Wednesday, 22 September 2021 12:16

Automotive Art Paints Helps Auto Restoration Shop Keep Building its Reputation

Written by Autobody News Staff
Mongoose Motorsports in Ravenna, OH, is a one-stop restoration shop that recently switched to Automotive Art Paints for its superior finishes. Mongoose Motorsports in Ravenna, OH, is a one-stop restoration shop that recently switched to Automotive Art Paints for its superior finishes.


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When a full-service auto restoration shop has a well-established, word-of-mouth reputation like that of Mongoose Motorsports in Ravenna, OH, it can be a hard sell to get them to consider switching products.

Mongoose Motorsports
Location: Ravenna, OH
(330) 296-1963

Facebook: Mongoose-Motorsports-LLC

Company At A Glance...
Type: Automotive Restoration
Facility Employees: 11
In Business Since: 2009
Number of Locations: One
Combined Space: 55,000 square feet


But that is what Automotive Art did, and now employees are loving the results on the vehicles they paint -- everything from semis to motorcycles and all manner of classic and special interest cars in between.


Owner Tricia Krause said the previous owner of Mongoose Motorsports convinced her late husband, Gary Krause, to leave his job as a shop superintendent at a diecast company to come work at Mongoose.


Tricia said Mongoose's previous owner was impressed by the restoration work Gary was doing in their home garage on a 1963 Chevy Corvette Grand Sport body.


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The shop put its name on the map when it provided multiple 1963 Chevy Corvette Grand Sports for two movies in the "Fast and the Furious" franchise.


Three years later, in 2009, the previous owner wanted to get out of the business after the economy tanked. Gary wanted to buy it.


"I was like, how are we going to do that? My question has always been how are we going to pay for that," Tricia said. "He always said to me, don't worry about it, we'll figure it out.


"It was a struggle in the very beginning because the economy was terrible, but we figured it out for the last 10 years," Tricia said.


Those Corvette Grand Sports helped get the Krauses' business off the ground even amidst a bad economy, when Universal Studios asked them in late 2010 to build five identical Grand Sports for its "Fast Five" movie. The order eventually grew to nine cars, as the studio kept wrecking them while trying to get a shot of the car being stolen out of a moving train near the beginning of the movie.


"That helped us get started, and we are very thankful for the relationship we've built with Universal Studios," Tricia said.


Universal Studios even came back for a Corvette Grand Sport Gasser that was used as an extra in a scene in "The Fate of the Furious," the eighth movie in the franchise.


Mongoose Motorsports used its 15 minutes of fame to start building its reputation.


The shop is licensed by General Motors to build replica Grand Sports, using body molds taken from one of the original five cars. Each one takes a year to a year and a half to build. At this point, Mongoose has built so many, for clients all over the U.S. and even the world, they've lost count.


In 2015, the Krauses bought Portage Trim, a nearby upholstery company that used to do work for Mongoose. With that, Mongoose Motorsports became a...

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