Carl Heideman
Carl Heideman
10/19/20 12:40 p.m.

[Editor's Note: This article originally appeared in the July 2009 issue of Classic Motorsports.]

By and large, racing is a team sport. Sure, you can roll up with an open trailer and a bag of tools, but at some point you’re likely to need some professional help—whether that’s with an engine rebuild, chassis setup or full arrive-and-drive treatment.

When the time comes to find a shop that will support you and your racing habit, there are a lot of factors to consider. Not only do you have to balance your needs, budget and schedule with theirs, but you must also find a shop with a mindset, skill set and location that works for you and your car. 

This isn’t like choosing a plumber—it’s unlikely that you’ll be able to flip open the Yellow Pages and find your ideal vintage prep shop. Knowing how to match the the right shop to your needs is half the battle.

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