Burkart Automotive

About Us

Founded in 1967 as central New York’s premier engine, machine and speed shop, today’s Burkart Automotive represents two generations of family-owned and operated history. As the area’s racing and performance hotspot, Burkart Automotive and Phil Burkart Sr. helped mainstream drag racing by bringing such big names as Bruce Larson, Tommy Ivo, King and Marshall and an array of other kings of the quarter mile on site for appearances as they worked their way across the northeast racing circuit.

 Phil Burkart Jr. testing for his NHRA dragster license at Indy


Racing and high performance is a staple of the Burkart family; Burkart Automotive is owned and managed by Phil Burkart Jr., who has been involved with the store since his first steps and now takes part in every aspect of the operation.

Phil’s own racing career anchors his love of high performance and speed. Since his first drag race at Cicero, NY’s Esta Drag Strip at age 14, Phil has had a taste for racing, licensing for an IHRA Top Alcohol funny car in 1991, then moving to NHRA in a nitro funny car in 1998. Phil’s professional drag racing career includes driving for Rex Nix, Paul Gratton in the Nitro Fish funny car, Bill Blomgren, Paul Smith, culminating with three years behind the wheel of the Worsham Racing Checker Schucks Kragen funny car and a two-event job piloting the injured Castrol GTX funny car of none other than the King of the Drag Strip, John Force. Burkart currently drives Nick Bonafante’s US Male nostalgia funny car at match races across the northeast.

Burkart Automotive specializes in engine building and machine work, 4x4 and off road accessories, and speed and performance gear.

"The mission of the team at Burkart Automotive is simple - to be the best choice in the industry for your high-quality speed and performance needs. Whether it's a simple part or a high-performance custom engine, we want your experience to be just right. Our service, our integrity and our lineup of high quality products are the top priorities here at Burkart Automotive, and our goal is to bring you into our family when you buy from us."