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Triumph TR4s at Ron Shimek’s Auto Service Center

Written by Ken Altes

This was my first car. It was a white 1962, with an early Chevy V8 with solid lifters and a three speed Chevy transmission. It was fast and put me in the hospital for weeks. I told this story to Ron Shimek, and he said his first car was a 1961 Alfa Romeo 2000 also with the same Chevy 283 V8 in it.  His car survived his ownership, mine did not.  These are very handsome cars designed by Giovanni Michelotti.  Visit Ron at his shop in North Austin.


1948 Triumph 1800 Roadster at Ron Shimek’s Specialty Garage, Austin

Written by Ken Altes

Although it doesn’t look like it, this is a post WWII design, with an aluminum body and tubular frame. Its Standard engine’s typical flat head was modified by Harry Weslake and shared with Jaguar (his Weslake Ford V8s won Le Mans powering the seminal GT40s in the mid to late 1960s). The Triumph 1800 Roadster was the last production car with a Dickey seat (rumble seat with it’s own windscreen). It has a top speed of about 75 mph, and a four speed transmission.

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Ron Shimek’s British Specialty Garage in N. Austin

Written by Ken Altes

One of my favorite stops. This visit yielded an interesting assortment of cars at Austin’s best British specialty garage in N. Central Austin. ShimekAuto.com