This is the first in our new “Garage Tour” series was organized by YOS Membership Chair, George Hatfield. 26 members and friends in 18 Porsches met at the Starbucks in Manteca, and after a bit of socializing in the parking lot (thanks to George’s long time friend, Phil Felde who set out cups and Starbucks coffee in the parking lot), the obligatory sign-in and safety briefing, we drove as a group over to Migliore Motorsports, a short five minutes away (17700 Murphy Parkway, Lanthrop, CA 95330.
When we arrived at Migliore, owner Nico Castellaccio met us in the parking lot and help direct us into three lines of member cars (see the featured photo on the main website page). The shop is a large space but it was filled with all sort of “eye-candy” for gear heads, especially Porsche nuts! There was Daytona prototype, but we were there to see Porsches, and were there Porsches there. The cars ranged from a bare 911 frame (being completely restored after an unfortunate shunt) to a 914 (I think that was Nico’s) to “mild race” Carreras, to a “Flying Lizard” Cup car to a recently received 935-K3.
Yes, a 935-K3. It is the Bob Akin’s Coca Cola sponsored car (with co-drivers O’Steen and Hans Stuck no less). Nico is preparing the car for Rennsport VI, Sept 27 to 30 at Laguna Seca. (FYI, YOS will have a drive down for Rennsport — but if you are thinking of going AND parking in the Porsche Coral, you had better buy your corral tickets soon! The rumor is that they will sell out — and then you’ll have to park on the hill!)
While the 935 was clearly the star of the shop for the visit, there were a number of other great cars. There were two “Falken” GTLM cars in the parking lot, twins, but not the same! Note the different wing heights.
Next to the 935, the Flying Lizard car was the next biggest attraction. It was on the lift, clearly in the middle of some work.. But the business end was still intact, and at President Pierce’s request, Nico fired the beast up — all 540 HP. Great sounds out of a great car. One of the interesting parts of the car’s rework was to install a second racing seat. Clearly, this project is intended for “pleasure” instead of period correct histories.
The shop is not just a museum, it is a working operation. Migliore not only works on race cars, but offers routine service for “street” cars. George just had the shop do some exhaust work, and I’m looking for a routine transmission oil change (PDK’s deserve some love!) Migliore is also a “family” business, with (wife) Victoria serving as business manager, advertising, logistics manager, and by the looks of it, she’s been busy doing “other” things (baby Sophia is just 2 months old, and was already quite at home in the shop).
Of course, a YOS event wouldn’t be an authentic YOS event with out a visit to a restaurant. After the tour, we were off to a local Mexican restaurant, Las Casuelas Restaurant and Bar. Needless to say, the offerings were tasty — and generous.
So… the take away thought: Who would have thought that such a professional “Race” shop that handles all sorts of Porsches, even historic racers, was right in our back yard? But, Migliore is just that, a full service race, restoration and routine service shop right in Lathrop. Nico is planning a “Pre-Rennsport” BBQ the weekend before Rennsport. So, if you missed this tour, watch out for announcements about this BBQ in September and you can catch up on this hidden gem. Or better yet, rather than putting off that service/repair on your car, give them a call.
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