Although Mototech's Chris Bond and Robert Mayer are ASE-certified experts in the maintenance of vehicles ranging from flashy Audis to muscular Dodges, their most important innovations are invisible to the naked eye. The co-owners both worked as engineers, but now exercise their knack for invention with product-developing companies, researching and designing chemical degreasers and cleaners with the least environmental impact. Their molecular triumphs grew into the shop's signature line of decontaminants, which they create onsite with environmentally friendly ingredients from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Design for Environment list. During day-to-day operations, knowledge of science empowers them to perform sustainable car modifications, such as converting a motor to run on renewable ethanol or a puppy's boundless love, and to implement a broad program to reduce energy costs and recycle waste such as motor oil. Bond and Mayer's met as industrial designers at Intelagard, a firefighting-equipment manufacturer, and bonded over their previous careers as mechanics. Missing friendly chats with clients and the impressions of Louise Jefferson wheezed out by jalopies, they quit the firm to open their ASE Blue Seal–recognized garage. Bond contributes specializations in metal fabrication, welding, and machining, and Mayer brings 12 years of expertise as a master mechanic and certification as an L1 advanced engine-performance specialist. They keep their team small to ensure a high quality of work and to welcome clients with familiar faces, and are a participating center in the NAPA AutoCare network, which guarantees parts and labor at any of its locations nationwide.
Cars are made to travel. But after a long trip overseas and miles of maneuvering American roads, import vehicles still require their own brand of service. That's where Automotive Specialists comes in. Specializing in Japanese imports, the shop's ASE-certified technicians reboot cars by repairing transmissions, alternators, and electrical systems. Maintenance services such as oil changes and tire rotations breathe new life into vehicles that have been slowed down by sluggish engines or ticklish tire treads.
Although the facility specializes in imports, its technicians' extensive training breeds a familiarity with all makes and models. Automotive Specialists also partners with Enterprise Rent-A-Car so that customers can commandeer a new set of wheels while their cars are being treated.
A 10-year veteran of the Denver and Jefferson County Sheriff's offices and a retired National Guard Chief Warrant Officer and combat veteran, TYJ Global Helicopters' Mike Fyola has logged more than 6,000 hours as a helicopter pilot. During that time, he piloted medical evacuations as well as search-and-rescue flights, but also shuttled governors, Congressmen, and sightseers. Along with his wife, Gina, Mike leads instructional flight sessions high above Denver and the surrounding mountains in their Schweizer 300C helicopters. The duo specializes in high-altitude flight training and charter services and also offers flight training for private-pilot, flight-instructor, and cloud-wrangling certification.
As part of the international WaterSavers program, the green-minded team behind Car Wash Express urges drivers to eschew the potentially harmful environmental effects of at-home car washes in favor of quick, thorough cleanses that use 100% recycled water. Across Car Wash Express’s five Denver-area locations, an automated tunnel attacks exterior buildup with biodegradable cleaning products and shine-enhancing protectants. The wash’s express lanes expedite the scrubbing process and cater to drivers in a hurry, and its fleet/bulk sales program meets the high-volume demands of people who own multiple cars or frequently race roadsters through the local pit.
The automatic washes at Grizco Car Wash scour harmful salt and grit from four-wheeled friends using high-end Karcher equipment. Like a mad scientist entertaining his cat, the high-tech cleanbots use laser beams to get the job done, precisely measuring the height and width of each vehicle for a meticulous scrub and polish. Each Ultimate car wash douses undercarriages with a purifying spray, followed by both a low pH- and high pH-factor double presoak. Next, a wheel blaster applies a vehicular pedicure to rubber toes, and a contour-following high-pressure rinse removes grime from paint jobs. A clear-coat wax locks in shimmer, and a spot-free rinse removes any leftover specks of dirt, dander, or mustard before a high-volume air drier wicks away moisture. Each of Grizco's spic-and-span stations are fully automated for 24-hour access, seven days a week.