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J. Bittle

Position: COO


Experience: Over 30 years of hands-on racing background, and his custom engines for competition, has competed in NHRA, SCCA, NASCAR, Off Road, and International competition.

Currently Owns: 2008 Shelby GT500, 1968 Historical Hinchliff/Ross Mustang, 1967 Shelby Fastback, 1965 Mustang Fastback (Drag Car), 1987 Mustang Dominator, 2008 F350 Dually

Links: 1968 Trans Am Mustang GT



Bittle standing beside his #29 1968 Trans Am Mustang GT vintage road race car
J. Bittle’s 1967 Shelby GT500 Fastback displaying all aluminum FE engine
 J. Bittle’s 1967 Shelby GT500 J. Bittle’s #29 1968 Trans Am Mustang GT vintage road race car 302 Tunnel Port Ford race engine with dual four-barrels J. Bittle’s 1965 Mustang Fastback drag car powered by 351 Cleveland

Bruce Tucker

Position: General Manager


Experience: Into fast cars since jr. high. Joined JBA in 2002. Member of the San Diego Roadster Club, Bonneville 200 MPH Club, SCTA, BNI, SCCA, NASA and SAAC. Former disc jockey at KGB-FM and graduate of SDSU and USD School of Law. Responsible for management of JBA Racing and custom tuning EFI vehicles (OBD1& OBD2).


Currently Owns: 1963 Corvette Coupe (Historic road race car), 1975 Old Starfire (Land speed car), 1995 Mustang Cobra (Street and open track car)


Wants To Own: Original 427 Cobra and Ford GT


Automotive Accomplishments: In high school, built a '59 Austin Healy 106 with a 327 SBC, Muncie, 4.88 posi, roll bar, etc. Currently run in NASA's HPDE Group 4 with my street car. Have set numerous records at Bonneville Salt Flats, El Mirage and Muroc Dry Lakes.

Bruce Tucker dyno tuning 2007 Shelby Super Snake Serial No. 001
Bruce Tucker’s 1995 Mustang Cobra with Griggs Racing suspension displayed at the Fabulous Fords show at Knotts Berry Farm
 Bruce Tucker’s naturally aspirated small block Ford Windsor set up for open track racing Bruce Tucker’s 1993 Mustang LX drag and show car displayed in the JBA race room Bruce Tucker’s 331 cubic inch Ford motor that puts out 395 rear wheel horsepower and features aluminum heads with titanium intake and exhaust valves 

John Gerardy

Position: CFO

Experience: I caught the "car virus" early on in life and have not yet been cured. I don't think there is a cure! I'm still collecting interesting cars. Though my early interests were limited to American muscle cars, I have come to appreciate lots of cars from "across the pond".


Currently Owns: 1974 Bronco "Baja Edition" - original owner 54,000 miles
1965 Mustang convertible - 347 stroker, 5-speed
1965 Ford Falcon convertible
2001 Ford Excursion Diesel - Banks Turbo
1964 289 Cobra - CSX 2492
1965 427 Cobra - CSX 4153
1966 Shelby GT350 - SFM6S195 - carryover car
1966 Sunbeam Tiger 1A - on rotisserie undergoing full restoration to original
2005 Ford GT
1998 Ferrari 355 Spider
2005 Ferrari SuperAmerica
2000 BMW M5
2012 BMW 335-IS
2012 Mustang Boss 302
2009 Bentley Brooklands - boulevard barge


Wants To Own: Cobra Daytona Coupe, Ferrari 275 GTB


Automotive Accomplishments: The Cobras and Shelby GT350 have won various awards at La Jolla Concours, Dana Point Concours, Del Mar Concours, and Mustangs by the Bay.

John Gerardy

Vickie Bittle

Position: Sr. Accountant

Experience: Member of Texas A&M Sports Car Club, Autocross, Timing/Scoring Aggiecross from 1978-1982, Texas World Speedway


Currently Owns: 2012 Boss 302S


Wants To Own: 1966 GT350


Automotive Accomplishments: 1979-1981 Treasurer/Secretary, Texas A&M Sports Car Club; 1977-1985 Owner of 428SCJ 1969 Cobra Jet Mach 1 Drag Pack; 1987 Owner of 6S930 1966 GT350

JBA employee and technician
JBA employee and technician

Mike Hill

Position: Parts and Service Advisor


Experience: 40+ years in the automotive performance parts industry


Currently Owns: 2002 Supercharged Ford Mustang GT


Wants To Own: 2014 GT500 Convertible


Automotive Accomplishments: ASE Certified


Mike Hill
2002 Supercharged Ford Mustang GT

Austin Bittle

Position: Parts Manager & HP Specialist


Experience: Raised at the race track and JBA shop since 1987. Restored a 1969 Mustang Mach 1 from a junkyard. Drag Racing since 2003, began competing in time/speed/distance rally's and AutoX in 2005. Run open track events1-2 times a year.


Currently Owns: 1969 Mustang Mach 1 SCJ, 2003 Mustang Cobra and 1966 Ford Fairlane XL500


Wants To Own: Ford GT or Daytona Coupe kit car


Automotive Accomplishments: Multiple "Best Reaction Time" trophies at race legal drags. Three 1st palce car show awards, Placed in several AutoX competitions with TAMSCC ST Class.

Austin Bittle at the counter

John Elderhorst

Position: Senior Mechanic and Senior Engine Assembler


Experience: 40+ year background in high performance automobile engine building and tuning. First working with J Bittle beginning in 1973, his career has included formal training by GM, Ford, Toyota, and Chrysler. Additional experience includes A.M.C. Dealer, Phillips 66 Service Station, Buick-Olds Dealer, Lincoln-Mercury Dealer, church clocks & bells with his Dad.


Currently Owns: 1972 Trans Am


Wants To Own: 1965 GTO, 1955 Nomad, 2004 Ford GT


Automotive Accomplishments: ASE certifications as a Master Machinist and Engine Technician, painted his own car, P.A. Inspection License, 3 years of technical school


Master engine builder John Elderhorst slaving over a hot laptop in J.Bittle American's clean engine room

Jesse Hernandez

Position: Merchandizing Manager, HP Specialist


Experience: 24 years parts and customer service experience in automotive aftermarket.


Currently Owns: 1965 Chevy Nova Project


Wants To Own: Finished '65 Nova Project


Automotive Accomplishments: Copilot in San Felipe 250 S-1600 Class.

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Aaron Taft

Position: Lead Engine Machinist


I was born into it.

Currently Owns: Old School Harley Ridged


Wants To Own: The Delorean from back to the future or a MInneapalis Moline.


Automotive Accomplishments: ASE MAster Machinist (gasoline engines) since 1999.

JBA employee and technician
JBA employee and technician

MIke Evans

Position: Service Coordinator

Experience: Started in 1980 working with Jim's Musta ng's restoring cars that he sent to me. Had my own '65 Mustang Fastback that I restored twice and helped many club members with their cars. Currently putting the finishing touches on a '55 F-350 truck here at J BA. Now getting into racing and building a '69 Boss 302 TA

here at JBA. Also racing a 2012 Mustang Boss 302 on track and open road courses.

Currently Owns: 1955 F-350 Flat Bed Truck, 1969 Mustang Mach 1 (Boss 302) , 2012 Mustang Boss 302.


Wants To Own: Already have them.


Automotive Accomplishments: Miller Motorsport Certificates -1965 Mustang Fastback 1st place many times, 2005 Mustang GT - 1st, 2nd & 3rd, 2012 Boss 320 2nd plae at Silverstate Classic Challenge Road Race 120mph class.

JBA employee and technician

Scott Case

Position:Header and Exhaust Fabricator



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JBA employee and technician

Tim Naylor

Position: Senior Technician/Shop Foreman


Experience: 30 years of experience. Owned shop in Connecticut for 12 years. Attended GM Training Center in Tarrytown, New York. Specializes in carburator tuning and rebuilding, electrical systems and custom wiring, high performance building, installing and tuning, engine, suspension, brakes, exhaust and gear swaps.


Currently Owns: 2002 Chevy Camaro Z28


Wants To Own: 1960 Chevy "Pro Street" pickup, C-2 Corvette


Automotive Accomplishments: Crew on J. Bittle's '68 Historic Trans Am Mustang, built some wicked fast and beautiful cars, ASE Master Tech.

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Rick Ball

Position: Performance Technician

Experience: Over 30 years in the high performance automotive industry. This includes turbo experience, nitrous oxide systems and imports.


Currently Owns: 1971 Datsun 240 (a current project of his own)


Wants To Own:


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Chris White

Position: Performance Technician

Experience: 20 years at Ford Dealers. Mostly gas engine repair, drivability, and smog tests/repairs. Worked on a couple of race teams at El Cajon and Barona Speedway. Raced at El Cajon and Barona.


Currently Owns: 1991 Mustang convertible, 1969 Berry Mini-T kit car.


Wants To Own: 2003 Cobra


Automotive Accomplishments: Ford Sr. Master Technician, ASE Master with L1, Smog License, 2nd place Ford Master Tech Challenge Competition Regionals in 2006.

JBA employee and technician

Stewart Bittle

Position: Technician Apprentice


Experience: Bought nad restored a '67 Mustang Fastback, dragraced a '66 Ford Fairlane in high school and participates in the Texas A&M sports car Club regularly while attending school.


Currently Owns: 1967 Mustang Fatsback w/390


Wants To Own: Ford GT40


Automotive Accomplishments: Learning under Tim Naylor, ASE Master Tech

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