Jack's story.

"Porsche, huh?". (Poor---sha). Still looking at the letters on the trunk..."what's in there?" He opened it. I said, "WOW! SIX CARBURETORS!" Jim explained, "Webers, two, three barrels, 46 IDA's". "I'm in!" I proclaimed without another thought. I made a decision that shaped the rest of my life.

Jim (Jim Hawthorne) needed a partner in 1971. He bought a Porsche 911 race car @ $100 a month car payment, which was a lot of money for a 23-year-old man just starting his family. I was a couple of years older but in the same stage of life as he was. If we split the payment it would be $50 a month for each of us which would be a lot more affordable.

In the spring we participated in Corvette Cleveland Autocross events at Nelson Ledges. We joined the SCCA and attended driver's schools and Regional races @ Nelson's Ledges and Mid-Ohio.

In 1974 I bought Jim out and moved my family and race car to Pompano Beach, Florida. On the way down the Florida Turnpike I noticed on the map a place called Sebring. I recalled that there was a big sports car race with that name.....well, that couldn't be it.

When I arrived in Pompano Beach, at the advice of some of my SCCA friends in Ohio I looked up Ton Kunz. Tom owned a Porsche Repair Shop named Porsche Paddock. Tom had a Porsche 911 race car that he raced in SCCA and some IMSA events, including Sebring. Tom ran his street business trying to support his auto racing.

Tom just took me in. My race car had a home, free help, advice and even some parts. I was around people who had actually raced in the 24 Hours of Daytona and the Sebring 12 Hours, both Florida races.

In 1976, with a LOT of help from my friends, I made it to my first of many 12 Hours of Sebring race and finished in my first attempt.

In 1977, I had gathered enough mechanical skills to run my own shop. The "901 Shop" had its beginning. Now, I, like Tom, was trying to run a race car through a Porsche street car business. I found that participating in these major endurance races brought enough help to make it possible. Between 1976 and 1999 I had 20 Sebring 12 Hour starts and 14 Daytona 24 hour starts. The engines were built at the 901 Shop and most of the cars were prepped there.

In 1995 our business began expanding into HSR Vintage Racing and we were asked to build a pair of 2.0 liter 911 race cars for Tim Vargo, a long time friend.

I knew this would certainly be one of the most enjoyable periods of my working career, if only I didn't have, all of this oil to change, valves to adjust, plugs to change and people to deal with.

My son, Brady, had been spending time at the shop since about age 10. By now he had become a pretty big part of what was happening around here. Over lunch I told him I thought that these two cars would keep us busy for quite some time. Then I asked if during that time did he think we could gather up enough other racing work to terminate our street business. He agreed it sounded great. We became partners and we never looked back.

We have since moved our shop to a nicer building located in Stuart, Florida, with more equipment to do the job than I could have ever dreamed of.

With Brady, at the helm, our services are better than ever and the 901 Shop will continue to grow and prosper for years to come.

Jack's story.

"Porsche, huh?". (Poor---sha). Still looking at the letters on the trunk..."what's in there?" He opened it. I said, "WOW! SIX CARBURETORS!" Jim explained, "Webers, two, three barrels, 46 IDA's". "I'm in!" I proclaimed without another thought. I made a decision that shaped the rest of my life.

Jim (Jim Hawthorne) needed a partner in 1971. He bought a Porsche 911 race car @ $100 a month car payment, which was a lot of money for a 23-year-old man just starting his family. I was a couple of years older but in the same stage of life as he was. If we split the payment it would be $50 a month for each of us which would be a lot more affordable.

In the spring we participated in Corvette Cleveland Autocross events at Nelson Ledges. We joined the SCCA and attended driver's schools and Regional races @ Nelson's Ledges and Mid-Ohio.

In 1974 I bought Jim out and moved my family and race car to Pompano Beach, Florida. On the way down the Florida Turnpike I noticed on the map a place called Sebring. I recalled that there was a big sports car race with that name.....well, that couldn't be it.

When I arrived in Pompano Beach, at the advice of some of my SCCA friends in Ohio I looked up Ton Kunz. Tom owned a Porsche Repair Shop named Porsche Paddock. Tom had a Porsche 911 race car that he raced in SCCA and some IMSA events, including Sebring. Tom ran his street business trying to support his auto racing.

Tom just took me in. My race car had a home, free help, advice and even some parts. I was around people who had actually raced in the 24 Hours of Daytona and the Sebring 12 Hours, both Florida races.

In 1976, with a LOT of help from my friends, I made it to my first of many 12 Hours of Sebring race and finished in my first attempt.

In 1977, I had gathered enough mechanical skills to run my own shop. The "901 Shop" had its beginning. Now, I, like Tom, was trying to run a race car through a Porsche street car business. I found that participating in these major endurance races brought enough help to make it possible. Between 1976 and 1999 I had 20 Sebring 12 Hour starts and 14 Daytona 24 hour starts. The engines were built at the 901 Shop and most of the cars were prepped there.

In 1995 our business began expanding into HSR Vintage Racing and we were asked to build a pair of 2.0 liter 911 race cars for Tim Vargo, a long time friend.

I knew this would certainly be one of the most enjoyable periods of my working career, if only I didn't have, all of this oil to change, valves to adjust, plugs to change and people to deal with.

My son, Brady, had been spending time at the shop since about age 10. By now he had become a pretty big part of what was happening around here. Over lunch I told him I thought that these two cars would keep us busy for quite some time. Then I asked if during that time did he think we could gather up enough other racing work to terminate our street business. He agreed it sounded great. We became partners and we never looked back.

We have since moved our shop to a nicer building located in Stuart, Florida, with more equipment to do the job than I could have ever dreamed of.

With Brady, at the helm, our services are better than ever and the 901 Shop will continue to grow and prosper for years to come.