Turning dreams into a reality

Jackson Celosky transforms his dream car

By Rayne Zilch

Not only does senior Jackson Celosky have a passion for hockey, but he also spends a lot of his time working and learning about cars.
“I was around 8 years old when I started getting into cars because I helped my grandpa with his 67 Stingray Corvette and he taught me a lot,” Celosky said.

“We started off by fixing up and remodeling the interior and next was the engine, which needed a new transmission.”

His grandpa Joe also had a significant love for cars so he was able to grow up with a great teacher.

Celosky has also taught himself a great deal about the subject by involving himself in car atmospheres with other people who have a lot of knowledge.

“I worked at Huntley Collision Center for about 3 months. My responsibilities included cleaning the shop, washing the cars, and also helping as much as I can on the actual shop work of vehicles. I was only able to do simple stuff like fixing up bumpers, headlights, and sanding because I am not 18 yet.”

Celosky has started saving money from his work in order to start making his dreams involving cars a reality.

“Currently I drive a 2009 Toyota Camry, but in a few months, I am going to buy a 2015 Subaru WRX. The Subaru has a 4-cylinder boxer turbo engine,” Celosky said.

The benefits of having a 4-cylinder are being more fuel-efficient, producing smaller emissions, resulting in more power, especially at higher RPMs, and more horsepower than larger engines.

“I have a lot of plans to modify the Subaru like full bolt-ons which includes j-pipe, cat-back exhaust, intake, air-oil separator, and a front mount intercooler,” Celosky said.

He is a part of the Engineering Academy here at Huntley High School, which will help him later pursue his career involving cars. Celosky hopes to continue growing his love of cars and ensure they are a priority in his life.