Roebling Road Raceway

Roebling Road Raceway

Team AI joined a group of great people from across the southeast for two super days at Roebling Road Raceway just outside of Savannah GA.  Fifteen cars and lots of track time.  The first day was a little damp in the morning but allowed drivers not familiar with the track the opportunity to do some slow “get to know the track laps”.   Lots of track time from 8-5 and the mobile bar opened at 5 for all to relax.  Most of us rented campers and stayed on the property so the commute was measured in yards!  We look forward to joining the group again in 2021.  Team AI

AI sponsored track day at Carolina Motorsports Park

We hosted 16 cars on the first ever AI sponsored track day at Carolina Motorsports Park.  This will become a regular event being held several times a year starting 2021.  COVID impacted us starting full speed in 2020.  The weather was perfect and a great time was had by all from the first timers to the professional drivers who attended the event.  Look forward to seeing everyone at future events.  Watch the website for updates.   Team AI

1995 Ferrari 348

The project starts with owner seeing a rendering of a Ferrari 355 with a custom made wide body, then a conversation with the builder about his ideas on a 348, talks of SEMA… Fast forward to finding an engine in Belgium to rebuild with upgrades and arrange its shipping to Automotive International.   Enjoying a glass of wine a 1995 Ferrari 348 appears on e-bay, the owner cannot resist, the bidding is about to end, a week later the 348 appears at AI and the journey begins. 

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The 1995 348 arrives with an engine in it. The engine from Belgium is already disassembled and at the machine shop so this one is coming out.
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The engine was not bad, just a little tired, and one cannot have too many engines in the garage.
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Stripping her down in preparation to drop the engine cradle.
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Safely free from the car body and sitting on the engine dolly.
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This is also how you do a major service on Ferrari 348 or 355 engines! But this one we will be relocating to a perment engine dolly of storage.
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Cleaned up the engine bay! The blank canvas being prepared to accept the new, upgraded engine we were completing.
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Build in progress, slow and steady to make sure it is just right.
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While out of the car it is time to clean up and detail the suspension, half shafts, brakes…
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Everything properly painted and being assembled.
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Complete engine is installed in the cleaned, painted and detailed cradle. Ready to get it back in the body.
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A thing of beauty on the outside and inside, ready for the road.
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Tucked back into the body, everything double checked for proper alignment and torque on all the fasteners.
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First fired her up with just these straight pipes! Awesome sound, ready for the track!
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But she will be a street car too so we went with the complete FabSpeed exhaust solution. Still sounds awesome!

Jack Kennard

Jack Kennard

1952 RR Silver Wraith

Amelia Award, 2nd in his class

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We are Blessed to be Open!

 

Thanks to our tremendous clients we are still open for business, servicing cars, doing body work and restoration daily.  Our goal is to remain open as long as we have clients to serve.  Keeping the team employed full time and healthy through this crisis is a top goal at AI.  If you need any type of service or body work please call. We will pick up and deliver at no cost in the local area and sanitize the car’s interior prior to returning.  We are temporarily restricting access to the repair area for the safety of all concerned but the front office is open. We will post any updates as they develop. Sincerely, The Automotive International Team