Jasper Motorsport: New shop ready to help

Justin Hoskins’ love for cars began early in his life.

Justin Hoskins, the owner of Jasper Motorsport, opened his new auto shop on Franklin Street in Jasper earlier this month.

The Loogootee resident recently opened Jasper Motorsport at 1325 Franklin Street where he offers general repairs and performance upgrades on domestic, import and European cars.

Justin’s new endeavor is the culmination of years of fostering a love for all types of cars and cranking wrenches to make them run better.

He grew up detailing cars on his dad’s car lot and doing what most kids in the 90s and early 2000s did. Playing video games like ‘Need for Speed’ and watching any number of the movies in the ‘Fast and Furious’ franchise — his favorites are the first and fourth movies.

That love for high-speed, modified, performance cars turned into a passion for working on them.

“When I was like 14 or 15, I thought if I grew up to be a mechanic, I would be happy with that,” he said. “And that’s what I did.”

He started messing around and learning about the mechanical aspect of vehicles in his late teens. When he was about 20 years old, Justin invested in his first performance vehicle. At that point in his life, he was fiscally limited to cars that weren’t in the best shape but he figured he could fix them up. “I drove about three hours to pick up a 1982 BMW 318,” the 29-year-old explained.

He had to hold the stick shift up the whole long drive home or it would fall down into the gearbox. “I barely got it home. I had to hold it up the whole time,” Justin said. “But, I wanted that car. It was a BMW and I knew what kind of engine it had and I liked it.”

It was the first in a line of fixer-uppers that he would pick up on his meager income at the time. And with each new project, he added to his knowledge base and skills.

Justin loves figuring out what is wrong with vehicles. The investigative part and constant learning drive his passion for repairs and upgrades.

“That’s the whole thing about being a mechanic or being a technician or being any type of person that fixes anything is,” he explained. “It’s not what you know, it’s what you are willing to learn.”

He also loves working on computers — a necessary component for working on modern vehicles. At one point he thought about going into computer repair and IT, but his love for cars and the variety of systems he could learn about and work on kept him interested.

“Also, you can’t drive a computer,” Justin said.

Then, he landed a job with Redstone Car Service where he split his time between driving and keeping the the small fleet of luxury vehicles operating. There, his appreciation for Jasper and Dubois County also grew, and with Redstone phasing out, he decided to turn their base of operations into a new garage and gathering space for motorsport enthusiasts in a community he has grown to love.

Earlier this week, he installed a new car lift and tested it out in the Franklin Street garage. The racks of tools and wheeled toolboxes are standing at the ready as he continues working on his own most recent project car. It is a red Mazda R8 and at this point, he is working on replacing the Mazda engine with a Honda one. He describes it as taking a highly unreliable car and adding one of the most reliable engines available to it.

There will be other modifications along with it. Like a component board that allows him to change how the engine performs from his phone by Bluetooth. A couple sliders on his phone allow him to increase fuel, air or add nitrous levels similar to what you see in the Fast and Furious franchises.

While these challenging projects are his passion, he also loves helping people. He knows a working vehicle can be the difference between a good day and bad month for a family. While performance motorsports is a passion, he wants to be there to ensure those families have what they need.

He figures that if he can put his talents to use to help people and make some money doing it, he is helping the community.

Along with helping those folks, he wants to become a hub for car enthusiasts. Rather than focus on any niche based on a specific make or model of vehicle, he just wants to meet with people that love cars.

“I want to create a community where people can come and talk and hang out,” he said.

Jasper Motorsport is open Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon. You can find out more online at jaspermotorsport.com and on the Facebook Page. You can reach the shop by phone at 812-709-8977.