For over 10 years it has been a dream of mine to race cars. Jess and Woodstock Motorsports have helped me make that dream a reality, and faster than I ever imagined. Without Jess' help and guidance I would still be fumbling around trying to figure out not only how to get into racing, but also what it takes to do well.
The biggest mistake I made was buying a race car before connecting with Jess. In the end this mistake has cost me more time and money, but with Jess' help I have been able to not only race a consistent and reliable car, but also transform it into a first-rate race car.
The knowledge that Jess possesses comes from decades of racing experience, and his passion to share that knowledge is unheard of. The detail and care he puts into everything he does pays in spades both on and off track, and his number one goal is to help you go faster.
I will be forever grateful for all Woodstock Motorsports has done for me, and I can't imagine going to anyone else for my racing needs.
The car has been running great! I feel like such an idiot; letting this problem go on for so long, and having such a simple fix.
My accountant used to tell me a story about New England oysterman and a sailboat yachtsman. The yachtsman got his keel stuck on a sand bar and could not get the boat off. He hailed the oysterman and they agreed on a price to have the oysterman pull him off. The oysterman ran a line to the top of the mast, tipped the yacht on it's side and it floated off the sand... took about five minutes.
The yachtsman complained that the money they had agreed on seemed too high for the five minutes work. The oysterman replied that it's not so much in the doing, as it is the knowing how.
I've added a few dollars to your bill, because you forgot to charge me for the "knowing how". Thanks a ton! I really appreciate it.
When I made the jump from Super Karts to Formula Vee everyone in the Pacific Northwest said that Jess Heitman and Woodstock Motorsports was the best around. And I agree! He helped me get my program off the ground, told me what I needed, and what I didn't, got my car ready to race and ensured it was safe before it ever hit the track. Then he gave me pointers on how to drive my FV! He saved me a lot of time and money which is great when you are starting off on a tight budget.
I couldn't be happier, thanks Jess!
’84 Citation FV
A year and a half ago the engine in MAIZIE, my 92 Miata, gave out. As the rest of the car was in good shape I decided to replace the engine. Jess was one of the people recommended to me. I am very pleased with the work he did. It was very clear that he is a real craftsman and had the well being of my car in mind. He made certain that the used replacement engine was in good order. (He passed on the first one he received due to a bad crankshaft.) Jess was attentive to upgrading all the associated parts involved with the engine. Furthermore, he checked out (and informed me of) other aspects that needed attention. My Miata came out looking, sounding and driving great.
In my experience over 25 years you can't go wrong trusting your race car to Jess for repair, maintenance, or race setup. I've had four Formula Vee cars and two Formula Fords that were never worked on by anyone else.
Work is done on time and at the highest level of competence. I have had Jess engineer all my cars during test days and race weekends from Canada to California, Arizona to Wisconsin. He always manages to take my driver's input and make the adjustments in handling, braking, engine systems ,etc. that result in performance changes desired.
He also is a more accomplished driver than any of his customers and is capable of coaching as part of engineering, a unique skill set. Do yourself a favor and call Jess if you want to turn your racing hopes into reality.
I have had Jess Heitman build two formula cars for me. In both cases, the finished product was show car quality and an absolute master piece. A place for everything and everything in its place. Top quality construct, unparalleled in quality… race ready. You could not ask for a better outcome. Fantastic Engineer. Has done it all and knows it all.
If you want your car prepared right for your race weekend… Jess is the guy. I have never had a DNF or no-start because of his preparation. Excellent track side service. In cases where we had a track incident and needed repair, he has pulled a rabbit out of a hat more times than I can count.
Jess is one of the most natural race drivers I have ever seen perform. His true love is to pass this on and to help people develop into the best they can be. If you will simply listen, you can pick up a lifetime of knowledge from one of the best.