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Old 02-09-2005, 04:06 PM
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Man I miss the race shop!!!

I am just wondering if anyone else here ever was able to work in a race shop..One of the local fellows here had a big building and rented spaces to people to bring in their cars to work on..

We had just about any kind of car one could imagine..from rails to formula cars..some show type led sleds came in..street rods..Only rule is that the car had to be a modifed car or competiton car of some kind..

I do truly miss those days..the bench racing stories..the people who came thru..and the opportunity to learn about various kinds of cars and such..

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Old 02-09-2005, 05:25 PM
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we had that set up in the navy. forget what it was called. i thought if a civilian did it it would make alotta money. have to keep track of the tools they loaned out tho. guess your place didn't bother with that tho, just rented the space?
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What was going on

The guy who owned the building was a car guy and had a coupleof really cool 30's cars tucked away in the back..And the second draw was the guy who ran the shop was a racer from way back and a very good Chassis, brake and suspension guy..As well as being a good fabricatior..

There was a wire feeder welder. and some basic machine tools..The guys that rented space brought in their own hand tools and such..

Worked fairly well until people got tired and retired and went their own way..Building is still there but is now gentrified..have not been down there in a long time..

Might work again for someone somwhere..dunno if that would make alot of money tho..I seem to remember evreyone scratching together some cash to make the next event and eating alot of top ramen to go racing..

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OMT, that kind of set up is like going to Graduate School but something you look forward to!!! Lots of fun learning going on.

Bull, the Air Force called it a Hobby Shop!!


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I've worked in a few. Barber Dodge was cool b/c we had Viper pace cars. The best was JRP for Alf Gebhart. Many cool cars, mostly BMW street race cars to a BMW GTP formula car. One was a one off, hand built 1961 Ferarri Convertable witha v-12 and six 2 bbl carbs. man, that was a cool car.
Another time one of Alfs old customers brought his Testerossa to the shop b/c the brakes were making a "strange sound". I lived at the race track/ shop and took a look later that night. There was a piece of gravel stuck in the caliper...oh keys in the ignition, I had keys to the car and shop and front gate. Man, that was one of my biggest tests ever. I sat in the car for a while , hands on the ignition but did not go for a joy ride as I so badly wanted.
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Its called the auto hobby shop bullheimer
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I was suprized about this post because im toying with the idea of opening a business with bays and lifts .
rent a bay out by the hour etc.
talking with a lawyer now about insurance ins and outs.
I found a place with 13 bays and 4 lifts.
2 spray booths too!
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talking with a lawyer now about insurance ins and outs.
I found a place with 13 bays and 4 lifts.
Yea, you could call it the "Bakers Dozen and a Quad"!
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Actually if I were to be involved in anything like this again I would want a more stable client base..rent the stalls on a month to month basis as some projects take a long time..Some guys just kept their cars there and would come in and get them for a race or meet somewhere..Or having a place to work and not have to work around stuff at home..

A big part of the draw was that all the people who were in the shop were carguys and felt that their stuff was respected..The general public did not come in to the shop..And the coffee pot was always on if guys just wanted to come down and bench race..

Just find a big ole warehouse somewhere is what I would do..

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