Performance Oil Store and its on-line store www.performanceoilstore.com is the retail arm of Tekoil Distribution. Owner and founder Barry Robertson started the company in 1995 by distributing Motul automotive performance oils as a means to support his sports car racing habit. From the first stocking order of 10 cases of oil stacked in the back of the garage, Performance Oil Store seemed destined to grow. Each new location was quickly out-grown. In early 2012, Tekoil and Performance Oil Store moved to their current 34,000 sq ft office and warehouse in Knoxville, TN.
Along with the performance oils, there was an increase in demand for European OEM automotive oils, and the Total line of lubricants were added to Performance Oil Store. Customers now had a choice in OEM oil for their BMW, Mercedes, VW, Audi, Porsche and other European exotics.
While there is no shortage of oil distribution for the mass markets, there are definite shortages of specific oil products for specific applications. One of these specific applications is for the classic and muscle car markets. The mass market oils available today simply do not have the levels of zinc and phosphorus that were available in oils of the 1980’s and earlier. To meet EPA emission targets, today’s modern oils have minimal levels of zinc and phosphorus In response, our motorcycle and power sports vendor, Spectro Oils of America, applied their technology to the classic and muscle car market with an automotive line of oils called Motor-Guard with 1800 ppm of zinc and phosphorus – 2 times the levels in today’s off the shelf oils.
In the motorcycle and power sports arena, Tekoil and Performance Oil Store is a full line distributor for Spectro HD V-twin, 4 stroke, 2 stroke, and marine lubricants.
Around 2005, Total (the 4th largest oil company in the world) purchased the US oil distributor Fina, which was headquartered in Texas, a major distributor of domestic passenger car oils, heavy duty diesel truck oils, and industrial oil throughout the South and Southeast. Up until this time, Tekoil and Performance Oil Store had access only to the imported synthetic oils manufactured by Total (France). With access now to domestic refined oils, Tekoil became involved in bulk oil distribution.
Today in the bulk arena, Tekoil is pleased to supply the City of Knoxville, Tennessee and the Knoxville Area Transit bus lines with oil for their vehicles. Tekoil also supplies many area quick lube oil change centers and school bus lines.
Performance Oil Store supplies engine and transmissions oils to the auto, moto, and powersports industries. Motul, Spectro, Total and Elf brands are available to the retail consumer as well as wholesale distributors, dealers, shops, and race teams.
If it moves, we've got the lube!