Ron's Toy Shop, Inc. Repairing most Foreign and Domestic automobiles specializing in TOYOTA, SCION & LEXUS auto repair. They also sell Custom Built Trailers and service all makes of trailers. They also have a wide variety of trailer parts and accessory's.
My name is Ron Fournier, I own and operate a small Toyota & Lexus specialist repair shop in Manchester, NH We repair all other vehicle also. My team of Techs is the best you will find anywhere. Let's start with the techs.
Eric Costello, A great guy and great tech. He has a vast knowledge of BMW, GM, Toyota, Lexus, and Honda etc. He too is into GM performance. He has currently been working on a 71 Chevy P/U Low Rider. Cool Flame job and Primer paint. Eric is Jeff's best Buddy and another great asset to our team. He has been with me for about 3 years also.
The next guy is Roger Cuthbert. Roger has been with me for around 12 years I think. This guy is like my right arm. Ya Jeff and Eric you guys are too! Roger is the type of tech that loves a challenge. He is ASE certified Master Technician as well as certified L1 & L2 He has not been stumped yet. At least I haven’t been able to give him something he can’t fix. I wish I could say the same for myself. When Roger started with me he would come to the track on Friday nights and give me a hand with the race car. That’s where he met my good friend Dick Steigleman and his lovely daughter Sarah. I think I saw sparks fly when the two first met. I had to check under the car to see if it was on fire. LOL They began dating only after asking Dick if it was ok with as there was a slight age difference. Now they are happily married and have 3 future Jr drag racers. Oh I forgot to mention Sarah was a drag racer also. She ran a 1970 Chevelle SS/396, witch she still has today. Roger would run his 72 Chevellle and played with his motorcycle at the track also.
My son Brad is now piloting the 48. Brad is now working for IRA Toyota in Manchester He is also a certified TOYOTA & ASE Master Technician. Brad has been racing with me for 17 years. His fastest ride was our 1970 Volvo P1800 Pro-Street wagon. It Ran 9.33 @ 132 MPH that was a very cool car.
The next guy is My Son Matt; He has taken over my trailer sales department. He has been calling the shots with the trailer department for about two years now. He has really grown that end of the shop. Matt has been racing with me for 17 years also but had to give it up last year because of hearing issues. He was deadly on the tree and had instilled fear in all who came up against him. A 5.06 was a bad light. He killed me at the tree. He piloted a 67 Z/28 camaro that loved to rev @ 7400. Man that car sounded awesome! It went 10.80 @ 124 MPH
Matt has been working at the shop since he was 12 years old.
Then there is Jamie Demers My Brother (in-law) He has been by my side for 18 years at the shop. He and I worked together many years at a couple of Toyota dealerships prior to my opening Ron's Toy Shop. This guy is the cement of the foundation in this shop. Without the cement everything would come apart. He is now running the show for me. He allows me the time I need to get everything else done. He is the reason I can get out to tracks around the country. No need to worry about things He’ll get-r done. Jamie has been a motor head since I met his wonderful sister 36 years ago. 36 years, Man time is flying faster than John Force. Hope you are feeling better John! Jamie just sold his 70 Nova SS/427 He has been riding his NEW Harley now.
Then there is Cheryl, my wife of 31 years. She is the reason I breathe. My sole mate. You can't find a woman that is as wonderful as her. I met her from her best friend Donna (Gagnon) Sheatler. They are still best friends today. I was driving my 70 Dodge challenger. Yes I was racing that one too, but that was my daily driver. She does the books and is not shy to stop me from buying too many cars. That's why we made it to the point we are at today in life. She keeps me going straight. God I love her!
Then there is me Ron Fournier. Motor Head!
First let me thank God for getting me here and my Guardian Angel for guiding Cheryl into my life. OK Now about how the heck I got to become a Motor Head. My Dad died when I was 10 years old. I had 3 older sisters and 1 Brother. I would mention names but this would go on for ever. My sister Phyllis, & her now husband John Ziakas (Purcellville, VA) and my Brother Bob were already motor heads and didn't know it. John had a 62 Chevy Biscayne and Bob had a 64 Chevelle SS. They would do burn outs in front of our house just to see who could do the longest strip of rubber. I though this was unreal cool! I couldn't wait to turn 16 and get my driver license. This stuff went on for years. It drove me nuts. I could not wait to try this out for myself. When I was 15 my brother bought a 62 Nova SS that he would let me work on with him. 327/4spd. He would let me drive it in the driveway at home. He showed me how to do a burn out with that car. I'm hooked now! Then John says to side step it. I didn't know what that meant. Then he told me. Bring the RPM'S up to 5000 then slip your foot off the clutch in 1st gear. WOW! That set the hook and I haven’t stopped beating cars since. My 1st car was a 68 Ford Falcon w/3spd column shift. Bob helped me put a floor shift in it. That car lasted about a month before I killed it trying to bounce the front tires off the ground behind Cremeland Drive-in Restaurant. Then came the 70 Challenger. I managed to blow up 5 transmissions and 3 rear ends in that car. That is the car I had when I met my wife. I was 17; she was 15 Crazy kids then. I was a member of the car of the month club. The people down at the DMV knew my mother by her first name. They would see her come in and ask her what I bought now. Poor MOM. Thanks MOM! Incase I didn’t thank you before. I don't know how many cars I have had. My wife says I have had pretty much all of them. Many more to come.
Well I have worked my way up to Blown Alcohol! Wow what a fantastic year. I turn the big 50 too! (What a party!) It was a year of learning for me. I have built plenty of mildly blown gas jobs. Never played with alcohol before. We went to Columbus Ohio for the NHRA Hot Rod Reunion. My first time. What a blast! Met many great people there and saw my first Cackle Fest. (A must see) I will try to incorporate it in our next Cruising Downtown car show in Manchester next September 08. We wound up with some minor engine problems on the 4th pass and left on the final day of the show. Well time went on and I learned a great deal about how many passes to put on a set of connecting rods.
I sponsored the Nostalgia Series @ New England dragway here in New Hampshire. At the July event the motor came apart. It kicked a connecting rod up thru the center of the block, breaking the cam-shaft into 4 pieces and shattered the center of the block.
When I got the car I knew it would be work, just not a lot of work and a lot of $. I decided to sell the car to Ken Mix from Alberta Canada. I will be building a new Bracket car over the winter for next season. It will be something that will run in the mid 8s.
As for my life, I Thank God for Blessing Me, my Family, My Wife Cheryl, My sons Matthew and Brad, The crew at Ron's Toy Shop, My Pit crew Bob Gamache and Moe Nault, My good fortune.
I Hope I didn't bore any one over .050