(Undated, Dan and oldest son James)
Owner and head mechanic Dan Maher has been working in the auto repair industry for most of his life. Dan has always had a passion for cars, which began at a young age. He began working on and eventually fell in love with cars during high school. Upon graduating high school he decided to forgo a college education and instead focus on turning his love for cars into a career. Dan opened his first gas station and auto repair shop in 1978 and has continued owning and working in automotive repair shops to this day. Dan has been a licensed mechanic for over 30 years and during his career has owned three gas stations and one auto repair shop. Up until a few years ago he owned and operated the a Exxon Gas Station on Francis Lewis Blvd down the block from Holy Cross High School.
Dan has owned both Getty and Exxon gas stations with automotive repair shops. He is a fully licensed mechanic as well as a graduate of the Exxon Training School. Throughout his long career he has worked on just about every different type of vehicle one can think of and he lives by the saying “If it has a motor, I can fix it.” His vast automotive skills and knowledge have led him to work with many different industries including working in the movie industry as well as helping state and local law enforcement agencies.
One of his most memorable automotive projects was when he worked on the movie set of The Wiz starring Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Lena Horne and Richard Pryor. Between 1977 and 1978, Dan Maher and William Reynolds designed and built all of the yellow taxis for the movie. The taxis started off as regular golf carts which were then cut in half so that the chassis could be lengthened considerably. The taxis were then rebuilt and re-wired so that they would still be able to function like a normal golf cart. They then built completely custom fiberglass bodies to fit onto the carts. Upon completion of the taxis, their work was so greatly admired that they were both offered careers in the film industry. Dan declined the offer, instead deciding to stay in Queens and start a family. William Reynolds took the offer and has gone on to have a very successful career in the film industry. In 2006 Dan and William met each other again for the first time since working on the set of The Wiz after Dan was asked to help temporarily secure a side mirror that someone had accidentally broken off of a police cruiser.
Over 35 years of experience