GMP Performance is excited for 2005, as we celebrate 30 years in the VW and Audi aftermarket industry. Started in 1975, GMP (German Motors and Parts) researched, developed, manufactured, imported and distributed some of the most cutting edge performance products in the VW scene. GMP Performance found early success in VW’s heralded Bilstein Cup series, racing equally prepared Rabbits, and based much of its research and development on this series and competing in SCCA GT classes.
As VW’s official racing involvement slowed, GMP began importing Zender aerodynamics into the US and distributed them throughout the country to resellers specializing in Audi, BMW, Mercedes, Porsche and VW accessories. GMP had already established strong relationships with suspension companies Bilstein, Koni, Sachs, Eibach, H&R, Oettinger, and adding Zender Aero Kits strengthened German ties.
The industry began moving into a styling direction and alloy wheels were becoming a growing trend. GMP, having a technical background, was able to relate and excel in this market, becoming one of the first to utilize plus sizing. Today, wheels are an integral part of GMP’s business, catering to clients that demand distinguished brands and extreme fitments. Antera, BBS, HRE, and Oettinger, along with many others, are a part of the GMP line of wheels. GMP is responsible for the US retail and wholesale distribution of Artec and RH 1, 2 and 3-Piece Wheels. These are imported into the US by RH Wheels USA which handles the larger business accounts and technical assistance directly.
Subsequent years have added more of the industry’s most respected names including; Sparco, Recaro, Momo, APR software and hard parts and Brembo and StopTech big brake systems. In addition, GMP has also begun importing and distributing speedART Tuning Porsche products.
GMP is moving forward with generations throughout the years. Fathers that were buying products for their Rabbits and early Volkswagens now visit with their children and their 1.8 liter original Rabbits, 1.8T MkIV Golf and everything in between. Starting in Charlotte in 1975, GMP quickly moved to an industrial park convenient to the airport and both major highways, I-77 and I-85 intersections in the late ‘80s. Early ‘90s growth saw GMP expand, adding a second building to the site which has now grown to 16,000 square feet.
The 2005 year celebrates a long history in the automotive aftermarket and GMP is on the forefront, releasing the latest version of the website, www.GMPperformance.com. This site caters to both end-users and tuning shops alike, focusing on a Search-By-Car function that allows users to find parts and accessories, including wheel styles, specific to their respective vehicles. This full site is designed with client logins that allow GMP to set specific discount levels based on a customer’s performance, and offers access to up-to-date prices for 5 tiers of distribution. Additionally, clients can search all the latest non-specific parts, such as seats and steering wheels, with a traditional navigation pane.
GMP is clearly focused on future growth in the industry; GMP is forging ahead in an aftermarket harnessing technology based on a solid history. Representing distinguished brands combined with 30 years of knowledge and experience, GMP has strengthened its foundations and looks forward to a bright future spent with the market that started it all, the beloved Volkswagen community.
To see more of GMP’s history, please visit http://www.gmpperformance.com/index.cfm?PG=aboutUs. Furthermore, we are encouraging all the enthusiasts to join us at this year’s FallOut, October 15th, 2005. We will be celebrating our 30th year in business with an Open House. We welcome those who have known us throughout to bring yourselves, your cars and oldest GMP catalogs and memorabilia to enjoy a relaxed autumn day.