New owner, Chris Hale has over 20 years of custom car building experience and specializes in Corvette parts and service.
Senior ASE Master Tech
Pat grew up on his dad's 2,000 acre apple farm in upstate NY, working on every kind of tractor, truck and heavy equipment thrown at him.
He went to school as a welder and diesel tech. By age 19, he was already a master hydraulic tech and master welder. He then branched out working at an exotic auto shop while playing hockey for the Rochester Amerks, until he was 22, at which time he decided to study for all of his ASE Certifications, which he achieved by age 25 along with 3 additional diesel certifications.
Pat was partial to building big block, high horsepower motors, which he did for 5 years for an Arlington, TX company. In 2002, Pat started building large hydraulic systems and was lead diesel tech for a large company in Northeastern NY. He specialized in large fleets, buses and police and fire fleets. Pat came to Flagship from a Ferrari dealership in north Florida, and recently installed a rebuilt Caterpillar motor in a large Vac truck for a Flagship customer.
We are fortunate to be able to direct most any kind of task to Pat, including foreign and domestic cars, diesel powered cars and trucks, exotic cars, hydraulic systems, hybrids, high horsepower collector cars etc. Pat and his wife and children have made Northport their home.
Started in business as a Parts/Service Manager in 1977 - worked primarily in the Powersports Industry until coming to Flagship Auto in 2017.
Moved to Florida in 2008 from Wisconsin. The cold weather drove my wife and I away.
Started racing dirt bikes in 1974 and still do on occasion. This lead me to work at the local bike shop as a Parts Counter Person, where I became hooked on the business, enjoy working with customers and helping people in general.