This 1963 Chevy Corvette was one of first race cars owned by DARE founder Dave Aloisio
who started DARE back in 1976. Jonathan joined in 1984, and his sons are now on board as well. The car game is strong with this family; his sister Laura runs the admin side of things, and it is truly a family business. Jonathan estimates that they’ve worked on “oh, hundreds” of classic and antique cars at DARE “But considering when we started, a lot of them weren’t classics at the time!” he says. According to Jonathan, DARE focuses more on what he referred to as baby boomer cars, those from the 1960s and 1970s. “We don’t dabble in the vintage vintage cars quite as much, but we have worked on a few over the years. We focus on the baby boomer cars, because we have a passion for them specifically, and they’re just easy for us to work on because those are the cars we know best.” Jonathan says that while getting parts can be an issue sometimes, the older engines are usually more simple. “They’re not more difficult to work on from a mechanical standpoint. Your challenges with older cards are things like rust, things like time.”
He says the trend now is “retro-mods” or the practice of fitting older cars with more modern, faster, more efficient and updated engines. “That’s a lot of what we do now, what this industry is moving into. We take the body of an old car and modernize the drive train and merge them together. You get the best of both worlds: the classic bodies and designs of the older cars outfitted with modern engines and new technology. You’re taking something that’s already iconic and making it better. We’re doing one right now, in fact, a ’61 Corvette.” A project like this one would run approximately six months, start to finish, according to Jonathan. These types of projects are likely only about 5% of their business, “But it’s a passion — and it adds a coolness factor to our shop,” he says. Jonathan comments that he has two techs who are “old heads.” “They know what a drum brake is; kids in school now don’t know what that is. We grew up around that stuff,” he says. His enthusiasm when talking about his job is palpable; you can tell he simply loves it. As you’ll see in the sidebar throughout this feature, we asked each owner
In Your Dreams the vintage cars our car guys love
Jonathan Aloisio: 1969 Chevy Camaro for their dream car. Jonathan’s is a 1969 Camaro. When pressed to define just what it is that makes the Camaro so appealing to him, he struggled to put it into words. “It’s just that neat, neat car you always wanted to reach for when you were young, just the body lines, everything about it. It’s stood the test of time.” Indeed, it’s sometimes hard to pin down and explain the specific things that make our hearts beat just a bit faster. And whether that’s a car — or a woman — often the appeal is just indefinable.
NOVEMBER 2019 THEWCPRESS.COM
Voice of the Borough