Francis Hetherington - Owner - Sunshine Auto Garage
Photo of Herbie taken 6/5/2015 by Sarasota Herald-Tribune.
Shop Assistant Norman enjoys VW's & surfing, but not necessarily in that order! His friendly & super-posivie attitude helps make Sunshine Auto Garage a FUN place to visit & work!
As of early April 2019, Norm is out hiking the Appalachian Trail through the spring & summer!
Enjoy the music jukebox on each page while you check out the SUNSHINE website!
Brian is working hard to keep your VW on the road!
Sunshine Auto Garage started when I walked away from my job of 8-years at a Corporate owned, local mega-plex 20-screen movie theater to buy Rick's VW Repair as Rick was retiring. Rick's original location was located on US-41 behind Sound-Waves Car Audio, my old stereo shop, and knowing Rick personally made the purchase of Rick's VW Repair feel right. The shop was pretty much an automotive junk yard by 2004 when I purchased it, but my vision to bring it back to life had begun.
The shop reminded me of a scene from the movie "Herbie Fully Loaded" where poor Herbie was dropped off
at a "Crazy Dave's" junk yard and left for scrap. Talk about a VW with a fun-filled past feeling under appreciated!
There were over 150-VW's with trees and weeds growing out of them, fire ant hills 3-feet high, and many stripped cars - abandoned and left for dead - in a true automotive junk yard. It was a depressing sight for any classic VW or auto enthusiast.
Say hello to Norman ~ Our Tour Guide & Test Pilot!
Cleaning up the yard and distressed shop was a serious challenge!
We're often told the shop has never looked better and some of those old VW's from years past still remain
here at the shop, along with many new arrivals. These days they're given much more love and attention than ever before, and most are used for storage rather than being stripped down for parts so perhaps they can someday be saved, restored and put back on the road...
"No VW should ever die"!
Most of Brian's technical automotive experience has been outside the VW world, but his heart has been working on family owned VW's over the years. He brings a positive attitude & work ethic to Sunshine.
He'll do his very best to keep you & your VW happy!
But don't worry!
Those days of "junk yard" atmosphere here at the shop are gone and #53 Herbie is back here and doing just fine! Stop by and see him anytime, he's usually parked out front & he loves the attention!
It was a long road from Rick's VW Repair to Sunshine Auto Garage.
VW parts, service & restoration