Orange County Choppers Paul Senior Invades Eye on Business

By: Lee Gordon Email
By: Lee Gordon Email

There are a lot of big warehouses near the Tallahassee airport, many of which are for aviation. But, ironically, on Aviation Avenue sits a warehouse that has nothing to do with planes or trains...but definitely, automobiles.

For a car enthusiast, this just may be heaven on earth. 25-thousand square feet of exotic cars, muscle cars, old cars, new cars, and cars waiting to be re-furbished. Welcome to the TransAm Depot, a shop run by three Tallahassee guys with a need for speed.

"It's amazing walking in here to think all of this came from paper," said co-owner Jim Dowling.

"It's living the dream and that's what we are doing it's a lot of fun. One of the most exciting things is we have been able to secure the brand name TransAm, we have that under license," said Tod Wamack, co-owner of TransAm Depot.

Next month, the guys will roll out their first production vehicle. They are helped by renowned graphic designer Kevin Morgan who came up with some of the amazing designs on the hood.

Most of the cars have been refurbished with all the old school amenities from the interior to the bumper---but with the same power as the sports cars of today. Tod, Scott, and Jim have tried hard to remain anonymous, but their lives are about to change.

Paul SR from the Orange County Choppers is in town checking out a custom made car that he ordered--and while he was there, he was taping a segment for his national television show on a group of guys from Lincoln high school that just really love cars.

"I haven't seen the car that they are building me even though I've seen these cars completed like the one they have here. It's pretty exciting," said Paul Tetul, Sr. of Orange County Choppers.

The TransAm depot has about 12 employees, many of whom arrive to work before the doors open, anxious to work at their dream job. But in this economy, who's buying cars or refurbishing them for that matter--you'd be surprised.

"Guys like their toys and there's certain things that they'll spend money on and cars is one of them."

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  • by Dave Location: Tallahassee on Feb 25, 2011 at 01:06 PM
    The guys at the Trans Am Depot/Classic Storage are a great bunch of guys. They have a "Cars and Coffee" the third Saturday morning of every month, where they open up the shop to show folks what they are working on. Local car enthusists cruise in, hang out, and talk shop for an hour or two while eating donuts and drinking coffee. I have been a half a dozen times and see new projects every time ! Cheers to the staff, Dave the Bartender
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