Brandin grew up around cars. Both of his grandfathers owned shops where they would build and customize different types of show and race cars. Brandin began helping them at a young age, building and working on whatever his grandpas would let him. When he was able to get his own car in high school his love of racing and performance really took off. He was always helping various friends with their car projects until he joined the Army. He made friends in the Army that taught him that it takes more than basic bolt-on parts to make a car truly fast. The Army is also where he learned more about and developed a love for rally and rallycross. Brandin now enjoys working around many different race cars and takes any opportunity to get behind the wheel and throw some gravel.