Brian Campbell being honored at The Car Wash Show (Photo: Screenshot/ICA)

Brian Campbell being honored at The Car Wash Show (Photo: Screenshot/ICA)

It’s easy to understand why every pop star and movie franchise or sports team might have a number one fan. But to consider that certain industries, let alone the car wash industry, might have an individual who consumes news on the subject with the same vigor teenage girls might follow the star-studded career of their favorite movie actor, seems a bit fantastic.

The fascination for 33-year-old Brian Campbell has nothing to do with pop culture. It has everything to do with how the industry helped him overcome major obstacles in his life despite daunting odds, according to a story by Professional Carwashing & Detailing. Diagnosed as an infant with Williams Syndrome, doctors told Campbell’s parents to turn him over to an institution and move on with their lives. He would never learn to read or write and would face serious medical complications his entire life, they said.

But his parents stood by him, and with the help of a special education teacher, Campbell learned to read by pouring over car wash magazines. Something about the machines and pictures fascinated him. Now, more then 30 years after doctors told his parents to fear the worst, Campbell is still a huge fan of the car wash industry and credits his ability to read to the publications on the topic. He recently attended a car wash expo in Arlington, Texas, where many knew him by name.

“This relationship has given purpose in Brian’s life and we could not be more grateful,” his mother Valerie Campbell said. “All I can say is ‘thank you’ to everyone.”