Veteran drag racer Roger McCombs combines his love for racing with the RV lifestyle at his new Roger McCombs RV Supercenter & Race Car Trailer Sales in Crestview, Fla.
McCombs’ new dealership, which opened March 1 on a three-acre site off I-10 in Florida’s Panhandle, has a 3,500-square-foot showroom and four service bays.
McCombs reported that March sales topped $2 million, a record since he launched his business at a temporary site a year ago in nearby DeFuniak Springs, Fla.
McCombs, who also owns an RV dealership in Pensacola, sells Monaco, Allegro and Forest River towable and motorized RVs, Optima and Haulmark motorcoaches, and Champion, Classic, Haulmark, Optima, Pace and Wildside car haulers in addition to EZ Go golf carts.
Towables represent 60% of his sales volume thus far at the new store.
McCombs, 38, has been in the racing business for 18 years but took time off two years ago to enter the RV arena because he thinks “the RV lifestyle is a lot of fun and a good way to make a living.”
He was a professional drag racer for three years and maintains ties to the International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) and National Hot Rod Association (NHRA), which he hopes will provide opportunities for additional revenue at his retail operations.
The NHRA is the world’s largest auto racing organization with 80,000 members, 35,000 licensed competitors and more than 140 member tracks across North America.
“There is a huge RV market in IHRA and NHRA,” said McCombs, adding that he hopes to provide on-site repairs and maintenance during NHRA events for his own customers and others.
And in an effort to become a top source in drag racing for Haulmark and Optima products, McCombs and NHRA champion Mike Ashley last year signed a marketing agreement whereby McCombs is providing a new Optima RV and aluminum trailer for Ashley to use during the 2006 race season.