Prior to launching Performance Garage Club with partners Steve Smotrich and Kurt Nehlig, Bill Thomas launched and is currently sole proprietor of William Thomas Roadsters LLC. Located in Frenchtown New Jersey, WTR specializes in restoration and repair of classic British sports cars as well as high performance modification of Lotus Elise, Exige and Evora automobiles. Bill has spent his entire career in the automotive industry on both the retail and manufacturer sides of the business. He was a professional new-car dealership automotive technician for 13 years prior to becoming a Technical Representative for Nissan North America’s Infiniti Division. After 6 years and many rewarding positions with Nissan Motor Corporation he then spent the next 5 years with Ferrari/Maserati North America as a Technical and Business Operations Manager. Bill resigned from Ferrari in 2005 to launch his dream; William Thomas Roadsters. Bill is also an avid motorcycle enthusiast and enjoys driving his Lotus Exige 255 Cup car on the track. His enthusiasm for the automotive lifestyle prompted the creation of “Performance Garage Club”.
From an early age, Kurt loved anything with wheels that could go fast. He got his first dirt-bike for his 7th birthday; this changed everything. He’s a true aficionado and has always enjoyed working on motorcycles and cars. Kurt’s interest in vehicles and attention to detail eventually lead him to aircraft restoration. Later, Kurt’s meticulous craftsmanship and entrepreneurial spirit prompted him to open his own motorcycle restoration and custom building business, American Custom Cycle. In the meantime, Kurt’s passion for conveyances continued, and he began collecting cars. He first purchased a ‘56 MGA and met Bill Thomas as a customer of William Thomas Roadsters.
When Kurt learned of Steve and Bill’s idea for the Performance Garage Club, he couldn’t resist helping them get the business started. This then spurred the purchase of a 2001 Caterham. Why not? Now he has a place to put it. Soon after starting the business, Bill and Steve asked Kurt to become a partner. The rest is history.
Steve is a true enthusiast and an avid collector of all types of vehicles. He has been involved in Porsche Club of America driver education events since 1987 and received his PCA Club Racing License in 1998. He currently campaigns a 1978 911 SC in PCA Club Racing and instructs for PCA. Steve is also a 16-year veteran of Brock Yates’ Cannonball One Lap of America. Steve tries to find time to tour the wonderful roads of Hunterdon County on one of his motorcycles when he is not behind the wheel of one of his cars. PGC is a dream come true, as he has always wanted to work on his vehicles, but has never had a fully equipped facility to work on them, other than occasionally using a friend’s backyard shop. Steve now enjoys sharing PGC with his partners and all of the club’s members. When not participating in club activities, Steve is CFO of a private investment firm in Princeton, NJ.