Schotts Auto Service in London, Kentucky was first opened in 1955 when Roy Schott returned from the Korean War. In 1964, Schott relocated his shop to 711 North Main Street, where it has been ever since.
“Man, I was the dumbest man in the U.S. Army,” said Roy Schott, 85, while talking about being drafted into the military, on Oct. 26, 2012. One year after being drafted SGT. Schott was put in charge of a motor pool in Korea.
Jim Schott changes the brakes on a customer’s car on October 25, 2012. Jim, Roy’s nephew, has been working at Schott’s Auto Service since high school, when he would take the bus straight to the shop after school and work until closing time.
Roy writes out a customer’s bill on October 25, 2012. Other than replacing one of his lifts and the addition of a computer, Roy’s shop is almost the same as it was in 1964.
Roy and Jim work side by side in the small two-car garage where they service vehicles Monday through Saturday, on October 26, 2012. Roy and his employees often disagree about how things should be done, but in the end it’s Roy’s way or the highway.
Jim fills out paper work on the business’ computer on October 25, 2012. As time passes the use of a computer becomes a bigger part of Schott’s Auto Service. Roy has a hard time using a computer so Jim is in-charge of any paper work that has to be done digitally.
Jim, and Virgil McWhorter, 48, starts to change the oil on a customer’s car on October 25, 2012.
Roy talks with a regular costumer early in the morning on Oct. 27, 2012. As Roy gets older his participation in the business starts to get smaller but he has no plan to retire. “What’s the use of retiring? Once a grease monkey, always a grease monkey.”