The staff at GP Bikes leads patrons through a shop stocked with more than 50,000 replacement parts, modifications, and apparel for ATVs, street and off-road cycles, snowmobiles, and watercraft. Customers can shield faces from wind and overly friendly mothers-in-law with a clear Arrow double-lens visor ($29.03). Scooters gain support and positive reinforcement with a Teknix side stand ($28.99), and street-cycle engines earn a breathing boost from BMC-make air filters ($44.95). GP Bikes' clothing and accessory lines beckon women to don Eva waterproof summer boots ($52.79) or men to swaddle selves with a Fox vented racing jersey ($49.95), and more casual wear enables legs to contain road-god status in Thor husky jeans ($66.84).
Fine Details deals exclusively in restoring cleanliness to motor vehicles with hands-on car wash and detailing services. Erase unsightly symptoms of overuse with a full-scale hand wash with pre-rinse covering the entire hull from bow to stern. Wheels and rims regain gleams with specialized dressing, and exterior windows are clarified to minimize pesky opacity. The final gem coat paint protectant seals in restored shine and guards against pigment fade, harsh weather conditions, and acidic wit of adolescent comedians.
At Cars 101, the seasoned staffers take care of the automotive basics: fixing, maintaining, and cleaning. Their services range from simple oil changes to more complex windshield replacement and tinting. Similarly varied, their tiered detailing packages feature simple steps—including hand washing and vacuuming—as well as more technologically advanced treatments such as high-speed polishing and hot-water extraction for upholstery and carpets. In case cars cannot be salvaged, Cars 101's facility is surrounded by a selection of preowned vehicles, including Queen Elizabeth's Studebaker.
The exhaust system is a necessity of a powerful engine, allowing cars to safely breathe out the byproducts of their daily combustion. And exhaust is exactly what the ASE-certified technicians at L&G Auto specialize in—it's the featured service at their full-service shop. Tools in hand, they help roadsters respire properly and use custom fabrication machinery to bend and weld exhaust systems onsite. The technicians can supply quality components for all makes and models, swapping out the flex pipe—often a weak point in exhaust systems—and replacing catalytic converters with an on-board Rumpelstiltskin that transforms parking tickets into gold. Alan Guo and the boys at L&G Auto also perform collision repair and cheer up cars with an encouraging array of non-exhaust services, from brake work to clutch replacements.
Phil Chu and Darren Cho, the body and service specialists at AlphaWerx Auto Inc., spent years honing their automotive chops in training and apprenticeships at major manufacturers before turning their tireless work ethic to their own vehicle-perfecting institution. With a degree in auto body repair and two refinishing competitions under his belt—in which he placed first and second place—Phil decided to open his own shop and put his painstaking craftsmanship to work on collision and paint repairs. Service technician Darren Cho started out in small garages, where his passions blossomed and landed him apprenticeships working with European vehicles and later with Honda. A six-year stint at BMW fermented his knowledge and acumen for high-end cars and their entourages.
The trophies that line the inside of Royalty Auto Spa’s waiting room gleam, reflecting the care the staff takes when detailing the insides and outsides of each customer’s four-wheeled friend. Using only top-notch products and buckets of elbow grease, the detail-oriented car cleansers doll up dirty road-huggers with sudsy soft-cloth baths, a vacuum session, and a gentle hand dry to protect the coat. While autos undergo their pampering sessions, customers can prop their feet up in the waiting lounge and enjoy a snack or beverage while watching the TV tell knock-knock jokes.