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GTR High Performance History

Founded in 1997, GTR High Performance was created by two long-time Mustang enthusiasts, Gonzalo & Ricardo Topete. The concept was simple: to create a positive and rewarding Mustang shop experience. With a courteous, professional, and knowledgeable staff, GTR High Performance has emerged as one of the premier Mustang performance shops in the country. Regular appearances and features in national Mustang publications such as: 5.0 Mustangs & SuperFords Magazine, Mustang Enthusiast Magazine and media such as PowerTV are a testament to the quality of work available at GTR High Performance.

Originating from a modest 1000 sq./ft. shop with one bay for installations and a tiny office, GTR High Performance forged a strong reputation for quality workmanship, excellent customer service, and competetive pricing. Over the course of a decade, GTR High Performance expanded its services by offering a larger line of top-quality performance parts and accessories for Mustangs. The increased growth created the need for a larger facility. GTR High Performance, now in its 3rd location, offers the Mustang enthusiast the ultimate toy store. Comprised of over 8500 sq./ft. of Mustang paradise featuring a fully stocked parts warehouse, showroom, customer waiting room and state-of-the-art installation center. The highlight of GTR's installation shop is a DynoJet 224X chassis dynomometer. Capable of registering up to 1500 horsepower and reaching speeds up to 200 mph, it can tame even the wildest Pony! Contact GTR High Performance to schedule your dyno test or tuning session.

Next time you are in the market for Mustang performance parts and accessories or installation help or simply a dyno-test, contact GTR High Performance. You and your Mustang will be treated with the respect and attention to detail you deserve and expect. Remember, whether you plan on building a Mustang for the drag strip, road-course, show-circuit, or simply fun on the street, GTR High Performance IS your Mustang Race Place!

Meet the GTR Staff

Gonzalo Topete
Title: President of GTR High Performance. Co-founded GTR in 1997. Lead sales representative and administrator (The Big Shot Caller). Chances are you talk to Gonzalo when you call or visit GTR High Performance.
Education: Bachelor of Science Business Administration, University of California, Riverside, 1997.
Personal Rides: Vortech Intercooled Supercharged 2006 Mustang GT (465 RWHP), 1989 Mustang 5.0 LX, 1999 Camaro Z-28 (Yes, a Camaro?!),
2007 Tahoe
Hobbies: Microsoft X-Box & sports.
Favorite Food: Anything his wife, Lauri, makes.

Ricardo Topete
Title: Vice-President of GTR High Performance. Co-founded GTR in 1997. Lead technician/installer and dyno-jet operator/dyno-tuner.
Education: Bachelor of Science Business Administration, University of California, Riverside, 1997. A.S.E Certified: A1 Engine Repair, A8 Engine Performance, A3 Manual Drivetrains, A4 Suspension & Steering, A5 Braking Systems. Regular apperances in national media such as: 5.0 Mustangs & SuperFords Magazine, Mustang Enthusiast Magazine & Power TV.
Personal Rides: Paxton Supercharged 2001 Mustang GT, Vortech Supercharged 1994 SVT Cobra (sold), 1992 Mustang GT (sold), 1964 1/2 Mustang 289, 2005 Ford F-150 SuperCrew, 2006 Infiniti G35 Coupe. (Ricardo doesn't know the meaning of "factory stock").
Hobbies: Spending time with family, Traveling, Bicycling, Cruising in Mustangs & making horsepower!
Favorite Food: Any dead and cooked animal is fair game.

Elisseos Patronas
Title: Sales Associate/ Customer Service / Installer. Started with GTR in 2002. In charge of shipping/receiving, fulfilling sales orders and parts sales in store. Eli ensures that your orders arrives accurately and promptly. Eli lends a hand in the shop and installs parts on a regular basis. Eli's hands-on experience is an advantage to you, our customer.
Hobbies: Family, skateboarding, gym.
Personal Ride: Paxton Intercooled Supercharged 2000 Mustang GT. Has owned 5 Mustangs: 2 5.0 Mustang GT's, a 94 Mustang GT, a 99 Mustang GT and his current 2000 GT. He has so many speeding tickets, we call him "Ticket-Master."
Favorite Food: Gyros, lowfat yogurt & cottage cheese.

Chris Balster
Title: Technician/Installer. Started with GTR in 2004. Very talented fabricator & welder. Specializes in differentials, drivetrains, electrical repairs.
Education: Universal Technical Institute graduate, 2005. Ford FACT graduate, 2006. A.S.E. certified Master Mechanic, A1 Engine Repair, A2 Automatic Transmission, A3 Manual Drivetrains, A4 Suspension & Steering, A5 Brakes, A6 Electronic Systems, A7 Heating & Air Conditioning, A8 Engine Performance.
Personal Rides: 93 Ford F-350 460 big block, Ford Explorer, Toyota truck.
Hobbies: Fishing.
Favorite Food: Vietnamese Food.

Dave Chamberlain
Title: Technician/Installer. Started with GTR in 2006. Specializes in 5.0 Mustangs and truck performance. Was owner/operator of Dave's Custom Motorsports (Upland, Ca) 1992-1996.
Personal Rides: 06 Chrysler 300C SRT8, 96 Chevy Impala SS, 04 Chevy Truck 2500. Previously owned 1986 Mustang GT & 1989 Mustang 5.0.
Hobbies: Las Vegas and sleeping.
Favorite Food: Chili cheese fries at The Hat.

Josh Felton
Title: Marketing/Advertising/Web Site/Photography
Started working with GTR in 2002. Designs, updates, and maintains advertisements in magazines, web site, and promotional media such as calendars, flyers, brochures, etc...
Personal Rides: 2005 Dodge Magnum RT, 2005 Ford F-150 FX4 SuperCrew
Hobbies: Family, and apparently, work.
Favorite Food: Anything the majority of North Americans consider food is fine by me.