The Need For Speed

Josh and Brittanie Hart, owners of Burnyzz Speed Shop in Ocala, know one thing for sure: They are doing the job they were born to do.

“There are only two things I’ve ever been sure about in my life and that’s marrying my wife and cars,” says Josh, 29, who as of January realized his dream of co-owning one of the top speed shops around with his wife, Brittanie. Burnyzz Speed Shop is a sister company of America Classic Motor Cars, and the two recently merged to form a top-of-the-line classic show car dealership.

“If you dream it, we can build it,” says Josh, noting the resources he and Brittanie have access to throughout the country to help find potential buyers the cars they desire. Burnyzz has also bought and sold a number of iconic cars in places as far away as Australia, Europe and Brazil. With the shop’s online inventory selection, prospective buyers who may have a unique or rare request can easily search for their dream car.

“We have over $3 million in inventory, with 50 to 60 cars for sale at all times,” says Josh.And while sales is certainly a part of the business, it’s not the only one.

“We’re also a full-service shop; we do everything from oil changes, tune-ups and now we install vintage air systems,” he explains. Along with the sales and service centers, Burnyzz recently opened a body and paint shop on-site as well.

The 17,000-square-foot facility truly is state of the art, with five ASE certified technicians on staff, and is the only one in the county with a Dyno Machine.

“The Dyno Machine really sets us apart. It’s the best diagnostic tool available,” he says. Josh and Brittanie explain that the Dyno allows the technicians to fully access a vehicle and drive specialty cars at top speeds to evaluate the performance.

“Cars can be driven onto the Dyno and driven at 200mph without going anywhere, and drag cars can get their quarter-mile strip time right on this machine,” says Josh.

Drag racing vehicles are no mystery to Josh. He became involved with the sport five years ago and since has been a regular competitor at many venues, including Gatornationals, and has made appearances at many car shows. In fact, his 2012 Ford Raptor, Cobra, Lightning, ‘57 Chevy custom drag car and ‘57 Corvette were all on display in the Paddock Mall during the holidays, much to the delight of area car enthusiasts.

Together Josh and Brittanie want to pass along their passion for cars to a younger generation of car enthusiasts.

“Younger generations don’t appreciate these cars. We want to pass these great cars along and preserve the hobby,” he says.

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