Mike Flanary and wife Vikki opened their small engine repair shop up for business in Black Bear Plaza in Overgaard on February 14, 2018. “We’re a small engine – any and all – repair, rebuild or service shop,” shared Mike. Vikki added, “Our name is Star Performance Race Engines, but we’re much more than that.”
Mike was born in Dayton, Ohio, but had lived in Michigan from age 7 on. Vikki was born and raised in Farmington, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit. “We went to rival high schools,” said Vikki. She continued, “We met in 1990 and married a year later. Mike ran a small remodeling business there until the economy went south. From 2005 to 2007, between the Big 3 auto makers and the banks, there wasn’t enough business to go around and we decided to move to Arizona for a warmer climate and more opportunity.” The couple don’t have children, but they have three canine kids, Boo-boo, Binx and Chubaka, who stay in the back of the shop. You may hear one of them pipe up while you’re visiting the store.
In June of 2012, Mike decided to attend MMI and for an education in small engine repair as the construction trades weren’t hiring. Vikki said, “I told him, ‘I’ll work and you can go to school as long as you get A’s.’” And, that he did, graduating in the top of his class in January 2012 after turning 47. With competition from younger applicants entering the repair field, Mike and Vikki decided to open their own shop. They did New Mexico for a stint and then Colorado before moving back to Arizona. “I really prefer Arizona,” said Mike. They were in Star Valley for a year before finding their new home in Heber-Overgaard.
The shop does carry some accessories such as goggles and replacement grips. As they’re just getting started, let them know if there’s something you’re looking for. Mike is factory trained and certified for Honda and Yamaha, as well as an authorized service center for Massimo, BMS and Joyner. There are currently three bikes in the showroom that are works in progress and which will eventually be for sale. One is a 1970 Triumph T120 Chopper, the second a 1982 Yamaha and the third, a 2008 Suzuki 400 for a friend for sale.
According to Mike,
For those who want MORE POWER – that is where I come in…make it faster. For those who need their ATV/UTV, Dirt Bike serviced… that is where I come in…give it a tune up, for those who BROKE something…that is also where I come in, find a replacement part and fix it. I work not only on ATV’s, UTV’s Dirt and Street Bikes, but also snow blowers, lawn mowers, trimmers, weed whips, chain saws, and generators, too. Small Engines is my business, so think of me when your small engine needs some TLC or repair. Mike Flanary is the name, and Small Engines is my game. I am a very FAIR PRICED shop, here for you – come see me.
They are hosting a Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting on March 10 at 10:00 am. Please feel welcome to drop by for a visit.
Star Performance is located in Black Bear Plaza next to Lee’s Flooring. The address is 2918 AZ Hwy 260, Suite F – Box 1285, Overgaard, AZ 85933. Their winter hours are 9:00 am to 3:00 or 4:00 pm, (most) Mondays through Saturday. They may close on the occasional Monday due to the slower traffic this time year. You can also call or text them at (928) 363-0191.