One Of A Kind

December 1st, 2009

Pep Boys Opens Its First Speed Shop

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Though Pep Boys has been a staple of basic auto parts since 1921, one doesn’t necessarily think to include Manny, Moe and Jack and speed shop in the same sentence … until now.

Pep Boys Opens Its First Speed Shop

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Though Pep Boys has been a staple of basic auto parts since 1921, one doesn’t necessarily think to include Manny, Moe and Jack and speed shop in the same sentence … until now.

The “Boys” presided over the grand opening of their first-ever, dedicated speed shop on Washington Boulevard in Downtown Los Angeles. Leave it to Manny, Moe and Jack to combine the old-time feel of a traditional speed shop with the latest in performance products and accessories. A large section of its store has several displays and rows of shelves full of performance products, but this is the first space to be thought of as a true performance speed shop. Alex Virula, Speed Shop manager, says it’s possible there will be two more Pep Boys Speed Shops to open in SoCal. For the time being, though, this store is one of a kind.

Some of the brands that represented are Edelbrock, Auto Meter, Accel, ARP, Holley, K&N, B&M, Flowmaster, Hedman, NOS Systems, Eibach, Vortech, Mr. Gasket Products, MSD, Meguiar’s and many more.

To celebrate the opening, enthusiasts with everything from muscle cars to hot rods, sport compacts to imports, trucks to off-roaders showed up. The collection of cars on display, along with a host of vendors, dominated the parking lot, emphasizing all the performance products being offered in the new Pep Boys Speed Shop. Motorsports celebrities such as George Barris, Barry Meguiar, Gale Banks and Casper Canul were on hand to meet and greet showgoers. The Pep Boys even sprung to provide free food. As if that wasn’t enough, there was a burnout contest, creating a lot of crowd excitement. Mark Restivo took home the honors with his ’69 Chevy Camaro RS equipped with 427ci power.

Though a long time coming, Pep Boys has finally fulfilled a dream that started since its opening in 1921 — a true speed shop.

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Bet you never thought you’d see this sign.
Here is Bill Saylor’s LS7-powered ’59 Chevy Biscayne Brookwood two-door wagon.
The faux riveted firewall shares the engine bay with an Edelbrock accessorized small-block Chevy in “Smitty” Smith’s clean ’37 Ford pickup from Mar Vista, CA.
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Amy Hoffman, George Barris, Barry Meguiar in front of the Meguiar’s booth.
Don Goldman also owns this highly massaged ’68 Ford Shelby Mustang. Check out the tailpipe exiting the body in front of the rear wheel. Under the hood is a detailed 351 Ford. Also check out the silver racing stripes that continue under the hood.
The burnout champ is Mark Restivo of Playa del Rey, CA, with his sharp ’69 Chevy Camaro RS and its 427 ci power.
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Manny, Moe and Jack check out the Prolong-sponsored “Metro-nator,” a blown 502, Chevy-powered ’56 Nash Metropolitan owned by Bryan Thacher.
This beautifully styled ’49 Cadillac #61 Coupe belongs to Charlie Tachdjian of LaVerne, CA.
Dan and Rita Tavatlione brought their 406 Chevy-powered ’57 Chevy Stepside Pickup from Newport Beach, CA. This is Rita’s first try at upholstery work. Looks like she did a great job.
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Do Manny, Moe and Jack draw this kind of crowd or is it Genevieve Chaptell?

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