Beating the Heat: Mechanics in Kilts


An Irish jig - background music for working on cars at O'Brien Automotive. There's even a shamrock in the company logo.

Lot's of Irish here, and uh what the? Yup, kilts are Irish, too.

"This is physically cooler than shorts," says David O'Brien.

Reason enough then. About four years ago O'Brien decided he'd worked his last day in the summer heat in long pants.

"Get up in the morning, go to Quik Trip, take my daughter to school."

All of it wearing a kilt. O'Brien says he gets a pretty good share of giggles and strange looks, but...

"This is the manliest man-wear you can wear."

And I guess if you think about it, it's hard to argue.

David says wearing a kilt working on and under cars requires a certain kilt etiquette.

"Keep your knees down and your feet crossed. Then everybody's happy and safe.":

You also need to be mindful of leather car seats in 100 degree weather.

"Blister your backside."

David's not the only kilt wearer. David Denney, whose nickname is Dinkum, has come along too, but not Ryan Henry. His legs apparently are his own business.

"I've never worked in shorts," Henry says. "It's just odd to me."

But for O'Brien and Dinkum, its kilts all day every day from May to October.

"Now I get the female skirt thing," O'Brien says. "It's way cooler than shorts."

In so many ways.

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