Our Team

When you arrive at Autobahn Automotive, you will be greeted by Kristen, Amanda, or Dave and given as much time as you need to discuss the issues you are having with your German import. We invite you to relax in our waiting room and enjoy the amenities. We offer complementary gourmet coffee, water, soda, WiFi, TV, and magazines. Across the street is the Sea Girt Mall Shopping Center with Dunkin Donuts, Pizza, a Japanese restaurant, and much more.

The team at Autobahn is just that…. a team. Our mission is to create an uplifting experience by balancing quality, trust, and convenience. We work in unison to achieve this common goal. We go to extended lengths to make sure that your car is fixed correctly the first time and without complications. The shop is always neat and tidy. You will leave here without grease all over the inside & outside of your car. You will be treated as if we are friends. Check out our reviews and you’ll know that you brought your car to the right place.

Dave McClung (The Guru)

Dave McClung (The Guru)

Owner & Master Diagnostician

Dave is a graduate of Wall High School and began his career in 1995 while attending Brookdale Community College’s Automotive Technology Program. He invested every free moment into learning newer automotive technology and attending independent training classes to become an Advanced Master Technician. He is a TDI (diesel) specialist and has performed multiple newer Volkswagen drivetrain swaps into non-German cars. He holds the (L1 & L3), (A1-A9) Advanced ASE Master Automobile Technician and Hybrid Automobile Certifications and is the “go-to” guy for all diagnostic troubleshooting.

Dave purchased Autobahn Automotive in 2002 and has been the driving force behind the shop’s high standards of automotive repair, customer service, and code of ethics. He has worked in many shops where unqualified technicians are “learning” on jobs they simply aren’t qualified to perform. Dave is an avid cuboid-puzzle enthusiast. He also enjoys playing bass guitar, working on Pontiac Fieros (a cult car from the 1980’s), trying new craft beers, and spending time with his family.

Kristen LaCour

Kristen LaCour

Service Advisor/Social Media Manager

Kristen is the initial point of contact at Autobahn Automotive, her cheerful attitude is matched by her great attention to detail. Kristen brings non-automotive experience to Autobahn Automotive, fostering an approachable and friendly experience with clients and vendors, turning them into lasting relationships.

Born, raised, and currently residing in Point Pleasant, Kristen attended Rutgers University and graduated with a degree in Psychology. Her spare time is devoted to watching & playing soccer, enjoying the beach, and rooting on the New York Jets and New Jersey Devils.

Amanda Johnson

Amanda Johnson

Service Advisor

Since 2005, Amanda has been working in the automotive industry, specifically in various dealerships.
In her years of experience at the dealership, she was never quite pleased with the overall environment and ventured into other departments of the dealership to find her ideal fit.

Starting in accounting, moving into shop dispatching and warranty, and finally into service advising. For a while she was even multi-departmental, doing one set of duties in the morning and another in the afternoon. No matter what the job or task, she was always willing to do it without question and selflessly; even if she was already busy, she’d always step in and help. However, her perpetual disappointment in dealerships brought her to us. Now she enjoys sharing her knowledge and experience with us, and extending proper care and attention to our clientele.

She enjoys spending her free time with her high school sweetheart, now husband, doing… Yup, you guessed it; car stuff! From rebuilding/restoring their project cars and trucks, to working on and using their antique lawn tractor, to working on and off-roading their 4WD (almost buggy) truck. Night time is spent with their reptiles. Izzy and Spyro (the bearded dragons), Jimmy and Cecil (the turtles). There is never a dull moment in the world of Amanda!

Ryan Vens (The Canadian)

Ryan Vens (The Canadian)

Master Technician & Shop Foreman

Ryan is an ASE Master Technician that has been with Autobahn since 2010. He received an Associate Degree in Automotive Technology from Raritan Valley Community College, with a Golden Wrench Award (top of his class). He never applied for the job at Autobahn. Dave saw his custom fabrication work and sought him out. After talking, Dave offered him a position, and Ryan relocated to the Jersey Shore.

Ryan used to race his Porsche in the 944 Cup with the Porsche Club of America. He also worked in the pit crew for the SCCA. Ryan married his longtime girlfriend in 2019, and they live together with their dog, Gus. He spends most of his free time boating and doing other water activities.

Ryan Bittel

Ryan Bittel

Master Technician

Ryan is an ASE certified master tech who started his interest in cars at the age of 12 when his father bought a new Camaro.

His love for racing led him into working cars, dirt bikes and jet skis even before he held a driver’s license.
A lifelong resident of the Jersey shore he attended Brick Township high school and started his automotive career right after graduating in 1997.

He quickly earned his Master Technician certification along with his L1 Advanced Engine Performance Specialist, L2 Electronic Diesel Engine Diagnosis Specialist, L3 Light Duty Hybrid/ Electric Vehicle Specialist and A1 through A9 Certifications.

Ryan is an avid fisherman and hunter. He spends much of his free time offshore fighting big game, or sitting perched in a tree stand after that next big buck.

He competes and builds vehicles for the NMCA True Street series and is part of the crew of one of the fastest street legal cars on the road.

Danny Ryder

Danny Ryder

Master Technician

Danny is an ASE Certified Master Technician that joined our team in June 2020. At an early age Danny took apart stereos, VCR’s, and anything electronic; intrigued by what made things work. This eventually carried over to bicycles, mopeds, and later automobiles.

Danny attended the Monmouth County Vocational school for Automotive Technology and graduated from Raritan High School, Hazlet in 1993. He began his Automotive journey immediately following his graduation as an Automotive Technician, Foreman/Manager, and eventual Shop Owner. He spends multiple hours annually attending automotive training classes, both virtually and in person to better hone his skills and keep abreast of industry changes.

Danny spent time as a Technical Editor for Super Chevy Magazine, and a consultant for a tech company involved in creating predictive analytics for automotive telematics technology.

Danny married his High School sweetheart and had three children, all of which now attend his alma mater Raritan High School in Hazlet. He has been coaching his twin boys travel soccer team since they were eight years old and is also a US Youth Soccer Certified Referee.

In his spare time Danny enjoys a good Belgium white beer, homemade wine, and watching the Yankees, Giants, Knicks and Manchester United soccer team; however, nothing can replace the joy of watching his sons play soccer and his daughter dance.

Charlie Farrell

Charlie Farrell

Automotive Technician

Charlie joined our team in February of 2019 as an Automotive Technician. He is a graduate of Pennsylvania College of Technology where he earned an Associate Degree in Automotive Repair as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Automotive Management. His interest in transportation and mechanics started at a young age. According to his parents, Charlie was mesmerized by garbage trucks, bicycles, cars, and anything on wheels that he saw in the neighborhood. When the day finally came for him to choose a tricycle, his parents said he had no interest in it and chose a red bicycle with no training wheels instead.

Charlie is highly motivated and is involved in numerous aspects of our facility. He performs diagnostic testing and completes the indicated repairs with great attention to detail. His dynamic workflow also includes organizing tools and parts, ensuring inventory is fully stocked, and completing the necessary documentation for work orders. Charlie is always looking for ways to increase Autobahn’s efficiency and profitability.

Charlie grew up in Wall Township. He is involved in extreme sports and fixing many items at home. His favorite hobbies are surfing, snowboarding, and spending time at the racetrack drifting.

Arvene Yeager

Arvene Yeager

Automotive Technician

Arvene joined our team in March 2020 as an Automotive Technician. He grew up in Ortley Beach, New Jersey, and attended Toms River High School East. After graduating high school in 2014, he went on to attend the automotive program at Brookdale Community College. He is an ASE Certified Technician and is aiming to become a Certified ASE Master Technician.

His favorite type of vehicle to own and work on are German. In Arvene’s free time, he likes to visit new areas with bars and restaurants. Always wanting to find good food, drinks, and craft beer. He is a very avid surfer and always wants to be on the beach.

Miles Myers

Miles Myers

General Service Technician

Miles joined Autobahn in February 2020 after previously working at a dealership as a technician. Since joining Autobahn, he is now working on obtaining his first ASE certification.

Miles moved to Ocean Grove in 2002 and has lived at the Jersey Shore since. In 2012 Miles graduated from Neptune High School and has been working in the Wall, NJ area for 7 years. He currently resides in Belmar with his wife.

Outside of work, Miles enjoys cooking, watching sports, and spending time with family. Some of his other interests include simulation racing games, and his favorite cars are European and Japanese.

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