Jim started racing in 1958 with his B-Boys Dragster, and Betty began racing with him early in 1963.
From then on cars were our hobby and our livelihood. We started Jim Green's Speed Center in 1964 in Lake City then moved to Lynnwood where we were in business as Jim Green's Performance Center for 42 years.
We raced the Jiminy Cricket Special during the 1960s, and with Ray Hadford driving won the 1968 NHRA World Championship in Competition Eliminator.
In the '70s we raced the Green Elephant Funny Car, all across the US and Canada. It was one of the most popular funny cars of those years. The Green Elephant won the 1973 NHRA Funny Car World Championship with Frank Hall driving.
During the late '70s and early '80s Jim designed and built his one-of-a-kind '34 Ford street rod, The Phunny Phaeton. With a unique hydraulic tilt body, it hit the car show circuit, winning many prizes. Then it was driven many miles over the years. It is still a draw at car events and is one of the stars of Hot Rod Gallery.
Jim found his B-Boys Dragster and restored it. It is also one of the highlights of Hot Rod Gallery.
During the '80s and '90s truck and tractor pulling took the lead in the Greens' lives. We pulled on the Can-Am Pullers circuit and from Edmonton to San Francisco. The three motor tractor Shotgun, along with three other pullers Jim (and sometimes Betty) drove are also featured in Hot Rod Gallery.
In the 2000s drag racing again became our focus as we and Jim Crooke found and restored Jim Crooke's 1967 Assassin Top Fuel Dragster. We have cackled it and push-started it in shows from BC to Pomona CA and as far east as Bowling Green, KY. We show the Assassin at many car events and it is featured in Hot Rod Gallery.
Our son Jamie and daughter Laurie grew up at the Drag Races. Jamie is our tech support for the computers and the Internet. Laurie traveled with us and helped run the truck and tractor pullers. Now she and her daughter Nicky are fixtures at car events, helping work on the Assassin and other cars.
On January 2, 2010, we left Lynnwood and opened the doors of Jim Green's Performance Center in our large warehouse in Monroe. Jim built the museum to show our long-time collections of cars, memorabilia and antiques.
In June 2012 we opened Hot Rod Gallery Museum and Event Center, an all-purpose space for special events.