See how one small shop in Dayton, Ohio is souping up their bottom line and cashing in on classic cars.

It’s time for a tune-up.

Ludlow Automotive has been a staple in Dayton for over 70 years, but with Chris Winblad and his scrappy crew at the helm, it’s time for a change. Watch the wild ride as he works to streamline his father’s business so he can spend more time making classic cars run like new.


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Episode 1

Ludlow Automotive and Speed Shop

Chris, Noël, Dan and Jimbo start thinking about changes to the shop. How will they keep up with the growing workload without hiring even more new techs?


Episode 2

Choosing the right lift

Kam Hydraulics stops by the shop to talk equipment and installation. Chris and the crew start to get a sense of the big things in store for Ludlow Automotive.


Episode 3

Installing the lifts – Part 1

Severe weather threatens to throw the team off schedule, but just misses the shop. The hard work really begins as Kam Hydraulics starts installation of the new lifts.


Episode 4


After a hectic few days in the shop, Chris gets to check out the new lifts for the first time. Will he like what he sees? Or will he go back to square one?



Chris tells a joke

Meet the team

Co-owner, shop manager, mechanic


Chris Winblad is the third-generation owner of Ludlow Automotive and Speed Shop. Since 2011, he’s been a part of doing it all, from running the day-to-day operations alongside Noël to getting his hands dirty fixing up cars.

Co-owner, office manager, finances


Noël is a co-owner of Ludlow along with her husband, Chris. While he’s in the shop, she’s in the office, handling payments, ordering parts and taking care of the customers.



Dan has been a mechanic at Ludlow Automotive for over 16 years–ever since Chris hired him from the shop across the street. You’ll usually find him doing drivetrain work.



The newest addition to the team, Jimbo has been working at Ludlow for just about a year. A skilled and seasoned mechanic, Chris hired him on the spot when he showed up for his interview.

Shop cat


Frank is the shop cat that keeps the customers and the team constantly entertained. He showed up in the garage about three years ago and has been a fixture at Ludlow ever since.

Step inside the shop

Check out the equipment that’s taking Ludlow Automotive to the next level.


4 post lift

The Four Post lift is an all-around shop workhorse that allows you to lift, service and store a wide variety of vehicles. It’s made with high quality materials and sturdy locking mechanism for ultimate safety day-in and day-out at your shop.


2 post lift

This Two Post Lift from Forward Lift gives you all the options you need to lift a range of vehicles safely and quickly. A variety of adapters, plus your choice of symmetrical or asymmetrical arm designs allows you to work on cars, trucks and vans comfortably.

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