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Jammie Wells is in love with engines. When you go in his shop you can tell how much he loves them and cares about the racers who place their trust in him.



Machine Shop Love Affair 


Jammie Wells      WCH Engines

BY  April Smith

I’m actually happy to say it took me a few months to finally get an interview with the owner of WCH Engines.  Being so busy means the business is booming! 

Lots of work to be done!

I found out quickly that Jammie Wells loves sharing his memories of his very full life.  He is a hard-working guy, a devoted family man, and a general lover of life.  Family and work, being his top priorities, fill most of his time, but he squeezes in some time on occasion, to satisfy the need for the speeding, growling, beautiful machines flying by him while he sits in the stands of his local track.  I'm grateful Jammie allowed me some of his time so that I could get to know him a little.  And, while talking with him, I learned quite a bit about respect and dedication.     

Working with cars seems to be written in the stars for Jammie.  He did not need to mess around with parts in the junk yard or take auto-shop in high school to learn about cars.   “As a kid, I had my Dad,” who worked in automotive his entire life.  There was actually not even a busboy job or newspaper route in his background.   Jammie went straight from school to the auto industry. 

In 1989 Jammie's Dad sold all his automotive businesses and moved to Midlothian with the hopes of retiring early.  He built one little putting green in his front yard.  Then, that one little hole eventually turned into a vast 18.  So, next door to Jammie's machine shop is his Dad's beautiful, public golf course.  Jammie also gets to spend time with his Dad at his place in Freeport, Tx, (15-20 miles South of Galveston), where they go fishing every now and then.  What do they catch?  Tuna and White-tip Shark.   

Jammie also had a mentor who additionally encouraged him to fuel his fire for cars.    Wayne “Moose” Wallace was a seasoned metal worker who owned Texas Cylinder Heads in Cedar Park.  Everything he did was for the local dirt racers.  Just next door was a little automotive shop where a teen-aged Jammie Wells worked.   Jammie would meander over to Moose's place during breaks or after work.  “He taught me the tricks of the trade,” Jammie said, with warmth in his voice.  Jammie believes, “if it wasn't for him, I wouldn't know what I know.”   Wayne was a former flagman at the Drag Strip at Cedar Hill in the late 50s, early 60s. But now that strip is a regular road rolling with civilian drivers. 


Now Jammie has his own shop. One of the WCH team members worked at South West Racing.  When that business was closing, Jammie had the luck to run into him and bring him on board 7 years ago when he started his own company.  Now the team is made up of four people. WCH Engines does “everything right here in the house” to build beautiful engines.

  The guys he works with have the same frame of mind about cars: “That's all they've done and that's all they want to do.”  Their love for cars really paid off when the Kennedale Street Stock Division was won in March of 2011.  Recently, WCH renovated their space and added a new machine shop portion.   



Although last season he didn’t go to the races as much as he’d have liked to, racing is still a very big part of his life.  He’s helped a lot of racers over the years.  Last year he got his first race car.  He would buy someone's car at the end of a season, fix it up a bit, and sell it.  In 2010 he built a car from scratch.  BBD Racing built the chassis and Jammie did the rest.  He raced it a couple of times and sold it.

That would be John Herring's # $100 car that can frequently be seen racing at Kennedale. 

Jammie maybe not be a driver, but he does seem to have the same frame of mind as one.  When asked what he does during the winter his response was, “Get ready for the summer.”

Ready to go engines and heads. 

At home, Jammie has two daughters in cheerleading, two teen-aged boys dying to race, and a busy, dedicated wife named Crystal who coaches cheerleading and swimming for the Special Olympics.  (Crystal has thought about trying racing)  His boys are invested in Motorcross right now, just like Jammie did when he was a teen.  Yet, there is a good chance Hobby Stock racing could be in their future.  The Wells are also pretty big fans of travelling.  They have been all over, but really want to visit Florida.  One place Jammie cannot believe he has never been is Boone, IA.     

A few fun facts about Jammie:  His favorite racing movie is Greased Lightning from 1977.   His favorite track is Cowtown.  His favorite facilities are at Kennedale Raceway Park because everyone knows the ladies have to be comfortable.  Favorite food is seafood.  And for a bonus Wells Family point of interest: there is a Texas/ OU conflict in their household.    


It seems like most people spend a lot of their adult lives asking “what if?” – lambasting over the long-shot dreams unaccomplished.  The racing industry, however, doesn’t seem to have a lot of people like that.  You can really find beautiful peace of mind in knowing you are doing what you want to do and you have all you need.  That’s Jammie Wells.  “I really can't see myself doing anything else. I see myself being like Wayne Wallace...being old and dying doing what I like.”








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