Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Dick Barbour's AutoMotion

With an image of ex-racer of note, Dick Barbour in the Riverside Raceway post got me to thinkin' about some of the other images I have.

Back when the Porsche community was rather small, Dick operated a repair, resale, and parts business on Mission Gorge road in San Diego. The building is no longer there, but here are a few images, circa 1969. Shortly after these shots, he would open the first Porsche-Audi Dealer in the city in a different location. The dealer was called Dick Barbour Porsche-Audi and only lasted a few years before being bought out. There is now a Dodge/Jeep dealer taking up the same building in La Mesa.

The front of the parts and resale shop, circa 1969.
The repair operation worked out of a four stall building with chassis dyno at one end.

Dick and his 904, turn 6 at Riverside with a checkered flag waving high taking a victory lap.

AutoMotion not only dealt with Porsches, check out the Hemi powered rail wearing "AutoMotion, San Diego" in paint on the tail. Not sure who ran this car.

Rare by todays standards an AutoMotion license frame, circa 1969.

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