2501 Snyder Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19145, USA.
In the beginning, operating as a three-man shop specializing mostly in bodywork & restoration, Verna's by 1987 had added BMW automotive specialties and repair work to our many services. It wasn't long before we hit our stride with BMWs and decided that on top of maintaining and customizing we needed more of a challenge; so we entered the racing ranks. After tracking locally for the early years, our first professional racing endeavors started in 1992, overseas in FIA-sanctioned rallies. We purpose built a Front Wheel Drive 1988 VW Golf (GTI 16V Model) Group-A Rally Car that entered competition in 1994. After just two years of hard work, we won the 1996 FIA F2 Group A Championship in the Middle East! Racing in these conditions teaches you many important racing lessons, including reliability and consistency. The following years become even more exciting: Back home in Philadelphia in 1997, we expanded to become the modern VAC we are today, this time by acquiring a long-time neighbor and friend, Milano Engine and Machine. The family-owned and run Milano Engine and Machine was established in 1963 and had continued building winning-power for all manner of engines since that time. Paul Milano, a partner from the Milano-era, is still involved on a full-time basis as Chief Engine Builder and provides many years of experience and technical knowledge to VAC Motorsports. The Milano acquisition was an important one because it helped truly make us a "One Stop Race Shop." It also enabled us to become more competitive in both the sales and racing arenas due to our excellent quality control and turn around time. We had officially become 100% in-house. Since that time, VAC once again expanded to operate a state of the art Body Shop, Full Service Repair shop, Full Engine & Manufacturing Machine Shop and provide new and used parts from a facility that covers more than 14,000 square feet. My brother, Armand Salloum, runs our repair and body shop and has the latest in frame equipment and paint technology. He and his team have extensive experience repairing many BMW street cars, custom cars and race cars as well. The repair shop has very advanced factory-level diagnostics equipment, especially for complex late model BMWs. There’s no job that is too large or small for this crew. Our machine shop currently features the latest and greatest in equipment, just a few include a RMC Boring Mill, Serdi Valve Machine, HAAS & Hurco CNC Mills, Automated grinding equipment, Romi and Doosan CNC Lathes, Crankshaft Balancer, a Flow Bench along with Solid Works and Mastercam CAD/CAM Software. This is where we design and build Engines and Drivetrain Components and also design and manufacture our own line of VAC BMW Performance Parts that are used in High Performance and Racing applications around the world.