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Welcome to Rocky Mountain Sport Rides. My name is Scott Mattison, owner and operator. As a young kid growing up in upstate New York, I was always around some sort of motor sport. We had snowmobiles when they were first introduced, and that was a special time of innovation to grow up through. On the other side was dirt bikes. I got to be a corner worker at one of the local motorcycle motocross tracks when my brother was the start/finish flagman. Every Sunday for 3-4 months, I got to be surrounded by dirt bike heaven. The sounds and smells of those two-strokes with the bean oil mixture couldn’t have been anymore exhilarating. In those days, motorcycles brought me a need for speed and fun that was unmatched by any car…or so I thought.
In 1973, I went to Watkins Glen and was introduced to real cars. At the time, I never knew how fast cars could go, and this place was maximum overload. The CanAm cars were more stunning than any girl I had ever seen. We sneaked into the pits at the end of one day, and I knew then while star gazing at all this machinery that I wanted this way of life.
In 1974, I knew there was no way I would miss this event. I found a couple buddies to make the trip, and it was just as amazing as the year before. Later that year, my grandfather and I attended the Formula1 race at Watkins Glen. Holy Shit! These cars were at a whole other level. I mean the cornering speeds were unbelievable, and the shriek of the motors made my hair stand up and gave me goosebumps.
It wasn’t until a trip to Virginia in 1975 that I actually got my first ride in a 911. It was a 1973, and the driver gave me a ride that didn’t disappoint. Hearing that motor make all that wonderful music behind me was about as cool as it gets. That ride and the previous race track experiences watching Porsches was forever burned into my brain.
With a move to Texas with my parents in 1977, a lot of things changed. I finished high school and went to work at my first motorcycle shop. We did service work there but also built custom bikes. I built my own custom hardtail Chopper and knew I would be a mechanic from then on. After a few years in the motorcycle industry, I had a chance to go to work in the aircraft industry for Mitsubishi. What a great experience that was! It only lasted three years as they were closing the plant, but I’m glad to have had the fabrication education it provided.
The mid 80s rolled in with a return to the motorcycle industry and a move to the Dallas/Ft. Worth area. While at the motorcycle dealership, I had the chance to go to Daytona Bike Week for the races. Watching those guys road race motorcycles was lighting a fire in me to race. In 1986, I got my motorcycle road racing license and did a couple races with very promising results. At the same time I started racing, I had the opportunity to leave the motorcycle industry and go to work for an independent Porsche shop.
1987 was a year I won’t forget! With a full-time job working at a Porsche-only shop and competing in a full season of road racing motorcycles, things couldn’t have been better. Two huge goals for me were finally making it into the Porsche world and winning a championship in my first year of racing in one of the largest, most contested classes. After five years in that independent Porsche shop, I moved to Austin, Texas where I continued working on Porsches at a couple different shops.
In 1994, the door opened for a position at the Porsche dealership, and I went for it. It was an interesting time to be there for four years with the release of the 993 and later the Boxster. After being told that it was not acceptable to install aftermarket performance parts on customer cars at the dealership, I decided it was time to open my own shop.
In 1997, I opened up Scott’s AutoHaus and couldn’t have picked a better time to get started. There were a lot of great Porsche cars on the road in those days including 928s, 944s, 968s, and of course all those outstanding air-cooled 911s.
Track Day events were really just getting started, and through the early 2000s Scott’s AutoHaus was heavily involved with those events. About 60% of my customers were participating in those events, so it made for a very busy time meeting all those track dates. I had soon taken my business to about 80% of my work being race cars. I not only built and maintained the cars but also provided hauling to the track, track support, and driver coaching. With 15 years of racing with one of my customers, we only had five DNFs. Of those five, only three were mechanical issues that I could have prevented. All in all, I am very proud of that success rate.
At this point, you may be asking yourself if I can meet the needs for your car as a lot of my experience is racing work, but as all manufacturers know, racing improves the breed. What I learned in all those racing years is that the job has to be done right the first time as there is no second chance to make a race if your car is not prepped and ready to go. I love working on these cars and have a great passion for them. With me, these are not just cars, they are a lifestyle. I put forth my best effort to achieve the best possible results for every one of my customers and each car I work on. I bring a great attention to detail so that I can bring a finished product to you, the customer, while making every effort to meet or exceed your goals. Rocky Mountain Sport Rides was started in order to give the mid-north region of the US an opportunity to have your Porsche serviced with professional care without having to travel to the West Coast or any other large city. I aim to bring the same quality of service to this region as I did in Texas which propelled my business to draw customers from all over the state.