Karl Wilen, Owner: I started out in the Porsche business as the lead tech and shop manager for Imagine Auto here in Kansas City. While there, we built, modified, and maintained every Porsche from mild to wild. 930’s to 997TT’s and everything in between. Track cars to street cars, we didn’t discriminate. We built some crazy machines over the years that rivaled the best in the nation. Need 700hp out of your twin turbo? We can do that. Supercharge that 996 or 997? No problem. Suspension work? Corner Balancing? Yup, all easy. I left Imagine Auto shortly before they closed, being disappointed with the industry, I hung up my tools. That lasted about 2 months, and all of a sudden people came knocking on the door wanting me to do work for them. I found out people hadn’t gone to IA to have their car serviced, they had gone to IA to have me service their cars. That was a good feeling. Doc Wilen Racing was born. That quickly grew into a side business that was hard to keep contained out of my two stall garage. It really has become a hobby blown out of proportion. While not necessarily planning on being in the business permanently, a reputation was created, and it was in my blood with no known cure. My neighbors always were excited to see what cool Porsche would show up at the house next, there wasn’t anything I wouldn’t tackle. With having to get back into a larger shop setting always on the back of my mind, this is where I found myself!
We definitely couldn’t be doing this without the awesome support of the local community!