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NCC Sponsor Spotlight

London Auto Services
By Mike Bevels

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elcome to the latest installment of National Capital Chapter (NCC) Additionally, Claudio shared great photos of past projects on his phone, to
Sponsor Spotlight; a series of articles that gives der Bayerische (dB) include a 1957 AC Bristol equipped with a BMW 328 (1936-1940) engine.
readers a closer look at our sponsors. In this issue we will learn more
London Auto Services was involved with our chapter early on when they
about London Auto Services - a shop that has been active in our chapter since hosted tech sessions for NCC at their shop. In fact, if you take a look at the
the early 1980s!
dB archives (https://www.nccbmwcca.org/db/), you can read about London
Growing up in Northern Virginia in the 1980s, I remember my parents Auto's tech sessions and other chapter involvement dating back four decades!
driving by a shop in Falls Church that always had the coolest collection of cars Nick is a longtime chapter member and has personally owned a number of
parked on the lot. I'd stare out of the car window from the back seat, daydream- BMWs to include multiple 2002s, an E36 318ti and 328is, and a 7 Series.
ing about the special cars that I saw.
Additionally, one recently retired coYears later, even after getting my
owner of London Auto Services and
license, I'd admire the collection of
NCC BMW CCA member, Tom Baruch,
classics each time I drove by the shop.
was very active in our chapter. He
Fast forward to present day, I finally
instructed at HPDEs and regularly
had the occasion to pull into the
tracked his BMW E9s at Summit Point
parking lot of London Auto Services,
(one of which graced the cover of dB in
the same shop that piqued so much of
September of 1991), he autocrossed his
my interest over the years, to meet with
1987 535is in the " BMW autocross " ,
its owner, Nick Vadala.
and he has even contributed articles to
When I walked into the front office,
this magazine.
what I noticed first was the collection of
Based on the cars that are usually
photos, vintage parts, and classic
parked in front of the shop, it's obvious
Vespas on display. After introductions,
that London Auto Services works on
Nick and one of the technicians,
vintage and classic cars. What you
Claudio, graciously offered to give me a
may not have realized is that they also
(Top) A 1927 MG TA and an Austin-Healey 3000 in the back of the shop.
tour. Nick's love for his work was clear
work on modern vehicles such as the
(Above) Nick Vadala surrounded by a variety of classic and vintage vehicles.
as he told engaging stories about the
custom carbon body panels they fitted
shop's past projects and shared interesting facts about each of the cars in the to an E63 BMW M6, or the BMW 6-speed manual-transmission conversion
shop that day. I especially enjoyed looking through the photo albums of cars they developed and installed in a Jaguar XK8, or the Alfa Romeo 4Cs they
they've built, such as the 1973 3.0 CS Coupe (E9) they converted to CSL spec, customize and upgrade for street and track usage. In fact, every year the shop
which included moving the engine six inches back for ideal weight distribution. invests in the latest modern software and equipment used to diagnose, repair,

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