Honest Mike Goodman Retires

If there is anyone who embodies the lifestyle, character and legacy of Honest Charley Card, it is Mike Goodman. This man has been a hot rodder all his life, and he makes friends with everyone he meets. It’s astonishing to see him at a show, and realize that he knows almost everyone that walks up. And the new folks that walk up are instantly Mike’s best friend. Mike always answers his phone, and he’s always willing to help with product support or with personal experience. He is the epitome of customer service. Through the years, Mike Goodman has worked his way up through the ranks at Honest Charley Speed Shop, and he eventually partnered with Corky Coker to buy the assets of the company around 15 years ago. From there, Mike has spent his time traveling to shows, answering the phone and greeting customers as they walk in the Chattanooga, Tennessee speed shop. After all these years, Mike is ready to retire and spend some time with his wife Connie, and also spend some time wrenching on his own projects. He has quite the collection of old Fords and parts, so he has plenty to keep him busy. We wish Mike well, and hope he stops by the shop to buy parts for his projects. We think we can figure out a way to get him a discount. Check out the pictures from Mike’s retirement party, held at the Coker Tire Museum.



  1. Randy Treadway on December 2, 2015 at 7:35 pm

    Congrats Honest Mike; Truly a great guy Love talking to him at the shows. We showed up at the store one day and He treated Us like we were Royalty. Thanks for the memories Honest Mike You will be missed but Have Fun!!!! Youare truly a Great Friend of the Old Car Hobby!!!

  2. julian pappas on December 4, 2015 at 11:04 pm

    great hope u comby to see north Atlanta friends. and wewr your bowler hat congradulations

  3. Tom Brennan on December 15, 2015 at 6:00 pm

    Congrats Mike,
    You are by far the best sales person I have met in this car world and my business, a pleasure to do business with every time,
    My best to you and yours,

    Tom Brennan

  4. Steve Baker on December 15, 2015 at 6:09 pm

    Always Smiling and Chatting with His customers While at The Shows..Hope You Enjoy Your Retirement Mike !!

  5. Dickie Burke on December 16, 2015 at 9:11 am

    Mike: Happy retirement from Virginia Beach. Go to L A with Tom and me in June!!!! Thanks for your service. Dickie

  6. Glenn Hargrove on December 16, 2015 at 11:03 am

    Congrats Mike.
    My wife Ginny and I were in Chattanooga about 3 years ago. I said I have to go by Honest Charley Speed Shop since it was the place I bought my Hurst motor mounts and Wilcap adapter to put a 265 Chevy in my 40 Ford back in 1963. Mike greated us and what a good time. I felt like he was an old friend from 1963. We left with a couple of tee shirts and some great memories. He treated my wife like a Southern Gentleman treats a lady like her. She also enjoyed the visit. Thank Mike. Enjoy your retirement.

  7. Aaron Holland on February 11, 2016 at 1:13 pm

    I had the pleasure of working with Mike at the original Honest Charley. Mike was a great co-worker and always there to help you with anything you needed. Congratulations and let me know when you are in FL.

  8. Scott Marshall on November 20, 2017 at 6:09 pm

    So sorry I missed this event Mike! You truly were my most favorite boss to ever work for, and you inspired me to do and create so much in my own personal life. I hope you continue to thrive in any endeavor you tackle. Best wishes!

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