Whiteland Raceway Park has acquainted patrons with the thrill of the race for more than half a century via its slate of go-kart rentals and classes. A fleet of Birel N 35-X rental karts with Honda 9HP OHV engines zips around two tracks whose layouts shift weekly to keep young riders on their toes and rental vehicles from getting bored and partying in the motor-oil storage vault. Sponsored by the Tony Stewart Junior Racing League, the park's instructional program gears classes toward students from age 5 to adult. Meanwhile, speedsters at least 16 years of age can captain rental karts for invigorating rides that last 6-7 minutes apiece.
In 1973, after returning from Vietnam, Joe Tilford started work at Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. In 1980, he made the jump to entrepreneurship and opened his own shop. In 2013, he'll unveil his seventh location—an achievement far surpassing his early dreams. "I always thought it would be one or two, maybe," he says. His recipe for success includes trained and ASE-certified technicians, diagnostic equipment, and serving as an authorized dealer for brands such as AC Delco. Today, his team replaces parts, changes oil, and checks engines while its clients take advantage of perks such as shuttle service and a 24-hour key drop.
Unlike library books, cars protest by not working when you don’t adhere to their due dates. To keep your vehicle in top shape, you should get your car’s oil changed every 3,000 miles or six months, or after every seemingly coincidental encounter with that mysterious goat. Let the fluid-friendly folks at Hubler, all of whom are certified by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence, perform an oil transfusion and 27-point inspection that will extend your car's life, possibly extend your life, and have little impact on the lifespan of most fruit flies.
When Mike's Carwash first opened in 1948, it was one of only 18 carwash businesses in the United States. Today, the family-owned establishment keeps the 65-year-old tradition of gussying up automobiles alive at 42 locations throughout the Midwest. At each location, accommodating staffers stand by to assist customers during the cleaning process. Decked out in cartoon neckties, the cheerful team ushers cars into computer-controlled washers that eschew traditional gear-operated brushes and baseball bats in favor of controlled sprays and soft cloths. After the mixture of eight signature soaps de-grimes surfaces, 200-miles-per-hour gusts of hot air dry vehicles instantly. Mike's also offers specialty coats to give car exteriors and tires additional shine.
Vehicles that roll out of the automotive bays at Neighborhood Auto Repair Brookville give drivers peace of mind and security. While tending to engines’ vital parts with signature oil changes, the team pores over 21 points of inspection, ensuring belts, struts, and fluids are up to par for the road. Complete safety analyses further explore for worn and damaged parts, helping prevent such mishaps as exhaust leaks and transmission failure.
Stereo Advantage’s high-tech sound systems fitted into outlandishly flashy stereo cabinets turn dull commutes into parties. Far from simply retrofitting cars for iPods and Bluetooth technology, the interior renovators outfit autos with all manner of speakers. Their gadgets are as much statement pieces as they are technological upgrades. The designers pride themselves on finding ways to blend sound-systems seamlessly into the car’s aesthetic. To complement their audiovisual equipment, they also offer an array of alarms, navigation systems, and remote starters.