Francis Reissig passed away Friday morning December 4th, 2009 at 6:50 am. He was 94 years old. Mr. Reissig meant a lot to us at the Austin Speed Shop, more than he’ll ever know. I think about him literally every day. We didn’t know him very well directly, but did have the honor of meeting him a few times, and we’ve had the pleasure of getting to know one of his son’s Skip very well. Here is a brief segment of Mr. Reissig’s history and how it became intertwined with the Austin Speed Shop:
Just after WW2 Mr. Reissig started an Automotive repair shop in Austin, Texas on South Lamar Blvd. in 1946 called South Lamar Automotive. They performed all types of automotive repair and service. In 1949 he purchased a brand new Chevrolet pickup truck down the street from the Austin Chevrolet dealership. This would be the truck that he’d court his wife to be in, the truck that his children would learn to drive in, the truck that would pickup parts and push cars around at his buisness until 2006, and the truck that became something that will stay in the Reissig family for generations to come. In 1959, Mr. Reissig decided it was time to buy a larger piece of land and expand his shop. He moved 2 blocks down the road to 1414 & 1416 S. Lamar Blvd. Mr. Reissig built his new shop with his own hands. His initials are still engraved in the concrete from when the foundation was poured. He and his family operated South Lamar Automotive in that location until 2006 when the decision was made to sell the property. Austin Speed Shop was renting a building on their property. Seeking more space and a longer term place to call home, Austin Speed Shop moved into the South Lamar Automotive building. Just after getting settled, Skip Reissig mentioned that he’d like Austin Speed Shop to restore and hot rod his fathers 1949 Chevrolet Pickup just how they’d always wanted to do in the SAME building that truck has been with since 1949. We’ve been HONORED to be a part of such an important project and are thankful to Skip for the opportunity. Every morning when I stand at the front of the building and wait while the bay door is opening I look down and see Mr. Reissig’s initials carved into the floor. It reminds me that someone has been standing in that very entrance doing the same thing we’re doing every single day since 1959.
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