I'm sure many of you have noticed there are 2 high performance auto parts companies in Kingsport, TN with similar names, leading to a great amount of confusion.
We are Skip White Performance, NOT White Performance and Machine.
Many customers looking for us online inadvertently find them, thinking we are the same company. Definitely not...there is no business connection between the two companies. We don't have a problem with free enterprise (competition). However, when the competition builds their foundation on such things as a name similarity and their supposedly long history of being in business, then we think it's about time we set the record straight.
We have owned White Performance since 2003, with the exception of machine shop, which was owned by Skip's uncle, (Fred White) at the time. They continued to operate the machine shop and build engines for us while we continued selling online under the eBay user ID of skipwhite and the eBay store name of whiteperformance1 (we thought skipwhiteperformance1 was too long).
Due to their limited production capability and many disagreements about the engine building process and quality level of parts used, we opted to open a full scale machine shop of our own. We also opened a second, much larger warehouse around 2011, located on Brookside Ln. in Kingsport.
All in all, we have been in this business 16 years. By putting heart and soul in this company, we have become the number one street rod engine builder in the country.
Skip's uncle, Fred White sold the machine shop to an investment group in early 2016. They continue to use the White Performance & Machine name. Contrary to what is posted on their website, Fred White is no longer associated with the company. Their main spiel in advertising is,"In business since 1979," when in fact, we purchased the White Performance company in 2003, with the exception of the machine shop.
FAST FORWARD TO 2019...We have become the largest street rod engine builder in the nation. Our engines, rotating assemblies, and cylinder heads are built to order and shipped to our customers in a very timely manner. We are a premier seller on eBay with a score number of well over 200,000 as compared to our competitor’s score of 24k.
We build the best high performance engines, short block kits, rotating assemblies, and cylinder heads on the market, in our opinion. Our engines are custom-built to our customers' specifications and are shipped, in general, in 2-6 weeks, perhaps sooner, depending on season. Our rotating assemblies ship out in about one week, and our heads ship in about a week or less. ALL are built to order.
We are the premier seller of high-performance engine parts, from starters, fuel pumps, intakes, and valve covers to turnkey crate engines. Please see the over 260,000 positive reviews we have earned from our satisfied customers over the last 16 years of on-line sales. Our E-Bay store is whiteperformance1 and our E-Bay user id is skipwhite.
Our shop in Kingsport, Tennessee
Our shop is filled with knowledgeable craftsmen and the most advanced machinery available on the market. Our 7 staff machinists and engine builders have many years of experience building racing engines and have been in this line of work for their entire careers. Their ages range from 38 to 65. Critical machine work and assembly is done to exacting specifications, with great care and experience. If you're considering another shop, be sure to ask about their staff and equipment.
Many of our customers have asked if they can tour our shop before buying an engine, and we certainly welcome this. Call us at 423-722-5152 or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we would be happy to set up your tour. We're located in Kingsport, Tennessee, at 1910 Brookside Ln.
Here are a few videos highlighting our shop tour, rotating assemblies, short block assembly, and cylinder head building process.