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Ambassador Spotlight: Will Collette

02/02/2024
Will Collete

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Will Collette is passionate about capturing moments – most of which surround his daily life working at Ghostworx in Orange County, CA. He handles the shop’s content and media, showcasing custom builds for Lamborghini, Ferrari, McLaren, Mustangs, and more. Will shares how he started creating content and some of the car builds that are being worked on at Ghostworx.

How did you start creating content and media and any advice for others getting started?

I picked up a camera in high school and started making our own Nerf commercials and Call of Duty type videos. I went to college for media production then went to the Air Force as a Public Affairs officer. Eventually, I moved to Los Angeles to pursue YouTube and TikTok. My advice for others starting out would be to shoot something every day. Upload your content even if it’s not perfect. You get great through volume, not being a perfectionist.

You handle the content creation and social media for a performance shop called Ghostworx, what are some of the current projects?

Will's garage

There’s always a lot of projects going on! We’re currently building a Goblin. It’s where you take a chassis and engine from a Cobalt SS and turn it into an open wheel street legal race car. It’s helmets, no windshield, and all power. We also have two Kei trucks in the shop that we’re going to build. One of the builds will be more street oriented and the other, more off-road.

The shop’s Audi R8 is getting equipped with nitrous and just about every mod you can imagine. The Saleen, owned by our head tech Nick Shaffer, is always being worked on, and just received full paint correction and PPF. It’s Saleen #1, and has a long list of mods like a super shaker and roll cage. The shop owner, Matt Perry, has a Lancia that’s getting new Forged Club wheels, and also received full paint correction and PPF as well. We also have a shop widebody Porsche 997 that just got a set of deep dish Forged club wheels, Carbontastic wheel, and some internal carbon elements.

Working in an auto performance shop seems like an adventure every day. Where did most of the shop team get their start?

Everyone in the shop has a different background. Our head tech, Nick Schaffer, changed oil with his dad when he was six. He took a lot of automotive classes in high school and picked up exotics learning in the shop pretty fast. Ed Alcantara went to college for automotive and became really good at working on McLarens here at Ghostworx. Eli Lopez started working in his dad’s shop and switched over to Ghostworx this year. And Michael Trabert just started with us this year and is already turning into a reliable mechanic.

And, how did you get your start and gain skills in modifying cars?

My interest in cars developed by playing Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2 as a kid. Working in the performance shop, I learn a lot from the techs. I had zero background going in, and now I know how to pull a transmission on my R8. I spent a couple of years watching skilled techs like Nick, Ed, and our former head tech Kalen Lawrence pull apart supercars. Working on my own cars has taught me a ton about what it takes to modify and fix things.

Race Ramps in the Shop

Will's garage

What was life like before Race Ramps and how does it help in the shop?

The ramps help us get cars on the alignment rack and our scissor lifts. I personally use them to drive my car on and off the scissor lifts frequently when I need to fix the R8. They help with all the super low exotics we have coming in.

What areas of the shop use Race Ramps?

Three places: The Trailer Ramps help cars get onto the alignment rack, the 4" Car Lift Ramps we use to drive on and support the car over the scissor lifts, and the Scale Ramps for the regular lifts. This lets us swing the lift arms underneath the low cars.

Using Race Ramps is faster than pulling out GoJaks and bringing the car up a few inches to fit the arms underneath.

Our products are proudly made in the USA. What’s your advice on investing in a set of Race Ramps?

We drive at least a few cars up and off the ramps every day and in the last year they show no signs of wearing out. The shop also works on exotics, so we need everything to look high quality. If you own a supercar, the last thing you want to see is a wooden Home Depot special holding up your vehicle while it drives onto a rack. The ramps are lightweight and easy to slide around and fit together like Lego. Buy it nice or buy it twice!

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