There are those who buy a Porsche because they want the status and prestige that come with owning a German-made sports car.
And then there are those who buy a Porsche because they love taking it to the local track to stomp the accelerator and hear the sweet sound of the engine at 7,000 rpm, the feel of the car while rounding a sharp turn at high speeds, the smell of burnt rubber after clocking a fast lap.
Those same people usually also enjoy finding ways to extract more horsepower and torque from their factory-rated engine.
A shop catering to both kinds of Porsche owners recently opened in Gig Harbor. Dundon Motorsports, housed in a 6,000-square-foot warehouse in the back of a business park off Burnham Drive, is the brainchild of Jaime Bopp and Charles Dundon. The shop is aimed at serving as a “dealer alternative” for Porsche owners and enthusiasts in Gig Harbor and around the South Sound.
There are a small percentage of guys who buy a Porsche to really use it.
Jaime Bopp, Dundon Motorsports
“There are a small percentage of guys who buy a Porsche to really use it,” said Bopp, a 43-year-old Gig Harbor resident who owns two Porsches, a 2014 911 GT3 and a 2007 911 GT3 RS.
Bopp met Dundon, who previously worked as a service technician at another Porsche shop in King County, through social circles and got to know him as a talented mechanic who several Porsche enthusiasts trusted with servicing their cars. After building a strong relationship, the two decided to join forces and open Dundon Motorsports.
“We felt there was the appropriate demographic for Porsche owners in Gig Harbor,” said Bopp, who has a chemical engineering background.
The shop specializes in engine building and tuning as well as parts fabrication, but the pair also want to cater to owners who want something as simple as an oil change or a routine maintenance check for their car.
But the performance and tuning piece is what really gets the duo excited about the new venture.
“I really love the development, fabrication and thought process that goes into making performance parts,” said the 33-year-old Dundon, who finished in the top of his class in the Porsche Technology Apprenticeship Program in Atlanta during the early part of his career.
A hand-built exhaust system package the pair recently developed for the GT3 has been purchased by customers in 10 different countries — including some as far away as Malaysia, Oman, Qatar and Guatemala.
And the shop is off to a blazing fast start in that department. A hand-built exhaust system package the pair recently developed for the GT3 has been purchased by customers in 10 different countries — including some as far away as Malaysia, Oman, Qatar and Guatemala.
Although both Bopp and Dundon are happy to talk Porsche all day, the pair strives to keep the shop’s focus on earning customers’ trust when it comes to working on their prized possessions.
“Good enough is the wrong motto to live by” when it comes to working on individual jobs on customers’ cars, Dundon said, adding that he strives to get as close to perfection as humanly possible.
Bopp is a frequent visitor to The Ridge Motorsports Park near Shelton and Pacific Raceways in Kent, constantly testing the limits of his own cars and seeing how they respond to engine upgrade packages he has worked to develop with Dundon. The experience gives the team the opportunity to see how the car responds to real-time conditions beyond just being hooked up to the shop’s dynamometer. They can then apply that knowledge to help better cater to their customers’ needs.
“Nothing we do puts the customer’s car in harm’s way,” Bopp said.
In the coming months, the shop will employ between four to five technicians. Future plans for expansion of Dundon Motorsports include creating a small, specialty Porsche dealership showroom on the grounds.
10421 Burnham Dr. Suite 6E, Gig Harbor