• Mike Finnegan is a self-taught fabricator, engine builder, and hot rod builder, as well as an actor and writer.
• He graduated with an Associate of Arts degree in Journalism from Orange County Community College in 2000.
• He is best known for writing “Hot Rod Garage” and “Roadkill”.
• Mike is married with two children and lives in Georgia.
• His net worth is estimated to be around $3 million.

Who is Mike Finnegan?

Mike Finnegan is a self-taught fabricator, engine builder, and hot rod builder. He is also a writer and actor, best known for writing “Hot Rod Garage” and “Roadkill”.

Mike Finnegan – Age, Early Life, Family, and Education Background

Mike was born under the Aquarius Zodiac sign on 27 January 1978 in the USA. He’s American by nationality and belongs to white ethnicity. Although he hasn’t shared the names and occupations of his parents, he has stated that they’ve been married for over 50 years. Mike has a brother and a sister, and they grew up together.

Regarding his education, Mike studied at Orange County Community College where in 2000 he graduated with an Associate of Arts degree in Journalism. His graduation marked the beginning of his journalism career.

Mike Finnegan Professional Career and Rise to Stardom

After graduating, Mike returned to California and began working for magazines. His first gig was with Trucking Magazine, and to seal the deal, Mike arrived at their offices in a mini truck that he’d built and modified himself. They figured that if he could build mini trucks, they could teach Mike how to write and even take photos.

From there, Mike moved from one magazine to another, and eventually Mike’s dream of getting a motoring magazine job came true, when David Freiburger hired him to work for Hot Rod magazine.

Mike has stated that his humble beginnings of “Roadkill” was out of pure luck and came at the right time – just after he started working at Hot Rod, he took a road trip with Freiburger, who filmed the whole thing, and the two edited it, spending the next few days sorting through the whole footage looking for the best bits, and then combining them to create their half-hour show, uploading it onto YouTube.

People loved it, and so they decided to make it a regular show. That’s how “Roadkill” came to be, and they never looked back. Producing this show is not the same as doing a normal television show – they spend three to seven days filming without any script without any clue of what will happen. Also, according to Mike, they rarely have a plan beforehand.

“Roadkill” involves extensive work and their labor of love has born fruit, as the show attracts millions of views within seven days of each upload.

People always ask for Mike’s whereabouts whenever the team is on a tour, as they would love to have his autograph. Mike moved from South California to Georgia with his whole family; although he knew that this move could cost him his job, Mike stated that it was a personal decision. Also, “Roadkill” has reached a level where it can be done remotely, and they found a way to compromise, leaving all the parties involved winners. The best part was that Mike was able to finally live where he always desired, and at the same time maintain his dream job of being a host.

When Mike was asked what his favorite episodes were, he stated that he has numerous favorites, but his top experience was driving the ’68 Charger “General Mayhem” that took place in Oregon at the DirtFish Rally School. According to him, he grew up during the “Dukes of Hazzard” TV series era, and therefore slinging a ’68 or ’69 Charger in the dirt would be a dream come true. Mike even has the desire of owning a ’69 Charger.

Mike launched his YouTube channel named Finnegan’s Garage on 12 January 2016, on which Mike stocks his garage videos, including what he does there, and offering tips to other car owners. He has over 420,000 subscribers, with his videos attracting 24 million views.

Mike Finnegan Personal Life, Marriage, and Children

When it comes to his personal life, Mike is a romantic man – he’s married, having tied the knot with his wife Jessa on 17 September 2005.

Mike Finnegan and his wife

They renewed their vows on the couple’s 11th wedding anniversary, in a gorgeous ceremony that was held on St. Simons Island where they had gone for a family vacation.

Mike’s sister is said to have officiated this ceremony, that was attended by their family members. On the other hand, Mike’s wife tends to stay away from the media limelight. Her background, and career details are not known by the media, as she has managed to keep such information private.

However, it’s known that she has been driving a ’69 Chevrolet El Camino. Back in January 2015, Mike decided to upgrade her car by buying her a Chevrolet LS-based engine as a show of his love for her.

The couple has been blessed with two sons. On 2 April 2018, while Mike was wishing his fans a happy Easter, he posted a photo of his lovely sons on his Instagram page. Mike lives in Georgia with his family, where they have put up their own home.

Mike Finnegan Net Worth

Mike has several streams of income that have helped him accumulate his wealth. He gets his income from hosting which he has been doing since 2000, from Hot Rod Magazine, The Enthusiast Network’s Publication, from editing articles, writing, and photography, for several automobile magazines including Dragboat, Trukin’ Mag, and Mini Truckin. He also earns from his YouTube channel since 2016. From all these sources, reputable sources estimate Mike Finnegan’s net worth to be close to $3 million.

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  1. Some information in this article is incorrect. The DirtFish Rally Driving School is NOT in Oregon, it is in Washington State. In the city of Snoqualmie to be exact. I was born and raised in Seattle and have lived 52 and a half of my 53 years here.

    Please edit accordingly,thank you.

  2. Other incorrect information in this article is that Mike Finnegan was NOT born in the early 80’s, he was born in 1978.

    I’m not sure who the “writer” of this article is, but between the incorrect information about Finnegan’s birth year and the fact that DirtFish is NOT located in Oregon (it’s located in Snoqualmie, Washington State), you’d think you’d want to have the correct information about a person on their bio before you publish it.

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