By Robert Bravender
How did Paul Lambdin get into auto repair? Water skiing…or rather, the dearth of job prospects in water skiing. Fresh out of high school he was a natural at being hauled behind a boat at great speed. However when work at the now-defunct Cypress Gardens in Florida failed to pan out, he took a job at a Goodyear Tire store. As for the rest…well, he founded Cary Car Care in Cary, N.C.
“I always raced go-carts and motorcycles and built odds and ends,” Lambdin explained, “and the mechanics end of it had always been huge for me and came naturally. So I turned wrenches professionally for a few years and then was service manager for a variety of independent Goodyear stores, and then my associate and I decided to go into business in the late ’80s/early ’90s.”
However, despite the aptitude for aquatic sports, Lambdin was reluctant to…