SO-CAL Speed Shop Eastern Canada
87 Advance Road, Toronto, ON M8Z 2S6
Monday 9 am - 6 pm
Tuesday 9 am - 6 pm
Wednesday 9 am - 8 pm
Thursday 9 am - 8 pm
Friday 9 am - 6 pm
Saturday 10 am - 5 pm
Sunday 12 pm - 5 pm
Contact us to confirm hours. We are closed during all Statutory Holidays in Canada: New Year’s Day, Family Day, Good Friday, Easter Sunday, Victoria Day, Canada Day, August Civic Day, Labour Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, Boxing Day.
SO-CAL Speed Shop History
March 3, 1946, using some borrowed money, Alex Xydias opened the first So-Cal Speed Shop on Olive Avenue in Burbank. "I really struggled to keep it going," says Alex. "Sometimes I made less than $100 a month but the hard work paid off, and when my one-year lease was up, I moved shop to 1104 South Victory Boulevard in Burbank where I placed a Sears Roebuck prefab two-car garage." The hot rods that bore the So-Cal logo ran in pretty fast company. For example, a V8-60-powered lakester clocked 136-mph in 1948 and So-Cal cars were the first hot rods to go 160, 170, 180 and 190 mph. Mechanix Illustrated magazine voted the So-Cal gang the Number One Racing Team. This early success was quickly ratified when Alex teamed up with legendary auto enthusiast and author Dean Batchelor to develop a purpose-built streamliner. Powered by an Edelbrock-equipped Mercury V8, the liner ran 210 mph in 1950.
The similarities to the birth of Performance Improvements are many. Bob McJannett also borrowed money, (from his girlfriend Susan) to open the first Performance Improvements Speed Shop at 1268 the Queensway in Etobicoke. "It was just a part time job at first," says Bob. "We were just trying to make enough to cover next months rent." Performance Improvements sponsored a number of dragsters over the years, with Norm Noddle's 1985 Super Comp Championship in Sanair, Quebec being a highlight. A Canadian driver winning in Canada! Performance Improvements continues to sponsor Ted Barnes, who won the 2003 IHRA Hot Rod Championship.
P.I. Speed Shop Locations: Toronto - Barrie - Brampton - Hamilton - Oshawa - Pierrefonds
You can read more about Alex Xydias, and his 90th (!) birthday party, in the Autumn 2012 issue of Performance in Motion magazine: