Stan Johnson looks at his Silver Bullet dragster,
which he sold several decades ago, but was able to piece
together again from parts he discovered in Canada.
- Stan Johnson is the definition of cool with his hands in his
jean pockets and a swagger as he walks about his Brookfield
office. There are multiple vehicles, each with history caked into
the crevices of the tires. His love of cars wasn’t passed on to
him from his parents.
just had this interest building model cars and fullsize real
cars,” Johnson said.
started drag racing out of high school and he continues
doing it to this day. His interest in cars has led him on
the road to engineering. He knew he wasn’t going to make a
living “playing with cars” which he joked pays poorly.
As an industrial engineer, he owned a 40-year business
designing and manufacturing parts, which he said is his
greatest achievement. Some of his clients included
Coca-Cola, Briggs & Stratton Corporation and
Harley-Davidson. While semiretired, he maintains his cars,
but also works as a forensics expert for law firms.
trail of photos and artifacts
another room are pictures of Johnson and his two sons. Also
on the wall is a picture with Alan Kulwicki, an American
NASCAR Winston Cup Series race car driver. Johnson said
Kulwicki was a dear friend.
black-and-white 1930 photo of an attractive woman sitting on
a 1930 motorcycle also hangs nearby. Behind her is the
headquarters of Harley-Davidson in Milwaukee. The stairway
still exists in the building. It is a picture Johnson found
in his mother’s belongings.
mom knew I liked cars and later on she told me she was a
secretary of Harley-Davidson,” Johnson said. He started
laughing over the fact that his mom didn’t tell him about
her job. Also frozen in pictures are Jay Leno and former
British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, one of his heroes.
was the most respected and positive country leader, she was
always right,” he said.
also has autographs from race car driver Danica Patrick and
1965 Johnson, his brother and a good friend built a car
called “Silver Bullet.” In 1969 he sold it to someone
from Canada and started his business. Decades later a friend
happened to stumble across a part of the car on the
internet, leading Johnson to begin the journey of building
the car for a second time.
real determination I built the car all over again,”
three years he had 70 percent of Silver Bullet.
“reloaded” Silver Bullet was built exactly how it was in
the 60s — from scratch and with only a few purchased
car was completed in 2014 and has been amazing car show
enthusiasts around the country with the 400 horsepower
created by its 1966 Dodge 273 engine.
love visiting the car, especially Cub Scouts who
visit his office to find inspiration for their pinewood
he is thrilled kids are taking an active role in the future
of classic vehicles and custom made cars, he is not ready to
close the hood just yet.
can’t do anything about getting old, but you can control
maturity,” Johnson said.
remembers his mom asking when he will grow up and someone
telling him to act his age. The successful businessman and
engineer smiles with a twinkle in his eyes. “No, that is
not an option,” he said.