Blind auto mechanic Bart Hickey – Click above to watch the video after the jump

The world is full of enigmas. How else would you explain a composer like Ludwig van Beethoven, who continued to compose and perform even after he went deaf? Chances are you've heard of Beethoven, but you probably haven't heard of Bart Hickey.

Bart, tragically, is blind. Which sadly enough means he can't do a wide variety of things we all take for granted. Like driving, for example. But he probably knows his way around a car better than most. That's because Bart is a mechanic, and runs his own garage in Alsip, Illinois. Not the service department of a Mercedes-Benz dealership, but that didn't deter the German automaker from sending a film crew down to the Chicago suburb for a brief video profile, which you can watch after the jump. Then wonder out loud why, if Bart can do all he does, most of the rest of the population doesn't know to change their own spark plugs.



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      vvk
      • 3 Years Ago
      They should show this video to stem cell researchers. It would motivate the hell out of them.
      mix35
      • 3 Years Ago
      Great Video and to a certain degree insiprational. What is also great is that even though it is from Mercedes-Benz they showed alot of American Hot Rod Iron. Thanks Preri D for identifying the Fisker. I saw it briefly and was wondering what that was. Figured I should have stopped or rewind the video (duh) lol
      ottoingineer
      • 3 Years Ago
      There are some times when I seem to do better finding/loosening a nut or bolt by "braille" than trying to see what I am doing. Bart is in that zone all the time. Impressive, especially his using technology to determine electrical issues. I have worked with some guys that do not seem to know what is going on with their tools and fasteners, they do not have the "touch" - Bart obviously does, and his lucky customers know it, trust it, and keep coming back.
      PeriD
      • 3 Years Ago
      wow. that was really cool. i'm not the only one who noticed the Fisker in the rain in the parking lot though, right?
      Samuel James
      • 3 Years Ago
      I use to deliver parts and talk with him on the phone all the time! i was his gm v6 guy! great story and hopefully it helps Bart out his shop needed this kick!
      emperor koku
      • 3 Years Ago
      Huh, doesn't seem tragic to me.
      Splicer436
      • 3 Years Ago
      That is one beautiful W123 Coupe.....
      David
      • 3 Years Ago
      Definietly NOT a Fisker. From just about the same exact angle: http://www.barrettmotorcars.com/images/headlines/271/fisker-karma_front.jpeg Look at the headlights, the gaping grill, and the slope of the entire hood
        sloturbo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @David
        It's a 2006 Fisker Tramonto http://www.autoviva.com/version.php?id=6403&sec=photos&photo_id=22278
          David
          • 3 Years Ago
          @sloturbo
          You are definitely correct, PeriD. Right after I said that I though that it might have been one of the early, more Aston-Martin looking prototypes. But, then I figured it couldn't be logical to have one of the original Fiskers in the middle of Illinois at a small auto shop. Weird
          PeriD
          • 3 Years Ago
          @sloturbo
          Yup. That would be the karma david- which would be weird to see in any parking lot yet, haha.
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      Trippy64
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wait. Clean our spark plugs. We're supposed to do that? I just trade my car in before it gets that bad...
        Dapper_Otter
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Trippy64
        If your spark plugs need cleaning before they're due for replacement then you've got bigger problems in your engine.
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