Custom Classics and Performance
Owned and operated by Paul "Longshot" Johnson.
Paul Johnson has been involved in the automotive field since before High school, having infiltrated the work force by fibbing about his age. At 15 years old Paul began his career at the local gas station, pumping gas and doing odd repairs.
Paul remembers going in early on a Saturday morning, changing oil, pumping gas, and washing cars till mid afternoon. After a lull in the action and servicing several "U" Haul trucks, Paul continued his duties till 2 PM (Sunday morning) when the business closed. A three Mile walk home was a pleasure after the long hours of the day.
Paul has owned and operated several automotive related businesses in the past 35 years (1972 to date), including several gas stations and a Shell Food Mart with gasoline, an automotive repair garage and also a Speed Shop in the Worcester Massachusetts area from 1991 to 1999.
In 1984 Paul was certified by the state of Massachusetts as a Vocational education instructor in the automotive technologies. Paul taught at Worcester Vocational Technical High School, Blackstone Valley Vocational High School and Joseph P. Keefe Technical High School.
Paul began his Drag Racing activities at Lebanon Valley Drag way in the summer of 1969, Running a 1969 Mustang in L/SA, After winning a Ford invitational event at New England Drag Way in august. After winning ten straight victories at Lebanon Valley in 1969, He was hooked forever!
In 1974, Paul purchased the old Country Girl Funny Car from Carl Revese in Waltham Massachusetts. He became licensed at New England Drag way in his Funny Car that year. Paul ran the car for Two years in the Pro Comp Category of Drag Racing at local tracks, (Lebanon Valley, Connecticut Drag Way and New England Drag Way, His home track at this point).
Since then Paul has been actively involved in drag racing, having won the 20th annual Grand Nationals in TAFC (NHRA) and beating the then world champion Bob Newbury in the finals. Paul has crewed on several Top alcohol Funny cars and Grant Flowers "Voodooist" Top Fuel Dragster. (Number 4 in points with IHRA in 2003). Paul has a great understanding of Mechanics and is very flexible in his capabilities. From conventional normally aspirated Engines to all out Drag Race Supercharged Monsters.
Today Paul Johnson, originally from Massachusetts, is the proud owner Custom Classics and Performance in Arlinton Vermont. Established in 2004 after a year of traveling with his wife Sandra.
His claim to fame has more to do with his perseverance and commitment to the automotive technologies and love for Classic Machinery and the sport of Drag Racing*
Thanks for looking! We look forward to serving the automotive and truck enthusiast in any way that we can. With over 500 product lines available at discount prices. Please feel free to contact us with any question or comments.
*(A sanctioned sport that only occurs at a sanctioned track by either IHRA or NHRA).
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