Jasper Motorsport auto shop open for businessNovember 6, 2021
By CHRISTINE STEPHENSON
JASPER — When Justin Hoskins pictures his business, he wants it to be more than just an auto shop. He wants it to be a place where the car aficionados in Jasper can gather and feel more like a community.
Hoskins opened Jasper Motorsport, located at 1325 Franklin Street, earlier this month. The shop will work on domestic, import and European cars and will focus on general repairs.
Hoskins can work on just about any vehicle, he said, but enjoys working on foreign vehicles the most.
“My perfect customer would be, like, kids with Subarus that are sported up and muscle cars and stuff like that,” he said. “But I will fix anything … I’m also trying to, as time goes on, maybe turn it into a tuner shop.”
Hoskins, who is originally from Loogootee, has been a mechanic for about 10 years and is excited to join the small-but-growing auto repair community in Jasper, he said.
“I’m just ready to kind of do my own thing … and all the shops here seem like they’re overflowing with business, so I think it’ll be a good thing,” he said. “My goal has always been to help people.”
Outside of the repairs themselves, Hoskins hopes the shop will be a place where “car guys” can come and feel comfortable.
“I feel like the car community around here … doesn’t have much unity,” he said. “There are guys that take pride in their cars and has car buddies, but there’s no hub for them to meet. That’s my goal, to have a place where everybody can be friends with each other. Like, it wouldn’t hurt my feelings if people were hanging out while I’m working on cars or anything like that.”
In the future, Hoskins wants to save up enough funds to purchase a dyno and other car tuning equipment. A dynamometer, or dyno, is a device used to measure the torque and rotational speed of an engine.
“Say Johnny over here puts all these fast parts on his car, and he wants to see how much horsepower he’s making,” Hoskins explained. “So he comes to the dyno, and it’s this thing that you drive your car up on, and you basically run your car as hard as it can run, and it tells you how much horsepower it has.”
Hoskins also wants the shop’s prices to be relatively affordable because he understands that some people don’t have enough money for repairs sometimes, he said. Repairs are $95 an hour, and anyone interested can get a quote online by visiting jaspermotorsport.com, where more information about the shop can be found, or calling 812-709-8977.
Jasper Motorsport is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon.
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