Joe “Sparky” Bullock
Sparky’s Hot Rod Garage is as unique and exciting as its designer and owner, Joe “Sparky” Bullock. Sparky’s success in business is only surpassed by his success in enjoying his life to the fullest. Not only is he passionate about Hot Rods and participating and displaying his cars throughout California car shows, but he’s also an avid wild game and duck hunter, as well as a storied fisherman.
During his teen years, Sparky could be found cruising drive-in’s downtown. He has been a proficient driver since he bought his first car, a 1940 coupe at the age of 12, and sharpened his skills on the family property. Sparky’s love of machinery was a must for a young hot rod enthusiasts who enjoyed modifying cars. Since then, he has accumulated a collection of over 20 custom built hot rods and street rods, not including a couple of race cars and bikes.
Sparky grew his collection well beyond the capacity of his previous garage so when he moved his company headquarters to San Carlos, he created a special place to house his collection, now known as Sparky’s Hot Rod Garage. It’s a museum like environment, complete with period artifacts, including a gas station, 50’s type diner, juke box, and vintage coke machines. Even if you spend a few hours in Sparky’s garage, you may still not have enough time to take in everything.
Although his collection and garage are private, Sparky hosts numerous parties for friends and charitable events. He began his annual summer fundraiser with his Rodder’s Bar-B-Que several years ago, which has now benefited a diverse number of non-profit organizations. It began with a couple hundred guests and has since grown to a couple thousand in recent years.