WHO WE ARE
We have been small business owners in the classic car industry since 1996, with cumulative performance vehicle experience for over 30 years.
After years of serving as central Ohio's premiere classic car dealer at Cruisin Classics Auto Sales, we saw an unfulfilled need that was not being met for our clients.
We loved helping match our clients with the classic and American muscle cars of their dreams. But what about after the purchase? We recognized that our clients needed a trusted resource to continue to care for their classic vehicles.
It did not sit well with us that our valued clients and their incredible vehicles were being outsourced to, sometimes several, third-party resources for maintenance and performance needs.
We also wanted to help the many people that we had met over the years who already owned classic vehicles which were in need of restoration, upgrades and maintenance. Too often, we were seeing vehicles with so much potential left sitting in garages under covers because their owners did not know who to turn to for such specialized work.
It is our goal to offer our clients a truly comprehensive, seamless, and enjoyable classic car ownership experience, from purchase to maintenance to storage.
Thus, Cruisin Classics Performance Center was born. We have cherry-picked the most talented, experienced and passionate team of technicians to offer our clients a true one-stop-shop solution for any and all of their classic car needs.
Outside of the shop, this business has afforded us the opportunity to be actively involved in our community and fulfill our goal of supporting several local and national organizations that hold a special place in our hearts.
Annually, we are heavily involved as donors and participants in The Arthritis Foundation Car Show and The Columbus Zoo's Colo's Classic Car Show.
We are proud sponsors of the Kiwanis Club of Columbus, the Columbus USO, Honor Flight, Special Olympics, multiple car clubs and much more.
MEET YOUR TEAM
Valeria boasts over 25 years in customer service and office management. She grew up around cars, so when the opportunity to manage a performance shop office presented itself, it seemed like passion and profession meeting in perfect alignment.
She loves the opportunity to be around classic cars every day. And her favorite part is the relationship she creates with our customers. She enjoys the stories they have to tell about their vehicles and loves the feeling she gets when she sees them leave our shop, full of pride, and ready for their next car show.
When she's not busy in our office, she is heavily involved with the Empty Pockets Cruisers to raise money for the military and children's charities. To relax, she spends time gardening and loves all things Halloween!
JOIN OUR TEAM
It is our mission to provide excellence in service and care for our clients' vehicles with the same integrity and precision as we would our own. If you're a trained, experienced classic car technician and this mission speaks to you and you're interested in joining one of the most talented and respected teams in the midwest, please email your resume to for consideration.
LARUE JEFFREY, SERVICE MANAGER
As the Service Manager, LaRue oversees our team of technicians while acting as a liaison between our team and our clients to ensure we exceed expectations on every project.
LaRue has 34 years under his belt in the auto performance industry and is skilled in complete restorations, including body work, sheet metal and all mechanical.
LaRue's passion for performance vehicles developed at an early age while working with his father on his '67 Camaro and '72 Nova. Since those early years, LaRue has continued to refine his craft to become an experienced and talented technician. LaRue still owns his father's Camaro and Nova that started it all.
MATT LUPARDUS, TECHNICIAN
BOB BELL, TECHNICIAN
A true auto enthusiast, Bob studied all aspects of auto repair at CPI Technical Institute where he went on to graduate top of his class. He has 37 years of experience in transmission and auto repair, building hot rods and rat rods.
After all of these years in the industry, Bob says, seeing the client's smile when they get their car back after a job well done is still his favorite part of the job.
Outside of work, it's no surprise that Bob enjoys car shows and showing off his own rat rod, named "The Zombie." He also enjoys spending time outdoors and at his cabin in Southern Ohio.
VALERIA DRESBACH, OFFICE MANAGER
BRYAN LEWIS, TECHNICIAN
Bryan has extensive experience in the auto industry that spans auto repair, fabrication, machine shop, electrical and even racing. Additionally, Bryan is an ASE Certified Technician.
It seems Bryan was destined to be a performance vehicle technician as his dad worked in the auto industry and he says it is a love that was inherited and it just comes naturally.
Bryan says, "the client is the ultimate reward," and states that their reaction when they see their car at it's best is worth all of the hard work and effort that was put into the vehicle.
Outside the shop, Bryan loves racing, fishing, spending time with friends and family and is an avid foodie!
A car fanatic since childhood, Matt has extensive experience in everything from vehicle restoration, repair, paint, welding and autobody.
What Matt enjoys most about his role at Cruisin Classics Performance Center is the opportunity to help people turn their classic car dreams into reality.
Matt says, he is interested in anything with an engine, but is particularly passionate about the clean lines of the classic vehicles.
Matt is personally partial to '73-'87 square body Chevy pickup trucks. He has one of his own, which he drives daily, after he built and customized it from the ground up.