Marianna’s new business, Champion Motorsports, was begun by two men who met while attending church. Co-owner Larry Cobb, a 1977 graduate of Marianna High School and part-time missionary to the far ends of the earth, ran Cobb’s Front End auto shop in Marianna for 20 years until selling it. He sold in part to free up time for his mission work in places such as China and Haiti. “That’s my calling,” he said Tuesday during a Jackson County Times interview.
Cobb sold his business five years ago and bought rental property. This enabled him to leave for weeks at a time on “foreign missions.” Then he met Mike Turner at New Hope Baptist Church near Marianna. With Turner’s experience running a motorcycle shop in Atlanta, they decided to use some of the old Barnes Tire property, across U.S. 90 from Winn-Dixie, and open a new shop
Nov. 7, this Saturday, is the grand opening. “Free food, a live band and free “give-aways” will be included in the event”, Turner said.
Services offered at the new business will include truck and car accessories, motorcycle and ATV service and repair, wheels and tires, custom painting, performance upgrades and “full camo wraps” for vehicles, Turner said. They even have leather apparel and helmets for the Harley crowd.
So, when you see the crowd as you drive down Lafayette in Marianna this Saturday, stop in and take a look at the new business in town….and enjoy the food while you are there.