At STRAAT Automobile, it is our mission to capture the essence of the 911, while incorporating many of the enhancements in more modern vehicles. We restore and customize classic 911's to your lifestyle - building cars for the track, families, collectors, and people who love driving.
My own passion for cars began at a very early age. Eventually, my curiosity brought me to the track, where I watched drivers attack every turn at full speed. I was completely mesmerized - I knew I wanted in.
I began racing karts in my teens and later moved into open racecars. To me, the only street cars that truly captured that open race car feel, were Porsches. My first Porsche was a 964 RS America that I raced on weekends, and my first classic Porsche was a 993.
Oddly enough, it wasn't Porsche that got me interested in the restoration business, it was a 1967 Lincoln Continental. Restoring that car was a three-year ordeal, but I worked with a great shop and learned a lot. I've been restoring and collecting classic cars ever since.
Five years ago, I began to pursue my hobby in a more serious way, as the CEO of Classic Motors. I′m thrilled to bring my two passions of racing and restoration together and help others enjoy the thrill of driving their own custom vintage Porsche.
As we continue to grow and transform our company, we look forward to hearing from you. And, of course, if you're ready to embark on a project with us, it would be our pleasure to accompany you on your journey.
Here's to the open road,Nelson Calle
Nelson began professional karting and open wheel racing at age fifteen. When he was twenty-one, he fell in love for the first time with a 1994 White Porsche RS America. Since then, he has maintained close ties with Porsche, racing them on the track and enjoying them on the road. Nelson oversees marketing and sales for STRAAT and is especially fond of his role as Chief Driving Officer, charged with testing and inspecting each car until it reaches perfection.
Keith is the ultimate Porsche fanatic. With over 20 years of experience as a vintage Porsche specialist, he's purchased, sold, and appraised 911's for many years. Because it's fun and he's good at it, Keith has also built a lot of 911 hot rods. In his spare time, Keith serves as a driving education instructor for the Porsche Club of America, and he actively participates in track events with his 17-year-old son.
Sergio has over 20 years of experience in race preparation and automotive service. His career includes stints as a race car engineer for the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series and chief fabricator at Champion Motorsport. He specializes in dual-purpose cars (street/track), electronic fuel injection (EFI) systems, chassis design, and creating performance products for modern Porsches and prototype race cars. He is our Porsche EFI specialist and leads our team of technicians. We can't wait to see what he builds next!
Linda manages all aspects of our marketing execution - including our advertising and events planning. If you see the STRAAT logo on something, you can bet she has reviewed it in detail!