Nestled quietly on an unassuming street off Airport Blvd. is one of Austin motoring’s secret havens – Moorespeed.
Inside the simple Moorespeed facade lie innumerable treasures to make any car guy’s heart go pounding. No, this isn’t where your dad takes his Buick for an oil change!
Ask any Ferrari, Lamborghini, or Porsche owner in town, and they will tell you Moorespeed is the go-to spot for maintenance, repair, and modification of their exotic machines.
But it is not just Ferrari and Lamborghini owners who are drawn to owner David Moore’s pristine facility.
On any given day, a wide range of vehicles can be found stashed into every available corner of the shop.
Cars ranging from NASCAR machines, a Ford Lotus Cortina, to a Pontiac GTO tribute car can be found, brought by owners eager to have their pride and joy receive the Moorespeed precision treatment.
David Moore is one of those rare guys who has been able to turn his personal passion into a lucrative career, and he loves every minute he spends around cars and racing.
David apparently had motor oil in his veins, perhaps inherited from his grandfather, who owned a full service automotive business. Although David’s education was in architectural engineering, his passions led him to employment in a motoring career. After holding a technician’s position on several racing teams in the south, David gravitated back to his home town of Austin in 1991, when Moorespeed came to life.
Moorespeed was initially formed to provide support for an Austin based race team, but it wasn’t long after setting up shop on Theo Drive that owners of various exotic vehicles began inquiring about maintenance and modifications for their machines. Inevitably, the maintenance and service of “street” machines became a major component of the business, and that demand continues strong right up to the present time.
Moorespeed is not your typical R&R (remove and replace) maintenance facility. Many of the rare machines that come in for the Moorespeed touch require parts or components that are literally unavailable from any source. That’s where the fully equipped, glassed-in machine shop, located in the building, comes into play. Given enough time and client support, virtually any part can be hand fabricated in-house. For example, the shop once had an extremely rare Ferrari SWB 250 in for extensive mechanical and physical restoration. Correct spark plugs for the exotic 12 cylinder engine were not to be had, so individual plugs were hand fabricated right in the shop!
Racing and race support has always been a big part of David’s life, and of Moorespeed’s mission. This has taken David and his crew to virtually all of the important tracks around the globe. Travels included several vehicle invitations to the renowned Goodwood Festival of Speed/Revival, held annually in Southern England.
As the company expands it racing support arm, it seemed natural to incorporate a racing legend personnage into the mix. That alliance came about last August when David asked long time friend, and legendary racer, Price Cobb, to join Moorespeed as General Manager. Price, the overall winner of the 1990 Le Man 24 hour race in a Jaguar XJR, brings a multitude of skills to the business. His expertise as a technician is well known, and he holds a long list of racing championship titles, too long to list here. (read more about Price Cobb in an upcoming separate post)
With this new alliance comes a team race support contract for a Porsche GT3 competition entry.
Moorespeed’s reputation continues to grow as the premier Austin facility to bring your prized machine for maintenance, restoration, or enhancement.
More details about the Moorespeed team can be found on their website.. CLICK HERE