Don Vidoli and Jim Reilly met at Kennedy Motors in Stratford, CT during the summer of 1976. Don then moved on to corporate America with a successful career in technical sales and marketing. Jim eventually went on to Traynor Porsche, Audi, Volkswagen in Fairfield, CT where he became a Registered Porsche + Audi Master Technician and was later honored as one of 150 Top Audi Technicians.
One cold February morning in 1987, more than ten years after they met, Don and Jim sat drinking coffee in the offices of their new business German Car Care. Over those steaming cups they looked at each other and wondered, "Is this going to work?"
They didn't have to wonder for very long. Gradually German Car Care became "the place" to bring your German automobile for service, repair, or high performance modifications.
In 1989 German Car Care became a Bosch Authorized Service Center. This affiliation with Bosch requires a high level of technician skill and a significant investment in state of the art diagnostic equipment.
German Car Care's reputation continued to grow and in 1991 The Fairfield Advocate's "Best Of Fairfield County Readers Poll" awarded German Car Care with the "Best Place To Fix A Foreign Car" award.
Shortly thereafter Don and Jim moved the business to its current location in Fairfield, CT and renamed it Fairfield County Motorsport. By now the business also employed two full time technicians each with significant automotive backgrounds.
During the mid 90s Don and Jim began devoting significant time to the Connecticut Valley Region (CVR) of the Porsche Club of America, in particular the Driver's Education Track Program (DE). From 1995-2000 Don was the Technical Chairman for CVR. In addition Don and Jim both played roles as the Chief Technical Inspectors for the Driver's Education program. Progression through the DE program saw Don and Jim become track instructors in 1998.
A lifelong love of cars and driving combined with the DE experience brought about the creation of "Checkers", a highly modified Porsche 944 Turbo. Fairfield County Motorsport uses this vehicle as a means of demonstrating the capabilities of the business as well as a research and development tool for track oriented high performance parts.
The millennium has seen continued company growth. Customer turned employee Drew Wikstrom came on board in the fall of 2000. Drew who is a CVR member and recent addition to the CVR instructor corps, brings with him a lifelong passion for cars and driving.
Recent developments include becoming the only Authorized Recaro Dealer in CT and a new focus on retail sales to do-it-yourself customers. Fairfield County Motorsport is also bringing some of its custom fabricated products to market via the Internet. In the future FCM hopes to make driver safety gear available as well as performance-oriented products for Porsche and other makes.
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