Craig man driven by cars

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Craig resident Mark Coyle was lucky enough to find a successful job doing something he loved.

The hard-working entrepreneur opened CC Auto and Body in Craig last April, but a passion for cars has always run in his family.

"I guess gasoline and hot rods just run in my blood," Coyle said.

The first car he ever worked on was a 1968 Mercury Cougar. He and his dad rebuilt it together, and it became his first car when he turned 16.

"It made me appreciate it because I built it from nothing," he said.

Today, Cougars and Ford Mustangs still are his favorite cars to work on, he said. Currently he is busy putting the finishing touches on a Camaro.

Though he has worked with cars for a living for 25 years, this is his first venture as a business owner, and he said he is encouraged with the business.

His shop on First Street is adorned with scenes of cars painted by local muralist Nina Shroyer.

Coyle emphasized that it is important to do insurance work, as well as the fun custom jobs, to have a successful business.

Always looking to extend his service, he recently completed a Diamond paint certification class, which now allows him to work on recalled models that otherwise would have to go to a dealer.

Coyle moved to Craig from Washington six years ago. His wife Vicki helps him run his business, and his 20-year-old son recently entered the Army.

Once in the Army, Coyle said he is not too worried about his son, because he joined with a culinary arts program.

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