Mike Tarascio's life changed forever in 1981 when a business partner offered him a ride to a conference in New Jersey—not in a town car or on a tandem bicycle, but in a small private airplane. The very next year, Mike bought an airplane of his own and founded the business that would eventually become Ventura Aviation. Today, he, his wife, and their sons operate their business out of Republic Airport, where they use their fleet of Learjets, Piper Warriors, and a helicopter to train a new generation of skyborne adventurers. Their goal is to introduce clients to the limitless lifestyle and freedom that comes with personal aviation, and inspire others to make the life-changing decision to learn to fly.
The auto experts at Broadway Tires keep cars running smoothly by way of engine and tire services, returning rides to customers within 24 hours following repairs. Just as sprinters need running shoes to run and horses need horse-drawn carriages to get around, cars need tires to perform optimally, which is why Broadway Tires carries reputable tires from brands such as Michelin, Goodyear, Yokohama, and Pirelli. An onsite mechanic sees to the maintenance of these rubber shoes with tire rotations and balancing, and also performs oil changes, emissions testing, transmission maintenance, and engine replacement.
Copiague Auto Wash takes care of cars from bumper to bumper. Each automated wash includes a run through the air-hose drying system, which blasts offending water drops and leaves the car as dry as the Sandman’s mouth. After a spin through the mechanized wash, drivers can turn their roadsters over to the shop’s detailers for some waxing, shampooing, or interior wiping.
The ASE–certified technicians at King Bear Auto Service Center of Lindenhurst top off fluids and change oil to tweak street schooners until they sail smoothly. The specialist starts the revitalizing package by spoon-feeding the auto with up to five quarts of 10W-30 oil, replacing its filter, and shielding it from being stuck with outdated political bumper stickers. The automotive medics then carefully top off all fluids and lubricate the rusty joints, hinges, and suspension. Next, your car opens wide for an in-depth 27-point inspection, where the belts, hoses, and cooling system spread their arms for a functionality test. Tires are checked for safety, and the exhaust system relaxes with a Swedish massage. Technicians then test interior and exterior lights for consistency, and a tire rotation ensures even wear among the four wheels. With a three-pass punch card, drivers can trick travel-weary cars into three checkups by persuading them they're going to the parking lot to mock speed bumps. In addition to any waiting time, each service takes approximately two hours.
Amity Car Wash & Detail Center scours vehicles inside and out with four wash packages—the top two of which include a 48-hour rain guarantee—and three detailing packages. Blue Coral and Simoniz products play major parts in the effort to supply every vehicle with a just-cleaned shine. When not drying cars with hand towels or feeding hood ornaments treats for sitting still, the shop's crew helps local schools, clubs, and sports teams raise money and protect the environment through a Think Green fundraising program.
Nominated by Long Island Press as one of the best local car washes of 2011, Cottage Car Wash grooms vehicles with extensive wash and indoor detail packages. During the 15-minute deluxe car wash, an exterior bath precedes a flurry of dirt-defying treatments including hot sealer wax, Black Magic tire shine, an undercarriage wash, Velocity clear-coat protectant, and Rain-X protectant. Technicians will also vacuum the interior and shampoo the front two floor mats. The complete detail package commences indoors with an exterior wash bolstered by a paint-pampering Clay Magic treatment. After applying compound and polish to awaken the paint from weather-beaten sleep, technicians slather on protective Carnauba paste wax fortified with Teflon, smear on a layer of hand glaze, and detail the rims to keep the wheels spinning shinily. On the inside, staffers steam clean carpets and upholstery, detail the dash and console, and treat the leather before sending the car off as clean and polished as an egomaniac's trophy case.