Hotchkis Performance East opens to a crowd of excited enthusiasts in Mooresville, North Carolina.
Hotchkis Sport Suspension has just opened up our brand new facility in Mooresville, NC, the epicenter of motorsports engineering in the USA and home to dozens of NASCAR and NHRA teams. Joining the ranks of such fabled shops as Stewart-Haas Racing, Joe Gibbs Racing, and Chip Ganassi Racing, we officially open the doors to Hotchkis Performance East on Saturday, August 3rd, 2013, with an open house, cruise-in, and ribbon cutting ceremony. This new facility brought together local automotive enthusiasts from all over the Mooresville and Charlotte areas to celebrate Hotchkis’ arrival to the east coast.
Cars began arriving at the shop a little before noon on Saturday, starting with a trio of tricked out muscle cars from local wheel and tire shop Rimz One. As more cars starting arriving it was evident that the Mooresville area’s love for all things automotive was definitely an eclectic one. One after another the cars rolled in, varying from a Hotchkis-equipped GM G-Body to an LS3-powered off-road buggy. New and old, stock and modified, the parking lot and lawn of Hotchkis Performance East was soon full of cars and trucks of all types.
Kicking off the day was a ribbon cutting ceremony with the Mooresville Chamber of Commerce. With big smiles, John Hotchkis, President of Hotchkis Sport Suspension, and Kevin Bryde, Vice President of Hotchkis Performance East, cut the ribbon and officially opened Hotchkis Performance East for business.
Welcoming everyone inside, attendees were greeted with a variety of displays from Hotchkis and multiple other vendors. Simpson safety equipment was on hand with a display showing off their helmets, window nets, seat belts, and racing suits. Local manufacturer ButlerBuilt had two of their racing seats on display – one for a stock car and the other for a hot rod. Charlotte-based Patton’s, Inc. came out to show off its innovative and whisper quiet Elgi screw-typed air compressors. Finally, C&R Racing Performance was there showing off some of their newest US-made radiator and fan combos for muscle cars.
In addition to the lot full of cars outside, there were plenty of vehicles on display inside the shop as well. Summit Racing brought out Greg Anderson’s wild Pro-Stock Camaro on display while Summit Racing driver Jason Line had his personal 10-second, 700hp, Hotchkis-equipped ’68 Chevy Biscayne Wagon. On the rack was a super-clean ’67 Chevelle with full Hotchkis TVS system. Hotchkis Performance East Vice President Kevin Bryde also had his wild GM G-Body project car on display to demonstrate the kinds of fabrication that the new show is capable of.
As a special treat, host of the TV show Car Fix on the Velocity Channel, Lou Santiago, stopped by to check out the new shop and helped us announce the raffle prize winners. Several lucky attendees walked away from the event with everything from a new t-shirt or hat to a new set of Hotchkis-Tuned shocks and even a full Hotchkis TVS kit!
It was great to meet all of the local enthusiasts and introduce them to our new shop. We are very excited to be offering custom fabrication services, safety equipment design and installation, suspension installation, and race car prep to enthusiasts and professional racers alike on the east coast. Also, furthering our commitment to producing all of our products in the US, Hotchkis Performance East will also take on a manufacturing role producing products like our subframe connectors, chassis braces, and more. We are excited to see what the future holds in North Carolina and can’t wait to begin planning our next event in early 2014. Thank you again to our marketing partners at Summit Racing, Falken Tire, Wilwood Brakes, Flowmaster Mufflers, Lincoln Electric Welders, Patton's Inc., C&R Racing Products, ButlerBuilt racing seats, and Simpson Race Products for all their help and support at the event.