About Engine Builders Supply
EBS Racing / Engine Builders Supply. With over 20 years in business and 55 years combined Porsche parts experience, EBS Racing has only specialized in Porsche parts exclusively (Porsche 356, 911, 912, 914, 924, 928, 944, 968, Boxster, Cayenne, Cayman, and Panamera.). We also supply tools, machine shop services and can provide expert advice for any Porsche project you may have (repair, restoration, high performance, and Porsche racing projects.) Call us toll-free today: 800-462-3774 and ask us about our FREE SHIPPING! (Free Shipping on orders of $100 or more & under 15 lbs. Some exceptions apply.)
Meet the EBS Racing Staff
Jon Freismidl / Owner & Porsche Project Consultant
The first time Jon Freismidl glanced into his future, he was looking over his shoulder. He was 15 years old, a military brat born and raised in Germany, riding on the autobahn with his father when the elder Freismidl excitedly told him to turn around because something very fast was gaining on them. It turned out to be a Guards Red 1975 Porsche 930 Turbo wide body with a tail, and it was really going good, Freismidl says with a grin.
Jon enjoys reminiscing about the experience that planted the seed that would blossom into his Reno Nevada- based company, EBS Racing, which deals exclusively with Porsches. EBS Racing provides racing and high-performance parts, engine-building advice, and development work for hard-core enthusiasts and racers around the world. Or, as Jon likes to point out, no car covers, bras, or key fobs.
After high school, Freismidl moved with his father to San Francisco, where he played football for San Francisco State. After a knee injury ended his gridiron aspirations, he followed his passion for cars by becoming a manager in a Bay Area chain of auto parts stores. Then a want ad for a local shop dealing in Porsche race and restoration parts for 911 RSRs and 935s caught his eye. Jon got the job and worked there for almost three years, learning about the specialized nature of the business and how to locate and distribute parts worldwide.
Unfortunately, that company didn’t survive, but the idea of a similar business catering to Porsche performance enthusiasts did. Freismidl went back to school to earn his MBA at night while working construction during the day. “I was digging holes for fence posts and pounding nails, thinking of getting back into the Porsche business and how to twist the strategy to make it work for me,“ he recalls.
Freismidl began by hawking engine rebuilding kits, storing the parts in his bedroom. That soon expanded to his garage, and then to a 1,000 square foot warehouse. He moved to Reno about 18 years ago for lifestyle and affordability reasons. He now owns the 6,600 square-foot facility that houses his administrative offices, warehouse, workshop, and a Margaritaville- themed kitchen, bar, and dining area that on Friday afternoons serves as a hangout for local Porsche enthusiasts. Many of them have cars that serve as rolling test beds for EBS.
Company cars include a Macan, a 964, a 996, and a 1973 911T which is currently undergoing a 3.6 liter RS conversion. “We try to find cars that our customers are looking at and use them as testbeds for finding products that deliver the best bang for the buck,” Freismidl says. In the past, most of the EBS Racing business focused on 911 Air-Cooled models. Now, with the affordability of the later water-cooled 911 and Boxster/Cayman models, a growing part of the business involves keeping these models going on the road and on the track. “In fact,” Freismidl says, “if we weren’t running our business, we’d be somebody else’s customers.”
Freismidl, a serious businessman with 30 years of growth as proof, also understands that any car enthusiast-based business should also be fun, hence the Porsche-meets-Parrot Head Friday afternoons. “The main thing is to have fun, enjoy what we are doing and treat customers as friends,” Freismidl says. “And the more customers we have, the more friends we have.”
Don Weaver / Sales Manager & Porsche Project Consultant
A picture of Don Weaver’s driveway is worth a thousand words regarding his relationship with Porsche cars. On a recent drive-by of Casa Weaver, three Porsches with undoubtedly bright futures were awaiting their turn for rejuvenation in Don’s garage.
Don crossed paths with his first Porsche, a 914, shortly after high school. As you might guess, a recent high school grad does not usually step into a new 914. Consequently, Don needed to frequently step into a local shop for parts and service. It didn’t take long until he became a regular and then an employee. Working on cars and running parts eventually led Don into customer service.
In 1998 Don’s depth of Porsche knowledge landed him an EBS Racing. As an extreme Porsche enthusiast, Don understands Porsche cars inside and out. He has owned many Porsche cars over the years and can easily relate with his enthusiastic customers who are looking for high-performance upgrades. There’s hardly a situation presented by a customer that Don has not encountered in all his years with Porsche cars. Knowledge of engine hard parts and an ability to help customers through their projects have come to set Don apart in his field.
At EBS Racing, Don helps consult and dial in the parameters for each engine project. Give Don an outline and he can help layout a design based upon engine or budget needs. Don’s passion for Porsche cars and respect for their owners has made him the “go-to” guy for Porsche enthusiasts around the world.
. Troy Chapman / Sales & Warehouse Manager
Troy Chapman, a self-proclaimed “Harley guy”, is responsible for getting EBS Racing customers the best possible pricing on Porsche parts and accessories.
Since joining EBS Racing in 2005, Troy has called upon his vast Porsche parts knowledge in order to get the proper parts and accessories to customers the first time. Troy maintains that EBS Racing offers better products, services, and technical advice because of teamwork. “We’re always here. There’s not a big turnover at EBS because we’re all good friends and work as a team. Our customers can usually count on working with the same person year after year.”
A Navy veteran, Troy’s pre-EBS Racing employment was with Mercedes for four years, Super Shops High-Performance Racing, and with a Porsche dealer in parts and service.
For fun, Troy enjoys spending time on two wheels- his Harley Davidson Street Glide. No matter what state in the U.S. you’re calling from Troy has most likely been there on his Harley.
Marlo Seder / Accountant, Office Manager
Behind all the great men at EBS Racing is …Marlo Seder. Marlo says she was hired because of her unique personality which makes it possible for her to “handle a shop with all guys and one girl.” And in the EBS Racing shop, Marlo does “everything from answering the phone to watering the plants to cooking on Friday when Jon is gone.” She admits (or fears saying otherwise) that her cooking is not as good as Jon’s. She also manages to put her University of Nevada accounting degree to its intended purpose at EBS Racing.
To EBS Racing Marlo brings a background in the automotive industry which started with an after-school job at a Chevrolet dealership where she typed up the window stickers. This initial taste of the auto business developed into more dealership work and developing skills in warranty processing, parts inventory, and new vehicle processing.
Marlo also developed an appreciation for two-wheeled conveyances while working for Harley Davidson, and it was a Harley that took her to Sturgis, South Dakota on her honeymoon.