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About Our Team

Mike Yust


Born 1950, Grew up on West side of Cincinnati
1993 Married, built a home in New Richmond. Wife is a retired NICU nurse. 4 children, 3 grandchildren. One dog, two cats.

Hobbies:
Dirt bike trail riding
Scuba diving
Snow skiing
Sporting clays

1965-1967
Local gas stations
Mechanic’s helper

1967-1969
Valley Engine Service
Driveshaft fabricator

1970 Graduated Oak Hills High School
(2004-2006, University of Cincinnati, Computer Aided Design)

1970-1974
Munitions Maintenance Specialist, USAF (S. Korea, Florida)
Two years racing asphalt oval tracks in Florida, Alabama (when duties permitted)

1974-1978
Self-employed. Built and maintained dirt oval track stock cars (at a time when one could live off of the winnings)
Heavily involved with stock car racing from 1963 through 1997, built over 25 successful race cars
1982-1985 As a driver. One track championship, two ‘driver of the year’ awards

1978-1986
Motor Specialists (full-service performance automotive machine shop, now defunct)
Performed all aspects of automotive/engine machining, from disassembly/inspection to repair/rebuild and final assembly

1986-1998
Just BMW (independent BMW automobile repair shop)
Chief Mechanic, Shop Foreman
Prepped cars for SCCA road racing campaigns and 24 hour road race endurance events

1998-present
Zakira’s Garage, Inc.
Engine shop manager
All types of fabrication, machining
CAD/CAM designer
Built Goodwood winning Allard JR engine/chassis
Significant vintage race car restorations

“These are the good old days”

Josh Shaw

Joshua Shaw. Vintage race car Restorer, maintainer and Driver.

-Born and raised into a Motorsports Family.
-Early years and High School spent Racing various forms of Motorsports, Working on and tuning Race cars & Hot Rods, Chassis set up, Studied under various “Old Timers” the art of Welding and fabricating for Extreme Real World use. (racing)

-Bachelors Degree at the Columbus College of Art and Design in Illustration & Design.

-Designed, Built and Raced various types of Dirt Track Race cars, Street cars, Hot Rods, Low riders & Motorcycles throughout College.

-1995 – 2000 (during college) Worked in a Custom Bike and Car shop in Columbus Ohio as Technician, Fabricator and Head Painter. (Deep Shine Custom Painting)

-2000 – 2005 Worked at Wade Hughes Hot Rods as Fabricator, builder, designer and Painter. Established World renown following in the Hot Rodding community.

-2005 – 2007 Operated SPEED DEMONS Hot Rods shop exclusively for Owner of DYNAMAT North America. Designed and Built several Magazine Cover cars.

-2007 – 2011 Owner Operator Shaw’s Vintage Racing. Restoring, maintaining and racing Vintage Open wheel cars from the 1950’s – 1980’s. (during this time repeatedly hired by Zakira’s to perform Freelance work)

-2011 – 2016 Hired on FULL TIME at Zakira’s Garage as restorer and Tech.

**Joshua specializes in Vintage Open wheel History and restoration. He has studied under, and worked closely with the Top Indy Car restorers and custodians of our time. His extensive knowledge of Harry A. Miller race cars and their RICH History comes from HANDS ON EXPERIENCE as well as superb training and mentoring received here at ZAKIRA’S GARAGE. Joshua is currently Active in many forms of Vintage Racing and Just won the Championship for his Class in 2015 SVRA competition.

Mike Christie

I have been in the auto restoration industry since 2000.  Full restorations include 1924 Miller 122 Indy Car, 1938 BMW 328, 1926 Miller (Locomobile) and others.  My specialty is fabrication and sheet metal work.  I am a Cincinnati native and chose car manuals over comic books at an early age.  I have a passion for Panel-beating and always aim for perfection.

Dave Schleppi

 

I became interested in mechanical things and racing at an early age building several coaster carts while in elementary school to race my buddies on a hill near the farm I grew up on.  As a teenager, I gathered up a few old cars to run on a dirt track I fashioned in one of our fields putting in a lot of laps and occasionally racing my brother.  Once I got my driver’s license, I became a regular fan at Columbus Motor Speedway and Powell Speedway in the Columbus, Ohio area.  After high school I worked for two years in the oldest Chevrolet dealership in the state of Ohio, built a ’49 Ford stock car and worked on the pit crew for a professional driver.

While my ambition was to become a race driver and possibly some day drive at Indy, reality set in and I left the Chevrolet dealership to attend Ohio State University focusing on farm tractors and equipment.  I graduated with a B.S. in Agriculture and a commission in the U.S. Army.  I served two years of active duty in the Ordinance Corp then went to work in the Tractor Division of Ford Motor Company.  Ford Tractor was eventually merged with New Holland Farm Equipment and I retired after 30+ years

In the mean time I restored a 1934 John Deere Model GP, 1919 Willys Overland Model 90 touring car and had a couple “drivers”, a 1952 Crosley Hot Shot and a 1931 Willys Knight Model 66D two door Victoria.  Eventually my love of racing resurfaced and I purchased a retired Indy car with a long racing history.  I restored the car and have received several national awards from The Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA) and numerous awards at Concours de Elegance shows.  In addition, I have participated in 2-4 on-track vintage events for about 19 years and will make my 16th start in the vintage event at Indy sponsored by the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum.

I came to Zakira’s Garage in2002 to pursue my interest in restoration and vintage racing.  My responsibilities include finding sources for any parts, supplies or services needed for restoration projects or general maintenance or repair of collector cars entrusted to Zakira’s.

 

Chuck Viltrakis

 

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