About Us: Established in 1996, we work on a wide range of imported and domestic vehicles, as well as offer the Dyno-Jet Chassis Dyno which helps owners of specialty hot rods to test their vehicle’s performance without going onto the city streets.
Performance Auto Care Center has a team of two full time mechanics and two Bull Mastiffs. We’re proud of the fact that our employees are ASE certified which is what NAPA Auto Care requires to be licensed by the state. Not all shops offer it but we do. Customers are always welcome to check out the vintage model cars in Performance Auto Care Center’s garage as well.
A Bit Of History:
Former HPD Detective Experiences Life in the Fast Lane on Route 66
Written by Janet O’Connor, O’Connor Creative
For John Pinero, it was love at first sight when he spotted a red ’56 Corvette at Aloha Motors where his dad took him as a teenager. His interest in hot rods began even earlier as a child when his cousin bought a ’32 Ford Roadster. He then began a hobby of building model cars on his own.
Born and raised in Hawaii when it was still a territory, Pinero could hardly have imagined that his interest in fast cars and hot rods would eventually become part of his life’s blood and evolve into a business for him later in life. After graduating from high school and attending Honolulu Community College, he wasn’t sure what to do and even signed up for the military. Then spotting an ad on TV advertising job opportunities with the Honolulu Police Department(HPD), he figured he could still drive fast cars but get paid for it.
Pinero spent 33 years and two months with the HPD working in a variety of divisions including Vice, Morals, Narcotics and Violent Crimes, and the last eight as Watch Commander for the Night Division of Kapolei/Waianae. During this time, he continued driving and collecting hot rods, especially convertibles. He began helping his neighbors with their cars after they noticed his talent and skills for fixing up his own collection.
He opened his shop, Performance Auto Care Center, Inc. in December 1996 working on imported and domestic models. Customers with vintage cars and specialty hot rods have sought out Pinero and appreciate his background and shared interests, and he is active in meeting other members of Car Clubs he belongs to on the island.
Not content to merely drive fast cars in Hawaii, Pinero has gone over to the mainland several times and driven the remains of Route 66, the “Mother Road” of America extending from Marina del Rey to Chicago.
From traversing in a ’65 Corvette to Chicago and then from Chicago back to Marina del Rey in a ’67 Corvette, Pinero’s goal is ultimately to see 50 states. He’s only got 10 more to go.