Robert Freitas and Karen Zurheide
New London, NH


Hi! I’m Rob, the other half of our Amsoil team. I can’t boast the same long-time history with Amsoil as Karen, but I do know car engines. I’m not quite sure how I got introduced to the world of cars. Maybe it was racing slot-cars back in the ‘60s, including a 12-hour slot-car race with my Daytona Ford GT prototype. I don’t remember exactly how that one ended, but I do recall vividly that the hand-held controller got so hot that I had to hold it with a towel, and eventually my tiny little electric motor was overheating, causing me to stop and wait repeatedly while it cooled off. That might have been my first introduction to the world of cars and to the damage heat can cause them!

It wasn't too long afterwards that I had a driver’s license and I bought my first real sports car, a 1961 MGA 1600. At that point I didn't know anything about cars, but I did know I didn't have a lot of money to spend on them, and I was going to have to learn a few things to keep that cranky British sports car running. Over the years since then I have owned many sports cars, both the exotic and the non-exotic, running from high-end Porsches to “low-buck” Miatas, and I’ve done a lot of their maintenance myself.  

I also kept alive my childhood desire to race cars. In the late ‘90s I started entering competitive events and went on to win a number of endurance races in my Miata race car with the Sports Car Club of America. Every one of my race cars was maintained with synthetic oils, as I learned early on from my automotive mentors that synthetics were the best at reducing heat, caused by friction. If we were going to win endurance races that were a minimum of 4 hours long with “pedal to the metal” driving, we needed engines that could last with lubricants that could take the heat. (See how extreme heat affects your engine). All those winning cars had synthetic lubricants, not only in the engines, but in the transmissions and rear-end differentials as well.   

During the years that I raced I didn't know Karen, but when I met her and her clan a few years ago, little did I know I was not only getting into the Johnson/Zurheide family but also the Amsoil family. Being frugal (yes, I even accept being labeled “cheap” from time to time), I was very impressed that Karen drove a car with 250,000 miles and that her dad had two Ford Crown Vics that each also had over 250,000 miles on them. (One was his summer car, the other his winter car.) The Johnsons credited Amsoil with all this vehicle longevity.  

It wasn't too long after meeting Karen that when I began using Amsoil in my cars too, including my highly modified 2009 Porsche Cayman S and my Toyota Rav4. I know now after reading all the technical literature that Amsoil does the best job of reducing engine wear. My Rav4 only has 112,000 miles on it but I fully intend on getting it to at least 250,000 miles, and THAT IS WITH USING AMSOIL AND ONLY CHANGING THE OIL AND FILTER ONCE ANNUALLY, like all the other Johnson/Zurheide cars. 

Thanks for taking the time to read. More on my many car/engine experiences another time. 

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