his step-sister, Mona White, a Greeneville resident since 2008 with whom he has a close relationship.
White explained in an interview this morning that, although their family has roots in Tennessee, Georgia and West Virginia, they were a military family and she, Scott and their other siblings grew up in Silicon Valley, in northern California.
Scott himself was in the armed forces at one time, she said, and later worked as a tow truck operator in Las Vegas.
Her own husband, Tim White, who is now semi-retired, was also a tow truck operator in Las Vegas, she said.
But, Mona continued, she and her husband decided to move to Tennessee from Nevada and chose to live in Greeneville because they liked it. They have lived here since 2008, and love it, she said.
Subsequently, Scott moved here also to be close to the Whites, and took a job with Kykers Extreme Automotive.
He continued to visit in Las Vegas, however, because his fiance -- now his wife -- lived there, and at one point she took a job with Count's Kustoms.
On a visit, Scott met Danny Koker, the owner of the business, an automotive shop which was then relatively small.
Koker offered Scott a job, and he decided to take it. He moved back to Las Vegas in early 2011.
Over a period of months, the business continued to grow, Mona said, and the decision was made to launch the TV show.
Mona White is also employed in various administrative roles with Count's Kustoms, but works from her home here, she said.
'REALLY PROUD OF SCOTT'
"We are really proud of all that he has accomplished over the years and are his biggest fans. Our whole team tunes in every week, and so do our customers," said Dale Kyker, owner of Kykers Extreme Automotive.
Known by fans for his gruff ways and loud disputes on the show with shop-owner and lead crew member Danny "Count" Koker, Jones excels as the shop manager of Count's Kustoms.
His no-nonsense focus on the bottom line helps keep things running smoothly, and accounts for the shop's financial gains.
His main responsibilities are managing the budget and keeping track of inventory.
Following his appearance in Greeneville from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, May 24, Jones will head to Charlotte, N.C.
In Charlotte, he will join the rest of the "Counting Cars" team at the HISTORY 300 race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
'IT'S SURREAL,' JONES SAYS
"It's surreal to be able to come back to Greene County and be the person everyone wants to meet," Jones was quoted in a Greene County Partnership news release.
"The success of the show and support from fans has blown us all away.
"Way back when I was working for Mr. Kyker, never once did I imagine that someday I'd be coming back to do a special appearance and meet with fans," Jones said in the news release.
"It's really exciting that the Kyker family is so supportive of the show and that their shop will be one of the first places to launch my new t-shirt line."
ABOUT THE HIT TV SHOW
The plot line of the History Channel TV show goes like this, the news release explained:
Most people in Las Vegas bet with chips, but Danny "The Count" Koker bets with cars.
Known from his numerous appearances on Pawn Stars (also on The History Channel), Koker walks, talks and breathes classic American muscle cars in every episode of Counting Cars.
When he sees a car he wants, he will do whatever it takes to get his hands on it -- including making on-the-spot cash offers to unsuspecting owners.
Koker and his team restore, customize and sell cars in a hurry, scrambling to keep their Las Vegas shop in the black.
From vintage Thunderbirds to classic Corvettes, toy cars to souped-up sidecar motorcycles, Koker and the crew of Count's Kustoms will stop at nothing to find and flip the greatest rides of all time.
For more information, please visit http://www.history.com/CountingCars.
ABOUT COUNTS KUSTOMS
Count's Kustoms, as seen on the "Counting Cars" show, is a licensed dealer of kustom choppers and hot rods.
They are a one-stop shop for in-house paint, upholstery, frame-up builds and service.
The shop's custom hot rods and choppers exceed expectation with creativity and die-hard quality, not to mention incredible handling and rideability, a news release says.
"Metal on metal, mild to wild, the Count's Kustoms builders take great pride and care into every one of the kustom bikes and hot rods fabricated in the shop.
"Using only professional-grade parts in the industry, the team forges vehicles to fit the particular tastes of their customers and more.
"With attention to detail, from the bodywork to the final paint, fit and finish, every custom embodies individuality and forward thinking, with a nod to the retro."
For more information, please visit http://www.countskustoms.com.
For more information on the local event, please visit http://www.countskustoms.com or call Kyker Extreme Automotive at 423-525-5147.