Here are some highlights of 900 Werks' History:
900 Werks Porsche Specialties begins in Yarrow, BC. The original shop was built in the 1920s that originally used to pump water and was not insulated, making for some very harsh winters.
900 Werks moves to Lake Country, BC. These were humble years focused on raising a young family. During this time, Frank Winterlik worked at the Porsche and Volkswagen dealership in Kelowna, BC by day and then on his own projects at home during the evenings. A few of the projects included: 1959 356A Supercoup, 1976 911 converted to a 930 Turbo, along with a number Volkswagen restorations.
A fully functioning automotive repair facility is built.
The BCIR Porsche Club is formed. After gaining notoriety amongst his clients, Frank Winterlik becomes the founding President of the club. The first meeting was held at a little restaurant in Kelowna, that now is home to the Minstrel Cafe and with the first show and shine held in Osoyoos, BC.
900 Werks has the pleasure of bringing a Porsche 906, chassis # 906-110, back to race readiness after it had spent the previous 12 years in a museum.
First alignment platform built by MK Technologies is added to the shop.
Based on his knowledge of factory built Porsche race cars and the credibility he gained with the 906, Frank Winterlik is invited to PCA National to act as a Race Scrutineer for club races.
The large task of research, development and fabrication to create a Porsche Club Sport body kit is undertaken.
Frank is approached by a client, now long term friend, to convert his 1988 Volkswagen Carat 7 passenger van to a Porsche. The van was fitted with a 3.4L Carrera engine, 4 piston Brembo brakes, Porsche twist wheels, and in-house fabricated carbon fiber pieces. This was quite the overhaul and was taken on amongst daily servicing jobs and race program projects.
Restoration and race preparation of a “real” 1970 Porsche 914-6. Which was raced throughout the Pacific Northwest at raceways such as: PIR, Sonoma, and Rivers Edge. In 2002, Frank Winterlik purchased the car to race himself. Frank raced this car until 2004, when it was sold to a client and converted back to a street car. In 2006, a 915 gear box that was modified for mid-engine use was installed, as well as the car was fitted with factory steel flares.
A 1968 911S with a very early Carrera conversion was rescued from a carport and restored to its original format, a narrow format 911. As with many, of 900 Werks builds, the car was fondly named “April”. April was race prepared with a 2.0L S engine. Frank Winterlik raced this car until 2008, when it was sold to client in Mexico City. These days you can find “April” racing the Carrera Panamericana.
900 Werks embarked on a project, for a client and good friend, restoring and race preparing a 1969 Alfa GTV. Affectionately known as “Alfie, you can see this car at many of the vintage race events around the Pacific Northwest.
The creation of a 1973 RSR from a 1971 911. The car was fitted with many original RSR parts and prepared to RSR specifications. This was a very personal build for 900 Werks, as it was very much a family effort that included Frank’s son, Josh Winterlik and son-in-law, Oliver Teal.
An age old 930 race car under went restoration and a Club sport body kit that was manufactured by 900 Werks was fitted.
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