Do you own a high performance car thats not performing to the best of its ability? Are you prepping your Porsche for a few laps on a racetrack? Do you have a vintage 1950s-era Mercedes in need of an oil change, or of a full restoration? If the answer to any of those questions is a resounding yes, then take a spin over to SpeedSport in Danbury, Conn., a specialty automotive servicing facility.
We are a smart alternative to going to a dealership for service, says owner Spencer Cox, who started the family-owned business in the 1980s. Cox began learning the fundamentals of mechanics as a kid, on his fathers 1964 Porsche. He and his partner Emerson Noto manage all things Porsche at the 15,000 square-foot, high-tech shop. A third partner, Robin Roemisch, handles all street service and performance work for Audis , Volkswagens and BMWs .
According to Roemish, clients and devotees of SpeedSport drive from all over the Northeast. SpeedSport is renowned among drivers for its skills in setting up high-performance vehicles for the track, which, in itself is an art, says Roemish. We pride ourselves on the ability to turn our customers dreams of racing into a great experience at the favorite track, he says.
But for Porsche and top-tier German car enthusiasts who drive on the road only, Speedsports role is invaluable: Some dealers are pretty clueless about setting up a performance vehicle, even if theyve sold it.
Cox and Roemish have both done their share of time on the track. I was always a gearhead, says Roemish. I got a go-kart when I was a young kid and was immediately hooked. He became involved with racing after college, when he worked for a team that raced Porsche 911s in th e Grand-Am Koni Challenge series. But Roemish says all the guys who work at SpeedSport have some kind of motorsports background. They all have the mindset, he says, to win on the track on Sunday and then run a successful street service business on Monday.
Racing is exciting, but the life of being on the road 20 weekends per year really starts to wear on you, says Roemish. SpeedSport is his compromise. I can put my knowledge to work on a daily basis without trying to seek sponsorships to pay for all the travel.
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