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Rolla, MO info needed

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by friskyspatula, Dec 1, 2010.

  1. friskyspatula
    Joined: Nov 15, 2009
    Posts: 20


    Hello Everyone,

    We are currently in the process of moving to Rolla, MO. My wife is already down there while I get our house ready to sell.

    My Issue is that I have no knowledge of the area other than it has a good university and Route 66 goes through it.

    What I need to know is if anyone has some suggestions for mechanics/shops in the Rolla. Our daily drivers are modern cars (post 2000) and I don't normally work on them. Normally all I need is oil change and routine maintenance. I have found I am more comfortable using a real shop vs the quick lube places. I like to build a relationship you know, that way when something does go awry, I know I can trust the guy working on it.

    So anyone have any suggestions? I have always found that car guys know the best shops and the worst shops. Any assistance is appreciated.


  2. moparforlife
    Joined: Feb 21, 2009
    Posts: 351

    from Rolla, MO

    Well I can't answer any of your questions or recommend a shop, but I can say welcome to Rolla. I could maybe point you in the direction of a junkyard or two though.
  3. hoggyrubber
    Joined: Aug 30, 2008
    Posts: 572


    don't know any shops either. i have had family live in rolla and it's pretty centered around the collage and fort l. wood. welcome to the show me state.
  4. a friend of mine lives just off of old route 66
    he has a shop and does alot of wheeling and dealing
    look for the old 46 pannel truck body in front
    his name is brandon

  5. I'm sorry I can't recommend any good shops. But I graduated from UMR in '02. Go Miners! :D
  6. Johnny Wishbone
    Joined: Aug 10, 2009
    Posts: 314

    Johnny Wishbone

    I know I guy there, I'll ask him for ya

  7. btbsandman
    Joined: Mar 15, 2007
    Posts: 72


    I know of a guy close to Rolla that is really good. He is honest and reliable.
  8. Midwest Rodder
    Joined: Dec 7, 2008
    Posts: 1,768

    Midwest Rodder

    I'm of no help to you, but welcome to MO!
  9. I bought my '51 Merc. from a nice fella in Rolla. I went down from Cleveland to get it 2 years ago. The previous owner had a fair ammount of work done on it. The quality of most of the work looks good. I'll sift through the paperwork and see what shops I come up with.

    I did see a few shops along the way just outside Rolla that looked like they work on old cars. I forget the route, but it ran parallel to the old Route 66. I could've spent a few days just checking out the area, but had to book it back to Cleveland.

    I didn't know Route 66 went through the town until I got there. What a great surprise! I got some pics of the car next to Historic Route 66 signs.
  10. Tman
    Joined: Mar 2, 2001
    Posts: 34,100


    I worked for my Uncle for two summers there. The dirt has a smell that will never leave you.
  11. tcb-1
    Joined: Jul 19, 2008
    Posts: 228


    got a buddy whose a five oh down there if you need a get-out-of-jail-free card.......
  12. Racewriter
    Joined: Nov 14, 2008
    Posts: 780


    Rolla has a racetrack that has been unused for nearly 40 years, with a strange history. One of these days, I'm going to stop by, photograph it, and write a story about it.
  13. oldman2
    Joined: Sep 9, 2010
    Posts: 2,373


    Matt, sorry can't help with info, I live about 100 miles southwest of Rolla, welcome to Missouri and good luck with finding a good shop.
  14. Welcome. Your move gets you closer to the home of the HAMB Drags!
  15. moparforlife
    Joined: Feb 21, 2009
    Posts: 351

    from Rolla, MO

    Really? Where is that?
  16. monsterflake
    Joined: May 13, 2003
    Posts: 3,763


    ooh, i wanna go, too!
  17. Racewriter
    Joined: Nov 14, 2008
    Posts: 780


    The track is at the fairgrounds. From the satellite pics, it's still intact, but apparently they cover the frontstretch with dirt and use it for demo derbies and tractor pulls. It was called Rolla Speedway, and it is a high banked asphalt oval. Very fast. It was dirt from 67-71, and then they paved it. It ran successfully for three years, and all the top guys in the area ran there. Rusty Wallace ran there, Larry Phillips, the Ropers, Mark Martin, etc. The last race was the biggest - the "USA 300" on July 4, 1974, and it drew over 100 cars from all over the country, including my dad. It was supposed to have paid $10,000 to win. It was won by Tom Maier, from Michigan. What happened after the race is still in some dispute all these years later. Ed Howe claims that he managed to catch the promoter - a guy named Starr - right after the race, and was paid his $10,000. What isn't in dispute is that NOBODY else got paid before the promoter got the hell out of there. My dad was supposed to get around $2,000 for fifth. Now, here's where it gets weird. Up to that point, the speedway had been successful for the promoter, the fair board, and the racers. Yet, after the USA 300 fiasco, there was never another race held. Not a weekly race, not a fair race, nothing. The talk is that there were anti-racing forces in the town government from the get-go, and they used the bad press from the 300 as an excuse to shut it down. And down it has remained, which is a shame. Again, I'm going on some hearsay as to whether it still stands, but a friend of mine stopped by there 2 years ago and looked, and it was still there at the time. But, to have a track that was going well, and then shutter it completely in midseason, is strange. There's even been talk that Starr was in cahoots somehow with the anti-racing folks, and that both sides knew what the other wanted. Either way, Starr blew town with a ton of cash (give or take 10 grand), and the anti-racing people got what they wanted permanently. That's the short version; the long version would take some researcg.
  18. I had heard that the Wallace boys ran there. It's a shame the track got shut down. Could have made for a bit of entertainment when I was at school and bored on the weekends.
  19. Ebbsspeed
    Joined: Nov 11, 2005
    Posts: 5,492


  20. Captain Chaos
    Joined: Oct 16, 2009
    Posts: 596

    Captain Chaos
    from Missery

    looks like we have a fieldtrip to plan up : )
    my friends uncle is a sheriff down there too
  21. hotrodstude
    Joined: Jul 30, 2010
    Posts: 70


    i grew up in rolla.i i liked it a lot.use to live across from rusty wallaces on summit ave.his dad was dist.for the post disp.paper out of st louis. al the good garages are gone now,have not been back in a few years.

    we had a small track right off of i-44 called char liea it had the best racing i have ever seen on a stock car track. the track at the fairgrounds was built by miller auto salavage.then a year later the city expanded the city limits to include the fairgrounds and thus shut the track because of noise reg.its on hwy 63 outside of rolla.

    if you like outdoor stuff you'll love rolla.hunting,fishing,camping,and is a hour and half away,branson about 2 hours.
    Last edited: Dec 6, 2010
  22. friskyspatula
    Joined: Nov 15, 2009
    Posts: 20


    Thanks for all the welcomes... we are looking forward to getting set up down there. That race track looks interesting, wonder what the deal is with it. If nothing else it would make a great cruise in location.
  23. 1930ModelA
    Joined: Sep 4, 2008
    Posts: 130


    Not much going on in Rolla Went to UMR graduated in 2004, Walmart is about as exciting as it gets.
  24. EVANS and 3 97s
    Joined: Dec 15, 2006
    Posts: 149

    EVANS and 3 97s

    Stop in Rolla Auto Salvage, ask for Joe or Marty and tell them Dickie from St Charles sent you. They can help you find a shop and I think they know most of the Speedway story.
  25. MO_JUNK
    Joined: Jan 22, 2006
    Posts: 1,065

    from Rolla, Mo.

    Friskyspatula, looking forward to having another car guy in town. I've lived here for 24 years and have been involved with the regional car groups. I'll introduce you to some folks when you get here. There are reputable auto maintenance (mom and pop) garages here. Here's my cell (573) 201-5432. I'm also in the NSRA Fellow Pages. Sam Kimbrough
  26. chaos10meter
    Joined: Feb 21, 2007
    Posts: 2,191

    from PA.

    You sure it wasn't dog shit you were picking up ?
  27. bothred
    Joined: Jan 10, 2008
    Posts: 29


    Passed through there going home from Americruise one year. Don't eat at the KFC>
  28. Mad Mark
    Joined: Jun 23, 2007
    Posts: 481

    Mad Mark

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