Mechanic from Mechanicville Tired of Mechanic Jokes

By Quack Davis

Published May 14th, 2017

Rory Sponk of Mechanicville.

MECHANICVILLE — Rory Sponk says he became a mechanic to fix car engines, not be the butt of jokes.

"I get it. I'm a mechanic and I live in Mechanicville. Hilarious. Now, can I get back to work?” asked the 34-year-old grease monkey, who said he’s “fed up” with the endless jabs and wisecracks.

Though Sponk insists he has a “great” sense of humor, the married father of two said he takes his profession quite seriously.

"Mechanicville is a great town and being a mechanic is a great honor,” he said. “If that makes you laugh, well it says more about you than it does me."

Mitch Donkey, a friend of Sponk’s since middle school and a co-worker at Bronco’s Garage, said his pal has always been “a tad sensitive.”

"You don't want to tell him a mechanic joke. It gets him all revved up." Donkey said, ensuring his voice was loud enough for Sponk to hear. "Now as for me? Well, you can make all the mechanic jokes to me you want. I'm not a sensitive little pussy like Rory."

Sponk grew increasingly agitated during a Smudge reporter’s line of questioning, including an inquiry as to whether he liked actor Vin Diesel because his name includes the word, ‘diesel.’ 

"Yes, as a matter of fact I do like Vin Diesel," Sponk said defensively. "What, does that make me some kind of freak?"

When asked whether he had ever seen the movie Grease, or the band Mike and the Mechanics in concert, Sponk grew even more agitated and replied:

"Look, guy, I know what you are trying to do with these leading questions. I understand you have a job to do and I respect real journalism like Popular Mechanics. But I just don't think you have a story here.”

Then, as he wiped the grease off his socket wrench with a dirty rag, he said:

“Now, if you need our tires rotated or you want your coolant flushed, well, that’s something else entirely. Otherwise, scram."


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