This month we talk to Joe Sabato from HUME PERFORMANCE

Describe how your business came about.

AUSTRALIA IS HOME TO SOME OF THE MOST TALENTED MEMBERS OF THE INTERNATIONAL PERFORMANCE AFTERMARKET, AND THE PRODUCTS WE DEVELOP AND MANUFACTURE HERE ARE EXPORTED THE WORLD OVER.

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What is your business name and what do you do?

Hume Performance. We specialise in the supply, service and modification of carburettors, as well as engine building and engine dyno tuning.

Describe how your business came about.

I bought Hume Performance from Barry Birt when he retired in 2011.

Barry opened his doors 1986 building most of Sydney’s toughest street cars in the day. He then came across a deal with Holley supplying and servicing their carburettors. From there the fuel system side of the shop grew to where we are today. Ive been working at Hume Performance since 1998 and took over management when Barry retired.

How many years have you been in business?

It’s our 30th birthday in June this year.

How many people do you employee in Australia?

We have 6 employees

What would you say is your niche – what do you really specialise in?

Definitely the carburettor side of things would come first. We are the biggest in Holley, Rochester and Stromberg’s In Australia and have been for decades. I’d say our engine building and in-house engine dynoing would be next in line.

What is your company’s best-selling product?

Our line of remanufactured carburettors would be number one.

What are you currently developing?

We are constantly playing with different calibrations to suit current fuels and regulations for our customers. Having our own in house engine dyno helps us develop our tune ups to suit today’s current trending fuels both on and off the track.

Do you collaborate with other Australian businesses?

Of course! We have many friends in this industry that help each other. Mick’s Motorsport, Westend Performance, Les noyce Engines, Performance Innovations and many other’s. We all support each other to give our customers the best outcome when needed.

What do you import from overseas?

Most our stock is imported from USA. Engine parts, carburettors, transmissions the list goes on and on

How much do you export overseas?

As we stock a lot of Holley small parts that are hard to find and some of the smaller size remanufactured Holley’s that are no longer available, we export these to all sorts of countries around the world from time to time.

How much of your work is for Australian clients/customers?

We deal with customers all over the world, but of course our largest clientele is in Australia.

What achievement or product are you most proud of?

I would have to say my personal achievement is starting at Hume Performance as a teenager out of school and now owning and running a successful Australian business all these years later. I’m very proud of the products we supply, we pride ourselves on our workmanship and it’s this that has set as apart from any competition over the years.

Further comments that you believe are of interest to our readers?

It’s surprising that a lot of our new customers say that they didn’t realise they can get customised carburettors in Australia and think you can only buy these from the USA. Of course the USA is advanced in the automotive performance industry but people have to consider that they have different fuels there. Getting a carburettor professionally tuned by someone in the states and by us will give you different results. To get your combination as close as possible we can do this locally reducing your tuning time.