Chris 'Munk' Braden

President, Head Chipmunk
248-681-8081
  • Hometown: Memphis, MI
  • How’d you get the nickname? “I’ve been a hyperactive guy since the 60’s and one of my friends once said ‘you run around this place like a damn chipmunk…I think I‘m just going to rename you Chipmunk’ and it stuck!”
  • What’s your dream car? “I have had the good fortune of having a fleet of dream cars which started in 1967 when I bought my first VW Bus (still have a number of them), then in 1968, my 1954 Beetle Karmann Kabriolet, in 1975 the Corvair Monza convertible, in 1981 the Scirocco (the Rock-1!) and so on… I am an incurable motorhead dreamer and there could never be just one.”
  • Married? Very happily, two adult kids.
  • What might most people not know about you? “That underneath this hard shell finish, I am a fun guy to party with.”

1966 Corvair Corsa

  • Hometown: Sterling Heights, MI
  • At Munk’s since: January 2012
  • How did Munk’s find Rick? An act of God (and Volkswagen parts)
  • Why Wrenching? When Rick found a broken lawnmower at age 10, he disassembled it to see how it works.
  • Certifications and specializations: Engine repair; Manual trans & axles; Front end and steering; Brakes & braking systems; Heating & A/C; Engine tune-up & performance, and Pre-1973 vehicles.
  • Favorite car owned: Porsche 944
  • Dream car: 911 with a whale tail
  • Other Hobbies: Painting, Art, Model cars, spending time with family.
  • What people don’t know about Rick: How nice he truly is.

Porsche 911 Whale tail

Joe Planck

Technician
248-681-8081
  • Hometown: Canton, MI
  • At Munk’s since: 2019
  • How Munk’s found Joe: I used to be a Porsche tech in Ann Arbor.
  • Dream car: Cadillac CTS-V wagon manual.
  • Future goals: Become ASE Master Technician.
  • Other Hobbies: Car audio, thrifting, shooting range, camping, traveling.
  • What most people don’t know about you: I’m a big fan of 50s & 60s mid-century design. You should see my apartment.

Cadillac CTS-V Wagon

Dan Sauve

A.S.E. Certified Technician
  • Home: Hamburg, MI
  • At Munk’s since: April 2011
  • Why Wrenching? Always into cars, grew up around Volkswagens
  • Certifications acquired: ASC, Bosch
  • Favorite car owned: Vintage Volkswagens
  • Dream car: ’65 Type III Karmann Ghia
  • Other Hobbies: Computers
  • What people don’t know about Dan: Plenty

Volkswagen Karmann Ghia Type 3

Merritt Scott Collins

Director of Communications
248-681-8081
  • Hometown: Royal Oak, MI
  • Munk’s start date: 2008
  • Why Munk’s? She married a gearhead and developed a German car habit.
  • Daily Driver? ’14 Subaru WRX Wagon.
  • Certifications? 20+ years experience in corporate communications management.
  • Dream cars? De Tomaso Pantera, ’68 Charger R/T, Noble M600.
  • Other hobbies? Road racing, fiber arts.
  • Interesting fact? She’s a two-time championship-winning road racer.

Merritt at the wheel of her #77 ITB 1979 Porsche 924