Hallelujah brothers and sisters!
To most, a car is just an appliance that gets them from point A to point B. For those people, something like Toyota Corolla or Mitsubishi Mirage would be perfect; it doesn't necessarily excite, but it gets the job done. For others, cars take on a more personal meaning. It forms a part of their personality and features strongly in their lifestyles. Then you get those who treat cars as a religion. These people pour their blood, sweat, and faith into cars.
One such person is Mike Fanto, the owner of The Holy Grail Garage. Fanto is so obsessed with preserving cars that he resurrected a decommissioned church to house some of his most prized vehicles.
Fanto says that this garage was built with the idea of creating a new type of space where car fanatics could get together and chat about their rides over a cold one, or to simply store some of their most treasured rides. "This is a place for people who aren't just looking for a hole to stick their cars in during the winter months. This isn't just another storage facility, this is a fun destination 24/7/365." he says.
The garage features a wide variety of amenities including a full detail and wash area, a coffee bar and TV lounge, off street parking and fire and theft security. Membership includes a dedicated parking space with 24 hour access, and even a cigar room and BBQ area.
The whole concept is tied together with a special car club for members that like to show off and actually drive their machines. Fontano believes in the spirit of community: "Most importantly this is a place to be around other like-minded car people… People who get it, people who live it, " he concludes.
Some of the cars on show at the moment include a Ferrari Testarossa, Audi RS5, and a first-gen Chevy Camaro, but bikes are also welcome. According to Fontano, space is limited, so those interested shouldn't sleep on this unique opportunity to be a part of something totally different, yet totally cool.