February 26, 2024

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Torrington’s ECK Motorsports specializes in European brands

TORRINGTON — Right after performing in the restaurant sector for 15 decades, Jim Kara is switching gears, and claims his new enterprise is a aspiration occur legitimate.

Kara recently opened his own automotive store on East Key Road, specializing in repairs and parts for European vehicles.

“We appreciate it,” reported Kara, operator of ECK Motorsports, who is effective on cars with companions Austin Gilson and Michael Wasilonsky at the 176 East Principal St. store. “We all love European cars, specially BMWs.”

The identify ECK has two meanings: it is the initials of Kara’s 2-calendar year-old son, Eren C. Kara, and also stands for Euro Vehicle Kings, which the three close friends call on their own. Kara selected the location on East Primary Street simply because of its central area and place.


“We were still in the center of the pandemic, and I was on the lookout for a put. This just one stood out,” he claimed. “It was vacant for decades, and I preferred to uncover one thing we could make our very own.”

ECK has a few bays for cars in back again the store place is set up for consultations, with two BMWs in many phases of repair on screen. In the previous, they’ve taken their individual automobiles to race in Lebanon, N.Y., but that is been on keep since the fix enterprise took off.

“We all met due to the fact we really like old-school BMWs,” Gilson reported. “So when we established it up, we desired to demonstrate our automobiles, way too, so individuals can see what we do.”

“It’s just my favorite form of car or truck,” Kara stated. “I have a 1988 M3 and an E30 model for drag racing, I have a ’95 3 collection. They’re just the most effective.”

ECK also repairs and company for Mercedes-Benz, Audi, Volkswagen and other European brands.

“We’ve received the capabilities and the practical experience, and we’re new to city for European car or truck repairs,” Kara stated. “There are a ton of car maintenance places, but they don’t specialize in these sorts of autos, and they don’t have the ability to do what is genuinely required. Replacing a sensor is often the response.

“We use seller-amount computer software to see what’s essential,” he mentioned. “You’ll spend additional cash if you really do not figure out what’s incorrect and if the repair’s not finished ideal the 1st time. Which is where by we come in.”

Word of mouth has been the most effective advertising for ECK. “We’ve been in the BMW local community for a extensive time, so when we opened, individuals located out and just showed up,” Kara stated. “We’d love to increase, with maybe a next place. But that’s down the road. It is a rough business enterprise, and there is been challenges with materials, delayed shipments. … People today have acquired they may possibly have to wait for a portion. Prices have long gone up, much too.”

“But we have bought a ton of sections in this article, and we offer you aggressive pricing for tires,” he mentioned. “We’re very busy.”

To get to ECK Motorsports, get in touch with 203-312-6478.